Online registration: Current – Feb 4th 2012

On-site registration: Feb 5th-Feb 7th 2012

Deadline for abstract submission: Jan 10th 2012

Deadline for hotel booking for participants through this website (excluding invited speakers and chairs): Dec 20th 2012

Scientific Program



 Last updated Feb 2 2012. The meeting will take place in the Haifa University, Main Building, Hecht Auditoriun near the food court.

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Day 1 - Feb 5 - Acquisition


8:00 Registration

8:45-9:00 Opening talks

 - Kobi Rosenblum (University of Haifa, Israel)- European Molecular and Cellular Cognition Society

- Gal Richter-Levin (University of Haifa, Israel)- Haifa Forum for Brain and Behavior.

9:00-10:15 Session 1: Synaptic and Neuronal Plasticity-from spines to axons.

Chair: Uri Asheri (Tel-Aviv University).

- Ryohei Yasuda (Duke University, USA)- Optical analysis of signal transduction in single dendritic spines.

- Edi Barkai (University of Haifa, Israel)- Learning-induced modulation of intrinsic neuronal excitability: mechanism and functional significance.

- Craig Garner (Stanford University, USA) - Synaptic mechanisms regulating synaptic and  neuronal degeneration



10:15-10:45 Coffee break


10:45-12:25 Session 2: Receptor, channels and signalling molecules in synaptic plasticity and memory

Chairs: Rami Yaka (Hebrew University), Bernard Attali (Tel-Aviv University)

- Menahem Segal (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel) - Calcium stores and synaptic plasticity

- Dietmar Kuhl (Hamburg Universitat, Germany)- Learning about Arc/Arg3.1 and long-term memory.

- Itamar Kahn (Technion, Israel)- Neocortical excitation-inhibition balance revealed by optogenetic fMRI                                    


- Roberto Malinow (UCSD, USA) - Novel role for NMDA receptors in synaptic plasticity


12:25-14:00 Lunch


14:00-15:15 Session 3: Amygdala in fear conditioning and stress            

Chairs: Inna Slutsky (Tel-Aviv University), Micah Leshem (University of Haifa)

 - Rafi Lamprecht (University of Haifa, Israel) – The roles of Eph receptors in fear memory formation in amygdala

- Mouna Maroun (University of Haifa, Israel) - Developmental differences in stress modulation of extinction and plasticity

- Wulf Haubensak (Research Institute of Molecular Pathology, Austria)- Inhibitory gating of fear by amygdala microcircuits


15:15-15:45 Coffee break


15:45-16:45 Postdocs/Students lectures:

Chairs: Morgan Lucas (University of Haifa), Hadile Ounalla-Saad (University of Haifa)


- Hanoch Kaphzan (New York University, USA)- Genetic Reduction of the α1 Subunit of Na/K-ATPase Corrects Multiple Hippocampal Phenotypes in Angelman Syndrome

- Orit David (University of Haifa, Israel)- Dopamine and tyrosine phosphorylation of NR2B (Y1472) in the hippocampus is fundamental for ERK2 activation and novel learning.

- Olivia Engmann (INSERM Fer a Moulin, France)- Schizophrenia is associated with dysregulation of the Cdk5 activator p35 resulting in deficits of synaptic protein expression and cognition.

- Amir Bahar (Mount Sinai School of Medicine, USA)- CA1 and CA3 Neuronal Ensembles Differentially Encode the Commonalities and Differences between Memories



16:45-17:15 Coffee break


17:15- 18:15 Plenary lecture: Tim Bliss (University College London, UK)- LTP: past, present, future.


19:00- Dinner


Day 2 - Feb 6 - Consolidation

8:00 Registration 

8:30-10:30 Session 4: Viral-mediated gene manipulation in the CNS

Chairs: Efrat Edry (University of Haifa, Israel), Alon Chen (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel)

- Efrat Edry (University of Haifa, Israel) – Short presentation of the Center for Gene Manipulation in the Brain

- Valery Grinevich (Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Germany)- How do oxytocin neurons talk to the brain.

- Eithan Galun (Hebrew University, Israel) - Lentivector genotoxicity  

- Jean Michel Heard (Institut Pasteur, France) - Loss and recovery of brain plasticity in lysosomal storage diseases 

 - Alon Chen (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel) - Dissecting the central stress response using site-specific genetic manipulations


10:30-11:00 Coffee break


 11:00-12:15 Session 5: System biology approach to synaptic and memory consolidation

Chairs: Orna Elroy-Stein (Tel-Aviv University)

-Douglas Armstrong (School of Informatics, Scotland) – short presentation of the ERANET SystemBiology

- T. Ian Simpson and J. Douglas Armstrong (School of Informatics, Scotland) - Modelling the synaptic proteome with augmented protein interaction networks


- Clive Bramham (University of Bergen, Norway) - The Arc of synaptic memory

- Chris Proud (University of Southampton, UK) - Development and application of novel approaches for studying protein synthesis


12:15-14:00 Lunch


14:00-15:40 Session 6: DIP project on the role of protein availability and stability in memory and synaptic consolidation

Chairs: Aron Weller (Bar-Ilan University)

- Noam Ziv (Technion, Israel)  Short presentation of DIP, Exchange dynamics and metabolic turnover of synaptic proteins 

- Daniela Dieterich (Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology, Germany) - Chemistry in living systems - profiling neuronal and astroglial proteome dynamics with a 'click'

 - Michael Kreutz (Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology, Germany) Synapse-to-nucleus signaling in cell death and plasticity

- Eckart Gundelfinger (Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology, Germany)- Mechanisms of presynaptic plasticity.


15:40-16:10 Coffee break


16:10-17:50 Session 7: Protein synthesis and memory consolidation in health and disease

 Chairs: Masha Niv (Hebrew University), David Manor (University of Haifa)

- Nahum Sonnenberg (McGill University, Canada) - Translational control of learning and memory

- Kobi Rosenblum (University of Haifa, Israel) - Enhancing Memory Consolidation Via the Translation Machinery - Eric Klann (NYU, USA) - Dysregulated Translational Control in Brain Disorders

- Avi Karni (University of Haifa, Israel)- Cellular events reflected in human behavior – the case of procedural memory consolidation in the adult motor cortex


17:50-18:30 Coffee Break


18:30-19:30 Plenary lecture: Alcino Silva (UCLA, USA) - Molecular and cellular mechanisms of memory allocation.


19:30-22:00 Posters, wine and cheese


Day 3 - Feb 7 CNS in health and disease


8:00 - Registration

9:00-10:40 Session 8:  Affective neuroscience  

Chair:   Mathias Schmidt (Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Germany)                          

- Gal Richter-Levin (University of Haifa, Israel)- Emotional controllability and stress resilience.

- Oliver Stork (Otto-von-Guericke Universität, Germany)- Molecular changes of GABA systems in mouse models of traumatic stress induced disorder

- Jaanus Harro (University of Tartu, Estonia)- How do vulnerability and adverse life events interact to bring about depression.

- Mathias Schmidt (Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Germany)- Unraveling the Molecular and Genetic Mechanisms of Individual Stress Vulnerability


10:40-11:10 Coffee break


11:10-12:25 Session 9: Mechanisms of memory in health and disease

Chair: Roni Paz (Weizmann Institute of Science)

- Riccardo Brambilla (San Raffaele Foundation and University, Italy) - Mechanisms of mental retardation associated to abnormal Ras-ERK signaling

- Simone Shamay Tsoory (University of Haifa, Israel)- Projecting memories: the role of the hippocampus in emotional mentalizing

- Genela Morris (University of Haifa, Israel )- Reward-dependent shifts in representation in the hippocampus


12:25-14:00 Lunch


14:00-15:15 Session 10: Memory enhancement and erasure

Chair: Gal Yadid (Bar-Ilan University)

- Cristina Alberini (NYU, USA) - Mechanisms for memory enhancement.     

- Angel Barco (Instituto de Neurociencias (UMH-CSIC), Spain)- Epigenetic regulation of neuronal plasticity: The CREB binding protein.                                                            

- Yadin Dudai (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel) - Tinkering with the storage and expression of long-term memory in cortex


15:15-15:45 Coffee break


Session 11: 15:45-17:25 Memory modulation and metaplasticity

Chair: Noam Meiri (Hebrew Univesity)

- Shlomo Wagner (University of Haifa, Israel) - Synchronized rhythmic neuronal activity in the olfactory bulb and medial amygdala encodes the novelty value of a stimulus during social recognition                 

- Inna Gaisler-Salomon (University of Haifa, Israel)- Synaptic Underpinnings of Altered Hippocampal Function in Glutaminase Deficient Mice: Relevance to schizophrenia

- Irit Akirav (University of Haifa, Israel)- Cannabinoids modulation of traumatic memory 

- Cliff Abraham (University of Otago, New Zealand)- BCM-like metaplasticity in the hippocampus.


17:25-18:00 Coffee break


18:00-19:00 What is molecular and cellular cognition and what is not?


(moderators: Asher Koriat, Alcino Silva,Cristina Alberini, Yadin Dudai, Riccardo Brambilla)

Concluding remarks



General Information

The Roles of Protein Expression in Synaptic Stability and Memory Consolidation

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On-site registration: Current – May 7th 2014

Deadline for hotel booking for participants through this website (excluding invited speakers and chairs): May 1st


Letter of invitation:

Participants may obtain a formal letter of invitation upon request (for visa purposes or others) following completion of registration. The letter will be sent as a PDF document via email.


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Useful information:

Travelling from the Ben Gurion airport to Nahsholim:

1) by train: http://www.rail.co.il/EN/Pages/HomePage.aspx

from: Ben Gurion Airport

to: Haifa Hof Hakarmel (Raziel)

Train time table can be found on the train website as explained above. The train is the cheapest means of transportation (39.5 NIS), usually on time.

The train station is located on Level S of the Landside Building, adjacent to the Greeters' Hall. 

from Hof Hakarmel train station to Nahsholim : 20 minute drive by "taxi special", the taxi station is on the "sea side" of the train station (the other side of the train station faces the mountain and the central bus station).

Important: the train does not operate between Friday ( last train on 14:08) and Saturday night (first train on 19:31).  

2) by taxi: (this is the only means of transportation from Friday afternoon to Saturday night)

The Taxi  Stations and dispatcher's counter  at Terminal 3 are located on Level G of the Multi Level Road.

Weather: 22 -27c. You are welcome to bring your bathing suits.

The meeting itself will take place at the:

The Glass Factory Museum (Ha'mizgaga)

Ha' Mizgaga - A Museum for nautical and regional archeology is housed in a two-story stone structure in the heart of Kibbutz Nahsholim, and within a short walking distance from Tel-Dor .

The building opened in 1891 by the Baron Rothschild as a factory for producing glass wine bottles. Meir Dizengoff, who was later to become mayor of Tel-Aviv, was appointed manager of the factory. Because of the numerous difficulties – malaria, the local sand's unsuitability for glassmaking, and a lack of profitability – the factory was closed and abandoned within five years of its opening. In 1980, members of Kibbutz Nahsholim began to restore the structure. At the same time archaeological excavations were begun at Tel Dor and nearby bays, and the factory became a charming and unusual museum.


About Nahsholim:

Nahsholim Seaside Resort is situated on the spectacular Dor Beach, at the shore of the Mediterranean Sea, where white beaches cradle natural bays and lagoons of crystal clear water. A line of small islands stretching not far from the waterfront creates a natural, unique landscape which is a heaven for all bird watchers.

The Carmel mounts on the opposite side provide a breathtaking setting and interesting touring attractions. Pastoral view, beautiful beach and professional, courteous hosting - all these guarantee a peaceful and enjoyable vacation with a variety of activities for the entire family all year long. Nahsholim Seaside Resort - for an unforgettable nature vacation.

Nahsholim Seaside Resort is located at the beach, at the foot of Mount Carmel, 30 km from Haifa, 20 km from Caesarea, 9 km from Zichron Ya'akov and 64 km from Tel Aviv.

For those coming from the north: take Highway No. 4 (the old Haifa-Tel Aviv Road), before Faradis Intersection turn right to Road 7011 and continue according to the signs to Nahsholim/Dor Beach.

For those arriving from the south: take Highway No. 2 and exit at the Zichron Ya'akov interchange. 
At the first traffic light junction turn left in the direction of Highway No. 4 (the old Haifa-Tel Aviv Road). 
Approximately one km after Faradis, turn left and continue according to the signs to Nahsholim/Dor Beach.

The hotel staff will be here to welcome you.

For more information see: http://www.nahsholim.co.il/index.cfm

map of Nahsholim

Looking forward to seeing you in Nahsholim soon!




Sponsorship and Exhibitors

We would like to thank our generous supporting agencies:


1) DFG - Deutche Forschungsgemeinschaft  - German research funding organization

2) ASG- Friends of Israel Educational Foundation

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