CNS*2021 Online Workshop – July 6 & 7, 2021

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Brief Description:
Exciting experimental studies in the last decade mainly due to advances in technology and availability of target-specific pharmacological tools have led to an entirely new body of work on the participation of astrocytes in normal and pathological brain function. However, the development of a solid theoretical framework to support and quantify some of the pathways has been somewhat limited, first due to the lack of intensive collaboration between the experimentalists and the theorists, second due to a persistent neurocentrist view of brain function.
In this workshop, we wish to bring together specialists, theorists, and experimentalists in the field of astrocyte-neuron signaling to initiate a working dialogue between them. The field of neuron astrocyte communication has come into its own and provides a perspective in contrast to the traditional neuron-centric approach to address questions in neuroscience.

Kerstin Lenk, Institute for Neural Engineering, Graz University of Technology, Graz, Austria
Audrey Denizot, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Computational Neuroscience Unit, Onna-Son, Japan
Barbara Genocchi, Faculty of Medicine and Health Technology, BioMediTech, Tampere University, Tampere, Finland
Suhita Nadkarni, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Pune (IISER Pune), Pune, India
Marsa Taheri, Department of Neurobiology, University of California Los Angeles, CA, USA
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Each slot contains 2 talks and is structured as follows:
– Talk by speaker 1 (20 min)
– Discussion for talk 1 (5 min)
– Talk by speaker 2 (20 min)
– Discussion for talk 2 (5 min)
– Joint discussion (10 min)

L.A. (UTC -7)Berlin (UTC +2)Tokyo (UTC +9)Speaker
July 6
9:00-10:00 (AM)
July 6
18:00-19:00 (PM)
July 7
1:00-2:00 (AM)
1. Yukiko Goda, Riken, Japan
“Astrocyte NMDA receptors regulate the range of basal synaptic strengths of hippocampal neurons”
2 Alla Borisyuk, University of Utah, USA
“Modeling astrocytes: from synaptic cleft to large networks”
10:15-11:1519:15-20:152:15-3:153. Jennifer Shih (Sur lab), MIT, USA
“Astrocytic modulation of neuronal encoding during motor learning”
4. Annalisa Scimemi, University of Albany, USA
“Astrocyte-neuron interactions change the rules of synaptic plasticity”
11:30-12:3020:30-21:303:30-4:305. Guoqiang Yu, Virginia Tech, USA
“AQuA: A Machine-Learning and Event Based Approach to Quantify Astrocyte Activity”
6. Laszlo Heja, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary
“Spontaneous emergence of Ca2+ fluctuations in realistic astrocyte processes”
July 7
July 7
July 8
7. Anup Pillai, University of Ottawa, Canada
“A glimpse of Alzheimer’s disease mechanisms from a computational model ofastrocytic microdomain”
8. Renaud Jolivet, Université de Genève, Switzerland
“Modelling and analysing neuron-astrocyte metabolic interactions”
10:00-10:15 19.00-19:15 2:00-2:15 break
10:15-11:15 19:15-20:15 2:15-3:15 9. Max Collard (Poskanzer lab), UCSF, USA
“Analyzing network-level astrocyte calcium: Compressing data but keeping information”
10. Audrey Denizot (De Schutter lab), Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Japan

“Disentangling astrocytic calcium activity: insights from spatially-extended models”
11:15-11:30 20:15-20:30 3:15-3:30 break
11:30-12:30 20:30-21:30 3:30-4:30 11. Ron Refaeli (Goshen lab), The Hebrew University, Israel
“Features of hippocampal astrocytic domains and their spatial relation to excitatory and inhibitory neurons”
12. Kerstin Lenk, Graz University of Technology, Austria

“Computational models of interactions between neuronal and astrocytic networks”