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Announced Symposia (and up to 20 additional oral sessions will be composed from submitted abstracts)

Antibody-Associated Disorders of the Nervous System
Computational Vision
Convergent and Divergent Theories of Alzheimer's Disease - Beyond the Amyloid Hypothesis
Glia in Development and Disease
Harnessing Brain Plasticity for Rehabilitation
Hearing and Deafness - From Molecules to Cognition with Assistive Technology
Important Lessons from Human Brain Tissue Research
Neurodevelopmental Disorders - Tracing the Developmental Trajectory from Genes to Behaviour
Neuronal Trafficking in Synaptic Plasticity, Learning and Memory
Respiratory Control in Health and Disease
RNA Metabolism in Neurodegeneration
Tackling the Issue of Brain Concussion - From Bench to Field-Side
The Big Bang - A Foray in How Percepts Collide to Give Rise to Embodied Sensory Experience
The Lows and Highs of Glucose Homeostasis - How the Brain Controls Blood Sugar
The Many Faces of the Orexin System
Trafficking and Local Translation of mRNA in Neurodegenerative Disease
Translational Research in Depression - Stem Cells, Genes, Behaviour and Drug Response
Transporters in the Brain - Mechanisms and Therapies
TRP Channels in Health and Disease

International Invited Speakers

Elisa Barbarese, Farmington
Valeria Bellan, Milan
John Carson, Farmington
Moses Chao, New York
Don W. Cleveland, La Jolla
Tobi Delbruck, Zurich
Vincenzo Di Lazzaro, Rome
Christof Fahlke, Dusseldorf
Richard L. Huganir, Baltimore
M. Charles Liberman, Boston
Nicolas Cenac, Toulouse
Sheila Nirenberg, New York
Rolf Nudo, Lawrence
Ori Peles, Rehovot
Sue Ritter, Pullman
John Rothwell, London
Eric A. Schon, New York
David H. Skuse, London
Bradley Undem, Baltimore
Eric Warrant, Lund
Akihiro Yamanaka, Nagoya

Invited speakers and session chairs from Australia and New Zealand

Victor Anggono, Brisbane
Bernhard T. Baune, Adelaide
Paul P. Bertrand, Melbourne
Ian Blair, Sydney
Larissa Bobrovskaya, Adelaide
Stuart Brierley, Adelaide
Fabienne Brilot, Sydney
Nigel W. Bunnett, Melbourne
Jens Bunt, Brisbane
Tony Burkitt, Melbourne
Rachel Burt, Melbourne
Ashley Bush, Melbourne
Pascal Carrive, Sydney
Adam Cole, Sydney
Elizabeth Coulson, Brisbane
Russell C. Dale, Sydney
Roger Dampney, Sydney
Katherine Davies, Sydney
Flavia Di Pietro, Sydney
Peter R. Dodd, Brisbane
Mathias Dutschmann, Melbourne
Valsamma Eapen, Sydney
Danny Eckert, Sydney
Ben Emery, Melbourne
Ruth Empson, Dunedin
Michael Farrell, Melbourne
Melinda Fitzgerald, Sydney
Andrew Gardner, Newcastle
Melita Giummarra, Melbourne
Ilan Gobius, Brisbane
Tom Gordon, Adelaide
Jürgen Götz, Brisbane
Judith Greer, Brisbane
Paul Hodges, Brisbane
Matthew Hynd, Brisbane
Timothy Jones, Perth
Jillian Kril, Sydney
Andrew Lawrence, Melbourne
Rhoshel Lenroo, Sydney
Julio Licinio, Adelaide
Ida Llewellyn-Smith, Adelaide
Ralph N. Martins, Perth
Stuart Mazzone, Brisbane
Paul McCrory, Melbourne
Peter McIntyre, Melbourne
Catriona A. McLean, Melbourne
Catherine McMahon, Sydney
Bruno Meloni, Perth
Frederic A. Meunier, Brisbane
Andrew Moorhouse, Sydney
Lorimer Moseley, Adelaide
Gerald Muench, Sydney
Michael Muniak, Sydney
Terence O'Brien, Melbourne
David O'Carroll, Adelaide
Youichirou Ootsuka, Adelaide
Christos Pantelis, Melbourne
Stephen W. Reddel, Sydney
Robert Richards, Adelaide
Michael Ridding, Adelaide
Phillip J. Robinson, Sydney
Joe Rothnagel, Brisbane
Renae Ryan, Sydney
David Ryugo, Sydney
Elizabeth Scarr, Melbourne
Sandy Schultz, Melbourne
John Semmler, Adelaide
Ross Smith, Brisbane
Tasha Stanton, Adelaide
Cath Suter, Sydney
Tony Verberne, Melbourne
James Vickers, Hobart
Robert Vink, Adelaide
Irina Voineagu, Sydney
Robyn Wallace, Brisbane
Steven Wiederman, Adelaide
Ma-Li Wong, Adelaide
Naomi R. Wray, Brisbane
Kaylene Young, Hobart

Overseas Plenary Lecturer

Moses Chao 
Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine, New York University
Moses Chao was President of the Society for Neuroscience from 2010 to 2012. He is a professor of Cell Biology, Physiology, and Neuroscience, and professor of Psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine. He also serves as an Associate of the Center of Neural Science at New York University. Moses Chao studies neurotrophins and their receptors and is currently interested in the role of TrkB tyrosine kinase receptor signaling in dictating neuronal responsiveness following activity-dependent events. His focus is on defining the adaptor proteins and enzymatic activities that are recruited to the TrkB receptor to influence synaptic transmission and plasticity. His research group is also identifying small molecule agonists that promote BDNF function, and that may ultimately be clinically relevant. A growing understanding of how neurotrophins carry out cell-cell communication in the nervous system offers the opportunity to identify biochemical events and pathways that underlie complex neurodegenerative and psychiatric disorders at a molecular and synaptic level.

Eccles Plenary Lecturer

Perry Bartlett 
Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland
Professor Perry Bartlett is renowned in the field of cellular and molecular neuroscience, a fact highlighted by his election as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and the awarding of a prestigious Australian Research Council Federation Fellowship in 2003.   Professor Bartlett was appointed Foundation Chair in Molecular Neuroscience at the University of Queensland in 2002, and was appointed as the inaugural Director of the Queensland Brain Institute in 2003.   Previously he was an NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow and Head of the Division of Development and Neurobiology at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, where he developed a strong program of discovery, which led to several paradigm shifts in our understanding of the nervous system. Most notable is his laboratory’s co-discovery in 1992 of the presence of stem cells in the adult brain that had the capacity to produce new neurons. His group was first to isolate and characterise these stem cells in 2001; and have more recently revealed the presence of a latent hippocampal stem cell population. Professor Bartlett has published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers, and is the recipient of the John Woodward Prize for Excellence in Neuroscience (1991), and the Bethlehem-Griffith Research Medal and Prize (2000). He is also a past president of the Australian Neuroscience Society, and has served as an executive member of the International Brain Research Organisation and the Federation of Asian and Oceanian Neuroscience Societies.

ANS Plenary Lecturer

Marcello Costa
Flinders University

Marcello Costa holds a personal chair in Neurophysiology at Flinders University, the first in Australia. He has published over 230 scientific papers in international journals, 55 reviews and chapters and written two books in enteric neuroscience and gastrointestinal motor functions. Marcello has been a pioneer in the study of the neural control of gastrointestinal functions with his first paper in this field published in 1965. His research interest has been expanded to general issues of neuroscience and he is actively involved in exploring the conceptual foundations that brings neurosciences into fields as diverse as Philosophy, Social sciences, Psychology, History of Science, History of Art etc.

Lawrie Austin Plenary Lecturer

Trevor Kilpatrick 
University of Melbourne
Scientist and neurologist Trevor Kilpatrick has made major contributions to both basic and clinical neuroscience. Together with Perry Bartlett, he was the first to conclusively demonstrate that stem cells exist in the embryonic forebrain and that neurogenesis occurs within the adult mammalian central nervous system. More recently, Kilpatrick has established that neural stem cell self-renewal is critically dependent on the LIF receptor signalling pathway. Trevor Kilpatrick has also contributed to major discoveries regarding genetic, environmental factors, and neurobiological mechanisms, contributing to the pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis.