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'Cortex Evolution and Development'

24-27 September 2017, Moltkes Palæ, Copenhagen, Denmark



Co-chairs: Zoltán Molnár, University of Oxford, United Kingdom and Arnold Kriegstein, University of California, San Francisco, USA


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The cerebral cortex is perhaps the crowning achievement of evolution. The cerebral cortex provides the biological substrate for human cognitive capacity and is, arguably, the region of the brain that distinguishes us from other species. Considering that the massive expansion of cortical surface observed in primates originates during development, understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms regulating cell number and diversity, migration and circuit assembly is critical to shed light into this process. In this Brain Conference, world experts will describe how advances in developmental neurobiology, stem cell biology and genetics are offering new insights into the mechanisms controlling the development of the cerebral cortex across vertebrates, as well as the evolutionary mechanisms culminating in the human cortex.

 Speakers overview

Pasko Rakic M Yale University USA
Troy Margrie, UCL, UK
Leah Krubitzer, University of California, Davis Center for Neuroscience,  USA
Paul Manger, University of the Witwatersrand, ZA
Alessandra Pierani, Institut Jaques Monod, FR
Svante Pääbo, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, DE
Nenad Sestan, Yale University, USA
Evan Eichler, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, USA
Ed Lein, Allen Institute for Brain Science, USA
Pierre Vanderhaeghen, Institute of Interdisciplinary Research, BE
Madeline Lancester, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK
Luis Puelles, Univ Murcia Fac of Med, ES
Jon Kaas, Vanderbilt University, USA

Suzana Herculano-Houzel, Vanderbilt University, USA
Fernando García-Moreno, Achucarro Basque Center for Neuroscience, ES
Kun Zhang, University of California, San Diego, USA
Gilles J Laurent, Max-Planck Inst For Brain Research, DE
Arnold R Kriegstein, University of California San Francisco, USA
Dean Falk, Florida State University, USA
Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan, Harvard University, USA
Zoltán Molnár, University of Oxford, UK
Guillermina Lopez-Bendito, Instituto de Neurociencias, ES
Rustem Khazipov, Inst. de Neurobiologie de la Méditerranée INMED
Linda Richards, Queensland Brain Institute, AU
Roberto Lent, Institute of Biomedical Sciences, BR

Scherfigsvej 7
2100 Copenhagen Ø
Tel. +45 39 12 80 00
CVR-nr. 11 81 49 13
Nils Axelsen Ralf Hemmingsen Lauritz Holm-Nielsen Ralf Hemmingsen Jens Oddershede Jens Frederik Rehfeld Anders Bjørklund