Modeling the brain
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The 2021 Course of the school of brain cells and circuits will be dedicated to modelling the brain from local microcircuits properties to large scale network properties, essential to understand how the brain works.
9pm : Evening gathering in the Marsala Cellar St. Rocco Monastery, main cloister
Marsala wine and marzipan pastries typical of Erice.
Music and chats as people join in.
8:30 – INTRODUCTION TO THE COURSE
Why modeling the brain? Where are we now?
Egidio D’Angelo, Claudia Gandini Wheeler-Kingshott, Viktor Jirsa
9:00 – Multi-scale brain modeling
10:00-10:30 – Coffee break & posters display
I – FROM NEURONS TO MICROCIRCUITS
10:30 – Physiologically realistic models
11:30 – Brain scaffold builders
12:30-14:30 – Lunch
14:30 – Mean field models
15:30 – Neuromorphic computation
16:30 – Poster blitz
Chairman: Michele Migliore
II – THE LARGE SCALE BRAIN
8:30 – The Allen Brain Atlas
Stefan Mihalas (only remotely)
9:30 – Brain reconstruction from histology
10:30-11:00 – Coffee break
11:00 – In vivo microstructure characterisation
12:00 – Advanced in vivo tissue features with MRI
13:00-15:00 – Lunch
15:00 – Poster blitz (20 posters, 3 min each, 1 slide)
Chair: Claudia Casellato
16:00-16:30 – Coffee break
16:30 – MRI to probe information on brain structure and function
Claudia Gandini Wheeler-Kingshott
17:30 – The Bayesian brain
Karl Friston (only remotely)
20:00 – SOCIAL DINNER
III – BRAIN FUNCTION FROM NETWORKS
9:00 – Neural activities and ensemble properties
10:00 – Modeling heterogeneity in local brain dynamics
11:00-11:30 – Coffee break
11:30 – Poster Blitz
Chair: Fulvia Palesi
12:30-14:30 – Lunch break
14:30 – Modeling neurodegenerative disorders
15:30 – The Virtual Aging Brain
16:30 – DISCUSSION
17:30 – Poster prize
18:00 – Closing of the meeting
Erice is at present a mixture of ancient and medieval architecture. In Erice you can admire the Castle of Venus, the Cyclopean Walls (~800 B.C.) and the Gothic Cathedral (~1300 A.D.).
Erice is on a mountain by the sea, so the weather can be quite harsh, although mild days can also characterise winter.
The closest airports are Palermo and Trapani.
School of Brain Cells & Circuits "Camillo Golgi"
Ettore Majorana Foundation and Centre for Scientific Culture