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4th International Summer School in Biomedical Engineering - Brain connectivity and information transfer

We thank all speakers, participants, organizers and sponsors for their valuable contribution the success of the Summer School 2009!

Preface

Background:  

In recent years, the phenomenon of connectivity has been recognized as a major determinant of brain function. The notion of connectivity encompasses physical connectedness between brain areas and structures (structural connectivity), correlations between activations of different brain areas (functional connectivity), and the influence one area exerts over another (causality, effective connectivity). The methodology to detect and quantify these types of connectivity has made substantial progress in the last couple of years. In particular, the modelling of the dynamic behaviour of densely connected neuronal assemblies, its role in the transfer and processing of information, and eventually its significance for brain function have moved into the focus of research. The adequate analysis of these phenomena requires mastering complex mathematical techniques and integration of biological, physical, medical and physiological knowledge in order to obtain useful models that explain and predict both measurement data (e.g. electroencephalography, magnetoencephalography and functional magnetic resonance imaging) and behaviour.

Aims:

The objective of the International Summer School is to provide in depth education and practical exercises on techniques of computing and analyzing connectivity in the brain, covering both theoretical foundations and practical applications. It aims at a thorough understanding of the underlying mechanisms and thus will develop a critical view on current applications and possible future developments. The International Summer School provides contact with leading experts in the fields and is expected to facilitate the exchange of ideas on latest developments.

Topics:

  • Anatomical connectivity
  • Brain network architecture
  • Functional connectivity between electrophysiological, peripheral and metabolic signals
  • Effective connectivity in the signal and source space of EEG/MEG as well as fMRI
  • Neural mass models and neural field models
  • Applications
  • Validation techniques

Target group:  (up to 40 participants)

  • PhD students
  • Advanced Master students
  • Researchers entering the field computational neuroscience, neuroscience methodology and experimental neuroscience

Credits: 4 ECTS

Faculty

Organizers:

  • Prof. Dr. J. Haueisen - Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Informatics, Ilmenau University of Technology (& Bernstein group Jena)

Organizers:

  • Jürgen R. Reichenbach - University Jena (Bernstein group Jena)
  • Herbert Witte - University Jena (Bernstein group Jena)

Scientific Programme Committee:

  • Olivier David (INSERM Grenoble)
  • Angela D. Friederici (Leipzig)
  • Burkhard Maess (MPI Leipzig)
  • Gerik Scheuermann (Uni Leipzig)
  • Bob Turner (Leipzig)
  • Otto W. Witte (University Jena)

List of invited speakers:

  • Alfred Anwander (Leipzig)
  • Yanif Assaf (Tel Aviv)
  • Fatihcan Atay (Leipzig)
  • Markus Butz (Düsseldorf)
  • Maxime Descoteaux (Montreal)
  • Bogdan Draganski (Leipzig)
  • Simon Eickhoff (Jülich)
  • David Gow (Boston)
  • Francois Grimbert (Chicago)
  • Joachim Groß (Glasgow)
  • Jens Haueisen (Ilmenau/Jena)
  • Robin Heidemann (Leipzig)
  • Derek Jones (Cardiff)
  • Maciej Kaminski (Warsaw)
  • Stefan Kiebel (Leipzig)
  • Thomas Knösche (Leipzig)
  • Rolf Kötter (Nijmegen)
  • Jan Kujala (Helsinki)
  • Michiru Makuuchi (Leipzig)
  • Karsten Müller (Leipzig)
  • Guido Nolte (Berlin)
  • Yoshio Okada (Albuquerque)
  • Linda Sommerlande (Freiburg)
  • Andreas Spiegler (Ilmenau/Leipzig)
  • Klaas-Enno Stephan (Zürich)
  • Herbert Witte (Jena)
  • Ting-Shuo Yo (Leipzig)

List of Symposium Organizers:

  • Alfred Anwander (MPI Leipzig)
  • Moritz Dannhauer (MPI Leipzig)
  • Theresa Götz (FSU Jena)
  • Daniel Güllmar (FSU Jena)
  • Thomas Milde (FSU Jena)
  • Margit Schönherr (MPI Leipzig)
  • Andreas Spiegler (TU Ilmenau/MPI Leipzig)
  • Daniel Strohmeier (TU Ilmenau)
  • Manh Nguyen Trong (TU Ilmenau/MPI Leipzig)
  • Ting-Shuo Yo (MPI Leipzig)

General Information

Registration:

For registration please send an e-mail with the following contact data: first name, last name, position (e.g. PhD student), Institution with address, telephone, fax, and e-mail to Margund Greiner.

greiner(at)cbs.mpg.de

In response, you will receive a registration number and the payment details. This preliminary registration secures you a place on the list for three weeks, within which you should transfer the money. Registration becomes valid upon reception of the fee.
Refund of the registration fee will be given upon cancellation before June 30th 2010.

Please make sure to state your registration number as reason of payment!

Costs:

590 Euro including tuition, 13 overnight stays and social program.

Support:

There are travel grants (Euro 200) and fee reductions (Euro 200) for applicants for outside Germany. For application please send a letter of support from your supervising professor and a one page description of your motivation and current work in the field.

Posters:

Optionally, all participants will have the opportunity to present own  work with a poster during the Summer School.

Venue:
The International Summer School 2009 will take place in Leipzig, Germany. Leipzig is situated in the state of Saxony, in the middle of Germany.

The address of the venue is:

Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Scheinces
Stephanstraße 1a
04103 Leipzig
Germany

Travel information

Accommodation address:

Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Stephanstraße 1a
04103 Leipzig, Germany

 

Leipzig (Germany, Saxony) is located in the east of Germany (http://www.leipzig.de/int/en/). Berlin is approximately 200km, Frankfurt and Munich are about 400km and Dresden is 100km away from Leipzig. The Summer School will be held in the premises of the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences. The institute is closed to the city center and is in walking distance to the central station (see map).

How to get there?

Leipzig can be reached from a number of German and European airports, and has frequent train connections with all major European cities.By Airplane:Leipzig-Halle Airport (LEJ) can be reached from a number of German and European airports, and has frequent train connections to the main station (Hauptbahnhof/Hbf) in the city center.

Cheaper airfares may be available by flying to one of the international hubs like Frankfurt, Munich, or Berlin also deserved by low cost airlines, and taking a train to Leipzig from there. Train tickets can be booked online from Deutsche Bahn (www.bahn.de). Travelers from Spain or the UK may specifically want to check discount fares (Ryanair) to Airport Altenburg-Nobitz (AOC). A bus shuttle runs between this airport and the bus stop at the central station of Leipzig (1 h trip).

By train:
Leipzig has direct train connections to all major German cities and airports. There are frequent services from/to Berlin (70 min), Dresden (70 min), Hamburg (3 h), Frankfurt (3.5 h), Munich (4.5 h) and Cologne (5.5 h) for example, which provide connections to numerous European cities.
Leipzig's central station (Hauptbahnhof) is in walking distance to the Max Plank Institute (20 min), and provides quick tram connections to the Max Plank Institute  and to your accommodation.

Schedules and tickets are available online from Deutsche Bahn (www.bahn.de).

By car:
Leipzig is well connected by the following motorways: A9 (E49) Berlin – Munich, A14 (E49) Magdeburg – Dresden and A 38 Göttingen – Leipzig.

Coming from south take the exit “Leipzig-Süd” from the A38 and follow the signs to "Zentrum" along B2 towards city center.

From north, take the exit "Leipzig-Mitte" from the A14 and follow the signs to "Zentrum" for the hotels in the city center.

In town:
For public transport in the city, the LVB trams (www.lvb.de) are most convenient. There are tram stops close to all accommodations as well as the Max Planck Institute.

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Technically co-sponsored by

International Society for Bioelectromagnetism

Bernstein Group for Computational Neuroscience Jena

International Society for Functional Source Imaging

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