What will the next 10 years of Neuroscience look like?

23-24 August 2023 SWEDEN
Nobel forum Stockholm
Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study Uppsala

The global coronavirus pandemic has disproportionately affected early career researchers. A meeting geared toward young investigators embarking on their research programs could provide an opportunity to shape the direction of neuroscience in the coming decade.

Organizing committee:

  • Daniel Fürth, SciLifeLab/Uppsala University
  • Alessandro Furlan, Karolinska Institute
  • Arkarup Banerjee, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
  • Annegret Falkner, Princeton University


registration deadline for poster presentation 11th August 2023.
deadline for meeting registration 21st August 2023.

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23 - 24 August 2023.
Stockholm | Uppsala

Venue: Nobel Forum

Nobels väg 1 (Google Maps link)

Join us for the first day of the symposium, taking place at the Nobel Forum. Located at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, the Nobel Forum is the administrative home of the Nobel Foundation and the Nobel Assembly at the Karolinska Institute. It is the venue where Nobel laureates in Physiology or Medicine are traditionally announced yearly.

Session Speaker Affiliation Time
Registration 8:30-9am
Welcome intro 9am
A Gioele La Manno EPFL 9:05am
Alessandro Furlan Karolinska Institutet
Moriel Zelikowsky University of Utah
☕️ COFFEE 10:05am
B Justus Kebschull John Hopkins University 10:30am
Katharina Schmack Francis Crick Institute
Nikos Konstantinides Institute Jacques Monod
Arkarup Banerjee CSHL
🥗 LUNCH 12pm
C Annegret Falkner Princeton University 1pm
Marek Bartosovic Stockholm University
Talmo Pereira Salk Institute
Ana Marija Jakšić EPFL
Fenna Krienen Princeton University
☕️ COFFEE 2:20pm
D Emily Sylwestrak University of Oregon 3pm
Sam Golden University of Washington
Ashesh Dhawale Indian Institute of Science
Sulagna Das Emory University
🍸🍻 Poster session 🍷 4:20pm
🚌 Bus departs 5:45pm
Wednesday 08:30 AM to 09:00 AM Nobel Forum, Karolinska Stockholm


Please visit the registration desk at the entrance of the Nobel Forum to collect your name badge and program.

Wednesday 9:00 AM to 09:05 AM Nobel Forum, Karolinska Stockholm

Opening Remarks

Wednesday 9:05 AM to 10:05 AM Nobel Forum, Karolinska Stockholm

Session A

Gioele La Manno, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne 🇨🇭

Gioele La Manno obtained his Bachelor's degree in Biotechnology from UNIPA and Master's degree in Biomedicine from Karolinska Institute. He went on to earn his PhD from Karolinska Institute with Sten Linnarsson as supervisor. His research centers around unraveling the intricacies of brain development, with a particular emphasis on elucidating the sequential progression of embryonic stem cells as they differentiate into mature neurons. To tackle this question, Gioele harnesses the power of machine learning tools and leverages the vast amount of data generated by single cell RNA sequencing. To this end, Gioele has made several key contributions in the development and refinement of single-cell RNA sequencing to the powerful technique it is today. Gioele started his lab at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) as a ELISIR Fellow.

Alessandro Furlan, Karolinska Institutet 🇸🇪

Alessandro obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Padova in 2007 and a Master’s degree in Neuroscience from the University of Trieste in 2009. He completed his master’s thesis as an exchange student at Uppsala University. He then moved to Stockholm where he received his Ph.D. from Karolinska Institute in 2016 for his work on the development and molecular architecture of the peripheral nervous system in mice, in the laboratory of Patrik Ernfors. He then moved to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, in New York (USA), in the laboratory of Bo Li, where he investigated the brain circuits regulating appetite and energy homeostasis. In 2022, Alessandro moved back to Stockholm and joined the Department of Neuroscience, in the Biomedicum, as a group leader. His lab investigates the brain-body mechanisms regulating weight homeostasis, in mice.

Moriel Zelikowsky, University of Utah 🇺🇸

Moriel obtained her bachelor's degree in philosophy from UCLA in 2006 and her PhD in psychology in 2012, also from UCLA, under the guidance of Dr. Michael S. Fanselow. Her thesis work focused on fear and the hippocampus. Moriel completed her postdoctoral work in David J. Anderson's lab at the Department of Biology and Biological Engineering at Caltech in 2019. Her postdoctoral research explored social isolation and the neuropeptide Tac2. In the fall of 2019, she joined the Department of Neurobiology at the University of Utah School of Medicine as an assistant professor. A large portion of the Zelikowsky lab’s research aims to understand the neurobiology of social isolation. More generally, they believe that neuropeptides are perfectly poised to modulate various internal social states, and additional projects in the lab are aimed at understanding the function of various neuropeptides to control such states, including social instability and overcrowding. Finally, Zelikowsky's lab are interested in how various social features, including social hierarchy, interact with social experience to influence behavior and the brain.

Wednesday 10:05 AM to 10:30 AM Nobel Forum, Karolinska Stockholm

☕️ coffee break

Coffee will be available in the main foyer of the Nobel Forum.

Wednesday 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM Nobel Forum, Karolinska Stockholm

Session B

Justus Kebschull, John Hopkins University 🇺🇸

Justus grew up in Germany and received his BA and MSci from the University of Cambridge, UK in 2011. He pursued his PhD in Anthony Zador's lab at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory where he developed DNA sequencing-based tools for brain mapping. In 2017 he joined Liqun Luo's lab at Stanford University as a postdoctoral fellow, working on the evolution of the cerebellar nuclei, before coming to John Hopkins University in 2021. Justus research focuses on advancing brain mapping techniques using state-of-the-art molecular tools. By harnessing methods such as cellular barcoding, in situ sequencing, single-cell RNAseq, viral genetic tracing, brain clearing, and light-sheet imaging, Justus lab creates unprecedented maps of the brains of various species, including mice, birds, reptiles, and amphibians.

Katharina Schmack, Francis Crick Institute 🇬🇧

Katharina Schmack received her MD/PhD equivalent from Charité, Berlin in 2009. Katharina then completed her postdoctoral training, clinical scientist fellowship and psychiatry specialization at Charité, Berlin. In 2018, she moved to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York, for a research fellowship in Adam Kepecs' group. In 2021, she joined the Crick Institute as a Clinical Group Leader. Her research focuses on psychosis. Her lab investigates the neural circuits and immune processes giving rise to hallucinations and other psychotic symptoms. Using a cross-species approach, her lab studies both patients and mice with behavioural tests, computational models, and in-vivo measures and manipulations.

Nikos Konstantinides, Institut Jacque Monod 🇫🇷

Nikos Konstantinides completed his PhD at Institut de Génomique Fonctionnelle de Lyon (IGFL) in Lyon, France, under the supervision of Michalis Averof. He then pursued a postdoctoral position at New York University (NYU) with Claude Desplan. Currently, he holds a dual faculty position at Institute Jacques Monod and the Paris Diderot University. Nikos' lab focus their research to understand how the impressive diversity of neurons that can be found in the animal brain develops during the hours, days, or weeks of embryonic development and how it has evolved over the millions of years of evolution.

Arkarup Banerjee, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory 🇺🇸

Arkarup Banerjee earned his Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from the University of Delhi in 2004, India. He then pursued a Master's degree in Biophysics at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai, from 2007 to 2010. In 2016, Arkarup completed his Ph.D. in Neuroscience at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, mentored by Florin Albenau. Following his doctoral studies, he embarked on a postdoctoral fellowship at New York University School of Medicine, working under the supervision of Michael Long, during which he made significant strides in unravel the neural circuits underlying vocal communication. In 2020, Arkarup Banerjee joined Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory as an Assistant Professor, leading a research group that employs singing mice as a unique model system to investigate the neural circuits governing vocal communication in mammals.

Wednesday 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Svarta Räfven
Wednesday 1:00 PM to 2:20 PM Nobel Forum, Karolinska Stockholm

Session C

Annegret Falkner, Princeton University

Annegret received her PhD from Columbia University in 2012 working with Mickey Goldberg on oculomotor decision-making in primates, and worked with Dayu Lin at New York University for her postdoc examining aggressive motivation in rodents. The Falkner lab is interested in how social experience and internal state shapes sensory perception and social motivation in order to influence behavioral choice. We focus on understanding the interplay between circuit nodes in the brain’s “social decision-making network”, an evolutionarily conserved suite of brain areas in the hypothalamus, amygdala, and midbrain that process social-sensory information and drive social behaviors.

Marek Bartosovic, Stockholm University

Marek completed his Ph.D. with Stepanka Vanacova as supervisor at the Central European Institute of Technology (CEITEC), Masaryk University, in Brno, Czech Republic. He then continued with postdoctoral studies in the lab of Gonçalo Castelo-Branco at the Karolinska Institute. In 2022 he was recruited as Asssistant Professor to Stockholm University. Bartosovic lab is focused on studying the epigenetic regulation of brain development under normal and pathological conditions. They use cutting edge single-cell and spatial technologies to gain novel insights into the process of brain development. Previously he developed novel technologies to multimodally map several histone marks and open chromatin with single-cell resolution, and high spatial resolution. His group are now applying these technologies in various biological systems and models and uncovering epistatic interactions between regulatory factors during development.

Talmo Pereira, Salk Institute

Talmo completed his Bachelor's of Science in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at the University of Maryland in 2015. He then pursued a master's degree in neuroscience at Princeton University, followed by a PhD in Neuroscience at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, co-advised by Mala Murthy and Joshua Shaevitz. Talmo Pereira was recruited as a Salk Fellow at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, where he leads a lab focused on using computer vision and deep learning to investigate animal behavior, neuroscience, and plants. His research encompasses computational ethology, developing methods for pose estimation and tracking to quantify animal behavior, as well as exploring the use of artificial neural networks (ANNs) as models for biological neural circuits. By employing agent-based modeling and imitation learning with motion capture data, Talmo's lab aims to enhance our understanding of both brains and ANNs.

Ana Marija Jakšić, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Ana Marija completed her Bachelor’s degree in 2012 at the University of Zagreb, where she studied Animal Sciences, Animal Genetics and Breeding. She then completed a master’s degree under the guidance of Prof. Ino Curik, working in population genetics and evolutionary biology. Ana Marija pursued her Ph.D. in the lab of Prof. Christian Schlötterer at the Institute of Population Genetics, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna. There, she delved into the plasticity and evolution of the Drosophila transcriptome within the framework of experimental evolution. Jakšić's groundbreaking work during her Ph.D. revealed the thermal dependence of the evolution of neuronal dopamine signaling, a discovery that naturally propelled her into the field of neurobiology. During her postdoctoral research with Prof. Andy Clark at the Clark Lab (Cornell University), she explored the natural genetic variation of dopamine signaling and dopaminergic excitotoxicity. As an ELISIR fellow at EPFL her lab try to merge experimental evolutionary biology and neuroscience, embarking on projects to experimentally evolving cognition and the brain in the lab.

Fenna Krienen, Princeton University

Fenna received her B.A. from the University California, Berkeley and completed her doctoral studies at Harvard University with Randy Buckner, where she used noninvasive neuroimaging to infer principles of corticocortical and corticocerebellar network architecture in the human brain. She was then a fellow at George Washington University’s Center for Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology, where she developed analytic approaches to unify human transcriptomic and connectomic data sets, before going on to join Steve McCarroll’s lab for postdoctoral training in genetics at Harvard Medical School and at the Broad Institute’s Stanley Center for Neuropsychiatric Disease. There, she used single-cell RNA sequencing to uncover cellular and molecular innovations in primate and rodent interneurons. Krienen now plans to apply single cell genomics technologies to understand conservation and divergence in ASD risk gene expression and regulation across species, focusing in particular on the neurodevelopmental consequences of SHANK3 mutations. In 2022 Fenna was recruited as Assistant Professor to Princeton Neuroscience Institute.

Wednesday 2:20 PM to 3:00 PM Nobel Forum, Karolinska Stockholm

☕️ coffee break

Coffee will be available in the main foyer of the Nobel Forum.

Wednesday 3:00 PM to 4:20 PM Nobel Forum, Karolinska Stockholm

Session D

Emily Sylwestrak, University of Oregon 🇺🇸

Dr. Sylwestrak received her bachelor's degree in biology in 2006 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she worked with Dr. Lee Cox to examine the electrophysiological properties of subtypes of thalamic neurons. She completed her Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of California, San Diego in 2011 in the lab of Dr. Anirvan Ghosh. As a graduate student, she studied the role of a class of cell surface molecules, leucine-rich repeat containing proteins, in controlling synapse formation in the hippocampus. In work published with Dr. Ghosh, she identified that the LRR protein Elfn1 is critical for established target-cell specificity in the hippocampus, a phenomenon whereby neurons can tailor the properties of a presynaptic terminal to the cell type-identity of the postsynaptic target neuron. She continued working on the molecular control of synapse function at F. Hoffmann-La Roche in Basel with Dr. Ghosh and Dr. Peter Scheiffele before joining the Deisseroth Lab at Stanford in 2014. As a postdoc, she has developed protocols for labeling RNA in intact, transparent tissues, in order to merge molecular information with three dimensional structural information. Her more recent work focuses on understanding how heterogenous, molecularly-defined neuronal populations work together to drive behavior, finding that different habenular cell types encode predictive or resultant aspects of motivated behavior, suggesting that habenular dysfunction may contribute to altered reward processing in neuropsychiatric disorders. She started her lab at the University of Oregon in Spring 2019.

Sam Golden, University of Washington 🇺🇸

Sam received his BS in Neuroscience from Bates College (Lewiston, ME) in 2006, PhD in Neuroscience from the Icahn School of Medicine (New York City, NY) in 2015 under Dr. Scott J. Russo, and completed in Postdoctoral Fellowship at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (Baltimore, MD) in 2018 under Dr. Yavin Shaham. Sam joined the University of Washington Department of Biological Structure in 2019, with a co-appointment as a participating faculty in the The UW Center of Excellence in Neurobiology of Addiction, Pain, and Emotion (NAPE). Sam's scientific interests encompass understanding the psychological and neural mechanisms guiding reward processing. He is particularly interested in understanding how neuropsychiatric disorders- such as maladaptive aggression, depression and substance abuse - subvert basic reward circuitry to manifest pathological behavior. Currently, he aims to better define the intersection of aggression and motivation, and identify the cellular and circuit mechanisms that control the transition from adaptive aggression to maladaptive aggression seeking behavior..

Ashesh Dhawale, Indian Institute of Science 🇮🇳

Ashesh Dhawale is from India and received his BSc in Life Sciences from the University of Mumbai in 2005. He then did his PhD at the National Centre for Biological Sciences in Bangalore working with his mentor, Upi Bhalla, and Dinu Albeanu at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory to investigate neural coding in the olfactory bulb and hippocampus. In 2012, Ashesh joined Bence Ölveczky's lab at Harvard University as a postdoctoral fellow, where he developed automated techniques to track behaviour and neural activity in rodents over months-long timescales in the context of motor skill learning. From 2021, his research group at the Indian Institute of Science is applying these experimental tools as well as computational modelling to understand how the rodent brain solves complex decision-making and motor tasks.

Sulagna Das, Emory University 🇺🇸

Sulagna Das, Ph.D., grew up in India, and earned her BSc in Physiology from the Presidency College (now Presidency University), India, in 2003. She then obtained a Masters in Biotechnology at University of Kolkata, India, in 2005. In 2010, Sulagna received her PhD in Cellular Molecular Neuroscience at the National Brain Research Center, India, under the mentorship of Dr. Anirban Basu. In her PhD work, Sulagna discovered key mechanisms that caused long term neurological deficits following Japanese Encephalitis Virus infection in children. Her work led to several publications and received notable media coverage. In 2011, Sulagna moved to USA for postdoctoral studies pursuing her interests in molecular neuroscience and high-resolution imaging, first in the lab of Dr. Ji Yu at University of Connecticut Health Center, CT, and then under the mentorship of Dr. Robert Singer in Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NY. Her research focusses on understanding the spatial and temporal control of gene expression during long term memory. Sulagna’s work has led to generation of new tools for assessing relationships between gene dynamics and behavior, and unraveling new insights into how memory-associated proteins are maintained despite molecular turnover. She is currently a faculty member at Einstein and will begin her own lab at Emory School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor in Jan 2024, investigating RNA regulation in neuronal health and diseases using a high-resolution imaging approach.

Wednesday 4:20 PM to 5:45 PM Nobel Forum, Karolinska Stockholm

🍷 Poster Session and Social Hour

If the weather permits, we will enjoy cocktails and a social hour outside in the patio area of the Nobel Forum. The poster session with boards will be set up in the foyer of the Nobel Forum.

Venue: Linneanum

Thunbergsvägen, Uppsala (Google Maps link)

The second day of the symposium adopts a more interactive and engaging format, featuring in-depth discussions on topics pertinent to the future of neuroscience. These chalk-talk sessions will delve into key subjects that hold great significance in shaping the landscape of neuroscience moving forward.

The venue will shift to a more secluded location at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS) in Uppsala. This venue, built in 1787, is known for its peaceful and serene surroundings in the botanical garden.

The number of seats are limited.
A more detailed schedule will be announced but sessions start at 9am and ends around 5pm.