Meetings & Courses

Neurobiology of Behavior and Neuropsychiatric Disorders

Suzhou, China
September 16-20, 2019

Abstract deadline: July 26, 2019 

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Organized by:

Anthony Grace, University of Pittsburgh, USA

Minmin Luo, National Institute of Biological Sciences, China

Christian Luscher, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Lan Ma, Fudan Unviersity, China

Masashi Yanagisawa, Tsukuba University, Japan


We are pleased to announce the Cold Spring Harbor Asia conference on Neurobiology of Behavior and Neuropsychiatric Disorders which will be held in Suzhou, China, located approximately 60 miles west of Shanghai. The conference will begin at 7:00pm on the evening of Monday September 16, and will conclude after lunch on Friday September 20, 2019.

The conference will include eight oral sessions and one poster session covering the latest findings across many topics in Neurobiology. Many talks will be selected from the openly submitted abstracts on the basis of scientific merit and relevance. Social events throughout the conference provide ample opportunity for informal interactions.

Major Topics:
1. Neural circuits of behavior
2. Development and genetics of neural circuits
3. Psychiatric disorders and drug abuse
4. Behavioral pharmacology
5. Neuromodulatory systems
6. Emerging methods and neural engineering

Keynote Speakers (Speaker, Affiliation, COUNTRY/Region):
Anissa Abi-Dargham, Stony Brook University, USA
Abstract title:The molecular jigsaw puzzle of schizophrenia

Invited Speakers (Speaker, Affiliation, COUNTRY/Region):
Serge Ahmed, University of Bordeaux, FRANCE
Abstract title:When the brain chooses under the influence, the drug is the only option
Emmanuelle Berret, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), SWITZERLAND
Abstract title:Role of Insular Cortex in Processing Aversive Somatosensory Information during Threat Learning
Yan Dong, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Abstract title:Silent synapses dictate cocaine memory destabilization and reconsolidation
Shumin Duan, Zhejiang University, CHINA
Abstract title:A brain circuit universally governs diverse aggressive behaviors
Stan Floresco, University of British Columbia, USA
Abstract title:Regulation of different aspects of aversively motivated behavior by ventral striatal circuitry
Alan Frazer, University of Texas at San Antonio, USA
Abstract title:Selective negative allosteric modulators of alpha 5-GABAA receptors—Novel antidepressants
Anthony Grace, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Abstract title: Peripubertal stress and hippocampal damage as risk factors in the pathophysiology of schizophrenia—Implications for treatment and and prevention
Jan Gründemann, University of Basel, SWITZERLAND
Abstract title:Sensory and state coding in subcortical circuits
Katia Gysling, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, CHILE
Abstract title:New features of the corticotrophin releasing factor system and its role in the regulation exerted by the basolateral amygdala to prefrontal cortex and nucleus accumbens
Suzanne Haber, University of Rochester, USA
Abstract title:Linking circuits to psychiatric disease and neurotherapeutic targets: from monkey anatomy to human neuroimaging.
Jufang He, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, CHINA
Abstract title:NMDAR-controlled CCK switches LTP and memory encoding
Ji Hu, ShanghaiTech University, CHINA
Abstract title:Dopamine dynamics underlying delayed gratification
Julija Krupic, University of Cambridge, UK
Abstract title:Deformations of the hippocampal cognitive map in large irregular spaces
Yulong Li, Peking University, CHINA
Abstract title:A novel genetically-encoded sensor for monitoring endocannabinoid dynamics in vitro and in vivo
Minmin Luo, National Institute of Biological Sciences, Beijing, CHINA
Abstract title:Whole-brain reconstruction of neuronal morphology with cell type-specificity
Christian Lüscher, University of Geneva, SWITZERLAND
Abstract title:Is opioid addiction an addiction like the others?
Lan Ma, Fudan Unviersity, CHINA
Abstract title:Inter-engram circuitry mediates the retrieval of cocaine memory
Hitoshi Okamoto, RIKEN Brain Science Institute, JAPAN
Abstract title:Regulation of social conflict by the synaptic plasticity in the habenulo-interpeduncular pathway
Greg Suh, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, KOREA
Abstract title:Rapid, biphasic CRF neuronal responses encode positive and negative valence
Raffaella Tonini, Neuromodulation of Cortical and Subcortical Circuits Laboratory, ITALY
Abstract title:Mechanisms of synaptic plasticity in the noradrenergic Locus Coeruleus
Xiaohong Xu, Chinese Academy of Sciences, CHINA
Abstract title:The medial preoptic area and sexually dimorphic social behaviors
Akihiro Yamanaka, Nagoya University, JAPAN
Abstract title:Role of REM sleep on memory
Masashi Yanagisawa, Tsukuba University, JAPAN
Abstract title:Toward the Mysteries of Sleep
Jun Yao, Tsinghua University, CHINA
Abstract title:Investigating bipolar disorder using combined iPSC and mouse models
Yongchun Yu, Fudan Unviersity, CHINA
Abstract title:Fear erasure facilitated by immature inhibitory neuron transplantation

We encourage abstracts to contain new and unpublished materials. The abstracts must be submitted electronically by the abstract deadline. Selection of material for oral and poster presentation will be made by the organizers. Status (fellow's talk/poster) of abstracts will be posted on our web site as soon as decisions have been made by the organizers. 

We are eager to have as many young people as possible attend since they are likely to benefit most from this meeting. A certain number of presentations by graduate students and postdocs in this conference will be selected as fellowship (USD $100-$500) awards. For more details, please visit

We look forward to seeing you at Suzhou in September, 2019.

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Please kindly note:

1. Registration includes food, but does NOT include Housing. Due to requests from participants to provide more housing at lower prices, we have expanded our housing options to include some lower priced nearby hotels. After completing the online registration, you will receive a link to the full list of housing options.
*Reference Room Rate:
CNY 500 per standard room per night in the Conference Hotel (Worldhotel Grand Dushulake Suzhou)
Up from CNY 200 per standard room per night in nearby budget hotels (within 5 km)
CNY 400-700 per standard room per night in nearby 4-5 star hotels

2. The meeting registration is an integral package. We encourage all our participants to stay for the full meeting period and communicate with each other. No refund/discount or day pass is available for partial participation.

3. The early price will be available if the full payment is finished before the exact due date.
For USD participants, we will automatically change your package price to the update one if we could not successfully charge the payment from your registered credit card before the deadline.
For CNY participants, we will automatically change your package price to the update one if our bank account could not receive your full payment by wire transfer before the deadline.

4. For late registrations, your registration materials may not be guaranteed since the order is usually made in advance.

5. Please inform us your special request on food (vegetarian, kosher…etc.) or other things during the online registration or email us as early as possible so that we could make relevant arrangement accordingly.

6. Student package is exclusively designed for all the graduate, undergraduate and doctor students who have not received the doctor degree. (Student ID will be required upon arrival).

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