Congress Programme

DAY 1 – 28/08/2019

17h30 – 18h00Opening Ceremony
18h00 – 19h00Opening Lecture
Promises and pitfalls of translational research in addiction
Speaker: Harriet de Wit (University of Chicago, USA)
Chair: John Cryan (University of Cork, Ireland)
19h00 – 21:00Welcome Reception Cocktail

DAY 2 – 29/08/2019

08h30 – 10h30

Symposia I

Nature, nurture and redemption: how human cross-sectional imaging studies of cocaine users are informed by lognitudinal clinical and preclinical research
Chair: Charles Bradberry (NIH/NIDA, USA)
Speakers: Marcelo Febo (University of Florida College of Medicine, USA), Rita Goldstein (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, USA), Hugh Garavan (University of Vermont, USA), Charlie Bradberry (NIH/NIDA, USA)

Neuropharmacology and Neurogenetics of Aggression as Reward
Chairs: Klaus Miczek (Tufts University, USA), Rosa M. M. de Almeida (Brazil)
Speakers: Dayu Lin (NYU, USA), Jozsef Haller (Budapest, Hungary), Sam Golden (UWashington, USA), Herbert Covington III (Tufts University, USA)

Orexin as a critical mediator of cortical and subcortical regulation of motivated behaviors
Chairs: Paolo Campus (University of Michigan, USA), Ben Boutrel (University of Lausanne, Switzerland)
Speakers: Ben Boutrel (University of Lausanne, Switzerland), Paolo Campus (University of Michigan, USA), Alessandra Matzeu (The Scripps Research Institute, USA), Morgan James (Rutgers University, USA)

10h30 – 11h00Coffee break
11h00 – 13:00

Symposia II

Modelling comorbidity of chronic pain and affective disorders: towards improved mechanistic understanding and treatment
Chairs: Hugo Leite-Almeida (University of Minho, Portugal), Esther Berrocoso (Universidad de Cadiz, Spain)
Speakers: David Finn (National University of Galway, Ireland), Esther Berrocoso (Universidad de Cadiz, Spain), Hugo Leite-Almeida (University of Minho, Portugal), Ypek Yalcin (Université de Strasbourg, France)

Novel insights into the molecular mechanisms and cell ensembles regulating the neural circuits underlying negative emotion
Chairs: Andrew Holmes (NIH, Bethesda, USA), Carmen Sandi (Brain Mind Institute, Switzerland)
Speakers: Shona Chattarji (NCBS, Bangalore, India), Gisella Vetere (ESPCI Paris, France), Andrew Holmes (NIH, Bethesda, USA), Meltem Weger (Brain Mind Institute, Switzerland)

Recent insights into mesocorticolimbic circuit mechanisms of appetitive behaviours
Chair: Eisuke Koya (University of Sussex, UK)
Speakers: Mihaela Iordanova (Concordia University, Canada), Jamie McCutcheon (University of Leicester, UK), Kate Wassum (Brain Research Institute, UCLA, USA), Leslie Whitaker (NIDA IRP/NIH, USA)

13h00 – 14h00Lunch
14h00 – 15h30

Poster Session I

15h30 – 16h30

Plenary lecture

Habenular regulation of obesity-related abnormalities in food preference and motivation
Speaker: Paul Kenny(Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, USA)
Chair: Louk Vanderschuren (Utrecht University, Netherlands)

16h30 – 17h00Coffee break
17h00 – 17h30

Alternative nondrug rewards to treat drug addiction: system, circuit and cellular mechanisms
Speaker: Marco Venniro (NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse, USA)

17h30 – 18h30Oral Presentations Session I

DAY 3 – 30/08/2019

08h30 – 10h30

Symposia III

Taking a rewarding trip down memory lane paved with ensembles and engrams
Chair: Leslie Whitaker (NIDA IRP/NIH, USA)
Speakers: Denise Cai (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, USA), Michel Vanden Oever (VU Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Karine Guillem (Université de Bordeaux, France), Rajtarun Madangopal (NIDA IRP/NIH, USA)

Novel pharmacological approaches toward remediating negative symptoms in schizophrenia
Chair: Mark Geyer (University of California San Diego, USA)
Speakers: Herbert Meltzer (Northwestern University, USA), Joanna Neill (University of Manchester, UK), Agnieszka Nikiforuk (Institute of Pharmacology Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland), Mark Geyer (University of California San Diego, USA)

Reward, stress and effort in food related decision-making
Chairs: Merce Correa Sanz (University Jaume I, Spain), Roger Adan (University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands)
Speakers: Harriët Schellekens (University College Cork, Ireland), Fiona Peris-Sampedro (University of Gothenburg, Sweden), Roger Adan (University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands), Laura López-Cruz (University of Cambridge, UK)

10h30 – 11h00Coffee break
11h00 – 13:00

Symposia IV

Putting the effort in: translational models of the allocation and application of effort and its role in psychiatric illness
Chairs: Catharine Winstanley (University of British Columbia, Canada), Jared Young (University of California San Diego, USA)
Speakers: Catharine Winstanley (University of British Columbia, Canada), Jared Young (University of California San Diego, USA), Roshan Cools (Donders Institute, The Netherlands), Renee Rotolo (University of Connecticut, USA)

Opioids and opioid use disorder: What we know and what we (still) don’t know
Chairs: Aldo Badiani (University of Sussex, UK), Fernando Boix Escolan (Oslo University Hospital, Norway)
Speakers: Aldo Badiani (University of Sussex, UK), Fernando Boix Escolan (Oslo University Hospital, Norway), Marie Eikemo (University of Oslo, Norway), Primavera Spagnolo (NIDA, NINDS, USA)

Emerging strategies for the treatment of stress-related psychiatric disorders
Chair: Olivia O’Leary (University College Cork, Ireland)
Speakers: Irwin Lucki (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Maryland, USA), Connie Morillo (Aarhus University, Denmark), Olivia O’Leary (University College Cork, Ireland), Sayamwong Hammack (University of Vermont, USA)

13h00 – 14h00Lunch
14h00 – 15h00

Plenary lecture

How neuronal circuits can shape “immune behavior”
Speaker: Asya Rolls (Israel Institute of Technology, Israel)
Chair: Nuno Sousa (University of Minho, Portugal)

15h00 – 16h30Poster Session II
16h30 – 18h30

Symposia V

A role for the Insular cortex in Alcohol and Substance Use Addictions?
Chair: Wolfgang Sommmer
Speakers: Yavin Shaham (NIDA/NIH, Baltimore, USA), Dora Duka (School of Psychology, University of Sussex, UK), Petri Hyytia (University of Helsinki, Finland), Angelo Bifone (University of Torino, Italy)

Punishment and aversive decision-making: Basic mechanisms and clinical applications
Chair: Gavan McNally (University of New South Wales, Australia)
Speakers: Rutsuko Ito (University of Toronto Scarborough, Canada), Nathan Marchant (Amsterdam UMC, Netherlands), Chiara Giuliano (University of Cambridge, UK), Phil Jean-Richard-Dit-Bressel (University of New South Wales, Australia)

Peripheral mediated changes to motivational salience
Chair: Richard O’Connor (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, USA)
Speakers: Richard O’Connor (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, USA), Dana Small (Yale School of Medicine, USA), Suzanne Dickson (University of Gothenburg, Sweden), Ivan De Araujo (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, USA)

19:30 Gala dinner

DAY 4 – 31/08/2019

08h30 – 09h30

Plenary lecture

How we got alcohol addiction wrong: One lever at a time
Speaker: Markus Heiling (Linköping University, Sweden)
Chair: Christelle Baunez (Institut de Neurosciences de la Timone, France)

09h30 – 11:30

Symposia VI

Role of neuroinflammation and glial mechanisms in anxiety and depression: novel therapeutic approaches
Chair: Nicolas Singewald (University of Innsbruck, Austria)
Speakers: Raffaella Molteni (University of Milan, Italy), Raz Yirmiya (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel), Luisa Pinto (University of Minho, Portugal), Nicolas Singewald (University of Innsbruck, Austria)

The need for weed: Emerging roles of cannabis and cannabinoids in reward-related behaviours
Chair: Steve Mahler (University of California Irvine, USA)
Speakers: Daniele Piomelli, Rita Fuchs (Washington State University, USA), Steven Mahler (University of California Irvine, USA), Donna Calu (University of Maryland, USA), Sada Spencer (University of Minnesota, USA)

Brain circuits of prosocial behavior
Chairs: Louk Vanderschuren (Utrecht University, Netherlands), Marijke Achterberg (Utrecht University, Netherlands)
Speakers: Siri Leknes (University of Oslo, Norway), Christian Keysers (Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands), Marijn van Wingerden (Heinrich Heine University Duesseldorf, Germany), Alexa Veenema (Michigan State University, USA)

11h30 – 12h00Coffee break
12h00 – 14h00

Symposia VII

Novel opioid agonist-based medications for pain and opioid addiction
Chair: Yavin Shaham (NIDA-NIH, Baltimore, USA)
Speakers: Laura Bohn (The Scripps Research Institute, USA), Steven Husbands (Bath U, UK), Nurulain Zaveri (Astraea Therapeutics, USA), Jennifer Bossert (NIH/NIDA, USA)

Where dopaminergic and cholinergic systems interact: a gateway for tuning neurological and psychiatric disorders
Chair: Giovanna Paolone (University of Verona, Italy)
Speakers: Ioannis Sotiropoulos (University of Minho, Portugal), Marianne Amalric (CNRS, Marseille, France), Tommy Pattj (VU University Medical Center, Netherlands), Giovanna Paolone (University of Verona, Italy)

The transcriptomic basis of neuronal function and behaviour
Chair: Anand Gururajan (Brain & Mind Centre, University of Sydney, Australia)
Speakers: Anand Gururajan (Brain & Mind Centre, University of Sydney, Australia), Dan Ohtan-Wang (Kyoto University, Japan), David Slattery (University of Frankfurt, Germany), Iiris Hovatta (University of Helsinki, Finaland)

14h00 – 14h30 Closing Ceremony