Vis à vis in the Brain: The Neuron-Glia Interface

September 7 - 9, 2022

Freiburg (Germany)


The human mind is conventionally recognized as only derived from neuronal activity, with the dynamic activity of neurons involved in the transfer and processing of information. Glial cells, traditionally thought of simply as the “glue” of the nervous system, were thought to be uninvolved in information processing and only ensuring homeostatic maintenance. Recent evidence has now largely recognized that these cell types play many critical roles in the development and function of the brain.

The conference entitled “Vis à vis in the Brain: The Neuron-Glia Interface” will bring together experts from Neuroscience, Neurotechnology, and Neuroimmunology to highlight and present the most recent developments and unpublished discoveries. It will take place at the Medical Center-University of Freiburg, just a few minutes from the bustling city center.

Participants at all career stages are cordially invited to participate in this meeting, discussing and exchanging latest discoveries and findings with regards to the Neuron-Glia interface.



Wednesday, 7th of Sept 2022


12:00 – 17:00 Registration Hörsaal Killianstraße
15:30 – 16:30 Nanostring Workshop Resolving tissue and cellular heterogeniety in neuro samples
17:00 – 17:15 V. M. Ravi and K. Kierdorf Opening and Welcome
17:20 – 18:00 Keynote Lecture:
Roberto Bonasio
Social regulation of molecular and cellular plasticity in the ant brain
18:00 – 22:00 Poster Session + Snacks and Drinks

Hörsaal Killianstraße

Thursday, 8th of Sept 2022

Session I: Neuron & Glia in Health

Moderator: Prof. Andreas Vlachos

08:30 – 09:00 Rosa C. Paolicelli Microglia-mediated synapse remodelling in brain development and disease
09:00 – 09:30 Johannes Letzkus Circuit Mechanism of Neocortical Memory
09:30 – 10:00 Leda Dimou NG2-Glia: The understated players in brain function
10:00 – 10:30 Melanie Greter Regulation of CNS macrophage development and function

Coffee Break: 10:30-11:00

Session II: Neurodegeneration & Neuroinflammation

Moderator: Prof. Marco Prinz

11:00 – 11:30 Jonas Neher Epigenetic control of microglial identity and function
11:30 – 12:00 Christian Schachtrup Mechanisms of astrocyte scar formation: from coagulation to strategies for brain repair
12:00 – 12:30 Giuseppe Locateli Oligodendrocyte pathology and mitochondrial dysfunction in neuroinflammation
12:30 – 13:00 Roman Sankowski Myeloid cell heterogeneity at CNS interfaces in health and disease


Lunch Break: 13:00-14:00

Session III: Brain Tumors

Moderator: Prof. Oliver Schnell

14:00 – 14:30 Simone Niclou Advanced brain tumor models for immunotherapy studies
14:30 – 15:00 Tobias Weiss Novel insights and therapeutic strategies against glioblastoma
15:00 – 15:30 Varun Venkataramani Neuronal mechanisms of glioblastoma invasion
15:30 – 16:00 Manuel Valiente Strategies to challenge brain metastasis lethality in mice and human
16:00 – 16:30 Maria S. Carro Inactivation of ZBTB18 transcriptional repressor in Glioblastoma


Coffee Break: 16:30-17:00


Session IV: Applied Neuroscience/ Neurophysiology

Moderator: Prof. Carola Haas

17:00 – 17:30 Nektarios Tavernarakis Mitophagy in neuronal physiology and pathology during ageing
17:30 – 18:00 Jay Gopalakrishnan Induction of primary cilia prevents glioma invasion in brain organoids
18:00 – 18:30 Maximillian Lenz Neuron/Microglia-interactions determine synaptic plasticity after non-invasive brain stimulation


Gala Dinner (By Invitation): 19:00-22:30


Friday, 9th of Sept 2022


Session V: Neurotechnologies

Moderator: Prof. Ulrich G. Hofmann

08:30 – 09:00 Thomas Stieglitz Miniaturized neural implants-How does size matter ?
09:00 – 09:30 Dieter H. Heiland Computational challenges in spatially resolved omics
09:30 – 10:00 Andreas Weltin Electrochemical sensors for neural interfaces and cell culture monitoring


Coffee Break: 10:00-10:30

Session VI: Clinical Neuroscience

Moderator: Prof. Jürgen Beck

10:30 – 11:00 Michael Burger CAR2BRAIN Study – CAR-T/NK cell therapy for Brain Tumors
11:00 – 11:30 Marius Schwabenland Deep Spatial Profiling of human COVID-19 brains reveals neuroinflammation with distinct microanatomical microglia-T-cell interactions
11:30 – 12:00 Peter Reinacher How improving accuracy in functional and stereotactic neurosurgery could leverage neuroscience
12:00 – 12:20 Philipp Kellmeyer Ethical considerations in research with brain tissue and organoids


Session 7: Final Keynote and Closing Remarks


12:20-13:00 Keynote Lecture:
Adriano Aguzzi
Discovery of neurodegenerative modifiers by arrayed genome-wide perturbation
13:00-13:15 K. Joseph and P. d’Errico Closing Remarks




Sept., 7-9, 2022


Hörsaal Killianstrasse,

Medical Center-University of Freiburg,

Breisacherstr. 64,

79104 Freiburg im Breisgau,



Detailed Program and reservation :


Deadline for registration: 15.07.2022