The Cognitive Thalamus

June 21 - 22, 2018

Strasbourg (France)


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The thalamus – the largest diencephalic structure with its about 60 nuclei – has long been considered a structure bidirectionnally relaying information between subcortical and cortical regions. Over the two last decades, some of its nuclei have been recognized as having a major role in various aspects of cognition. Indeed, thalamic lesions are associated with a panel of cognitive dysfunctions including amnesia, aphasia, alterations in executive functions, attention, perseveration… in both neurological patients and animal models. Over the last five years, research in both humans and laboratory animals has provided new support (e.g., 136 research articles and reviews in 2017) pointing to a specific role of some of these thalamic nuclei in the dynamic interactions between limbic structures and cortical areas implicated in cognitive functions (e.g., hippocampus, prefrontal cortex). There will be a particular emphasis on processes underlying functions encompassing, for instance, behavioural flexibility, working memory, memory persistence… Data and arguments presented will come from MRI studies in humans and experimental approaches in animal models, including non human primates.



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Thursday, June 21

09:00-09:30 Registration & Welcome Coffee

09:30-09:40 Introduction - Anne Pereira de Vasconcelos, LNCA, Strasbourg (F)
09:40-10:20 « The nucleus reuniens orchestrates hippocampal-prefrontal synchrony during spatial working memory » - Amy Griffin, Newark, Delaware (USA)
10:20-11:00 « Role of nucleus reuniens in working memory and executive functions » - Robert Vertes, Miami (USA)

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break & Poster Session

11:30-12:10 « Ventral midline thalamus and systemic consolidation » - Jean-Christophe Cassel, LNCA, Strasbourg (F)
12:10-12:50 « Thalamic contribution to adaptive cognition » - Mathieu Wolff, Bordeaux (F)

12:50-14:15 Lunch Break

14:15-14:55 « Complementary frontal and hippocampal inputs to the rostal thalamus create complementarity functions» - John Aggleton, Cardiff (UK)
14:55-15:35 « Optogenetics prospects: thalamo-cortical systems and memory » - John Dalrymple-Alford, Christchurch (NZ)

15:35-16:05 Coffee Break & Poster Session

16:05-16:45 « The Mediodorsal Thalamus: An Essential Partner of Prefrontal Cortex for Cognition » - Sébastien Parnaudeau, Paris (F)
16:45-17:25 « The Importance of the Mamillothalamic Pathway for Separating Events » - Andrew Nelson, Cardiff (UK)
17:25-18:05 « Primate mediodorsal thalamus: its role in learning and decision making, and its influence on cortical connectivity » - Anna Mitchell, Oxford (UK)

Friday, June 22

09:15-09:55 « Recognition memory and the mediodorsal nucleus of the thalamus in the human » - Emmanuel Barbeau, Toulouse (F)
09:55-10:35 « The role of the anterior nucleus of the thalamus in memory processing » - Catherine Sweeney-Reed, Magdeburg (D) (web conference)

10:35-11:05 Coffee Break & Poster Session

11:05-11:45 « The role of the ventral thalamic midline nucleus reuniens in memory: an update of anatomical, electrophysiological and behavioural evidence » - Ysbrand Van der Werf, Amsterdam (NL)
11:45-12:25 « The specificity of thalamic alterations in Korsakoff syndrome: implications in the study of human memory » - Anne-Lise Pitel & Segobin Shaliendra, Caen (F)

12:25-14:00 Lunch


Poster session:

A poster session will take place during the meeting. Please find below the submission terms.

Submission of abstracts for poster session:

- Abstract:
Abstract form:
Type of file: Word file - Abstracts must be submitted in English.
- title
- authors (incl. affiliations)
- Body text: limited to 250 words and including: Aims, Methods, Results and Conclusions. Please be sure not to include any symbols.

- Abstract submission:
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Deadline for submission: June 13th, 2018

- Poster:
Please note that the maximum size of the poster is A0 or 90x120 cm. Posters should be in Portrait format.



Jean-Christophe Cassel & Anne Pereira de Vasconcelos (LNCA, Strasbourg, F)







 June 21-22, 2018

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F - 67081 Strasbourg



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