European Population Neuroscience: A Satellite Event of the FENS Forum 2016

  • 2016-07-01 |
  • Fens Forum 2016 |
  • DGI Byen |
  • Time 08:30-16:30 |

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This scientific symposium addresses key challenges of a European Population Neuroscience Strategy. Such a strategy is grounded in the lack of multidimensional indicators containing information about the individuals’ social, physical and internal environments, their physical & mental health and cognitive reserve, as well as socio-political, economical and cultural dimensions of their livesto predict physical (i.e. body) and mental & cognitive (i.e. brain) health and illness, resilience and potential across the life span. Identifying such indicators is pivotal in ensuring and promoting public and individual physical and mental health, wellbeing, and productivity by means of evidence based (preventive) public health, educational, social, environmental and infrastructural policies and programs, personalized medicine, care and education, and industrial and technical innovation.

The main goal is to model the often subtle but decisive interplay of multidimensional factors across the life span in cohorts representative ofgeneral populations (e.g. capturing genetic makeup,age and sex distributions, social-economic and health status, and culture)

The symposium will give attendees insight in:

  • The need for and advantages of a strategy on European Population Neuroscience
  • Population Neuroscience, which attempts to understand the intimate relationship between genes (Genome) and exposures (Envirome) shaping brain outcomes (Phenome).
  • Strategies to ensure that cohorts are representative of populations as well as the need for an international approach in order to capture social and cultural factors.
  • New mobile sensing technologies that allow for an ecological sampling of physical and environmental variables.
  • Large-scale infrastructures for integrating, sharing and exploiting huge amounts of prospective multidimensional data in a secure manner.
  • Analytical and modeling strategies and approaches to analyze and exploit multimodal, multidimensional and multisite prospective data.



Danish Research Centre for Magnetic Resonance (DRCMR) in collaboration with CreoDK and the European Brain Council (EBC)

Organising committee: Prof. Hartwig Siebner (DRCMR), Prof. Tomas Paus (Rotman Research Institute and University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada) and Prof. Thomas Werge (Mental Health Centre Sct. Hans, Capital Region of Denmark, Denmark)



08:30 - 09:00

Registration and bread and coffee/tea

09:00 - 09:10



Prof. Hartwig Siebner, Danish Research Centre for Magnetic Resonance, Centre for Functional and Diagnostic Imaging and Research Copenhagen University Hospital Hvidovre, Denmark.



Population Neuroscience: linking genes, behaviour, society and brain

09:10 - 09: 50

Population Neuroscience: scope and lessons learned from merging brain imaging, genetics and epidemiology  


Prof. Tomas Paus, Rotman Research Institute and University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

09:50 - 10:30

Aging starts in the womb: mapping the impact of early life factors on brain and cognition through the lifespan


Prof. Kristine Walhovd; Center for the Study of Human Cognition, Department of Psychology, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway.


10:30 - 11:00



Session 2:

Population Neuroscience: the role of the body and environment

11:00 - 11: 40

Integrating immunology and neuroscience


Prof. Emeritus Keith W. Kelley,Integrative Immunology and Behavior Program, Department of Animal Sciences, College of ACES, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, USA.

11:40 - 12:20

Making optimal use of population and register data


Prof. Erik Lykke Mortensen, Department of Public Health; University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark.


12:20 - 13:20



Session 3: 

Population Neuroscience: mobile sensing and challenges in data management

13:20 - 14:00

Physical, biological and ecological sensing, possibilities, impact, and challenges


Prof. Lars Kai Hansen, Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, Technical University Denmark, Denmark


14:00 - 14:40

Large-scale infrastructures for integrating, sharing and exploiting huge amounts of prospective multidimensional data in a secure manner


Prof Schweighofer, Centre for Computers and Law (ARI), University of Vienna, Austria


14:40 - 15:10



Session 4:

Population Neuroscience: causality and modelling of multimodal and multidimensional data

15:10 - 15:50

Causal analysis approaches: lessons from life course epidemiology and relevance to Population Neuroscience


Prof. Marcus Munafò, MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit, UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, School of Experimental Psychology, University of Bristol


15:50 - 16:30

Modelling multimodal, multidimensional and multisite prospective data: challenges and approaches


Dr. Andreas Brandmaier, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany


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