Join us this Monsoon for a celebration of Neuroscience research, south of the Indus & beyond.
The scientific program includes:
◽ Talks by 16 invited speakers, contributed talks/posters and panels.
◽ Early-career Spotlight talks promoting folks who will be on the job market soon.
◽ A Neuroscience Careers panel that will offer perspective & discuss opportunities in academia and elsewhere.
◽ Community events like a Women in Neuroscience luncheon, an All for Science & Science for All event and a Growing up in Science talk, in addition to two fun contests.
◽ We are also experimenting with an algorithmic matching of like-minded attendees that mimics such serendipitous encounters in conferences !

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Neurofiction Contest

Samatha Mathew & Sidra Yaqoob

Samatha's winning entry can be found here.

Talks and Panels

You can watch all the talks, panel sessions on Crowdcast until July 24th, 2020.
Here are the links for the sessions on Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3 .

Participation certificates

We are working hard towards issuing
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Welcome Note

by Venkatakrishnan Ramaswamy and Arjun Ramakrishnan



Women & Trans persons in Neuroscience luncheon


Abishek Singh (School Of Life Science, JNU, New Delhi , India)
Title: Synergistic effect of multiple inputs on output neurons : fitting in-vivo data into in silico model to extrapolate patho-physiological conditions

Akash Gautam (University of Hyderabad, India)
Title: Role of Arc in Object Recognition Memory

Mohd. Ali Abbas Zaidi (IIT Kanpur, India)
Title: Morphogenesis of the chicken forebrain Roof plate is regulated by differential thickness and differential proliferation

Aanchal Bhatia (National Center for Biological Sciences (NCBS, TIFR), India)
Title: Precise excitation-inhibition balance - computational implications for feedforward circuits

Dr Shubha Srivastava (K N G P G College, Gyanpur, Bhadohi, India)
Title: von Economo and fork neurons in vocal control areas of brain of vocal learning birds : neural basis of Vocal learning and language

Sameera Shridhar (Indian Institute of Science, India)
Title: Heterogeneities vs. degeneracy in plasticity rules: Impact of structural, synaptic and intrinsic heterogeneities in dentate gyrus granule cells

Anushree Tripathi (NUmeå University, Sweden)
Title: Cortico-cortical Pathway Relaying Auditory Information to Orbitofrontal Cortex is Sensitive to Neuromodulation and Displays Local Sensory Gating in Mouse: Relevance for Neuropsychiatric Disorders

Abhijith S.R (Assistant Professor, Department of Biotechnology, Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore., India)
Title: Effect of long term subcutaneous insulin treatment on the changes in myelin in the sciatic nerves of diabetic rats

Jose Nayana (Department of Neurophysiology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Hosur Road, Bengaluru - 560029, India)
Title: Anxiolytic- and Antidepressant-like Effects of Finasteride in Female Rats

Anuradha Singh (Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Mohali, India)
Title: Increased dopaminergic neurotransmission results in ethanol dependent sedative behaviors in Caenorhabditis elegans

Dr. Asmita Dasgupta (DBMB, Pondicherry University., India)
Title: Can human endothelial cells modify niche cytokine profiles to alter differentiation lineage of human glial progenitors?

Poonam Thakur (IISER-Thiruvananthapuram , India)
Title: Selective K-ATP channel-dependent loss of pacemaking in vulnerable nigrostriatal dopamine neurons by α-synuclein aggregates

Dinesh Natesan (National Centre for Biological Sciences, India)
Title: Tuneable reflexes control airflow-dependent antennal positioning in flying hawkmoths

Deshdeepak Ratna (Jawaharlal Nehru University, India)
Title: Cholinergic inputs from pedunculo-pontine tegmentum to Ventral tegmental area modulate rapid eye movement sleep in rats

Aritra Das (Indian Institute of Science, India)
Title: Effect of cross-orientation normalization on different neural measures in macaque primary visual cortex

Aarush Mohit Mittal (IIT Kanpur, India)
Title: Pairwise Relative Distance (PRED): a robust metric for assessing similarity or separability of neural and behavioral responses

Poonam Mishra (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India)1
Title: Ion-channel regulation of channel decorrelation in a heterogeneous multi-scale model of the dentate gyrus

Madhav Vinodh Pithapuram (Indian Institute of Technology, India)
Title: InSilico Simulations on the lower limb Neuromuscular model allows to functionally map the movement profiles with spinal cord segments

Aditya koppula (Department of Biomedical engineering, IIT-Hyderabad, India)
Title: Effect of exercise anticipation on cardiorespiratory coupling

Bharath Chandra Talluri (University Medical Center Hamburg- Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany, Germany)
Title: Intermittent choices alter the processing of subsequent decision-relevant evidence

Pooja Ojha (All India Institute Of Medical Sciences, Jodhpur, India)
Title: Odor-induced modulation of electroencephalogram waves in healthy controls

Meenakshi Pardasani (IISER, Pune)
Title: Multimodal Learning of Pheromonal Locations

Pavan Kaushik (NCBS, India)
Title: Getting nature inside lab using Virtual Reality

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Talk: TBD



Dr. Durgesh Singh (Assistant Professor (Under Self Finance), India)
Morphology of neurons in dorsolateral surface of telencephalon in E. scolopaceus

Dhriti Nagar (IISER Pune, India)
Cytoskeleton remodelling protein Formin-2 in the development of neural circuits in zebrafish

Anubhuti Dixit(Amity Institute of Neuropsychology and Neurosciences, Amity University, Noida, India)
Neuronal regulation of olfactory behavior in C. elegans

Sriram Narayanan (National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bengaluru, India)
Predictive sensory representations in the cerebellum contribute to efficient behavioral responses to future sensory stimuli

Pavithraa Seenivasan (IISc, India)
Heterogeneity-driven spike dyssynchrony in inhibitory neuronal networks is a putative substrate for the emergence of hippocampal ripple frequency inhibition

Swikriti Saran Singh (IIT Kanpur, India)
Are metal wires suitable as recording electrodes for measuring electroantennograms?

Ankur Gadgil (NAdam Mickiewicz University, Poland)
Dysregulation of U7 snRNP and replication-dependent histones associated with ALS-FUS mutations

Anshita Singh (Centre of Bio-Medical Research, SANJAY GANDHI POST-GRADUATE INSTITUTE OF MEDICAL SCIENCES CAMPUS Raibareli Road, Lucknow U.P. -226014 (INDIA), India)
Gray Matter Volume and Cortical Complexity in Mania Children with Bipolar Disorder

Anusha A S (IISc, India)
Identification of patterns of cognitive heterogeneity within a population for the early detection of Alzheimer’s Disease

Parul (CSIR-CDRI, Lucknow, India)
Stress induced glial activation in brain leads to impaired hippocampal neurogenesis and anxious depression like behavior

Dr. Sippy Singh (Assistant Professor, India)
Periodic variation in spine density in hippocampal complex of P. krameri

Jonaki Sen (BSBE Department, IIT Kanpur, Kanpur, India., India)
MicroRNA 19b dons multiple hats in the developing avian brain

Navneet Vasistha (University of Copenhagen, Denmark, Denmark)
Differential impact on neuronal subtypes in mouse models of neurodevelopmental disorders

Vivek Tiwari (Centre for Brain Research, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, India)
Neurochemical, Structural and Functional Investigations in Healthy, Aging and Tumorous Human Brain: Looking beyond conventional Magnetic Resonance Methods

Shefali Goyal (Research scholar, India)
Antennal lobe responses underlying synergistic attraction to lactic acid and CO2 in mosquitoes

Mallampalli Kapardi (IIT, Hyderabad, India)
A neuromechanical upper limb model

Avinash Kumar Singh (IIT-Hyderabad, India)
movement simulations: Real movement and a Virtual spinal cord

Divyansh Mittal (Molecular Biophysics Unit, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India)
activity patterns in stellate cells of medial entorhinal cortex are consistent with heterogeneous stochastic bifurcations

Mohammad Farhan (Assistant Professor, Qatar)
mediate a switch between reward and aversion of Drosophila

Hina Kauser (NDMC Medical College, Hindu Rao Hospital, Delhi, India)
Impairment in sensory processing in sleep deprived individuals

Ishan Singhal (Centre of Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences, University of Allahabad, India)
for flip angle changes for the default mode network: an fMRI study

Pratima Pandey (Department of Biological Sciences, IIser Mohali, Punjab- India Centre for Neuroscience, IISc Bangalore, India, India)
An excitatory GABA receptor, EXP-1 switches odor preference and regulates metabolic plasticity in C. elegans

Rama Ratnam (Ahmedabad University, India)
How reliable is single-neuron coding?

Kaviraja Udupa (Additional Professor, Dept of Neurophysiology, NIMHANS, Bengaluru, India)
of non-invasive brain stimulation modalities in the treatment of Neuropsychiatric disorders: neurophysiologic perspectives

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Title: Climate Change and the Social Brain
Abstract: Deeper and more numerous social connections promote health, well-being, survival, and even financial success. By the same token, social exclusion and the loss of social partners result in feelings similar to physical pain. In my talk, I will discuss our work aimed at defining the biological mechanisms that mediate our ability and desire to connect and the impact of these capacities on resilience. We leverage a unique 13-year field study of thousands of free-ranging rhesus macaques and a biobank including genomic, neuroanatomical, and brain transcriptomic data, collected before and after major cyclone. We find that monkeys who have more friends are more successful, and show increased gene expression and structural connectivity within the social brain network. Monkeys who lived through the cyclone showed upregulation of aging-related genes in immune and inflammatory pathways. Behaviorally, monkeys responded to the acute and chronic stress of the cyclone by becoming more social and less aggressive. Current work aims to determine whether biological predispositions for social connections shape resilience to climate-induced stressors.



Title: Evaluating Cortical Connectivity with Non-invasive Brain Stimulation
Abstract: One popular approach to understand the functioning of the brain is to model it as a myriad of oscillators organized into networks. The structural and functional connectivity of the networks is a dynamic process driven by transient synchronization between its nodes. These connectivity patterns have been mapped by complex network analyses using multidisciplinary methods. Neuroimaging methods such as functional MRI, diffusion MRI, EEG and MEG have unraveled the dynamics of brain networks in both physiological and pathological states. A more recent addition to the brain mapping techniques is non-invasive brain stimulation (NIBS). This talk is aimed at showcasing how state-of-the-art NIBS techniques such as transcranial magnetic/electrical stimulation (TMS/tES) can be employed as a valuable tool to address the dynamics and causality aspects of functional connectivity. Further, the promises and challenges posed by this novel technique will also be discussed.



All for Science and Science for All




Title: How does the brain feel the hand?



Title: The evolution of neural systems: matched acoustic communication in Orthoptera
Abstract: Crickets and bushcrickets (Order: Orthoptera, Suborder: Ensifera) rely heavily on acoustic communication to find their mates. Across Orthoptera there are multiple origins and losses of convergent auditory and call production systems. Our lab is interested in the question of how sound production and sound reception systems evolve together in order to enable successful communication.
The pseudophylline bushcricket species Onomarchus uninotatus lends itself to answering these questions: males of this species produce an unusually low frequency pure tone call despite coming from a family of broadband, high frequency callers. Female Ensiferans typically show auditory sensitivity tuning enabling them to hear the male call and move towards the source of the sound. We investigated the tuning of the acoustic system and found neural, behavioural and structural adaptations in the Onomarchus ear that show remarkable convergence with the auditory structure of crickets – who primarily produce pure tone, low frequency songs. The female’s choice between these acoustic and vibratory systems of communication can be understood in the context of the predator pressure upon these insects in their habitat in the Western Ghats. We are currently looking for PhD students interested in investigating the neural tuning of mate choice around the conspecific male call type and are also working on other Orthopteran systems which show temporal pattern diversification.



Panel -- An India Brain Project?

Host: Upinder S. Bhalla



Sandhya Koushika (TIFR, India)
Where do you put mitochondria in a neuronal process and does it matter?

Suraj Kumar (Indian Institute of Science, India)
Clustered and Correlated Loss of Dendritic Spines Characterizes Encoding of Related Memory.

Suvimal Sindhu(Graduate Student, India)
Molecular mechanisms of hippocampus development in birds

Tanushree Kundu (IISER, Pune, India)
Role of Formin-2 in axonal branching

Rajan Shrivastava (Department of Biophysics, University of Delhi, South Campus, New Delhi, India)
The modulation in gating properties of voltage-dependent anion channel by calcium and related proteins

Yashaswee Mishra (School of Life Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi 110067, India, India)
Consolidation of spatial learning in Morris water maze is associated with increased phasic rapid eye movements during rapid eye movement sleep in rats

Akash Rao (Indian Institute of Technology Mandi, India)
EEG-based cognitive workload classification using directed functional connectivity analysis and neural structural adversarial learning

Sandipan Talukdar (Science Consultant, Web Media, India)
Modeling activity-dependent reduction in after hyper-polarization with Hodgkin-Huxley Formalism

Rachna Mehta ( Amity University Noida, India)
REMS deprivation induces epigenetic modifications and associated gene expressions in brain regions responsible for REMS regulation in rats

Abhijith S R (Assistant Professor, Department of Biotechnology, Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore., India )
Effect of long term subcutaneous insulin treatment on the changes in myelin in the sciatic nerves of diabetic rats

Sunaina Soni (ICMR-Research Associate, Stress and Cognitive Electroimaging Laboratory, Department of Physiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India)
Altered spectral perturbations of cortical dipoles during a dynamic visuo-spatial working memory task in patients with schizophrenia and their first-degree relatives

Sreeja Lakshmi (Post-doctoral research fellow, Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies, Kochi, Kerala, India., India)
Biomedical Implications Of Marine Bioactive Compounds for Therapeutics In Alzheimer's Disease

Aarti Yadav (Department of Biochemistry, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India)
Resveratrol loaded solid lipid nanoparticles attenuate neurobehavioural deficits in surgical rodent model of vascular dementia

Sumant Kumar (Banaras Hindu University, India)
Development of protein Biomarker for Traumatic Brain Injury

Alok Nath Mohapatra (Sagol Department of Neurobiology, University of Haifa, Israel)
Neural correlates of social behavioral states in Cntnap2-knockout mice

Apoorva Pauranik (Director, Pauranik Academy of Medical Education. Ex-Professor Neurology, M.G.M.Medical College , indore. M.P., India)
Computers for Dyslexia

Dr. Shampa Ghosh(National Institute of Nutrition, India)
Vitamin B12 deficiency is associated with negligent maternal care behavior in C57BL/6 mouse

Raghav Rajan (IISER Pune, India)
Repetitive premotor activity and/or repetitive vocalisations precede song initiation in the adult male zebra finch

Niranjan Kambi (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Neural Foundations of Memory

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Title: Speed control in animals: making and breaking rules
Abstract: To survive, animals need to generate locomotion at different speeds to suit their immediate needs. Circuits in the spinal cord generate locomotion at these varying speeds by sequential activation of different spinal interneurons and motor neurons. We now know that spinal circuit elements may be dedicated for generating locomotor rhythms at different frequencies. However, speed is dictated by both frequency an amplitude of the motor command. In my talk I will show how neuromodulators can reconfigure spinal speed modules to change motor command amplitude and thus lead to faster speeds. These findings throw new light on flexibility within spinal circuits and how that flexibility is exploited to generate behavioral adaptability.



Career Spotlight Talks A


Title: Understanding the role of sensitivity to outcome valence in social decision-making
Abstract: Recent work has reported the role of painkillers like acetaminophen (active ingredient of paracetamol & tylenol) in diminished empathy for others as well as reduced blood oxygen level dependent (BOLD) activity in brain regions like anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) previously associated with pain perception and empathy for others in pain. To examine the neural effect of an analgesic on social decision-making associated with pleasant or unpleasant outcomes, we recorded the activity of ACC neurons in rhesus monkeys while they performed a task following an oral dose of acetaminophen vs. saline. The task required a choice between two options associated with varying amounts of juice. Across trials, the juice on offer was randomly cued to be either sweet or bitter in taste for the actor monkey (the one making the decisions) or the recipient monkey (the one sitting across the room, facing the actor monkey). Consistent with human behavioral and neural reports, acetaminophen significantly reduced the monkeys’ behavioral sensitivity to the valence of outcomes for self as well as the other. In addition, behavioral sensitivity to the valence of outcomes for the other significantly correlated with valence discrimination accuracy of the alpha power local field potentials in ACC gyrus (an area known to be selective in tracking other-related outcomes). Interestingly, this correlation was disrupted in the acetaminophen condition. Overall, these results are suggestive of a shared neural mechanism between perception of pain and valence processing for decision-making.



Title: Variability as a signature of computations during motor decisions
Abstract: Movements are the outcome of computations in the brain that decide where, when and how to move. A hallmark of such motor decisions is their variability from trial to trial that in turn produce overt movements that are variable. In this talk I will use eye movements as a “simple” system to illustrate how such inherent variability can be used reveal insights into the processes that determine how saccades are generated. Using system based stochastic models of saccadic eye movements, I will show how structured variability (signal dependent noise) in movement kinematics can be used to test and distinguish between previously proposed deterministic models that either use displacement or velocity as input signals. In contrast to these models, we propose that a dual displacement/velocity-based model best explains the observed kinematic variability.





Title: Prefrontal-amygdala interactions in social cognition and decision making
Abstract: Evidence in humans and macaques suggests dissociable functions of medial frontal cortex (MFC) and orbitofrontal cortex (OFC), with MFC being essential for aspects of social cognition and OFC being essential for value-based decision making. Although bilateral amygdala damage also results in impairments in these cognitive domains, it is not known whether the specializations of MFC and OFC depend on interactions with the amygdala. We tested this possibility for OFC and a part of MFC, prelimbic cortex (PL) by studying monkeys with crossed surgical disconnections of PL and amygdala (PL x Amyg, n=4) or surgical disconnection of OFC and amygdala (OFC x Amyg, n=4) and unoperated controls (n=5). In a separate study we used a vicarious reinforcement task to assess prosocial tendencies of macaques with bilateral excitotoxic lesions of MFC relative to unoperated controls. Compared to controls, monkeys with OFC x Amyg disconnections had impairments on a test of value-based decision making, but monkeys with PL x Amyg disconnections did not. In contrast, monkeys with PL x Amyg disconnections showed reduced social valuations but monkeys with OFC x Amyg disconnections did not. Bilateral lesions of MFC also led to altered social valuations. In macaques, MFC and OFC contribute to social cognition and value-based decision making, respectively, in part through interactions with the amygadala. Thus, specialized prefrontal areas contribute to choices relating to conspecifics or choices independent of others.



Title: A neural compass that is both flexible and stable
Abstract: Many animals use internal representations of their spatial relationship to their surroundings to navigate. My lab is interested in understanding how these dynamic neural representations are generated and used. In this talk, I will discuss what we know about how the fly’s brain circuits ensure that its compass functions stably in different sensory surroundings



Divya Subramanian (Duke University, USA, United States of America)
Discriminative rather than Bayesian models are used for the categorical judgment of object movement across saccades

Iris Vilares (University of Minnesota, United States of America)
Comparing decision-making across social, emotional, and perceptual tasks

Sashank Pisupati(Princeton Neuroscience Institute, United States of America)
Lapses in perceptual decisions reflect exploration

Naveen Sendhilnathan (Columbia University, United States of America)
Differential cortical control of goal-directed and non-goal directed saccades

Nandkishore Prakash (Children's National Medical Center, Washington DC, India)
Plasticity of serotonergic phenotype in the dorsal raphe characterizes susceptibility to stress-induced anhedonia

Subhadip Paul (The Mind Research Network (Formerly Mind Institute ), USA, United States of America)
How the co-opetition of genetic influences is related to the co-variation of morphologies in the human cerebral cortex?

Mrudula K (National Institute of mental health and neuroscineces, India)
Cardiac, Autonomic and Neurobehavioral correlation between Alcohol addiction and Adult ADHD

B. N. Srikumar (Department of Neurophysiology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru, India)
Development and Characterization of a Rat Model of Post-Finasteride Syndrome Sunetra Sase ( Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, USA )
Germline and therapeutic suppression of Tubulin alpha 4a rescues H-ABC leukodystrophy in mice

Amol Yadav (Duke University,USA)
Generating Artificial Sensations with Spinal Cord Stimulation in Primates and Rodents

Krithika Venkataraman (The Rockefeller University, United States of America)
What controls a female mosquito's drive to hunt for humans?

Sreeparna Pradhan (McGill University, USA)
Environmental programming of adult foraging behavior

Vidyadhara D J (Depts. of Neurology & Neuroscience, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA, United States of America)
Dopamine dysregulation and synucleinopathy in auxilin knockout mice

Karthik Krishnamurthy (Thomas Jefferson university, Philadelphia, United States of America)
Neurodegeneration in ALS/FTD is driven by Aberrant Stress granule dynamics

Shrinivasan Raghuraman (The University of Utah, United States of America)
Facile functional classification of cell types in the nervous system by pharmaconomics approach

Vivek Mahadevan (National Institutes of Health, United States of America)
NMDAR-mediated transcriptional control of gene expression in the specification of interneuron subtype identity

Saumitra Dey Choudhury (NICHD/NIH, United States of America)
High resolution in vivo detection and reconstitution of synaptic proteins using a novel nanobody-based system

Ashesh Dhawale (Harvard University, United States of America)
The basal ganglia control the detailed structure of learned motor skills

Anupama Sathyamurthy (NINDS, National Institutes of Health, United States of America)
Cerebellospinal neurons regulate motor learning and performance

Arkarup Banerjee (Neuroscience Institute, New York University, United States of America)
Motor Cortical Control of Vocal Behavior in a Neotropical Singing Mouse

Arojit Mitra (The Jackson Laboratory, United States of America)
Discovery of three cocaine-response regulator genes using gene-phenotype association modelling of KOMP pheno-physiology data.

Atul Gopal (National Institutes of Health, United States of America)
Role of Superior Colliculus neurons in value-based decisions

Subhadra Mokashe (Duke University, Brandeis University, India)
Learning sequences of correlated patterns in recurrent networks

Anant Jain (Max Planck Florida Institute of Neuroscience, India)
Novel plasticity mechanisms underlie hippocampal place cell formation

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Career Spoltlight Talks B




Madhavi Joshi(Institute of science, Nirma University, India)
Title: Hyperglycemia causes anxiogenic response via impaired NRG1-ErbB receptor subtypes in sensory cortex and corpus callosum

Kastro kalidass(Pondicherry University, Pondicherry)
Title: A chemi-informatics study to identify potential ligands for human γ-aminobutyric acid B receptor through Structure based virtual screening and Molecular docking

Manjeet Kaur(Student, India)
Title: Noradrenaline increases Na-K ATPase mRNA stability: implications with rapid eye movement sleep

Shashank Tandon(University of Utah, United States of America)
Title: Role of a neural pathway encoding aversion in modulating ethanol-seeking behavior

Deeptha Vasudevan(University of Utah, United States of America)
Title: Role of local neurogenesis in functional recovery following spinal cord injury

Avishek Chatterjee(IISER Kolkata, India)
Title: A Systematic Study On Food Craving

Mallika Chatterjee(Assistant Professor, India)
Title:Heparan sulfate modifications determine navigation properties of thalamocortical axons in the developing mouse forebrain

Meenakshi P(Indian Institute of Science, India)
Title: Identification and segregation of neuronal ensembles of multiple memories using temporal expression dynamics of a single immediate early gene

Niveda Udaykumar(Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India)
Title: Deciphering the role of CNKSR2 in the developing chick forebrain.

Pankaj Seth(National Brain Research Centre, India )
Title: Viruses make Friends Turn Foe: implications in neuropathogenesis following HIV and Zika infections

Abhilasha Joshi(University of California, San Francisco, United States of America)
Title:Temporal organization of neural activity through synchronization of sensory-motor and cognitive rhythms

Ruchi Malik(University of California San Francisco, United States of America)
Title:Prefrontal cortex exerts top-down inhibitory control on circuit computation in dorsal hippocampus

Shuchita Soman(NCBS, India)
Title:Dopamine Requires Unique Residues to Signal via the Serotonin 2A Receptor

Santhosh Sethuramanujam(University of Victoria, Canada)
Title:Role for acetylcholine-GABA co-transmission in retinal direction selectivity

Ishwariya Venkatesh (Marquette University, Milwaukee,USA (she is in India right now)) Victoria, Canada)
Title: Computational approaches identify novel transcription factor combinations that promote corticospinal tract growth following injury

Gaurang Mahajan(IISER Pune, India)
Title:Local design principles shaping transmission at a hippocampal synapse

Kousik Sarathy Sridharan(Indian Institute of Technology - Hyderabad, India)
Title:Deep brain stimulation artefacts - Mr.Melon to the rescue

Mohan Raghavan(Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad, India)
Title:Recreating movement in silico

Ishita Arun(Centre for Cognitive and Brain Sciences, IIT Gandhinagar, India)
Title:Top-down effect of language on perception: verbal tags and tactile perceptual discrimination

Pradeep Mishra(instem, India)
Title:Early life stress can have adverse control over processing of the fear learning and its control over extinction in the rats

Tiasha Saha Roy(Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata, India)
Title:Improving perceptual decision making across tasks of varying difficulty using the wisdom of crowds

Suranjita Ganguly(Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad, India)
Title:Neuromechanical motivation for neuro-rehabilitation game design

Pooja Chaudhary(National JALMA Institute for Leprosy and Other Mycobacterial Diseases (ICMR), Agra, India)
Title:An aptamer-based potent diagnostic tool for the rapid and delimited detection of tuberculosis meningitis

Krishnendu Ghosh(Immunobiology Lab, Department of Zoology, Panihati Mahavidyalaya, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, West Bengal, India)
Title:Inverse relationship among proliferation and invasion with microglial modulation in human glioma

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Title: Drinking and dopamine: what’s the connection?
Abstract: Dopamine (DA), a neurotransmitter of the central nervous system, regulates diverse neuronal processes and its dysregulation leads to multiple neurological diseases and addictions. In C. elegans DA signaling is regulated through the G-protein coupled receptor, DOP-2. DOP-2 acts as an autoreceptor and has been reported to play a role in C. elegans learning and memory.
I will describe the role of DOP-2 in the regulation of ethanol- dependent motor signaling in C. elegans. In the presence of ethanol, mutants in dop-2 display distinct phenotypes where they show defects in movement, these defects are largely seen to impact the posterior region of the animal’s body. These ethanol dependent movement defects were rescued by expressing the DOP-2 gene under its native promoter. Further, wild-type animals exposed to exogenous dopamine and ethanol showed a phenotype similar to that seen in dop-2 mutants treated with ethanol.
I will also discuss the molecular pathway and neural circuit through which DOP-2 affects ethanol dependent movement. Our results indicate that loss of DOP-2 causes increased acetylcholine release at the C. elegans neuromuscular junction through the release of neuropeptides from the posterior neuron of the animal.
Overall, this study elucidates the role of DA autoreceptors in the regulation of motor signaling in C. elegans and could have implications in further understanding the relationship between dopamine and ethanol sensitivity.



Title: Dancing dendritic spines: how neurons detect where to make new synapses.
Abstract: Dendritic spines are the point of contact for most of the excitatory connections between cells in the brain. These ~1 micron protrusions hold an immensely complicated machinery to mediate synaptic input. Remarkably, they form and retract throughout one's lifetime. It is known that small pulses of the excitatory neurotransmitter, glutamate, can trigger formation of new spines. We used computer modelling to ask what kinds of signaling mechanisms could support this process. We show that there are mathematical forms of cooperative processes that achieve local elevation of putative spine-triggering molecules. We then identified a set of known signaling events that obey similar mathematical properties. We developed a reaction-diffusion model and have used it to predict several distinctive properties of spine formation, including localization in relation to existing spines, and clustering.





Title: 5-HT- Boosting neuronal powerplants
Abstract: In my talk I will discuss work that indicates a novel role for serotonin, the monoamine neurotransmitter strongly linked to mood modulation, in the regulation of mitochondrial biogenesis and neuronal bioenergetics.
Serotonin can increase the production of mitochondria, and this enhanced mitochondrial biogenesis is accompanied by increased energy production in neurons, resulting in eventual increases in ATP generation. This appears to be the result of enhanced efficiency of the electron transport chain, resulting in significantly enhanced maximal and spare respiratory capacity of cortical neurons. Serotonin also results in a profound reduction in cellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) through a regulation of ROS scavenging enzymes. This link between neurotransmitter signaling and energy balance and senescence of neurons is unexpected, and provides a new framework for understanding how serotonin signaling affects stress responses.



Title: TBD




Career Spotlight A


Title: The wiring plan of the worm brain: What, why and how
Abstract: Understanding how the integration of micro-level dynamics across the neuronal network results in macro-level functioning of the brain is one of the key aims of neuroscience. The somatic nervous system of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans provides an ideal model system for attempting this owing to the relatively small number of neurons involved and detailed knowledge of the location of and connectivity among the individual neurons. Analyzing the structure of the network in our earlier work by focusing on features that appear at the mesoscopic-level of organization has revealed a set of modules or communities of neurons that are more densely connected with members of their own module as compared to those belonging to other modules. The pattern of intra- and inter-modular connections - similar to that seen in the networks connecting regions in much larger brains, e.g., that of the Macaque - reveal functionally critical neurons playing key roles in coordinating activity across the network. This raises the question as to whether there are fundamental principles governing how the nervous system gets wired that ensure the robust appearance of the characteristic structural features over the course of development. In recent work, we have shown that neurons with certain shared characteristics—such as, neural process lengths, birth time cohort, lineage and bilateral symmetry—exhibit a preference for connecting to each other. Recognizing the existence of such homophily and their relative degree of importance in determining connection probability within neurons (for example, in synapses, symmetric pairing is the most dominant factor followed by birth time cohort, process length and lineage) helps in connecting specific neuronal attributes to the observed patterns of connectivity the network.



Ankit Roy(Student, India)
Title:Spatial information transfer in hippocampal place-cell models depends on biophysical heterogeneities, trial-to-trial variability and symmetry of place-field firing

Nagesh Kadam(IISER Mohali, India)
Title:The G-protein coupled receptor SRX-97 is required for concentration dependent sensing of benzaldehyde in Caenorhabditis elegans

Priyadharshini Srikanth(Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, India)
Title:Alpha synuclein oligomers: central players in the olfactory impairment in Parkinson’s disease?

Shubhangi Gautam(IIIT Hyderabad, India)
Title:Investigating Differences in the Default Mode Network in Empathy-Related Stimuli vs Resting State by a Time-Frequency Analysis Method

Dhriti Shah(Institute of Science, Nirma University, Ahmedabad, India)
Title:Intermittent Hypoglycemia Targets Key Proteins of Vesicle Docking Machinery Underlying Insulin Exocytosis

Shivranjani Moharir(CCMB, Hyderabad, India)
Title:Optineurin promotes aggregation of mutant proteins and reduces cytotoxicity caused by aggregates

Aalok Varma(National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), India)
Title:Using machine learning-based approaches to predict neuronal states from calcium imaging data

Jaskirat Kaur(Amity University, Noida)
Title:Development of a novel Mental Imagery Training Protocol (“NEURO-RELIEF”) for Treatment of Neuropathic Pain in Spinal Cord Injury

krishan gopal pathak(Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Agra, India)
Title:Salivary biomarkers and proteomics: A way of safe and easy diagnostics of brain-specific diseases

PRIYA MISHRA(Amity Institute of Neuropsychology and Neurosciences (AINN), Amity University, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India)
Title:Homeopathic medicinal preparation of Nux vomica exhibits antiepileptogenic and antioxidant properties in PTZ induced kindling mice model of epilepsy

Rohini Subrahmanyam(NCBS, India)
Title:Loss of FMRP leads to increased spontaneous synaptic vesicle fusion in hippocampal neurons

Rohan Sharma(IISER-Pune, India)
Title:Biophysical basis of alpha rhythm disruption in ALzheimer's Disease

Rishika (Saptarshi Soham) Mohanta(Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Pune, India)
Title:Deciphering the Dynamics of the Locust Olfactory System

Smith Gupta(Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India)
Title:An algorithm for detection of small-amplitude spikes

Sree Harsha Peesapati(Computational Neuroscience Laboratory, Department of Biotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India, India)
Title:Spherical Harmonics as a basis for representing 3D space in a network of hippocampal spatial cells

Yashaswini M R(IIT Hyderabad, India)
Title:Performance optimisation for neuro mechanical simulation of Upper Limb Model

Aishwarya Deshpande(Independent, India)
Title:Color discrimination in the Asiatic honeybee, Apis cerana indica

Arpan Nayak(IISER Pune, India)
Title:Lucid dreaming: the next step in Consciousness studies

Title:How good are humans in discriminating odors?

Yamini Gogna(Research Scholar, India)
Title:Analyzing attention deviation during collaterally proceeding cognitive tasks

Nisha Chetana Sastry(National Brain Research Center, Manesar, India)
Title:Dynamic Repertoire of Brain During Task and Rest

Pourush Sood(Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India)
Title:I See What You Did There – Modelling Cognitive Processing in a Visuospatial Reasoning Task

Raunak Swarnkar(IIT Gandhinagar, India)
Title:EEG Correlates of Effector-Specific Representation during Visuo-Motor Sequence Learning

Samruddhi Damle(IIT Gandhinagar, India)
Title:Emotion Facilitates Perceived Contrast

Shafa Khan(School of Life Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi 110067, India, India)
Title:Flowerpot method for rapid eye movement sleep deprivation does not induce stress in the rats as evaluated by serum corticosterone level

Shefta E Moula(Research Assistant, India)
Title:Analysis of the physiological changes in rat pups limbic system following ante-natal exposure to Omkara and Natutal Sounds.

Pradeep Shenoy(Google Research India, India)
Title:Rational preference shifts in multi-attribute choice: What is fair?

Sayan Ghosh(IIEST Shibpur, India)
Title:Estimation of suitable feature for hand movement analysis from EEG Signal

Pritakshi Das(Amity University, Noida, India)
Title:COVID-19: Impact of social isolation on mood, behaviour and biological rhythm

Arhant Jain(IIIT-Hyderabad, India)
Title:Decoding finger-tapping movements differences from a standard and game paradigm by a Single-frequency filtering method applied to EEG data

Rahul Kaushal(Indian Institute of Technology-Madras, India)
Title:Multivariate data analysis using magnetic resonance imaging and genetic risk factors for Alzheimer’s Disease: Preliminary findings from The National Alzheimer's Coordinating Center Data

ShrutI Shridhar(IISc, Center for Neuroscience , India)
Title:The Nature of Remote Temporal MemoryThe Nature of Remote Temporal Memory

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Title: New approaches to motor recovery after stroke
Abstract: Animal models suggest that there is a critical period after stroke in which responsiveness to training is maximal. Here I will show attempts we are making to exploit this plasticity window in humans with a novel type of serious video gaming that promotes high intensity and high dose cognitive and motor training



Career Panel


Growing Up in Science

K. VijayRaghavan



Venkatakrishnan Ramaswamy

BITS Pilani Hyderabad

Arjun Ramakrishnan

IIT Kanpur



Special thanks to the organizers of the Neuromatch conference, especially, Konrad Kording, Dan Goodman & Titipat Achakulvisut for inspiration, advice and sharing resources.

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