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EPFL SV- Life Science Symposium, 28th - 30th August 2013

Motor control - from neural circuits and diseases to neuroprosthetics


Every year the School of Life Sciences at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) holds a major international symposium on its campus: the EPFL Life Science Symposium (LSS).

This year's edition, the LSS2013, will be organized by the Brain Mind Institute (BMI). It will take place August 28th-30th, 2013 in Auditorium SG1 (SG building) under the title "Motor Control - from neural circuits and diseases to neuroprosthetics".

This two and a half-day event is structured around several aspects of motor control that will each feature several high profile speakers from around the world:


  • motoneurons and spinal cord circuits
  • motor cortex
  • motor planning and action selection
  • basal ganglia & Parkinson's disease
  • neuroprosthetics & brain machine interfaces


confirmed speakers

Silvia Arber Friedrich Miescher Institute, Basel, Switzerland
Anders Bjorklund Lund University, Lund, Sweden
Jose Carmena University of California, Berkeley, USA
Mark Churchland University of Columbia, New York, USA
Rui Costa Champalimaud, Lisbon, Portugal
Eberhard Fetz University of Washington, Seattle, USA
Itzhak Fried University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Sten Grillner Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
Patrick Haggard University College London, UK
Ole Isacson Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, USA
Anatol Kreitzer University of California, San Francisco, USA
Jeff Lichtman Harvard University, Cambridge, USA
Silvestro Micera EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
Giacomo Rizzolatti University of Parma, Italy
Gordon Shepherd Northwestern University, Chicago, USA
Peter Strick University of Pittsburgh, USA
Mark Tuszynski University of California San Diego, USA
Eilon Vaadia Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
+ 9 short talks selected from abstracts submitted


A special session of LSS2013 will be dedicated to presenting the annual Debiopharm Group Life Sciences Award 2013, which this year will honour a young European investigator below the age of 45, active in the field of Brain Research and Neuroprosthetics, as well as the Junior Debiopharm Group Life Sciences Award 2013, that will honour young researchers (postdocs or group leaders) under the age of 33 working at a Swiss institution in the wider area of CELLULAR AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY.