Bordeaux Neurocampus Conferences

The Bordeaux Neurocampus Conferences are a serie of Neuroscience meetings, organized in Bordeaux, France.

The purpose of the conferences is to present and discuss recent findings in a topic field in Neuroscience, bringing together leading international experts and young researchers. The maximum number of participants is 250, including invited speakers. The scientific program is organized jointly by members of Bordeaux Neurocampus and the LabEx Brain.

The Bordeaux Neurocampus Conferences are 3-day meetings that take place in autumn at Bordeaux University, France. About 20 presentations are given by invited speakers, and the schedule encourages lively discussion, in particular during the poster sessions.

Next conference : 2-4 October, 2019

Normal and pathological reward processing: from synapse to behavior

Essential feature of the human as well as the animal brain is its ability to process information on-line in order to efficiently adapt behavior to a changing environment. The brain constantly integrates new sensory information and adjusts its behavioral responses to maximize reward and / or minimize unpleasant and even dangerous consequences for the organism. The question here is to highlight brain regions that share the ability to “reward” the performance of vital functions such as feeding, exploration of new environments, initiation of new social interactions, reproduction and appropriate reaction to threat. The mesocorticolimbic dopaminergic system was the first neural circuit to be described in this context and is closely related to the whole reward system. Are there other brain reward systems? What happens in the brains of patients with autism spectrum disorders, addiction to drugs or sports, anxiety or depressive symptoms, Parkinson's disease, whose reward system is altered? Answers to these questions do not reach consensus and will be debated during the three days of this conference.

Previous editions

The first edition of the international Bordeaux Neurocampus Conferences was in October 1st to 3rd, 2014"MitoBrain" for ‘Mitochondrial Functions and Dysfunctions in the Central Nervous System, focused on the role of mitochondria in the cells in the Central Nervous System (neurons and glia), in normal and pathological states.

The second edition was from September 30th to October 2nd, 2015"GliSyn" for “Astrocytes and microglia, key partners in synaptic transmission”, focused on the possible partnership of two glial cells, astrocytes and microglia, in synaptic transmission. It took place at the Institut d’Optique Graduate School of Talence, southwest of the famous city of Bordeaux, on the University campus of Bordeaux.

The third edition "Probing neuronal circuits during behavior" took place from September 28 to 30, 2016. It tackled the study of the causal relationship between neuronal dynamics and behavior via innovative techniques.

The fourth event "Bordeaux Neurocampus inaugural congress" took place from September 27 to 29, 2017. It was associated with the official inauguration of the Broca Nouvelle-Aquitaine Center. 350 people in the local neuroscience community were present.

The last congress "Aging 2018" wwas held from September 26 to 28, 2018. It gathered members of the international neuroscience community around a central theme: cognitive aging in the absence of AD and the existence of interindividual differences in memory impairment during age.