1st webconference on Translational Imaging for Psychopharmacology

The first symposium on Translational Imaging for Psychopharmacology took place in Basel the 4th of December 2014 (9:00 to 17:30, Central European Time, i.e. 1 hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time).

This symposium is an academic initiative. It lasted 1 day and used a webconference formula. Speakers from various backgrounds, i.e. academic or industry, gathered in Basel while attendants could optionally choose to attend from their home / working place with opportunities to interact during the sessions of presentations and during the final round table. The Adobe Webconference software was used meaning that Adobe Flash Player plug-in should be installed to be able to view the conference. We thank the NEUREX for helping us in organizing the symposium and the university of Basel to help us in the management of this first web conferencing attempt. Registration was free for all attendees. Most of the audience (45 participants) was from Europe (see map below).

The theme of this first symposium focused on MRI based methodology for animal and human psychopharmacological studies with a strong point on their use for a translational approach.

People who would like to see the presentation should log on this site (click here if you have any CEP login and reload this page) or alternatively register on Neurex web site to access the flash records of the presentations (link).


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9:00 - 9:15 Welcome address

Defining the needs

  • 9:15 - 10:00 "Needs and expectations in translational pharmacological imaging" (Fabio Sambataro, ROCHE, Basel, Switzerland)

Human pharmacological MRI

  • 10:00 - 10:45 "Human pharmacological imaging: approaches, pitfalls and utility" (Mitul Mehta, Institute of Psychiatry, London, United Kingdom)

10:45 - 11: 15 Coffee break

  • 11:15 - 12:00 "Pharmacology of resting state imaging in human" (Joop van Greven, Centre for Human Drug Research, Leiden, Netherlands)
  • 12:00 - 12:30 "A resting state ASL-BOLD study of methylphenidate" (Jack Foucher, Icube laboratory, Strasbourg, France)

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch break

Animal pharmacological MRI

  • 13:30 - 14:15 "Reference System of fMRI Activation Patterns induced by Psychoactive Treatments in Rat" (Markus von Kienlin, ROCHE, Basel, Switzerland)
  • 14:15 - 14:45 "Functional and pharmacological MRI of the mouse brain" (Alessandro Gozzi, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Rovereto, Italy)
  • 14:45 - 15:15 "Central effects of the modulation of 5-HT6 receptors: a Pharmacological MRI study" (François Dauphin,  EA 4259, Caen, France)

15:15 - 15: 45 Coffee break

Translational perspectives

  • 15:45 - 16:45 "Translational imaging for pain pharmacology" (Lino Becerra, PAIN group, Boston, United States of America)
  • 16:45 - 17:30 Round table : Defining the needs, technological bottleneck, pitfalls and perspectives in the field. Provisional guidelines on the paradigm and imaging techniques.

Last update : 28/11/2014

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