Cell-Nerf symposium: Neurotechnologies

Organized by Cell Symposia, NERF & VIB Conferences
30 September - 2 October 2018, Leuven, Belgium
Early Bird registration deadline: 20 July 2018
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Cell-Nerf symposium: Neurotechnologies
Organized by Cell Symposia, NERF & VIB Conferences

The meeting will broadly focus on neurotechnologies for research and neuroprosthetic applications, covering advances in molecular, optical, and electrophysiological approaches for measuring and manipulating neural circuits.

Recent technological advances from fields as diverse as gene and protein engineering, optics, photonics, chemistry, materials science, nanoscience, electrophysiology, and more have helped propel forward our understanding of the genetic, molecular, and physiological mechanisms that contribute to the development and function of the central nervous system. We will bring together leading experts at the forefront of neurotechnology development to discuss the next generation of tools and methods. They will present their latest work and share their thoughts more broadly on how the field as a whole might tackle critical challenges.


  • Neural recordings: imaging and electrophysiological approaches
  • Prosthetics and brain-machine interfaces
  • Optical manipulation of circuits and cells
  • Material science and nanotechnology
  • Design of new probes and sensors
  • Neuromodulation
  • Cell and tissue engineering

Early Bird registration deadline: 20 July 2018 (register early and save €100)

Abstract deadline: 22 June 2018

Submit your abstract here

Confirmed speakers: 

Eddie Chang

UC San Francisco, US

Edward Callaway

Salk Institute for Biological Studies, US

György Buzsáki

New York University, School of Medicine, US

Megan Carey

Champalimaud Center for the Unknown, PT

John Donoghue

Wyss Center Campus Biotech Geneva, CH

Tim Harris

Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Janelia Research Campus, US

Christof Koch

Allen Institute for Brain Science, US

Stephanie Lacour

École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, IBI, CH

Jin Hyung Lee

Stanford University, US

Michel Maharbiz

UC Berkeley, US

Myriam Pannetier-Lecoeur

Le Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA), FR

Kaspar Podgorski

Howard Hughes Medical Institut, Janelia Research Campus, US

John Rogers

University of Illinois, US

Simon Schultz

Imperial College london, UK

Thomas Stieglitz

University of Freiburg, DE

Tony Zador

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, US

Day 1 - 30 September 2018

Sunday, 30 September, 2018

More information will follow soon.

Organizing committee:

John Donoghue, Wyss Center, CH
Sebastian Haesler, Neuroelectronics Research Flanders (NERF), BE
Mariela Zirlinger, Senior Scientific Editor at Cell Press/Elsevier, Neuron, US

Day 2 - 1 October 2018

Monday, 1 October, 2018

Day 3 - 2 October 2018

Tuesday, 2 October, 2018

Universiteitshallen, KU Leuven, Belgium
Oude Markt 13, 
3000 Leuven

In case you want to cancel your registration, please send a request to conferences@vib.be.
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Cancellations requests received less than 1 month before the start of the event won't be refunded.
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Public transport: 

The national railway company of Belgium is called NMBS.

Leuven Railway station
Martelarenplein 16
3000 Leuven
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Travel by car: 

Q Park Heilig Hart

Naamsestraat 102
3000 Leuven
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Q Park Leuven Centrum
Vital Decosterstraat 37
3000 Leuven
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Travel by plane: 

The main airport of Belgium is located in Zaventem.
More info: Brussels airport

An alternative is Charleroi airport, located 40 minutes to the south of Brussels.
More info: Brussels South - Charleroi airport


Irish College 

For Room availability please contact: Wim Truyers at: wimtruyers@leuveninstitute.eu
If you would like to make a reservation, please fill in this form and email it to the contact person mentioned above.

More info on this accomodation can be found here
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