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Cognomics Symposium 10 & 11 September 2013

The Nijmegen Cognomics Initiative brings together leading scientists from a range of disciplines to understand how variations in the human genome affect brain structure and function, to impact on memory, language, social behaviour and other crucial aspects of cognition. Last year we officially launched Cognomics with an exciting opening event. This year, we organized our first annual two-day Cognomics Symposium. The program included key-note lectures by world-leading neuroscientists David Glahn (Yale University) and Genevieve Konopka (UT Southwestern Medical Center) along with several stimulating oral and poster sessions, covering the state-of-the-art on the links between genes, neurons, circuits, brains and cognition.

Next to invited presentations from many top-researchers in the field, we also selected oral presentations and posters from the submitted abstracts.



Date: the 10th and 11th of September 2013.

Location: Radboud University Medical Centre (Radboud Auditorium, Geert Grooteplein 15) in Nijmegen

Day 1: State of the art in Imaging Genetics

9:00 Registration and coffee
9:30 Opening Cognomics Symposium


Key-note lecture David Glahn (Yale University): Using Cognitive and Imaging Phenotypes to Unravel the Genetic Architecture of Neurological and Mental Illness

10:45 Coffee break



Oral sessions 1, session chair: Han Brunner

  • Dr. Arfan Ikram (Erasmus MC, Rotterdam): Unraveling the genetics of MRI endophenotypes to understand neurodegenerative disease
  • Barbara Franke (UMCN, Nijmegen): The ENIGMA Consortium
  • Dorret Boomsma (VU University, Amsterdam): How can twin research inform imaging genetics studies?
12:45 Lunch and Poster Session



Oral sessions 2, session chair: Barbara Franke

  • Henning Tiemeier (Erasmus MC, Rotterdam): Integrating Environment and Refining the Phenotype versus Minimal Phenotype: Challenge for Biological Psychiatric Research
  • Floris Klumpers (Donders Institute): The 5-HTTLPR polymorphism is consistently associated with anxiety related activity in the dorsal medial frontal cortex
  • Stan van Pelt (Donders Institute, Nijmegen): Genetic contributions to human gamma-band oscillations
15:30 Coffee break



Oral sessions 2 continued, session chair: Guillen Fernandez

  • Hilleke Hulshoff Pol (UMCU, Utrecht): Brain plasticity and intelligence: influences of genes and environment
  • Elia Formisano (Maastricht University): Imaging genomics : A Neuroimager's perspective
17:00 end

Day 2: Genes to cognition through in vitro and in vivo modeling



Young investigator (15 min), session chair; Clyde Francks

  • Marinka Koenis (UMCU, Utrecht): Development of brain connections and intelligence in teenagers
  • Hieab Adams (Erasmus MC, Rotterdam): Frontotemporal Dementia Gene Influences Temporal Lobe Volume and Interhemispheric Connectivity in the General Population
  • Tulio Guadalupe (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen): Genome-wide association scanning for asymmetry of the human planum temporale
  • Daan van Rooij (UMCN, Nijmegen): Response inhibition as an endophenotype for ADHD: distinct neural response in patients and their unaffected siblings.
  • Mostert (UMCN, Nijmegen): Increased functional connectivity in resting-state networks of adults with ADHD
  • Corina Greven (UMCN, Nijmegen): Familiality analyses of brain volumetric correlates of ADHD
10:45 Coffee break


Key-note lecture Genevieve Konopka (Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas)

12:15 Lunch and Poster Session



Oral sessions day 2, session chair: Simon Fisher

  • Ype Elgersma (Erasmus MC, Rotterdam): Linking genes, neurons and behaviour – the example of learning and neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Sharon Kolk (UMCN, Nijmegen): Deciphering serotonin's role in neurodevelopment
  • Annette Schenck (UMCN, Nijmegen): Cognomics Reloaded – Connecting genes, brain morphology and behavioural traits using Drosophila as a model
15:15 Coffee break



Oral sessions day 2 continued, session chair: Hans van Bokhoven

  • Simon Fisher (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen): Molecular and cellular windows into speech and language
  • Catherine French (Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, Lisbon): Dissecting Foxp2 Function in Motor-Skill Learning Circuits
  • Marco Benevento (Donders Institute, Nijmegen): EuHMT1 epigenetic dynamic control of homeostatic synaptic plasticity
17:00 Closing

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