SNN Conference 2013


The 4th Conference of the National Neuroscience Society of Romania with an IBRO international symposium on “Abnormal Brain Connectivity”, took place 17-19 Oct 2013 in the historical building of the“Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Bucharest with overwhelming participation.

Plenary sessions

The program contained 7 sessions spanning over 3 days,  covering the broad range of interests of Romanian experimental and clinical neuroscientists: opening session on social impact of Neuroscience (Chair, Leon Zagrean), IBRO Symposium “Abnormal Brain Connectivity: Biology” (Chair, Aurel Popa-Wagner), Genes, Brain and Emotions (Chair, Andrei Miu), IBRO Symposium “Abnormal Brain Connectivity: Neurophysiology” (Chair, Mihai Moldovan), Sensory physiology (Chair, Violeta Ristoiu), Brain inhibition in health and disease (Chair, Szilágyi Tibor) and Neuroscience methods (Chair, Ana-Maria Zagrean).

Among the international speakers: Johannes Thome, Rostock, DE; Dirk Hermann, Essen, DE; Aurel Popa Wagner, Rostock, DE; Florin Amzica, Montreal, CA; Andrei Ilie, Oxford, UK; Winnie Wefelmeyer, London, UK; Claire Meehan, Copenhagen, DK; Tommas Ellender, Oxford, UK; Gabriela Spulber, Stockholm, SE; Stefan Spulber, Stockholm, SE.

The full program is available at: ./program

Poster session

The participation of junior scientists was encouraged by travel grants and a poster presentation competition with prizes.The posters were evaluated by a local panel together with Prof. Florin Amzica, Montreal, CA.


First prizeSNN2013_1

Electrophysiological characterization of optogenetically modified cells as cellular sensors

Stanica L.(1); Ghinia M. (2); Amuzescu B. (3); and Gheorghiu M. (1).

1) International Centre of Biodynamics, Bucharest, RO; 2) Retinal Circuit Development & Genetics Unit, National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health, Rockville Pike, USA; 3) Department of Biophysics&Physiology, Faculty of Biology, University of Bucharest, Bucharest, RO



Second prizeSNN2013_2

An experimental model to evaluate the whole-brain neurovascular coupling during spontaneous cerebral activity

Zahiu D. (1), Calin A. (1), Acatrinei C. (1), Paslaru A.C. (1), Voinescu M. (1), Stancu M. (1), Stoian A. (1), Mirica S. (1), Gonzales A. (1), Zagrean A.M. (1), Zagrean L. (1) and Moldovan M. (1,2)

1) Division of Physiology and Fundamental Neuroscience, “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, Romania; 2)Neuroscience and Pharmacology, Panum, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark

Third prizeSNN2013_3

Membrane organization of oligodendrocytes when subjected to cholesterol modulation factors

Bacalum M. (1), Smisdom N. (2), Radu M. (1), Ameloot M. (2)
1) Department of Life and Environmental Physics, Horia Hulubei National Institute for Physics and Nuclear Engineering, PO Box MG6, Magurele, 077125, Romania; 2) Biomedical Research Institute, Hasselt University, Agoralaan Bldg. C, B-3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium



Stands and technology presentations

This organization would have not been possible without support from our sponsors and partners. We offered ample space for presentations booths next to the poster and Coffee break areas, and experimental workshops featuring technology presentations.


A popular science Café is organized weekly by the UNESCO center for Complex Studies at CLUB 24 in Bucharest. Scientists, culture and media personalities are brought together to discuss subjects of public interest for today and tomorrow in a relaxed atmosphere. The audience has an important contribution to the success of these events.

Together with our partners we organized the SNN2013 Friday Night cocktail as a special edition of this Café.