Second SINC2 Symposium

This Symposium is a satellite event of SENC 2019

It includes short contributed talks by 6 selected speakers and a keynote lecture by Juan Álvaro Gallego, Ph.D.

You can submit an abstract to be one of the 6 selected speakers or to submit a poster (the same abstract/poster you might have submitted to SENC2019)

This event is open to all members of the Spanish Neuroscience Society (SENC)


When: September 4th 9:00 - 13:30

Symposium timetable:

Time Description
09:00 - 09:15 Welcome and presentation of the state of the network (MV. Puig)
09:15 - 10:45 Short contributed talks by SINC2 members (4 20-min talks). Moderator: A. Tauste
10:45 - 11:15 Coffee break for networking
11:15 - 12:15 Plenary lecture: "Neural manifolds for movement and learning". Juan Álvaro Gallego, Ph.D. (CSIC Madrid)
12:15 - 13:20 Short contributed talks by SINC2 members (2 20-min talks) + poster blitz session. Moderators: A. Tauste and T. Gener
13:20 - 13:30 Event Closing, Future of SINC2 (T. Gener)
13:30 - 15:00 Lunch, SENC Opening

Keynote Speaker

Juan Álvaro Gallego, Ph.D.

CSIC, Madrid

Juan Álvaro Gallego

Juan Álvaro Gallego is a “Talent Attraction” Postdoctoral Fellow working in the Neural and Cognitive Engineering Group at CSIC.

His research focuses on understanding the neural control of movement in both intact subjects and in the presence of movement disorders, such as spinal cord injury or Parkinson’s disease. He primarily works with non-human primates and mice, and has several collaborations that involve studies in humans.

From 2014 to 2017, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University, where he studied limb motor control and co-developed a fully wireless brain-machine interface to restore hand use after paralysis. He also worked extensively on novel theoretical and analytical methods to understand how neural populations control behavior.

In the Fall 2017, he was a Visiting Scientist at Janelia Research Center, where he began an ongoing collaboration to study global and local coordination across populations of thousands of simultaneously recorded neurons in mouse cortex. Dr. Gallego moved to Northwestern funded by a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship, which he obtained soon after finishing his PhD work at the Bioengineering Group of CSIC in 2013.

During his PhD, he developed a neuroprosthesis to suppress human tremor using muscle stimulation, and studied the activity of populations of spinal motoneurons during tremor.

Dr. Gallego has authored or co-authored seventy peer-reviewed publications, including twenty-two articles in scientific journals, and has presented his work in more than twenty conferences and invited talks.


Key publications

Gallego, J.A., Perich, M.G., Naufel, S.N., Ethier, C., Solla, S.A., Miller, L.E. Cortical population activity within a preserved neural manifold underlies multiple motor behaviors. Nature Communications 9, 4233, 2018

Perich, M.G., Gallego, J.A., Miller, L.E. A Neural Population Mechanism for Rapid Learning. Neuron, in press, 100, 964–976, 2018

Gallego, J.A., Perich, M.G., Miller, L.E., Solla, S.A. Neural Manifolds for the Control of Movement. Neuron 94, 978–984, 2017

Ethier, C.*, Gallego, J.A.*, Miller, L.E. Brain-controlled neuromuscular stimulation to drive neural plasticity and functional recovery. Current Opinion in Neurobiology 33, 95–102, 2015

Gallego, J.A.*, Perich, M.G.*, Chowdhury, R.H., Solla, S.A., Miller, L.E. A stable, long-term cortical signature underlying consistent behavior. bioRxiv, 2018

* Denotes equal contribution

Brief summary of the activity: This event will be a follow-up gathering of SINC2 members since its previous (and first) symposium at SENC 2017. Our main goal is to promote the interaction among SINC2 members, so all speakers, including our plenary speaker, are local researchers in Spain.

The symposium will include 6 short contributed talks (chosen by the quality of the abstracts submitted, gender of presenter and whether the work is experimental or computational), a poster blitz session (several <5 min introductions to posters that students/researchers will be presenting at SENC), and a plenary lecture by Juan Álvaro Gallego, Ph.D. (CSIC Madrid).

Register for attendance only, poster or oral presentation

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