Mathematical approaches to brain structure and function in health and disease. From early childhood development to adulthood

Mathematical approaches to brain structure and function in health and disease. From early childhood development to adulthood
Starts from:Mon, July 25, 2016 9:00AM - 8:00PM

Rialta: Rúa Laxe, 122, Culleredo, A Coruña, Spain

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CorBI courses bring together the most promising students and faculty at all stages of their careers for fruitful discussions on the most pressing questions in biomedical and social sciences. CorBI courses put the emphasis on the mathematical representation, treatment and modeling of biological processes at different scales that are pertinent for a wide range of phenomena, including but not limited to brain development and function, social behavior and biomedical research. Applying mathematics to biology is fundamental to (1) work with information rich datasets, such as those derived from the recent genomics and neuroscience revolutions, which are difficult to understand with classical experimental techniques and (2) to make sense of the complex, non-linear dynamics of most biological and social systems. Mathematical biology makes use of the constant increase in computing power to provide calculations and simulations that were not previously possible and that open radically new and promising research fields in different areas including neuroscience, oncology, cardiology, ecology and evolutionary biology, molecular and cell biology, epidemiology and many more.

This course in particular, aims at providing a cross-disciplinary characterization of (1) how precise neural circuits are generated through development, (2) how they evolve during the first years of life, (3) how they adapt to generate flexible and adaptive behaviors; and (4) how their impairment gives rise to mental dysfunction and some diseases such as Down syndrome or autism.

The time is ripe to use the most advanced mathematical approaches to build on the classic paradigms and discoveries of systems neuroscience, function and disease, in order to achieve a deep, mechanistic understanding of how our brain works, both in health and disease.


Speakers for 2016 include:
Antonio Gómez CorralComplutense University of Madrid
Miguel González VelascoUniversity of Extremadura
Miguel MaravallSussex University
Gonzalo de PolaviejaChampalimaud Center for the Unknown
Mara Dierssen, Center for Genomic Regulation
Manuel Castro AlamancosDrexel University
Juan José NietoUniversity of Santiago de Compostela
Rosana Rodriguez, University of Santiago de Compostela
Friedrich T. SommerUniversity of California, Berkeley
Judith A. HirschUniversity of Southern California
David RíosInstitute of Mathematical  Sciences and The Royal Society
José Manuel del RíoAisoy Robotics
Santiago CanalsInstitute of Neuroscience, Alicante
Hernán MakseCity University of New York
Stephen L. MacknikState University of New York
Susana Martínez-CondeState University of New York
José Antonio CarrilloImperial College
Alberto IbortCarlos III University


Course Schedule:

July 26

Students arrive

July 27


Antonio Gómez Corral and Miguel González Velasco

July 28

Using mathematics to extract what neurons extract from the world

Miguel Maravall and Gonzalo de Polavieja

July 29

From Down Syndrome to the network of network theory in the developing and adult brain

Mara Dierssen and Hernan Makse

July 30

On some mathematical models for neural networks and epidemic diseases

Juan José Nieto and Rosana Rodríguez

July 31

Day Off

August 01

Functional Transformations in the Early Visual Pathway

Judith A. Hirsch and Friedrich T. Sommer

August 02

Affective decision making. Applications to social robotics and the treatment of autism

David Ríos and José Manuel del Río

August 03

The neural 11 health and disease

Santiago Canals and Manuel Castro-Alamancos

August 04

Visual Neuroscience

Stephen L. Maknick and Susana Martínez-Conde

August 05


José Antonio Carrillo and Alberto Ibort

August 06




Residencia Rialta

The course will be held at the Rialta Residence located next to the Zapateira Campus of the University of A Coruña, just a few kilometers away of the city center and local beaches. All participants stay in the premises, within walking distance of the lecture rooms and close to the tennis courts, pool and gym. The course will begin on the morning of July 27 (students are expected to arrive on the afternoon or evening of July 26) and end with departure on the morning of August 06.





The course will be supported with funds provided by the Maria Jose Jove Foundation.