Hippocampus: From synapses to behaviour

We are pleased to announce the workshop titled ‘Hippocampus: From Synapses to Behaviour’ set to take place at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research in Pune, India, December 1-3rd 2013. This workshop has been organised under the auspices of the Indian National Node for Neuroinformatics in association with the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune, India.

Investigations into the hippocampal formation span different scales of organisation ranging from the mechanisms governing the functioning of single synapses to the dynamics of large scale neuronal networks and its effect on behavior. The hippocampus has served as an exemplary model system over the last several decades. Much of our understanding of the principles of brain function come from extensive studies of the hippocampus at various levels of detail. At the subcellular scale, many of the signalling pathways underlying short and long–term plasticity have been deciphered from studies of the CA3–CA1 synapse of the hippocampus. The interplay between excitatory and inhibitory neurons in the hippocampal formation generate a rich repertoire of spatiotemporal patterns. These patterns, in turn, play a functional role in encoding and recalling environmental inputs. Neurological disorders associated with hippocampal dysfunction has provided us with key insights into its role in behaviour. At each scale of organization a synergy between quantitative modelling and experimental studies of the hippocampus has made significant contributions to our understanding of brain function in health and in disease. The goal of this workshop is to bring together computational and experimental neurobiologists to address exciting questions that will advance our present understanding, spur future collaborations and lead to new directions of investigation.

We would also appreciate it if you could pass this information on to your colleagues and students who might be interested in attending.

Programme Schedule (Download PDF)

Sunday, 1 December

  • 9:00 AM to 9:50 AM Registration and breakfast
  • 9:50 AM to 10:10 AM Opening Remarks and Introduction
  • 10:10 AM to 11:00 AM Mayank Mehta
  • 11:00 AM to 11:50 AM Rishikesh Narayanan
  • 11:50 AM to 12:05 PM tea break
  • 12:05 PM to 12:55 PM Sujit K Sikdar
  • 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM lunch
  • 2:00 PM to 2:50 PM Tom Bartol
  • 2:50 PM to 3:40 PM Vidita Vaidya
  • 3:40 PM to 4:10 PM tea break
  • 4:10 PM to 5:00 PM Sourav Banerjee
  • 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Poster Session
  • 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM Dinner

Monday, 2 December

  • 8:30 AM to 9:15 AM Breakfast
  • 9:15 AM to 10:05 AM Trygve Solstad
  • 10:05 AM to 10:55 AM Hiroshi Ito
  • 10:55 AM to 11:15 AM tea break
  • 11:15 AM to 12:05 PM Suhita Nadkarni
  • 12:05 PM to 12:55 PM Collins Assisi
  • 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM lunch
  • 2:00 PM to 2:50 PM B. S. Shankarnarayana Rao
  • 2:50 PM to 3:40 PM Jonaki Sen
  • 3:40 PM to 4:10 PM tea break
  • 4:10 PM to 5:00 PM Upi Bhalla
  • 5:00 PM to 5:50 PM Kechen Zhang
  • 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM Concert by percussionist, Taufiq Qureshi
  • 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM Dinner

Tuesday, 3 December

  • 8:30 AM to 9:15 AM Breakfast
  • 9:15 AM to 10:45 AM INNNI node meeting
  • 10:45 AM to 11:15 AM tea break
  • 11:15 AM to 1:00 PM INNNI node meeting
  • 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM lunch

Confirmed list of speakers
Mayank Mehta

Collins Assisi

Suhita Nadkarni

Trygve Solstad

Thomas Bartol

Kechen Zhang

Yoganarasimha Doreswamy

Upi Bhalla

Hiroshi Ito
BS Shankarnarayana Rao


The scientific sessions will last for two days (December 1st and 2nd) and include both talks and poster sessions on both days. This will be
followed by a panel discussion and the INNNI meeting on the 3rd day (December 3rd) of the workshop. For scientific sessions each speaker will present for 45 minutes. The poster sessions will occupy approximately two hours following the talks on each day. Please indicate whether you will be interested in presenting a poster on the registration form.

Poster presentation
Please submit a title and abstract for your poster when you fill up the registration form. If you have already registered, but have not yet submitted a title and abstract, please email it to collins@iiserpune.ac.in.


We encourage participants to seek their own funding to attend the conference. However, limited funding to attend the meeting will be available for selected students and post-doc participants. Please indicate your needs in the registration form.

Speakers will be provided with accommodation at the IISER guesthouse located on campus. We will also be able to accommodate some of the other participants at the students hostel on campus. In addition we have also negotiated subsidized rates with hotels in the vicinity (Orchid  http://www.orchidhotelpune.com , VITS http://www.vitshotelpune.com and Holiday Inn http://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/pune/pnqhj/hoteldetail ). Please indicate your needs in the registration form.

Registration Fees
Registration for the workshop is free.  Students attending and/or presenting at the workshop will be given a certificate of attendance. Please register at the following website

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research

Dr. Homi Bhabha Road

Pune 4110 008

From the Airport
Pune International Airport (in Lohegaon) is approximately 19Kms from IISER. Prepaid cabs and auto rickshaws available outside the airport premises are the primary means of traveling from the airport to IISER.
If you are traveling by train, Shivaji Nagar railway station is the closest to IISER (approximately 5 Kms). Pune Station approximately 8 kms from IISER.
Some travelers also prefer to fly to Mumbai and travel to Pune by road (150 Kms). International travelers might find this option attractive since Mumbai airport is a busy hub and flights to and from Mumbai can be cheaper than flights to Pune. A regular bus service from Mumbai and trains at different times of the day are available. A number of cabs also shuttle between Mumbai and Pune.

About Pune
Pune is said to be the cultural capital of Maharashtra and hosts a variety of national and international artists and performances throughout the year. A number of forts of historical significance are about an hours drive from IISER, Pune. In addition, the Western Ghats, a biodiversity hotspot, provides numerous hiking opportunities less than an hour away.

Contact Us

Please write to Dr. Collins Assisi(collins at iiserpune dot ac dot in) for any further queries.