SNN2015 Conference

  • Neuroplasticity in health and disease

    The 6th conference of the National Neuroscience Society of Romania, SNN2015

    Bucharest, October 29 - 31, 2015


The 6th Conference of the National Neuroscience Society of Romania (SNN) with international participation, referred to hereafter as SNN2015, will be held in Bucharest, from Thursday October 29th to Saturday October 31st, 2015, in partnership with the International Brain Research organization (IBRO) and the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS).

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The conference is now over. Thank you for your participation.



The general theme of SNN2015 is “Neuroplasticity in health and disease”. This theme was selected especially to address the wide range of interests of the Romanian neuroscientists in tune with the world neuroscience priorities.

Our society is engaged in an unprecedented quest to understand and ‘reverse-engineer’ the brain circuitry. A fundamental challenge to this quest is that the brain cannot just be reduced to a preset hardware running a software (however evolved) to produce a behavior. Instead, the brain hardware changes continuously from development to aging, as well as in response to injury. These changes are generally covered by the umbrella term “neuroplasticity” originally coined to describe the short term “synaptic plasticity” associated with learning and memory. Nevertheless, accumulating evidence indicate that plastic changes occur from the genetic/epigenetic level through to neuroproteomic and connectomic levels. The primary focus of the SNN2015 conference will be to reappraise the importance of neuroplasticity in health and disease, in an interactive multidisciplinary approach.


As part of the meeting advocacy program we encouraged students to contribute to the SNN2015 visual identity. Based on the feedback received, we adopted the design submitted by Simina Pitur.

After completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Simina Pitur’s interest in Artificial Intelligence and User Experience Design has prompted her to understanding the human brain. As such, she is currently a 2nd year psychology student at Babes-Bolyai University and a junior member of the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, where she is “fortunate enough to have a small part in a team that studies aesthetic emotions”.




Although October is a popular months for scientific meetings, to the best of our knowledge, Thursday October 29th to Saturday October 31st does not compete with any other major international neuroscience events. (It is after FENS FFRM 2015 and SfN Neuroscience 2015).

Bucharest is a capital city with easy international access and reliable public transport. The meeting venue is the historical building of the “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, located within 20 minutes’ walk from Bucharest old town center. Address: Medical School, 8 Eroii Sanitari Blvd, 050474 Bucharest, Romania

Previous experience with the venue showed it is perfectly adequate to host a meeting of SNN2015 magnitude (expected around 150-200 participants). Apart for auditoriums with all the necessary audio-video presentation equipment, it offers large halls for poster presentations and sponsor exhibitions and demonstrations. Importantly, this great venue will be generously provided at no financial expense to SNN2015, as part of the continuing partnership between the “Carol Davila” University and our society.


The official meeting poster can be downloaded from HERE. Please print the poster and help us to advertise SNN2015!


The SNN2015 will build and expand on the already proven SNN2013/SNN2014 3-day structure. The program will consist of 7 mini-symposia (sessions), about 90-minutes each. Each session will be organized and chaired by a Romanian opinion leader in the specific field together with at least one invited lecturer from abroad.
It should be noted that, although the meeting will be held at the Medical School, the neurobiology of disease/ clinical neuroscience will not be the sole focus of the meeting. Priority will be given to fundamental neuroscience topics. Learning from past experience, to enhance networking opportunities, at SNN2015 we plan to keep 30-minute coffee breaks, and organize an engaging social program.


English and Romanian are both official languages of SNN2015. Plenary speakers are recommended to have their slides in English even if they choose to have their talk in Romanian. The recommended language for posters is English to facilitate the prize evaluation by our international committee. All SNN2015 printed materials (abstract book etc) will be available in English.

A print-friendly version of the program can be downloaded from HERE.

SNN2015 – Program

Thursday, October 29, 2015

9:00-15:00 Satellite course – Physiology Amphitheater
“Introduction to laboratory animal science”
Noțiuni de știința animalelor de laborator
(Chair, Coman CRISTIN)

09:00-09:45 Utilizarea animalelor in scopuri stiintifice: trecut, prezent si viitor (Coman CRISTIN)
09:45-10:30 Noua legislatie europeana si nationala privind utilizarea animalelor in scopuri stiintifice si impactul ei asupra cercetarii din Romania (Magda GONCIAROV)
10:30-10:45 Pauza de cafea
10:45-11:30 Biologia animalelor de laborator – Notiuni de baza (Iuliana CODREANU)
11:30-12:15 Cum se proiecteaza un experiment pe animale in neurostiinte (Stefan SPULBER)
12:15-12:45 Metode de analiza a comportamentului animal (Liana KOBYLINSKA)
12:45-13:15 Modele translationale in neurostiinte (Mihai MOLDOVAN)
13:15-14:00 Pauza de masa
14:00-14:30 Evaluare cursanti
14:30-15:00 Incheiere curs (inmanarea certificatelor, feedback etc).

15:00-16:00 Satellite event – Physiology and Fundamental Neuroscience Discipline
“Visit to the Neuroscience Laboratory”
(Chair, Ana-Maria ZAGREAN, SNN secretary)

16:00-17:00 Registration & Poster Mounting – Honorary Hall

17:00-17:30 Opening session – Council Hall
(Chair, Mihai MOLDOVAN, SNN president)

17:00-17:10 Presidential address (Mihai MOLDOVAN)
17:10-17:30 Research in Neuroscience (Victor ILIESCU, Ministry of Education and Scientific Research)

17:30-19:45 SESSION 1 – Council Hall
“Neuroscience and society”
(Chair, Leon ZAGREAN, SNN honorary president)

17:30-18:00 From signal and stimulus to consciousness (Leon ZAGREAN, RO)
18:00-18:30 The Experience of Compassion – Possible Long-term Changes in Cortex Areas.
A Few Recent Findings in the Field of Neurosciences (Adrian Sorin MIHALACHE, RO)
18:30-18:45 Too Exhausted To Consider Giving? Refractory Periods in Ego-Depletion and Giving Behaviour (Gabriela MARCU,RO)
18:45-19:15 Some research hypotheses related with the Orch-OR theory, witnessing awareness and psychology of becoming conscious (Ovidiu BRAZDAU, Bucharest, RO)
19:15-19:45 Does numerical competence involve the hippocampal activity in nonhuman primates? (Ioan OPRIS, USA)

20:00 Opening Cocktail at the conference venue (Honorary Hall)

Friday, October 30, 2015

08:30-09:00 Poster viewing and welcome coffee

09:00-10:45 SESSION 2 – Council Hall
“Plasticity of the aged brain”
(Chair, Aurel POPA-WAGNER. SNN vice-president)

09:00-09:30 ‘Blood-brain barrier: Friendly brain guardian or cumbersome obstacle for neurological therapies?’ (Dirk M.HERMANN, DE)
09:30-10:00 Dementia; identification cause and therapy (Mark SLEVIN, DE)
10:00-10:30 The promise and pitfalls of cell therapy for stroke in the aged brain (Aurel POPA-WAGNER, DE)
10:30-10:45 Does injury to the aged brain trigger the re-expression of genes involved in brain development? (Ana-Maria BUGA, RO)

10:45-11:15 Coffee Break

11:15-13:00 SESSION 3 – G. E. Palade Amphitheater
“Neuroplasticity and development”
(Chair, Ana-Maria ZĂGREAN, SNN secretary)

11:15-12:15 Brain, behaviour and evolution (George PAXINOS, AU)
12:15-12:30 Oxytocin and neuronal vulnerability to hypoxia/ischemia in immature and mature brain (Ana-Maria ZAGREAN, RO)
12:30-12:45 Fetal alcohol exposure: molecular insights into neural damage (Diana LE DUC, DE)
12:45-13:00 Effects of oxytocin in mild and severe perinatal asphyxia in rat (Anca PANAITESCU, RO)

13:00-14:00 Poster viewing / Lunch cocktail

14:00-15:00 Poster competition

15:00-16:00 Workshop – Council Hall / Neuroscience Laboratory

Technological developments in neuroscience

16:00-16:30 Coffee Break

16:30-18:45 SESSION 4 – Council Hall
“Plasticity of neuronal connectivity”
(Chair, Tibor SZILÁGYI, RO)

16:30-17:30 Function of inhibition at the cellular and systems level (Hannah MONYER, DE)
17:30-18:00 Modified inhibitory control in the hippocampus of epileptic rats (Tibor SZILÁGYI, RO)
18:00-18:15 Monitoring cortical responsiveness to external stimuli in suppressed consciousness (Mihai MOLDOVAN, RO)
18:15-18:30 Laughing behavior during epileptic seizures (Ioana MINDRUTA, RO)
18:30-18:45 Claustrum electrical stimulation leads to a deepening anaesthesia – a preliminary study (Bogdan PAVEL, RO)

18:45-19:15 General assembly of SNN members

20:00 Social Program & Dinner

Saturday, October 31, 2015

08:00-09:00 Poster viewing and welcome coffee

09:00-10:45 SESSION 5 – G. E. Palade Amphitheater
(Chair, Adrian BALSEANU, RO)

09:00-09:15 Delayed-onset fluoxetine-resistant depression-like behaviour is preceded by alterations in circadian entrainment (Stefan SPULBER, SE)
09:15-09:30 Genetic influences and childhood trauma in moral decision making (Raluca Diana SZEKELY-COPÎNDEAN, RO)
09:30-09:45 Gestational chronodisruption and neurodevelopment (Suzana VOICULESCU, RO)
09:45-10:00 Quantitative immunofluorescence evaluation of ABCB1 transporter expression in the murine cell Line N2A, under the influence of CNS active drugs (Andreea Letiția ARSENE, RO)
10:00:10:15 Comparative evaluation of the main neurotransmitters after administration of CNS active drugs in mice (Alina Crenguta NICOLAE, RO)
10:15-10:30 Artificial neural network as an analyze tool for optical coherence tomography images (Adrian BALSEANU, RO)
10:30-10:45 Investigating the response to ambiguous stimuli in clinical and preclinical settings (Liana KOBYLINSKA, RO)

10:45-11:00 Coffee Break

11:00-12:45 SESSION 6 – G. E. Palade Amphitheater
“Plasticity of sensory systems”
(Chair, Alexandru BABES)

11:00-11:30 Photosensitization in porphyrias and photodynamic therapy involves TRPA1 and TRPV1 (Alexandru BABES, RO)
11:30-11:45 Dehydrocholesterol photosensitizes TRPA1 and TRPV1: implications for the Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome (Cosmin CIOTU, RO)
11:45-12:00 5-HT activates distinct classes of responses in cultured rat DRG neurons (Tudor SELESCU, RO)
12:00-12:15 Potassium currents as markers for microglia activation after the spared nerve injury (Alexandru DEFTU, RO)
12:15-12:30 PINK1 loss of function increases cellular sensitivity to genotoxic stress and inhibits bystander signaling in neurons and fibroblasts (Temelie MIHAELA, RO)
12:30-12:45 The dark side of color (Marius LEORDEANU, RO)

12:45-13:00 Coffee Break

13:00-13:45 SESSION 7 – G. E. Palade Amphitheater
“Plasticity of nerve function”
(Chair, Mihai MOLDOVAN)

13:00-13:15 Plasticity of axonal excitability (Mihai MOLDOVAN, DK)
13:15-13:30 Peripheral electrical stimulation to enhance the regenerative capacity of sensory axons after spinal cord injury (Ioana GOGANAU, DE)
13:30-13:45 Alternative methods used in repairing the segmental peripheral nerve gaps – experimental study (Dragos CINTEZA, RO)

13:45-14:15 Poster Award Ceremony for Junior Scientists. Closing remarks

14:30-17:30 Satellite course – Physiology amphitheater
“Ultrasound-guided plexus and nerve block”
Noțiuni de ultrasonografie în anesteziade plexuri nervoase
(Chair, Bogdan PAVEL)

14:30 – 15:00 Notiuni teoretice:
– Notiuni de ecografie
– Blocurile membrului superior
– Blocurile membrului inferior
– Blocurile paravertebrale si abdominale
15:00 – 17:30 Demonstratii practice


The registration is open for everybody with an interest in neurosciences, regardless of gender, race, or religion. Together with our sponsors, we managed, yet again, to offer very low registration fees, particularly encouraging the participation of junior neuroscientists from Romania, Romanian scientific diaspora and the rest of the world: students, PhD students/medical residents as well as early career postdoctoral fellows (prior to associate professor/lecturer university positions or equivalent scientific researcher career stage).

The registration fee includes access to the full scientific program / technical demonstrations, a conference bag including the printed program and abstract book, as well as the opening cocktail and refreshments during the the coffee breaks. Furthermore, for an additional fee  registered participants have the opportunity to register for the satellite course, social program, as well as benefit from the discounted housing prices negotiated for SNN2015 participants.


We offer SNN members a 50% registration discount. The discount is available for all SNN members in good standing. If you did not settle your 2015 SNN membership fee, you have the possibility to do so together with the registration fee. Please note that the the current SNN legal statute only allows new members after approval though the general assembly. Following the feedback received from our members, we are working to update the SNN membership process in the coming SNN statute revision planned during SNN2015 general assembly. Therefore, if you want to become a SNN member, you can submit you membership application now, and register for SNN2015 at member rates. For details on membership and membership fees please see

In continuation of our collaboration with the Italian Society for neurocience ( , we offer 5 free registration slots for SINS junior members (PhD students and early career postdoctoral fellows). For further details please see:

To increase the collaboration within the region we also offer 5 free registration slots for junior members of the Hungarian Neuroscience Society (

We also offer 10 free registration slots for students selected by the Scientific Organization of Medical Students from “Carol Davila” University (

These participants should select “Invited lecturer” in the “Registration fee” field. A notification will be posted when these free slots are filled.

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. Registration is still possible on-site.


Abstract submission is closed. In case we find an abstract unsuitable for presentation at SNN2015, the authors will be contacted by OCTOBER 25, 2015.

The abstracts will be published as a special issue of “Physiology” (ISSN 1223-2076 Printed version, e-ISSN 2247-2061, ISSN-L 1223-2076).

We can guarantee display boards to accommodate posters printed in A0 format (90 cm x 120 cm). The recommended poster orientation is landscape. Posters should be displayed for the entire duration of the meeting. There will be a special moderated poster-walk session on Friday. Prizes will be awarded to the best 3 posters. The prizes will be announced during the closing ceremony on Saturday.

Accommodation (Optional)

If you need accommodation in Bucharest, we negotiated preferential accommodation prices with hotels in proximity of the meeting venue from Wednesday October 28th through Sunday November 1st.

You are welcome to contact the hotels directly and make your own accommodation arrangements. mentioning that you are a SNN2015 participant.

Social program (Optional)

On Friday October 30 we aim to organize a special lunch and dinner for registered SNN participants. These events will require an additional fee, depending on the amount of participants and sponsorship. Further information will be available soon.

Satellite course: Introduction to Laboratory Animal Science (Optional)

SNN2015 actively advocates for increasing awareness on laboratory animal science in Romania. This introductory course is centered on Romanian legislation and is primarily intended for Romanian junior neuroscientists. The teaching language will be Romanian.

“Noțiuni de știința animalelor de laborator” are loc Joi 29 Octombrie sub coordonarea medic veterinar Coman Cristin, CS III, Institutul Cantacuzino, București, președinte Asociatia Româna pentru Stiinta Animalelor de Laborator ( Cursul a fost acreditat cu 20 puncte/participant  de la Colegiului medicilor veterinari din Romania (

IMPORTANT: Prezentările vor avea loc in AMFITEATRU FIZIOLOGIE II – ETAJ 1, și vor începe precis la ora 9:00.

Satellite course: Ultrasound-guided plexus and nerve block (Optional)

In tandem with the “Plasticity of nerve function” session, we organize a satellite course with hands-on practical demonstrations on peripheral nerve ultrasound. The course is intended primarily for Romanian medical residents. The teaching language will be Romanian.

Acest curs introductiv este organizat Sâmbătă 31 Octombrie sub coordonarea Dr. Bogdan Pavel. Ecografele pentru demonstrații sunt puse la dispoziție printr-un parteneriat BBrown –  Medist.

IMPORTANT: Acest workshop a fost anulat în suportul medicilor implicați în efortul de salvare al victimelor tragicului incendiu din București, de vineri 30 Octombrie.


Featured Speakers



Professor Dr.,
Head of the Department of Clinical Neurobiology,
joint professorship at the Medical Faculty, Heidelberg, Germany

Function of inhibition at the cellular and systems level



Scientia Professor,
Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) and University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Brain, behavior and evolution

Alexandru BABES

Alexandru BABES

Professor, Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Biophysics,
Faculty of Biology, University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania

Understanding the cause of pain in porphyria and photodynamic therapy



Assoc. Prof. Dr., Neuroscience and neurophysiology, SNN President
Copenhagen University, DK and “Carol Davila” University, RO

Neuroplasticity of injured axons



Assoc. Prof., Dr., Physiology, SNN Secretary
Medical School, Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Division of Physiology and Neuroscience, Bucharest, Romania

Oxytocin effect on immature vs. mature hippocampal cultures exposed to oxygen-glucose deprivation and reoxygenation

Ana-Maria BUGA

Ana-Maria BUGA

Senior Assitant Prof. Biochemistry,
University of Medicine and Pharmacy Craiova, Romania

Juvenile brain plasticity in the adult. Does it play a role in brain repair after injuries?



Professor, Aging and Psychiatric Disorders Group,
Rostock University Medical School, Rostock, Germany

Electrical and chemical stimulation of the aged brain plasticity and functional recovery after injuries

Daniela POPA

Daniela POPA

INERM researcher,
Institut de Biologie de l’EcoleNormale Superieure, Paris, France

Integrating the cerebellum into Parkinson’s diseases’ altered brain circuits



Professor Dr. of Physiology, Honorary SNN President,
Medical School, Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Division of Physiology and Neuroscience, Bucharest, Romania

Neuroplasticity and the mind

Diana Le Duc

Diana Le Duc

Institute of Biochemistry, Medical Faculty, University of Leipzig, Johannisallee 30, 04103 Leipzig, Germany

Fetal alcohol exposure: molecular insights into neural damage



Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

Delayed-onset fluoxetine-resistant depression-like behaviour is preceded by alterations in circadian entrainment



Spinal Cord Injury Center, Heidelberg University Hospital, 69118 Heidelberg, Germany

Peripheral electrical stimulation to enhance the regenerative capacity of sensory axons after spinal cord injury

Sponsors and Partners


IBRO applicant and coordinator of the organizing committee:

Mihai Moldovan M.D. Ph.D.
President of the National Neuroscience Society of Romania
Division of Physiology & Fundamental Neuroscience
Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy
050474 Bucharest, Romania
Tel/Fax: +4021 3120880

Members of the organizing committee:

Leon Zagrean, M.D. Ph.D.
Honorary president of the National Neuroscience Society of Romania
Division of Physiology & Fundamental Neuroscience
Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy
050474 Bucharest, Romania
Tel/Fax: +4021 3120880

Aurel Popa-Wagner, Ph.D.
Vice-President of the National Neuroscience Society of Romania
Aging and Psychiatric Disorders Group
Rostock University Medical School
Gehlsheimer Straße 20
D-18147 Rostock, Germany
Phone: +49-381-494-9686

Andrei C. Miu, Ph.D.
Board Member of the National Neuroscience Society of Romania
Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory,
Department of Psychology,
Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, CJ 400015, Romania

Alexandru Babes, Ph.D.
Department of Animal Physiology and Biophysics,
Faculty of Biology, University of Bucharest,
Phone: +40-21-3181570
050095, Bucharest, Romania

Secretary of the organizing committee:

Ana-Maria Zagrean, MD, PhD
Secretary of the National Neuroscience Society of Romania
Division of Physiology & Fundamental Neuroscience
Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy
050474 Bucharest, Romania
Tel/Fax: +4021 3120880

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