Speakers ICBEM 2018

  • Cristina Alberini
    New York University, USA

  • Detlev Boison
    Legacy Research Institute, USA

  • Juan Bolaños
    Universidad de Salamanca, Spain

  • Felipe Court
    Universidad Mayor, Chile

  • Gerald Dienel,
    University of Arkansas, USA

  • Kelly Drew
    University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA

  • Jordi Durán
    IRB Barcelona, Spain

  • Alexander Gourine
    University College London, UK

  • Sandra Hewett
    Syracuse University, USA

  • Hajime Hirase
    RIKEN, Japan

  • Tibor Kristian
    University of Maryland, USA

  • Jakob Nissen
    University of Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Pierre-Yves Placais
    CNRS-ESPCI, France

  • Caroline Rae
    University of South Wales, Australia

  • Margaret Rice
    New York University, USA

  • Claire Rittschof
    University of Kentucky, USA

  • Mike Robinson,
    University of
    Pennsylvania, USA

  • Zu-Hang Sheng
    NIH, USA

  • Charlotte Stagg
    University of Oxford, UK

  • Ray Swanson
    University of California San Francisco, USA

  • Marcelo Vargas
    University of South Carolina, USA

  • Sergei Vinogradov
    University of Pennsylvania, USA

  • Gary Yellen
    University of Harvard, USA
It is our great pleasure to invite you to the 13th International Conference on Brain Energy Metabolism entitled, "How Metabolism Dictates Neurotransmission, Function and Behavior", which will be held at the Centro de Estudios Científicos CECs, Valdivia, Chile, on March 7-10, 2018.

Our aim is to bring together a select group of leading experts, clinicians, emerging young scientists and students interested in brain energy metabolism. Lectures and discussions will cover latest developments in research related to metabolite trafficking, enzyme and transporter regulation, brain cell heterogeneity, new in vitro and non-invasive imaging techniques, and the tight reciprocal coupling between brain energy metabolism and information processing.

Traditionally, these meetings provide a forum for very lively and informative discussions after the talks and during free time and poster sessions. Student and fellow participation is strongly encouraged, and travel awards for a limited number of young scientists will be available.

The conference will be held at the Carpa de la Ciencia of the Centro de Estudios Científicos, located in the scenic and historic city of Valdivia, 800 km south of Santiago. Registration covers hotel accommodation, meals and other expenses, including an excursion to a temperate forest reserve, boat trip and farewell dinner.

Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are especially encouraged to participate in the Brain Energy Metabolism meeting. Any participants who have special needs are requested to make their requirements known to the organizers so that every effort can be made to address these needs.

We are looking forward to meeting you in Valdivia in March 2018.

L. Felipe Barros
Mary McKenna

On behalf of the Organizers

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The meeting registration fee is US$ 880 for participants, US$280 for guests over age 14, and US$ 620 for students. All costs are per person and include conference registration, 4 nights hotel accommodation, opening reception, most meals, an excursion to a temperate forest reserve, boat trip and farewell dinner.

The Registration links (below) will open a Word or a PDF registration form. Please return the completed registration form labelled with your name as a PDF file (E.g. SmithMary.pdf) to Ms. Loreto Fernandez at ICBEM@cecs.cl You will receive instructions for payment within 48 hrs, which will be done through a secure commercial credit card server or, alternatively, through wire transfer.

Refund Policy: Registration costs will be 90% refunded until February 20th. We will not be able to refund registration costs after February 20th.
Download Registration Form (Word)
Download Registration Form (PDF)
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Abstract Submission
Abstract submission requires previous registration (use link below for instructions). Deadline for abstract submission is Friday December 15th 2017 for all participants.
Download Abstract Submission Form
Poster guidelines
The poster must be in vertical format. It should not exceed the following dimension: 130 cm height, 90 cm width. Fixing material will be provide on-site at the poster help desk.

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Travel Award Application
Travel awards of up to US$ 1,000 depending on geographical location will be granted to selected graduate students and postdocs that submit an abstract. To apply for a Travel Award, you must first register using the above link. Please enclose a personal letter explaining why you want to participate in ICBEM Valdivia 2018, and a supporting letter from your advisor/head of laboratory. Please send all documents to Ms. Loreto Fernandez at ICBEM@cecs.cl by December 15th 2017.

Decisions about Travel Awards will be communicated by Friday January 12th 2018.

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Scientific Program
Key: In the schedule that follows, ‡ denotes a junior investigator (within 10 years of PhD or MD)

15:00-18:00   Registration (and put up posters)
18:00           Welcome: Felipe Barros
18:15-19:15   Plenary Lecture: Gerald A. Dienel (USA) "Aerobic glycolysis during
                   brain activation" - Session Chair: Mary McKenna and young
                   investigator/postdoc/student TBD
19:15-21:30   Opening Reception


9:00-10:30   O2 metabolism & sensing -- (3 x 20 min talk + 10 min discussion)
Session Chair: Bruno Weber and young investigator/postdoc/student TBD
Sergey Vinogradov (USA) - O2 sensing in brain
Alexander Gourine (UK) - O2 sensitivity of astrocytes; Neurovascular coupling; CO2/H+ sensitivity of astrocytes
Ray Swanson (USA) - Microglial metabolism
10:30-10:50 Coffee break
10:50-12:50   Student awardee presentations‡ (10 speakers; 8 min talk + 4 min discussion) selected by competitive evaluation of meeting abstracts) 1.5-2h
Session Chair: Michael Robinson and Gilles Bonvento
12:50-2:20   LUNCH
2:20-3:20   Students/postdoc pitches‡ (2-3 min each) "Why you should come to my poster"
Session Chair: Kelly Drew and young investigator/postdoc/student TBD
3:20-5:20   Bioenergetics and mitochondrial metabolism (4 x 20 min + 10 min discussion)
Session Chair: Sandra Hewett and young investigator/postdoc/student TBD
Caroline Rae (Australia) - Ketone bodies and acetate in mitochondrial and neuronal metabolism
Charlotte Stagg‡ (UK) -- Role of glutamate/GABA/glutamine metabolism in brain plasticity and neurological recovery
Jakob Nissen‡ (Denmark) - Role of GDH in glucose and glutamate metabolism in astrocytes
5:20-7:20   Poster session I (2 hrs) with coffee, wine and cheese


9:00-11:00   Mitochondrial trafficking (1 x 40 min talk + 15 min disc.; 2 x 20 min talk + 10 min disc)
Session Chair: Arne Schousboe and young investigator/postdoc/student TBD
Zu Hang Sheng (USA) - Special imaging talk (40 + 15 min discussion): Mitochondrial trafficking and anchoring in neurons: new insights and implications
Mike Robinson (USA) -- Physiologic and pathologic implications of functional interactions between astrocytic glutamate transport, calcium, and mitochondria
Gary Yellen (USA) - Neuronal metabolic response to stimulation studied with fluorescent biosensors
11:00-11:20   Coffee break
11:20-12:20   Mitochondria/energy production/ROS (2 x 20 min talk + 10 min discussion)
Session Chair: Johannes Hirrlinger and young investigator/postdoc/student TBD
Juan Bolanos (Spain) - Neuronal and glial oxidative phosphorylation complexes
Margaret Rice (USA) -- Dynamic regulation of neuronal activity and transmitter release by H2O2
12:20-1:40   LUNCH
1:40-6:30     Afternoon Excursion
6:30-8:30   Evening discussion groups and dinner (topics suggested & decided by attendees) Session organizer: Ray Swanson and Blanca Irene Aldana Garcia (postdoc)
8:30-10:30   Poster session II (2 hrs) with coffee, wine and cheese


9:00-10:30   NAD+ homeostasis and salvage pathways (3 x 20 min talk + 10 min discussion)
Session Chair: Caroline Rae and young investigator/postdoc/student TBD
Tibor Kristian (USA) -- Neuroprotection and mitochondrial dynamics
Felipe Court (Chile) - Schwann cell exosomes mediate neuron-glia communication and enhance axonal regeneration
Marcelo Vargas (USA) -- Enhancing NAD+ salvage in astrocytes to prevent astrocyte-mediated motor neuron death
10:30-10:50    Coffee break
10:50-11:50   Glycogen role and relationship to glucose metabolism and neurotransmission (2 x 20 min talk + 10 min disc) Chair: Helle Waagepetersen and young
invest/postdoc/student TBD
Hajime Hirase (Japan) -- Role of glycogen in neuronal and glial microcircuitry in neocortex and hippocampus in vivo
Jordi Duran (Spain) - Effects of glycogen synthase KO on neurotransmission
11:50-1:20   LUNCH
1:20-2:50   Neuronal - glial interactions modulating neurotransmission, wakefulness and injury (3 x 20 min talk + 10 min disc) Session Chair: Susanna Scafidi and young
invest/postdoc/student TBD
Detlev Boison (USA) - Adenosine and A2A receptor modulation of neuronal-glial interactions and synaptic plasticity
Kelly Drew (USA) - Role of adenosine in torpor
Sandra Hewett (USA) - Contribution of astrocyte cystine/glutamate exchange to hypoglycemic neuronal injury
2:50-3:15    Coffee break
3:15-4:45   How metabolism influences behavior (3 x 20 min talk + 10 min discussion)
Session Chair: Yuri Zilberter and young investigator/postdoc/student TBD
Christina Alberini (USA) -- Astrocyte β2-adrenergic receptors mediate hippocampal long-term memory consolidation
Claire Rittschof‡ (USA) - Relationship of metabolism to behavior phenotypes (aggression)
Pierre-Yves Placais‡ (France) -- Energy metabolism in Drosophila mushroom body triggers long-term memory
4:45-5:00     Closing comments and evaluation
6:00-10:00   Farewell Dinner and boat ride

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Practical Information
Child care will be available. Please let us know of your specific needs to make the necessary arrangements.

Participants who have special needs, dietary or other, are invited to make their requirements known to the organizers so that every effort can be made to address these needs.


Valdivia Airport is not international, so you will have to fly through Santiago Airport (SCL), which receives direct flights from several international hubs including Miami, Atlanta, Dallas, Toronto, Madrid, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Rome, Mexico City, Sidney, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, etc. Most flights from Europe, North America, and Oceania arrive in Santiago during the morning.

Connecting flights from Santiago to Valdivia Airport (ZAL) last about 1.5 hours and are usually scheduled around midday. Valdivia Airport is located 25 km north of Valdivia and is well connected to the city by shuttles (USD 6). Early March is still high season, so it is strongly advised to book your flight well in advance (i.e. by November 2017). Otherwise you may have to fly to Temuco (ZCO) or Osorno (ZOS), which are about 100 km of Valdivia. The 2 hour taxi ride from Temuco or Osorno Airport to Valdivia costs about USD 80.

Alternatively, overnight coaches (buses) from Santiago to Valdivia charge between USD 15 (a reclinable seat leading to swollen feet) and USD 50 (very confortable fully horizontal bed).

Car rentals. Car rentals are available at the airports.

Visa Application Nationals from most countries can enter Chile for up to 90 days without a Visa.

For specific details check https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_policy_of_Chile

Links to the airlines that fly to Valdivia (LATAM and Sky) and to the main bus operator (Turbus):



Early March is late summer in Valdivia. Average temperatures are 21 ºC (70ºF; high) and 10 ºC (50ºF; low). The chance of rain is 16%. More information can be found in https://weatherspark.com/y/24136/Average-Weather-in-Valdivia-Chile

Time Zone is UTC/GMT - 3 hours.


1 US dollar = 660 Chilean Pesos (as of April 2017)
Power supply: 220 V / 50 Hz, plugs type C/L

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Contact Us
For further information please contact:
L. Felipe BarrosEmail: lc.scec@sorrabf

Av. Arturo Prat 514 Valdivia, Chile.
Zip code 5110466


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  Programme Committee
  Chair Mary McKenna
  Vice-chair L. Felipe Barros
  Gilles Bonvento
  Mauro DiNuzzo
  Kelly Drew
  Joao Duarte
  Johannes Hirrlinger
  Lindy Rae
  Mike Robinson
  Susanna Scafidi
  Arne Schousboe
  Ray Swanson
  Helle Waagepetersen
  Bruno Weber
  Albert Yu
  Local Organizing Committee
  L. Felipe Barros (Chair)
  Felipe Amtmann
  Felipe Baeza-Lehnert
  Ignacio Fernández-Moncada
  Loreto Fernández
  Bredford Kerr
  Ivan Ruminot
  Alejandro San Martín
  Pamela Sandoval
  Yasna Contreras
  Past ICBEMs:
  12th: Hong Kong, China 2016   
  11th: Copenhagen, Denmark 2014
  10th: California, USA 2012
  9th: Budapest, Hungary 2010
  8th: Beijing, China 2008
  7th: Lausanne, Switzerland 2006
  6th: Crete, Greece 2004
  5th: Trondheim, Norway 2001
  4th: Oxford, UK 1999
  3rd: Waterville Valley, NH, USA 1997
  2nd: Blaubeuren, Germany 1995
  1st:Carcassonne, France 1993