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Cortical interneurons in health and disease

22 – 25 June 2015 | Costa d´En Blanes (Mallorca), Spain


About the workshop

Complex brain circuitries have evolved as networks of excitatory and inhibitory neurons.  In the cerebral cortex, for example, neural assemblies consist of excitatory pyramidal cells and inhibitory interneurons.  Although neglected for a long time, interneurons are now recognized as essential elements in cortical function.  Through mostly inhibitory mechanisms, interneurons regulate the activity of pyramidal cells and prevent hyperexcitability.  Interneurons also have important network properties, through which they synchronise pyramidal cells.

In this EMBO Workshop, we will bring together world-class scholars with different perspectives on the biology of cortical interneurons.  Our main goal is to encourage the interaction between experts with diverse backgrounds, from developmental neurobiology to systems neuroscience, to address some of the most pressing questions in the field.  We will reproduce the format of the meetings we organized in 2009 and 2012, but focusing on a different set of questions.  Experts will discuss the molecular basis underlying interneuron diversity, the impact of interneuron function on cortical operations or their very special cell metabolism and its possible relation to disease.  Another important area covered in the programme is the function of specific classes of interneurons in the generation of brain rhythms, and their contribution to epilepsy, autism and schizophrenia.


Registration and abstract deadline

10 April 2015

Selected participants will be notified by

15 April 2015

Payment deadline

30 April 2015

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Registration and abstract deadline

10 April 2015

Selected participants will be notified by

15 April 2015

Payment deadline

30 April 2015










Registration includes:

  • Participation in all course lectures and seminars
  • Course material
  • Accommodation and all meals



Payment details will be sent by email to successful applicants.



Portrait format and 120 x 150 cm in size.


Travel grants

A limited number of travel grants will be available for eligible participants. Applicants do not need to apply separately for travel grants for this event. Selection of awardees is handled directly by the organizers who will notify all eligible participants.





Stefania Boscolo

+44 (0) 207 848 8148




venue map


H10 punta negra

Calle Punta Negra s/n

E-07181 Costa d’en Blanes, Mallorca


Tel: +34 971 68 07 62

Fax: +34 971 68 39 19




The hotel is situated on the peaceful Costa d'en Blanes in the south of Mallorca, an exceptional area with stunning beaches.

  • 2 km from the exclusive Puerto Portals marina
  • 9 km from Palma de Mallorca
  • 22 km from the airport

H10 Punta Negra has 135 rooms (multiple occupancy) overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.



By Plane - The nearest airport is Palma de Mallorca, which is located 23km from the venue.
By Bus from centre of Palma – Lines 104 and 106 stop close to the hotel. Journey time 30min approx.
By Taxi from centre of Palma – Taxi fare €20-25. Journey time 15-20min approx.