We will again have Plenary Lectures as part of the scientific programme.
Our confirmed speakers are:
Asya Rolls, Israel
Asya Rolls is an Israeli psychoneuroimmunologist, an International Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and a professor at the Immunology and Center of Neuroscience at Technion within the Israel Institute of Technology. Rolls leads a lab that explores how the nervous system affects immune responses. Her work has highlighted how the brain's reward system, which is implicated in the placebo response, affects anti bacterial and anti tumor immunity. More recently, her group discovered that the brain stores representations of past immune experiences and can use them to induce disease, offering new insights into the mechanisms underlying psychosomatic disease.
Sergiu Pasca, USA
Sergiu Pasca, MD is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences at Stanford University and the Bonnie Uytengsu and Family Founding Director of Stanford Brain Organogenesis.
He is a NYSCF Robertson Investigator, a CZI Ben Barres Investigator and a Chan Zuckerberg BioHub Investigator.
Pasca is interested in understanding the rules governing human brain assembly and the mechanisms of disease. His laboratory at Stanford introduced instructive signals for reproducibly deriving self-organizing neural region-specific organoids and pioneered a modular platform known as assembloids to study migration and neural circuit formation. Pasca systematically applied these cellular models to gain insights into human physiology, evolution and disease, and extensively supported researchers around the world in implementing these techniques.
Pasca was named a Visionary in Medicine and Science by the New York Times, was featured as a physician-scientist by Nature Medicine, and he was a TED 2022 Speaker.
He is the recipient of the 2018 Vilcek Award for Creative Biomedical Promise, the National Institute of Mental Health BRAINS Award (2015), the MQ Award for Transforming Mental Health (2014), the A.E. Bennett Award in Biological Psychiatry (2018), the Folch-Pi Neurochemistry Award (2017), the Günter Blobel Award for Cell Biology (2018), the Daniel E. Efron Award in Neuropsychopharmacology (2018), a Breakthrough in Life Sciences Prize (2020) from Falling Walls, the International Basic Science Schizophrenia Prize (2021), the Joseph Altman Award in Developmental Neuroscience (2021), the Theodore Reich Award (2021), the Judson Daland Prize from the American Philosophical Society (2021) and the 13th IBRO-Kemali Neuroscience Award (2022).