October 31, 2008

Fondation IPSEN: “Biology of Cognition”

In a continuing series called "Exciting Biologies" Cell Press, Massachusetts General Hospital and La Fondation Ipsen collaborate to offer annual meetings designed to highlight emerging intersections in biomedical research and promote interactions between scientists from converging disciplines. In 2007, the three organisations came together to create a new series of scientific events: the "Exciting Biologies" - three days meeting - highlighting some of the most dynamic sectors in biological and medical research. The second meeting in Chantilly (France) from October 16 to October 18 discussed a particularly current topic: the biology of cognition. The meeting was organized by Kenneth R. Chien (Massachusetts General Hospital, USA), Emilie Marcus (Cell Press, USA), Katja Brose (Cell Press, USA), Elena Porro (Cell Press, USA) and Yves Christen (Fondation IPSEN, France).

Thanks to modern neurosciences and the use of new tools such as brain imaging, a more objective understanding of the mind is becoming possible. The study of cognition is currently one of the most dynamic in science. The meeting explored five cognitive emerging areas of the biology of cognition: learning, memory, and fear; perception and attention; reward and decision making; language and numerical processing and social cognition, bringing together researchers from cognitive science, systems neuroscience, cognitive psychology, molecular/cellular neuroscience, genetics and neuroethology. The aim is to stimulate interactions between scientists working on various aspects of cognition in humans, non-human primates and other model systems and to find common themes among the questions being addressed. The success of the meetings is derived from the combination of excellent diverse speakers: Erie Boorman (University of Oxford, UK), Colin Camerer (California Institute of Technology, USA), Andrea Caria (Eberhard Karls University of Tubingen, Germany), Stanislas Dehaene (INSERM-CEA, France), Robert Desimone (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA), Jon Driver (University College London, UK), Yadin Dudai (Weizmann Institute, USA), Michael Fanselow (University of California at Los Angeles, USA), Russell Fernald (Stanford University, USA), Simon Fisher (University of Oxford, UK), Angela Friederici (Max Planck Institute Leipzig, Deutschland), Chris Frith (University College London, UK), Christian Keysers (University Medical Center Groningen, NL), Fabian Klostermann (Charite - University Medicine Berlin, Deutschland), Dean Mobbs (University of Cambridge, UK), Tony Movshon (New York University, USA), Isabelle Peretz (University of Montreal, Canada), Marcus Raichle (Washington University School of Medicine, USA), Trevor Robbins (University of Cambridge, UK), Wolfram Schultz (University of Cambridge, UK), Michael Shadlen (University of Washington, USA), Angela Sirigu (CNC-CNRS, France), Wendy Suzuki (New York University, USA) and Chris Thompson (Freie Universitat Berlin, Germany).

About La Fondation Ipsen

Established in 1983 under the aegis of the Fondation de France, the mission of La Fondation Ipsen is to contribute to the development and dissemination of scientific knowledge. The long-standing action of La Fondation Ipsen is aimed at furthering the interaction between researchers and clinical practitioners, which is indispensable due to the extreme specialisation of these professions. The ambition of La Fondation Ipsen is not to offer definitive knowledge, but to initiate a reflection about the major scientific issues of the forthcoming years. It has developed an important international network of scientific experts who meet regularly at meetings known as Colloques Medecine et Recherche, dedicated to six main themes: Alzheimer's disease, neurosciences, longevity, endocrinology, the vascular system and cancer science. In 2007, La Fondation Ipsen started three new series of meetings. The first is in partnership with the Salk Institute and Nature and is an annual meeting which focuses on aspects of Biological Complexity; the second is the "Emergence and Convergence" series, and the third is with Cell and the Massachusetts General Hospital entitled "Exciting Biologies". Since its beginning, La Fondation Ipsen has organised more than 100 international conferences, published 67 volumes with renowned publishers and close to 200 issues of a widely distributed newsletter Alzheimer Actualites. It has also awarded more than 100 prizes and grants.

About Cell Press

Cell Press, an imprint of Elsevier, is committed to improving scientific communication through the publication of exciting research and reviews. Each of its titles is viewed as a must-read by the scientific community it serves. Cell Press primary research journals include the flagship journal Cell, as well as Neuron, Immunity, Molecular Cell, Developmental Cell, Cancer Cell, Current Biology, Structure, Chemistry & Biology, Cell Metabolism, Cell Host & Microbe, Cell Stem Cell and, new to Cell Press in 2008, The American Journal of Human Genetics. Also new to Cell Press this year are the fourteen Trends reviews journals, including Trends in Cell Biology and Trends in Neuroscience. As it introduces publications and expands online content to serve its growing audience, Cell Press's mission remains to publish and develop journals that deliver the highest possible intellectual rigor, promote community trust, and are widely disseminated. For more information, please go to http://www.cellpress.com/

About Massachusetts General Hospital

Massachusetts General Hospital, located in Boston, is the third oldest hospital in the United States and the largest in New England. It consistently ranks as one of the country's best hospitals by U.S. News and World Report. Massachusetts General Hospital is guided by the needs of their patients and their families. They aim to deliver the very best health care in a safe, compassionate environment; to advance that care through innovative research and education; and, to improve the health and well-being of the diverse communities they serve. For more information, please go to http://www.massgeneral.org/