October 4-5, 2018

Sleep, Slow Waves and Ageing

Sleep, Slow Waves and Ageing is a workshop organized at the EITN European Institute for Theoretical Neuroscience), Paris, on October 4-5, 2018. The meeting has been organized by Mavi Sanchez-Vives and Alain Destexhe. Expert speakers include:

  • Karim Benchenane (CNRS ESPCI)
  • Jan Born (University of Tubingen)
  • Alain Destexhe (CNRS UNIC EITN)
  • Karim El-Kanbi (CNRS ESPCI)
  • Tommaso Fellin (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia)
  • Lisa Marshall (University of Lübeck)
  • Ruben Moreno-Bote (University Pompeu Fabra)
  • Stefano Panzeri (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia)
  • Mario Rosanova (University of Milan)
  • Mavi Sanchez-Vives (ICREA-IDIBAPS)
  • Nuria Tort-Colet (CNRS UNIC)
  • Vlad Vyazovski (University of Oxford)

In this workshop, we will discuss the cortical circuitry that generates slow oscillations, the multiscale properties of this activity, and how computer models help scientists explore the dynamics of slow oscillations generation and its transformation with age. We will also discuss how slow wave activity can be modulated with the purpose of improving or rejuvenating brain function.

Registration is free but mandatory due to a limited number of seats.

September 12, 2018

SINC – La ciencia es noticia:

English: Until now, the study of consciousness had been seen as mystical or unscientific

Spanish: El estudio de la consciencia se había considerado hasta ahora algo místico o acientífico

March 1-2, 2018

Brain states: Models and experiments

Brain states: Models and experiments was a workshop organized at the EITN (European Institute for Theoretical Neuroscience) on March 1-2, 2018 by SloW-Dyn and the Human Brain Project. The meeting was organized by Mavi Sanchez-Vives, Alain Destexhe and Marcello Massimini. There speakers were experts in the field: Antoine Adamantidis (University of Bern); Emery Brown (MIT), Ilan Lampl (Weizmann Institute), Yuval Nir (Tel Aviv University), Alexander Proekt (University of Pennysylvania), Igor Timofeev (Laval University), Vladyslav Vyazovskiy (Oxford University), Steven Laureys (Liege University), Marcello Massimini (University of Milan), Maurizio Mattia (ISS, Rome), Francesco Resta (LENS, Florence), Nuria Tort-Colet (CNRS UNIC) and SloW-Dyn members Tommaso Fellin (IIT,Genova), Alain Destexhe (CNRS UNIC EITN) and Mavi Sanchez-Vives (ICREA-IDIBAPS, Barcelona). The workshop was attended by external scientists and it was highly participative and dynamic, creating a rich environment for scientific discussion.
Conclusions: brain states (including wakefulness, sleep, anesthesia, coma, altered states of consciousness) and the transitions between them are a highly relevant paradigm to study and model the brain, since they constitute the baseline over which all brain functions occur, including consciousness and cognition. Besides, brain states are the result of the integration of multiscale processes: single neurons, microcircuits and largescale connectivity. Still many basic questions remain open regarding how the transition across brain states occur, how different anesthetics work, how hibernation affects the brain or what the ultimate neural correlates of different consciousness levels are in patients. Some of the state of the art ideas on brain states concluded at the meeting will be integrated in a special issue in preparation in Frontiers in Neuroscience: “Brain states and neural mechanisms of consciousness,” edited by the organizers and several of the speakers.




Experimental and Theoretical Analysis of Cortical Dynamics was a two-day workshop organized at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) in Rovereto, Italy, on September 22, 2017. The event was organized by IIT partners Stefano Panzeri and Tommaso Fellin along with EITN (European Institute for Theoretical Neuroscience) and SloW-Dyn, and in collaboration with the Human Brain Project. Speakers included Mavi Sanchez-Vives (IDIBAPS, Barcelona), Stefano Panzeri (IIT, Rovereto), Tommaso Fellin (IIT, Genoa), Mathieu Galtier (Dreem – Rythm), Rubén Moreno-Bote (UPF, Barcelona), Davide Zoccolan (SISSA, Trieste), Maurizio Corbetta (University of Padua), Ruth Benavides-Piccione (Cajal Institute, Madrid), Eden Debellemaniere (Rhythm) and Alessandro Gozzi (IIT, Rovereto), Egidio D’Angelo (University of Pavia), Alain Destexhe (CNRS, Paris) and Maurizio Mattia (ISS, Rome).

The event was attended by external scientists, who engaged in dynamic discussions. The participants were PhD students, postdocs, junior and senior researchers. Cortical dynamics was presented and discussed from multiple viewpoints, enriching the workshop with numerous findings and opinions.




September 6, 2017

Periodistas en Español: SloW Dyn, un proyecto que descubre avances para el Alzheimer

Medical Xpress: ‘Waves’ of neural activity give new clues about Alzheimer’s


September 5, 2017

SINC – La ciencia es noticia:

English: ‘Waves’ of neural activity give new clues about Alzheimer’s

Spanish: ‘Oleadas’ de actividad neuronal dan nuevas pistas sobre el alzhéimer

News Medical: Disruption of ‘slow waves’ can lead to cognitive decline similar to Alzheimer’s in mice

ScienceDaily: ‘Waves’ of neural activity give new clues about Alzheimer’s

Health Medicine Network: ‘Waves’ of Neural Activity Give New Clues About Alzheimer’s