Programme & Abstracts Book

Book of Abstracts

Thursday, June 21

09.00-09.20 Introduction and overview
Chair: Johan F. Storm (University of Oslo, Norway): Consciousness research and the Human Brain Project
09.20-13.00 Fundamental aspects, including theories of consciousness
Moderators: Johan F. Storm (University of Oslo, Norway) & Kathinka Evers (Uppsala University, Sweden)
09.20 Consciousness as an intrinsic characteristic of the brain
Kathinka Evers (Uppsala University, Sweden)
09.50 Consciousness and the joint in nature between cognition and perception
Ned Block (New York University, USA)
10.20 The meta-problem of consciousness
David Chalmers (New York University, USA)
10.50 Coffee break & Posters
11.10 Integrated information theory: from phenomenology to its physical substrate
Larissa Albantakis (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
11.40 The global neuronal workspace: past present future
Jean-Pierre Changeux (Institut Pasteur & Collège de France, France)
12.10-13.00 Discussion
13.00-14.00 Lunch & Posters
14.00-15.00 Integrated consciousness research in HBP & Discussion
Marcello Massimini (University of Milan, Italy)
15.00-18.00 Neurobiological mechanisms and correlates of consciousness
Moderators: Marcello Massimi (University of Milan, Italy) & Mavi Sánchez-Vives (ICREA-IDIBAPS, Spain)
15.00 The fabric of consciousness in animals: theory and experiment
Cyriel Pennartz (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
15.30 Visceral inputs, brain dynamics and subjectivity
Catherine Tallon-Baudry (Ecole Normale Supérieure, France)
16.00 Consciousness beyond the individual brain
Wolf Singer (Max Planck Institute for Brain Research and Ernst Strüngmann Institute for Neuroscience Frankfurt am Main, Germany)
16.30 Coffee break & Poster
17.00 Towards empirical testing of theories of consciousness 
Nao Tsuchiya (Monash University, Australia)
17.30 Comparative aspects of the neuronal basis for consciousness from insects to humans
Rodolfo Llinas (New York University School of Medicine, USA)
18.00-18.50 Discussion
18.50-19.50 Flash talks
ChairMavi Sánchez-Vives (ICREA-IDIBAPS, Spain)

Friday, June 22

09.00-12.30 Models, simulations, and emulation of consciousness
Moderators: Cyriel Pennartz (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands) & Alain Destexhe (European Institute of Theoretical Neuroscience, France)
09.00 Why asynchronous brain states correspond to aroused states?
Alain Destexhe (European Institute of Theoretical Neuroscience, France)
09.25 The threshold for conscious report: signal loss and response bias in visual and frontal cortex
Pieter R. Roelfsema (Netherland Institute for Neuroscience, The Netherlands)
09.50 I am therefore I think
Karl Friston (University College London, UK)
10.20 Coffee break & Posters
10.40 The multiscale brain: from genes to brain states and behavior
Sean Hill (Krembil Centre for Neuroinformatics, CAMH, Canada)
11.10 Physiological modeling of consciousness: from microcircuits to awareness and wakefulness
Fabrice Wendling (INSERM, France)
11.40-12.30 Discussion
12.30-13.00 Flash talks
Chair: Cyriel Pennartz (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
13.00-14.00 Lunch & Posters
+ Robotics demonstration by Daniel Camilleri from Sheffield University
14.00-17.40 Clinical, ethical, and societal implications of consciousness research
Moderators: Steven Laureys (University of Liège, Belgium) & Olivia Gosseries (University of Liège, Belgium)
14.00 What coma and related states tell us about consciousness?
Olivia Gosseries (University of Liège, Belgium)
14.30 Cognitive motor dissociation after severe brain injury
Nicholas Schiff (Cornell University, USA)
15.00 Anesthetic mechanisms of altered states of arousal
Emery  Brown (Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Massachusetts General Hospital, USA)
15.30 Coffee break + exhibit/demo
15.50 Thalamic contributions to visual perception and action decisions
Melanie Wilke (University Medicine Goettingen, Germany)
16.20 Neural mechanisms of bodily self-consciousness
Olaf Blanke (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Switzerland)
16.50-17.40 Discussion
17.40–18.40 Roundtable discussion
Chair: Cyriel Pennartz (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Participants:Larissa Albantakis (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA), Karl Friston (University College London, UK), David Chalmers (New York University, USA), Melanie Wilke (University Medicine Goettingen, Germany), Steven Laureys (Coma Science Group Liege and Hospital of Liège, Belgium), Jean-Pierre Changeux (Institut Pasteur & Collège de France, France), Marcello Massimi (University of Milan, Italy)
19.30–20.15 Public lecture – “Understanding consciousness: lessons from coma and related states.”
Steven Laureys (University of Liège, Belgium).
Introduced by 
Johan F. Storm (University of Oslo, Norway) : “Consciousness: an ancient mystery being explored by modern neuroscience”.
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