Educational Workshop on Executive Brain Function

Workshop programme

1/ Basics
8:30 What are "executive functions"?
Grega Repovš
9:00 Neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of prefrontal cortex
Peter Pregelj
9:30 Evolutionary dimensions of executive functions
Zvezdan Pirtošek
9:55 Coffee break

2/ Disorders
10:10Executive dysfunction in neurological disorders
Elka Stefanova
10:35Executive dysfunction in schizophrenia
Jure Bon

3/ Clinics
11:00Neuropsychological examination
Alenka Sever, Ana Ožura, Barbara Starovasnik
11:25Clinical examination and bedside testing
Mitja Logar, Zvezdan Pirtošek
11:50Coffee break
12:00Short Presentations
12:30Plenary lecture: Deep brain stimulation: From therapy to a better understanding of brain function
Evžen Růžička
13:15Lunch break with poster session
14:45Plenary lecture: From gene expression to extracellular matrix in synaptic plasticity, learning and memory
Leszek Kaczmarek

4/ Research and frontiers
15:30Imaging cognitive function in health and disease
Richard Frackowiak
15:55Inhibition of dominant response tendencies in schizophrenia
Janez Mlakar, Jože Jensterle
16:20Neuropsychological consequences of frontal lobe epilepsy in children
Vali Tretnjak, Igor M. Ravnik
16:45Cognitive rehabilitation
Alenka Sever
17:10Coffee break
17:20  Plenary lecture: Elements of a neurobiological theory of hippocampal/neocortical interactions in memory
Richard Morris

About Workshop

The conference will be accompanied by a full day educational Workshop on Executive Brain Function that will take place on Saturday, October 6th. The Workshop is primarily designed for psychiatry and neurology residents and clinical psychologists in training, but undergraduate students of medicine and psychology, and other students and interested professionals are welcome to attend.

The Workshop will cover a wide array of topics related to executive brain function including theoretical basis, research endeavors, overview of disorders affecting executive brain functions, clinical diagnostic, cognitive rehabilitation strategies, as well as basics of neuroprotection, neuronal plasticity and regeneration. Additional part of the Workshop will consist of presentations of case reports for which the participants are invited to prepare short (5 min) contributions to be considered for presentation and discussion.

There will be no registration fee for the Workshop. However, accepted partcipants are requested to register for the event by September 28th. If the case that the interest in the Workshop exceeds available space, applicants that registered first and those with awarded travel grants will be given priority. Confirmation letters will be sent by September 10th.

For all the visiting participants from abroad, the organizers are willing to assist in providing affordable accommodation in Ljubljana. In addition a number of travel grants will be awarded to students and young residents coming from underprivileged regions in Europe and beyond. The grants will cover economy travel and budget accomodation in Ljubljana. To apply for a travel grant, please fill the form provided below. With your application please include: a letter explaining why you would like to participate at the Workshop, an abstract for a poster presentation to be presented at the conference, curriculum vitae including a list of publications, and a letter of recommendation written by a supervisor, including contact e-mail address. To be considered for a travel grant, the application must be submitted by September 5th. Travel grant awards will be announced by September 10th.

Web resources will be used to provide workshop-related materials for the participants in advance of the event, and as their repository after the event. An interactive forum will be set up that will enable communication and discussion among the participants and with the lecturers. Accepted applicants will receive a username and password for accessing the forum in the acceptance e-mail.

Application form

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