Speakers ICBEM 2018

  • Vera Adam-Vizi
    Semmelweis University, Hungary

  • Cristina Alberini
    New York University, USA

  • Detlev Boison
    Legacy Research Institute, USA

  • Juan Bolaños
    Universidad de Salamanca, Spain

  • Felipe Court
    Universidad Mayor, Chile

  • Gerald Dienel,
    University of Arkansas, USA

  • Kelly Drew
    University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA

  • Jordi Durán
    IRB Barcelona, Spain

  • Alexander Gourine
    University College London, UK

  • Sandra Hewett
    Syracuse University, USA

  • Hajime Hirase
    RIKEN, Japan

  • Tibor Kristian
    University of Maryland, USA

  • Eng Lo
    University of Harvard, USA

  • Jakob Nissen
    University of Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Pierre-Yves Placais
    CNRS-ESPCI, France

  • Caroline Rae
    University of South Wales, Australia

  • Margaret Rice
    New York University, USA

  • Claire Rittschof
    University of Kentucky, USA

  • Mike Robinson,
    University of
    Pennsylvania, USA

  • Zu-Hang Sheng
    NIH, USA

  • Charlotte Stagg
    University of Oxford, UK

  • Ray Swanson
    University of California San Francisco, USA

  • Marcelo Vargas
    University of South Carolina, USA

  • Sergei Vinogradov
    University of Pennsylvania, USA
It is our great pleasure to invite you to the 13th International Conference on Brain Energy Metabolism entitled, "How Metabolism Dictates Neurotransmission, Function and Behavior", which will be held at the Centro de Estudios Científicos CECs, Valdivia, Chile, on March 7-10, 2018.

Our aim is to bring together a select group of leading experts, clinicians, emerging young scientists and students interested in brain energy metabolism. Lectures and discussions will cover latest developments in research related to metabolite trafficking, enzyme and transporter regulation, brain cell heterogeneity, new in vitro and non-invasive imaging techniques, and the tight reciprocal coupling between brain energy metabolism and information processing.

Traditionally, these meetings provide a forum for very lively and informative discussions after the talks and during free time and poster sessions. Student and fellow participation is strongly encouraged, and travel awards for a limited number of young scientists will be available.

The conference will be held at the Carpa de la Ciencia of the Centro de Estudios Científicos, located in the scenic and historic city of Valdivia, 800 km south of Santiago. Registration covers hotel accommodation, meals and other expenses, including an excursion to a temperate forest reserve, boat trip and farewell dinner.

Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are especially encouraged to participate in the Brain Energy Metabolism meeting. Any participants who have special needs are requested to make their requirements known to the organizers so that every effort can be made to address these needs.

We are looking forward to meeting you in Valdivia in March 2018.

L. Felipe Barros
Mary McKenna

On behalf of the Organizers

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New deadline for registration 15th December 2017.
However, please note that registration will be capped at 105 participants, and we will be unable to accept registrations once this limit has been reached.
The meeting registration fee is US$ 880 for participants, US$280 for guests over age 14, and US$ 620 for students. All costs are per person and include conference registration, 4 nights hotel accommodation, opening reception, most meals, an excursion to a temperate forest reserve, boat trip and farewell dinner.

The Registration links (below) will open a Word or a PDF registration form. Please return the completed registration form labelled with your name as a PDF file (E.g. SmithMary.pdf) to Ms. Loreto Fernandez at ICBEM@cecs.cl You will receive instructions for payment within 48 hrs, which will be done through a secure commercial credit card server or, alternatively, through wire transfer.
Download Registration Form (Word)
Download Registration Form (PDF)
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Abstract Submission
Abstract submission requires previous registration (use link below for instructions). Deadline for abstract submission is Friday December 15th 2017 for all participants.
Download Abstract Submission Form

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Travel Award Application
Travel awards of up to US$ 1,000 depending on geographical location will be granted to selected graduate students and postdocs that submit an abstract. To apply for a Travel Award, you must first register using the above link. Please enclose a personal letter explaining why you want to participate in ICBEM Valdivia 2018, and a supporting letter from your advisor/head of laboratory. Please send all documents to Ms. Loreto Fernandez at ICBEM@cecs.cl by December 15th 2017.

Decisions about Travel Awards will be communicated by Friday December 22th 2017.

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Scientific Program
NB: Titles of the talks are tentative


Registration (and put up posters)
6 p.m. Welcome: Felipe Barros
Plenary Lecture: Gerald A. Dienel (USA) "Aerobic glycolysis during brain activation"
Opening Reception


I. O2 metabolism & sensing
    - Sergey Vinogradov (USA) - O2 sensing in brain
    - Alexander Gourine (UK) - O2 sensitivity of astrocytes; Neurovascular coupling;
      CO2/H+ sensitivity of astrocytes
    - Ray Swanson (USA) - Microglial metabolism
II. Student awardee presentations (selected by competitive evaluation of meeting abstracts) 1.5-2h
III. Students/postdoc pitches (2-3 min each) "Why you should come to my poster"
IV. Bioenergetics and mitochondrial metabolism
    - Caroline Rae (Australia) - Ketone bodies and acetate in mitochondrial and
      neuronal metabolism
    - Vera Adam Vizi (Hungary) - α-Ketoglutarate dehydrogenase complex and
      mitochondrial ROS generation
    - Charlotte Stagg (UK) - Role of glutamate/GABA/glutamine metabolism in brain
      plasticity and neurological recovery
    - Jakob Nissen (Denmark) - glutamate metabolism in astrocytes: role of GDH in
      glucose and glutamate metabolism
V. Poster session I (2 hrs) with coffee, wine and cheese


VI. Mitochondrial trafficking
    - Eng Lo (USA) - Mitochondrial trafficking from astrocytes to neurons
    - Zu Hang Sheng (USA) - Mitochondrial trafficking and anchoring in neurons: new
      insights and implications
    - Mike Robinson (USA) - Mitochondrial trafficking in astrocytes:
      role of GLT1 and GDH
VII. Mitochondria/energy production/ROS
    - Juan Bolaños (Spain) - Neuronal and glial oxidative phosphorylation complexes
    - Margaret Rice (USA) - Dynamic regulation of neuronal activity and transmitter
      release by H2O2
Afternoon Excursion
VIII. Evening discussion groups and dinner (topics suggested & decided by attendees)
IX. Poster session II with coffee, wine and cheese


X. NAD+ homeostasis and salvage pathways
    - Tibor Kristian (USA) - Neuroprotection and mitochondrial dynamics
    - Felipe Court (Chile) - Schwann cell exosomes mediate neuron-glia
      communication and enhance axonal regeneration
    - Marcelo Vargas (USA) - Enhancing NAD+ salvage in astrocytes to prevent
      astrocyte-mediated motor neuron death
XI. Glycogen role and relationship to glucose metabolism and neurotransmission
    - Hajime Hirase (Japan) - Role of glycogen in neuronal and glial microcircuitry in
      neocortex and hippocampus in vivo
    - Jordi Duran (Spain) - Effects of glycogen synthase KO on neurotransmission
XII. Neuronal - glial interactions modulating neurotransmission, wakefulness and injury
    - Detlev Boison (USA) - Adenosine and A2A receptor modulation of neuronal-glial
      interactions and synaptic plasticity
    - Kelly Drew (USA) - Role of adenosine in torpor
    - Sandra Hewett (USA) - Contribution of astrocyte cystine/glutamate exchange to
      hypoglycemic neuronal injury
XIII. How metabolism influences behavior
    - Christina Alberini (USA) - Astrocyte β2-adrenergic receptors mediate
      hippocampal long-term memory consolidation
    - Claire Rittschof (USA) - Relationship of metabolism to behavior phenotypes
    - Pierre-Yves Placais (France) - Energy metabolism in Drosophila
      mushroom body triggers long-term memory
XIV. Farewell Dinner and boat ride

Please note that the order and days of the sessions and the excursion may be rearranged prior to the conference. If this occurs an updated schedule will be posted.

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Practical Information
Child care will be available. Please let us know of your specific needs to make the necessary arrangements.

Participants who have special needs, dietary or other, are invited to make their requirements known to the organizers so that every effort can be made to address these needs.


Valdivia Airport is not international, so you will have to fly through Santiago Airport (SCL), which receives direct flights from several international hubs including Miami, Atlanta, Dallas, Toronto, Madrid, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Rome, Mexico City, Sidney, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, etc. Most flights from Europe, North America, and Oceania arrive in Santiago during the morning.

Connecting flights from Santiago to Valdivia Airport (ZAL) last about 1.5 hours and are usually scheduled around midday. Valdivia Airport is located 25 km north of Valdivia and is well connected to the city by shuttles (USD 6). Early March is still high season, so it is strongly advised to book your flight well in advance (i.e. by November 2017). Otherwise you may have to fly to Temuco (ZCO) or Osorno (ZOS), which are about 100 km of Valdivia. The 2 hour taxi ride from Temuco or Osorno Airport to Valdivia costs about USD 80.

Alternatively, overnight coaches (buses) from Santiago to Valdivia charge between USD 15 (a reclinable seat leading to swollen feet) and USD 50 (very confortable fully horizontal bed).

Car rentals. Car rentals are available at the airports.

Visa Application Nationals from most countries can enter Chile for up to 90 days without a Visa.

For specific details check https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_policy_of_Chile

Links to the airlines that fly to Valdivia (LATAM and Sky) and to the main bus operator (Turbus):



Early March is late summer in Valdivia. Average temperatures are 21 ºC (70ºF; high) and 10 ºC (50ºF; low). The chance of rain is 16%. More information can be found in https://weatherspark.com/y/24136/Average-Weather-in-Valdivia-Chile

Time Zone is UTC/GMT - 3 hours.


1 US dollar = 660 Chilean Pesos (as of April 2017)
Power supply: 220 V / 50 Hz, plugs type C/L

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Contact Us
For further information please contact:
L. Felipe BarrosEmail: lc.scec@sorrabf

Av. Arturo Prat 514 Valdivia, Chile.
Zip code 5110466


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  Programme Committee
  Chair Mary McKenna
  Vice-chair L. Felipe Barros
  Gilles Bonvento
  Mauro DiNuzzo
  Kelly Drew
  Joao Duarte
  Johannes Hirrlinger
  Lindy Rae
  Mike Robinson
  Susanna Scafidi
  Arne Schousboe
  Ray Swanson
  Helle Waagepetersen
  Bruno Weber
  Albert Yu
  Local Organizing Committee
Responsible for conference logistics and some fundraising
  L. Felipe Barros (Chair)
  Felipe Amtmann
  Felipe Baeza-Lehnert
  Ignacio Fernández-Moncada
  Loreto Fernández
  Bredford Kerr
  Ivan Ruminot
  Alejandro San Martín
  Pamela Sandoval
  Yasna Contreras
  Past ICBEMs:
  12th: Hong Kong, China 2016   
  11th: Copenhagen, Denmark 2014
  10th: California, USA 2012
  9th: Budapest, Hungary 2010
  8th: Beijing, China 2008
  7th: Lausanne, Switzerland 2006
  6th: Crete, Greece 2004
  5th: Trondheim, Norway 2001
  4th: Oxford, UK 1999
  3rd: Waterville Valley, NH, USA 1997
  2nd: Blaubeuren, Germany 1995
  1st:Carcassonne, France 1993