Conference schedule and program

The focus of the meeting will be on research that advances our understanding of how spinal (or equivalent) circuits control movements, including consideration of the roles of descending and sensory inputs. 

Confirmed session leaders

  • Ilary Allodi, University of St Andrews, Scotland
  • Jay Bikoff, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, USA
  • Julien Bouvier, CNRS, France
  • Frederic Brocard, Institut de Neurosciences de la Timone, France
  • Martyn Goulding, Salk Institute, USA
  • Ellie Heckscher, University of Chicago, USA
  • David McLean, Northwestern University, USA
  • Vivian Mushahwar, University of Alberta, Canada
  • Sam Pfaff, Salk Institute, USA
  • Pavan Ramdya, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland
  • Lora Sweeney, Institute of Science and Technology, Austria
  • Vatsala Thirumalai, National Centre for Biological Sciences, India
  • Maarten Zwart, University of St Andrews, Scotland

The complete conference program is now available here, as well as a one-page summary. All session talks will be 10 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions.

Contact Martha Bagnall ([email protected]) with questions about abstracts.

This conference will also provide opportunities to develop mentor relationships within the field, increasing the interactions between junior and senior scholars.


Tuesday, 20 June 2023

  • 12 pm onwards: Arrival and check-in
  • 5 pm: Opening remarks and introductions, conference organizers
  • 5:30 pm: Martyn Goulding, opening talk
  • 6:30 pm: Reception (drinks & canapes)

Wednesday, 21 June

  • Session # 1: Neuronal Diversity & Development
  • Session # 2: Motoneuron Diseases
  • Session # 3: Ascending & Descending Control
  • 5pm: poster session and social time
  • 8:30 pm: bonfire (weather permitting)

Thursday, 22 June

  • Session # 4: Sensorimotor Integration
  • Lunch and poster session
  • Afternoon activity time (hiking, whiskey tasting, golf)

Friday, 23 June

  • Session # 5: Rhythm & Pattern Generation
  • Session # 6: Motor Output
  • Lunch and poster session
  • Session # 7: Premotor and Propriospinal Circuits
  • 4:20 pm: Closing remarks, conference organizers
  • Ceilidh!