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Kristina Holmberg
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Application Deadline: Applications for this meeting must be submitted by July 6, 2008.

Please apply early, as some conferences become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the conference is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. You will still be able to submit your application. However, it will only be considered by the Conference Chair if there are cancellations, making more seats available.

Synaptic transmission is the main means of information transfer between nerve cells. Unravelling the way in which synapses work is of central importance for advancing our knowledge about information processing in neuronal networks. Recent years have witnessed major advances in understanding the molecular mechanisms of synapse function both pre- and postsynaptically, as well as in unravelling the mechanisms of short- and long-term synaptic plasticity. Research in synaptic transmission has been sparked by the development of novel optical and genetic tools for cellular imaging, which allow to image synapse function from the level of the single vesicle up to the mapping of long-range synaptic connections in the brain. The impact of synaptic plasticity on neuronal network processing is beginning to be addressed. Also, major discoveries about the molecular mechanisms that govern synapse assembly and synaptic connectivity are being made, and there is growing evidence that deficits in the wiring and the function of synapses is an early step in various neurological disorders and neurodegenerative diseases.