INc researchers presented their most recent scientific results in the 15th biannual meeting of the Sociedad Española de Neurociencia (SENC 2013) held in Oviedo during September 25-27. More than 150 researchers attended the symposium entitled "Synaptic dysfunction in cognitive disorders: from genes to behavior" organized by the INc member Dr. Carles Saura.
The symposium was focused on novel findings of molecules involved in neural signaling, neurotransmission and gene transcription that mediate synapse function an plasticity during memory processing and cognitive dysfunction. The speakers were Dr. Agnès Gruart (Universitat Pablo de Olavide), Dr. Francisco Gómez- Scholl (Universidad de Sevilla), Dr. Verónica Brito (Universitat de Barcelona), Dr. Carles Saura (INc, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Cristina Sánchez-Puelles and Lara Duran (CBM, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid). The invited speakers discussed the need for applying global experimental approaches (genomic,proteomic...) and innovative and state-of-the-art gene-modified mouse models to understand cognitive function and dysfunction. Understanding these mechanisms is essential to develop novel therapeutic approaches for age-related cognitive, mental and neurodegenerative disorders, including autism, Alzheimer's and Huntington's diseases.