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EMBO Workshop

Cortical interneurons in health and disease

17 – 20 June 2018 | Costa d´En Blanes (Mallorca), Spain

  • Registration Deadline
  • 13 April 2018
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 13 April 2018
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 20 April 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 04 May 2018

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About the Workshop

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Neuronal circuits in the cerebral cortex consist of excitatory pyramidal cells and inhibitory interneurons. Although neglected for a long time, interneurons are now recognized as essential elements in cortical function. Through mostly inhibitory mechanisms, interneurons regulate the activity of glutamatergic pyramidal cells and prevent hyperexcitability. Interneurons also have important network properties, through which they synchronize and control the rhythmic output of pyramidal cells. Consistently, increasing evidence suggest that disruption of interneuron function underlies neuropsychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia and autism spectrum disorders.

In this EMBO Workshop, we will bring together world-class scholars with very different perspectives on the biology of cortical interneurons. The main goal of our meeting is to encourage the interaction between experts with very diverse backgrounds, from developmental neurobiology to systems neuroscience, to address some of the more compelling questions in this flourishing field of research. We will reproduce the format of a meeting that we have successfully organized before but focusing on a completely new set of questions. Experts will discuss new advances on interneuron disorders, emerging aspects on the biology of human interneurons, the impact of interneuron function on cortical operations, and novel insights into the origins of their diversity.

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About EMBO Courses and Workshops

EMBO Courses and Workshops are selected for their excellent scientific quality and timelines, provision of good networking activities for all participants and speaker gender diversity (at least 40% of speakers must be from the underrepresented gender).

Organisers are encouraged to implement measures to make the meeting environmentally more sustainable.







  • Registration Deadline
  • 13 April 2018
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 13 April 2018
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 20 April 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 04 May 2018


  • ACADEMIC £760
  • INDUSTRY £950

Registration includes:

  • Participation in all course lectures and seminars
  • Course material
  • Accommodation and all meals


Payment details will be sent by email to successful applicants.

Selection criteria

Participants will be selected primarily on the basis of their research. We will aim at selecting participants whose work is directly related to the main themes of the conference.

Abstract guidelines

350 words max

Poster specifications

Portrait format and 120 x 150 cm in size.

Travel grants

A limited number of travel grants are available for participants. Applicants do not need to apply separately for travel grants for this event but should indicate on the registration form if they wish to be considered for a travel grant. Selection of awardees is handled directly by the organizer who will notify all eligible participants. More information is available at EMBO Travel Grants' page.



Stefania Boscolo

+44 (0) 207 848 8148




H10 Punta Negra

Calle Punta Negra s/n

E-07181 Costa d’en Blanes,

Mallorca Spain

Tel: +34 971 68 07 62

Fax: +34 971 68 39 19


Located on the Costa d'en Blanes in the south of Mallorca, and with direct access to two coves with crystal-clear water, the H10 Punta Negra is an exclusive Boutique Hotel in one of the island's most beautiful areas. Its recently refurbished rooms, carefully selected cuisine and gardens surrounded by pine trees make it one of the island's most emblematic establishments. The hotel also has 5 meeting rooms with natural light and unique coastal surroundings, equipped with everything you need to hold any type of event.

H10 Punta Negra has 135 rooms (multiple occupancy) overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

  • 0 metres from the beach
  • 3 km from Puerto Portals marina
  • 9 km from Port Adriano
  • 13 km from Palma de Mallorca

22 km from Palma de Mallorca airport

Please note: Housing fee includes double room occupancy. If you have a preferred partner, please mention this during registration.


By Plane - The nearest airport is Palma de Mallorca, which is located 22km from the venue.

By Bus from the centre of Palma – Lines 104 and 106 stop close to the hotel. Journey time is approx. 30min.

By Taxi from the centre of Palma – Taxi fare €20–25. Journey time is approx. 15-20min.

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