Program - Neuroscience Day 2018

Neuroscience Day 2018  -  Rewarding Neuroscience

  • Tuesday 1 May at the Lakeside Lecture Theatres, Aarhus University


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08.00-08.30    Registration and poster hanging

Session 1: Gambling and Addiction

Chair: Prof Arne Møller, PET Center and CFIN, Dept. of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University (AU)

08.30-08.35    Welcome to Neuroscience Day by Prof Jens Christian H. Sørensen, CENSE, Dept. of Clinical Medicine and Neurosurgery NK, AU/Aarhus University Hospital (AUH)

08.35-08.55    “Citius, Altius, Fortius. A brief overview of Ludomani in Denmark: Past, present and future” by Director Michael Bay Jørsel, Danish Center for Gambling Addiction

08.55-09.10    “Impulsivity traits and addiction-related behaviors in youth” by Assoc. Prof Kristine Rømer Thomsen, Centre for Alcohol and Drug Research, AU

09.10-09.25    Oral presentation: “Impulsivity and compulsivity: the roles of dopamine and serotonin in rewards” by PhD student Casper Schmidt, PET Center, CFIN, Dept. of Clinical Medicine, AU/AUH

09.25-09.40    “The role of SorCS2 in BDNF activity and alcohol-seeking behavior” by Assoc. Prof Simon Glerup, Dept. of Biomedicine, AU

09.40-09.55    “Making brain health a European priority” by Tadeusz Hawrot, Senior Policy Officer, European Brain Council

09.55-10.55    Poster session* (even numbers to present) with coffee/tea and exhibits

Session 2: Reward and Punishment

Chair: Prof Søren Dinesen Østergaard, Psychosis Research Unit, Dept. of Clinical Medicine, AU/AUH Risskov

10.55-11.45    Keynote Lecture: “Reward, prediction and brain dopamine”  by 2017 Brain Prize Winner Prof Ray Dolan, University College London, UK. Introduction by Kim Krogsgaard, Director of The Brain Prize

11.45-12.00    “Foraging decisions in probabilistic environments in flies and mice” by Assoc. Prof Duda Kvitsiani, DANDRITE, AU

12.00-12.15    Oral presentation: “Acute and chronic effects of proteasome inhibition on dopamine neurotransmission in minipigs” by PhD student Thea Lillethorup, Dept. of Nuclear Medicine and PET Center, AUH and Dept. of Clinical Medicine, AU

12.15-12.30    Group Photo – please gather quickly

12.30-13.10    Lunch kindly sponsored by Janvier Labs, exhibits, and poster viewing*

Session 3: Compulsion and Motivation

Chair: Prof. Jens Christian H. Sørensen, Dept. of Clinical Medicine and Neurosurgery NK, AU/AUH

13.10-13.40    Keynote Lecture: “Compulsions and behavioural addictions from the lab to the store” by Dr. Thomas Zoëga Ramsøy, CEO and founder of Neurons Inc.

13:40-13:55    Oral presentation: “The Nordic Long-Term OCD Treatment Study (NordLOTS): Treatment Outcomes and One-year Follow-up of Initial Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Responders” by Psychologist David Højgaard, Center for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, AUH Risskov

13:55-14:15     “Play & Horror: Representation of Play in Horror Fiction and Play with Fiction Horror” by Assoc. Prof Rikke Schubart, Dept. for the Study of Culture, University of Southern Denmark (SDU)

14:15-14:35    “To shop or not to shop - Basic needs or compulsions - The thrills of the shopping kills”.
A panel debate on our drives in shopping, our compulsions, pleasures and thrills. Panel: Assoc. Prof Rikke Schubart (SDU), Dr. Thomas Ramsøy (CEO and founder of Neurons Inc.) and Prof Morten Kringelbach (University of Oxford/AU). Moderator: Prof Jens Christian H. Sørensen.

14.35-15.35    Poster session* (odd numbers to present) with coffee/tea and exhibits

Session 4: Pleasure and Anhedonia

Chair: Prof Therese Ovesen, Flavour Institute, AU

15.35-15:50    Oral presentation: ”Dopaminergic memory modulation by two distinct novelty systems” by Assoc. Prof Tomonori Takeuchi, Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (AIAS), AU

15:50-16:20     Keynote Lecture: “Hedonia and eudaimonia: Towards whole-brain models in health and disease” by Prof Morten Kringelbach, Center for Music in the Brain, Dept. of Clin. Medicine, AU and Dept. of Psychiatry, Oxford University, UK

16:20-16:30    Closing remarks and Announcement of the Poster Presentation Prize winners by Christian Steenkjær, President of Neuroscientific Society of Medical Students, AU

16.30-17.30    Networking and free draft beer/soft drinks (voucher) in the foyer

* Posters: William Scharff Auditorium and level 1 (by the main entrance)

Brain Prize Winner’s Public lecture at The Lakeside Lecture Theatres, AU

19:00-21:00    “Reward, prediction and brain dopamine” by 2017 Brain Prize winner Prof Ray Dolan

Registration for the public lecture: 


Abstract topics

NeuroCampus Aarhus welcomes participants and input from ALL areas related to neuroscience.    
The poster sessions are OPEN sessions.

When submitting an abstract, please mark the relevant subject/area.

  • Mental disorders
  • Neurodegenerative diseases
  • Neurogenetics
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Neuroengineering
  • Cognition
  • Bioinformatics
  • Computational neuroscience
  • New technologies
  • Diagnostics
  • Patient care and rehabilitation
  • Business
  • Human behavior and ethics
  • Other

Abstract format required: A0 portrait 


For questions regarding Neuroscience Day, please contact:

Susanne Schousboe Sjøgaard
Department of Biomedicine
Aarhus University
Ole Worms Allé 3, building 1171
8000 Aarhus C