Cell-Nerf symposium: Neurotechnologies

The meeting will broadly focus on neurotechnologies for research and neuroprosthetic applications, covering advances in molecular, optical, and electrophysiological approaches for measuring and manipulating neural circuits.

Recent technological advances from fields as diverse as gene and protein engineering, optics, photonics, chemistry, materials science, nanoscience, electrophysiology, and more have helped propel forward our understanding of the genetic, molecular, and physiological mechanisms that contribute to the development and function of the central nervous system. We will bring together leading experts at the forefront of neurotechnology development to discuss the next generation of tools and methods. They will present their latest work and share their thoughts more broadly on how the field as a whole might tackle critical challenges.


  • Neural recordings: imaging and electrophysiological approaches
  • Prosthetics and brain-machine interfaces
  • Optical manipulation of circuits and cells
  • Material science and nanotechnology
  • Design of new probes and sensors
  • Neuromodulation
  • Cell and tissue engineering


  • Anne Andrews - UCLA, US
  • Eddie Chang - UC San Francisco, US
  • Ilaria Testa - KTH Royal Institute of Technology, SE​
  • Edward Callaway - Salk Institute for Biological Studies, US
  • Megan Carey - Champalimaud Center for the Unknown, PT
  • György Buzsáki - New York University, School of Medicine, US
  • John Donoghue - Wyss Center Campus Biotech Geneva, CH
  • Tim Harris - Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Janelia Research Campus, US
  • Stephanie Lacour - École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, IBI, CH
  • Jin Hyung Lee - Stanford University, US
  • Michel Maharbiz - UC Berkeley, US
  • Myriam Pannetier-Lecoeur - Le Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA), FR
  • Kaspar Podgorski - Howard Hughes Medical Institut, Janelia Research Campus, US
  • John Rogers - University of Illinois, US
  • Simon Schultz - Imperial College london, UK
  • Thomas Stieglitz - University of Freiburg, DE
  • Tony Zador - Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, US
  • Tim Denison - Vice President of Research and Core Technology, Medtronic, USA

Organized by Cell Symposia, NERF & VIB Conferences

Kobe 11 Mentality

30 September 2018 to 2 October 2018
Universiteitshallen, KU Leuven
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven