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Network Neuroscience at NetSci 2017: Announcement and call for contributions

last modified Mar 07, 2017 11:25 AM
Dear friends and colleagues,

We are delighted to announce the first Network Neuroscience satellite, an exciting evolution of the Brain Networks satellites of 2015 and 2016, to be held on Tuesday 20th June as part of NetSci 2017, Indianapolis, Indiana. We invite your participation, and kindly ask you to spread this call as widely as possible. 

We are inviting contributions for a number of poster and oral presentations via Easychair. Please note that we have only a limited number of slots available for oral presentations, and encourage you to consider submitting your work as a poster. Submit your abstract (1 page pdf, no more than 500 words) by March 12th; decisions will be communicated by March 26th. 

We welcome submissions from all areas of Network Neuroscience, to include (but not limited to): 
(i) Interactome networks; 
(ii) Transcriptional and gene regulation networks; 
(iii) Structural brain networks (imaging); 
(iv) Functional brain networks (imaging); 
(v) Brain networks - theory, modeling and analysis; 
(vi) Signal processing and information flow; 
(vii) Circuit dynamics; 
(viii) Brain-behaviour interactions; 
(ix) Systems neuroscience. 

Please see our website for updates and further information. Note that early registration ends May 4th, and one day rates are available if you are not attending the whole NetSci conference.

Uncovering and understanding the relationship between elements in complex networks has helped propel Network Science in various fields, including neuroscience. The brain is inherently multiscale and multivariate in nature, and understanding each part of the hierarchy and their interconnectedness is vital to understanding brain structure, function and cognition. Genes and proteins interact on the subcellular level. Subsequent populations of cells connect - and integrate within different brain regions - to support and propagate coordinated excitations of neural signals. As dynamic patterns emerge within network circuitry, these signalling patterns integrate to ultimately self-organise the whole organ - itself a cohabitant within the body - which seeks to interact with its external environment and social systems. Studying the brain at these various levels has led to the emergence of Network Neuroscience: a Network Science affiliated field within the brain-based scientific frontier. 

Network Science provides a new and natural mathematical framework for investigating functional and anatomical neuroimaging data, and represents a conceptual revolution that goes beyond standard approaches. Network based methods not only refine the outcomes of existing techniques, but also typify a paradigm shift for representing brain structure and dynamics. Equally importantly, the questions posed by neuroscience have the potential to inspire the development of new tools and areas within the broader field of Network Science itself. 

Apologies if you receive multiple copies of this email. Looking forward to seeing you in Indiana!

Warm regards,

Emma Towlson (Northeastern University, USA) 
Danielle Bassett (University of Pennsylvania, USA) 
Javier. M. Buldú (URJC & Center for Biomedical Technology, Madrid, Spain) 
Raffaela Burioni (Università di Parma, Italy) 
Guido Caldarelli (IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca, Italy) 
Fabrizio De Vico Fallani (Inria & Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle Épinière, France) 
Andrea Gabrielli (Istituto dei Sistemi Complessi (ISC) - CNR, Rome, Italy) 
Tommaso Gili (Enrico Fermi Center at Santa Lucia Fundation Hospital, Italy) 
Joaquín Goñi (Purdue University, USA) 
Johann. H. Martínez (Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle Épinière, France) 
David Papo (Université de Lille 3, France) 
Olaf Sporns (Indiana University, USA) 
Qawi K. Telesford (University of Pennsylvania, USA) 
Martijn van den Heuvel (University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands) 
Petra Vertes (University of Cambridge, UK) 
Robin W. Wilkins (University of North Carolina-Greensboro, USA)