Program Schedule

Tuesday 22nd, May
Arrival in Erice

Wednesday 23rd, May
  • 08:45 - Welcome
  • 09:00-09:45 - Larry Young (Emory, USA) : Neurobiology of social bonding, social loss, and empathy: Implications for autism
  • 09:45-10:30 - Gul Dolen (Johns Hopkins University, USA) : Social Reward: basic mechanisms and therapeutic opportunities
  • 10:30-11:00 - Coffee break
  • 11:00-11:45 - Angela Sirigu (CNRS Lyon, France) : Understanding the mechanisms of action of Oxytocin in human and nonhuman primates. Implications for the treatment of autism
  • 11:45-12:30 - Adam Guastella (University of Sydney, Australia) : Randomised controlled trials of Bremelanotide to increase social cognition and oxytocin in humans
  • 12:30-14:15 - Lunch break
  • 14:15-15:00 - Karen Parker (Stanford University, USA) : Oxytocin and vasopressin: Biomarkers of and therapeutics for social impairments in a monkey model and in patients with autism
  • 15:00-15:45 - Wolfgang Kelsch (Mannheim, Germany) : Oxytocin in cortical control of olfactory perceptionthesis
  • 15:45-16:15 - Coffee break
  • 16:15-17:00 - Gareth Leng (University of Edinburgh, UK) : Oxytocin: matters of credibility
  • 17:00-19:00 - Poster session (in the coffee room)

Thursday 24th, May
  • 09:00-09:45 - Robert Froemke (New York University, USA) : Oxytocin, maternal behavior, and synaptic plasticity
  • 09:45-10:30 - Ruth Feldman (Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel) : Oxytocin and the development of human affiliative bonds in health and psychopathology
  • 10:30-11:00 - Coffee break
  • 11:00-11:45 - Pier Francesco Ferrari - Elizabeth Simpson (CNRS, France - University Miami, USA) : Oxytocin in infant social development. A nonhuman primate model
  • 11:45-12:30 - Catherine Crockford (Max Planck Institute, Leipzig, Germany) : Oxytocin: a facilitator of long-term cooperative exchange in chimpanzees.
  • 12:30-14:15 - Lunch break
  • 14:15-15:00 - Rene Hurlemann (University of Bonn, Germany) : Translating oxytocin neuroscience to the treatment of anxiety disorders
  • 15:00-15:45 - Hidenori Yamasue (Hamamatsu University School of Medicine, Japan), Genes and effects of oxytocin on autistic social behaviors and their neural underpinings
  • 15:45-16:15 - Coffee break
  • 16:15-18:15 - Brief oral presentations (11 x 10 mins)
    1. Brian Trainor (University of California, USA) : Oxytocin in the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis promotes social avoidance in novel contexts
    2. Ana Rita Nunes (Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Portugal) : Oxytocinergic modulation of zebrafish social behaviors
    3. Constantina Theofanopoulou (University of Barcelona, Spain) : The evolutionary history of oxytocin and vasopressin ligands and receptors and their role in vocal learning
    4. Elissar Andari (Emory University, USA) : Progress on the examination of target engagement by intranasal oxytocin in adults with autism spectrum disorder: an fRMI dose response study
    5. Ferdinand Althammer (German Cancer Research Centre, Heidelberg, Germany) : Fear memory engram in the hypothalamic oxytocin system
    6. Goyon Stéphanie (CNRS - Université de Strasbourg) : The unexpected level of plasticity of the oxytocinergic system
    7. Francesco Papaleo (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genova, Italy) : Oxytocin-dependent emotion recognition in mice
    8. Olga Dal Monte (Yale University, USA) : Oxytocin modulates neural synchrony between the anterior cingulate cortex and amygdala for social decisions
    9. Bice Chini (CNR, Milan, Italy) : GABA switch, E/I balance, dendritic spines and cognitive behaviour: age and region dependent oxytocin modulation.
    10. Jérôme Mairesse (Université Paris Diderot, Sorbonne, France) : Oxytocin receptor agonist reduces perinatal brain damage by targeting neuro-inflammation
    11. Tim Gruber (Helmholtz Center Munich, Neuherberg, Germany) : Hypothalamic oxytocin neurons control systemic energy metabolism

Friday 25th, May
Excursion to the Archeological sites of Selinunte and Segesta

Saturday 26th, May
  • 09:00-09:45 - Valery Grinevich (Max Planck, Heidelberg, Germany) : Sensory modulation of oxytocin neurones activity
  • 09:45-10:30 - Hideaki Takeuchi (Okayama University, Japan) : Social peptides in medaka fish
  • 10:30-11:00 - Coffee break
  • 11:00-11:45 - James Rilling (Emory University, USA) : Intranasal oxytocin effects on human brain activity during social interactions
  • 11:45-12:30 - Linmarie Sikich (Duke University, USA) : Lessons Learned from the SOARS-B Randomized Controlled Trial: daily oxytocin or placebo treatment of 289 children, 3-17 years old, with ASD for 24 weeks
  • 12:30-14:15 - Lunch break

Sunday 27th, May