Conference programme

THURSDAY, 5 MAY

09.30–10.05

OPENING SESSION

Per Kirkeby Auditorium

Brian Bech Nielsen
Rector at Aarhus University

Niels Højbjerg 
City Manager, City of Aarhus

Troels Staehelin Jensen
Professor, Aarhus University and Head of the conference organizing committee


10.05–11.10

PANEL DEBATE: Brain Diseases - Can We Do More?

Per Kirkeby Auditorium

This introductory panel debate focuses on the prioritising of brain diseases in Denmark. The panel debate will be kicked off with a talk by senior hospital physician Christian Fynbo Christiansen entitled "Brain Diseases in Denmark: Prevalence and Costs". The following debate will then focus on the prioritising of brain diseases in Denmark. What does a brain disease cost? How can psychiatry and neuroscience work closer together? Should a joint “brain package” be established? Where are the patient associations in all of this? And what can politicians do? The panel debate will be held in Danish. It will be possible to have the debate interpreted.

Christian Fynbo Christiansen
Senior hospital physician, clinical associate professor, PhD, Aarhus University

Mia Kristina Hansen 
President, Danish Association for Mental Health (SIND)

Morten Lorenzen
President, The Danish Brain Injury Association

SPEAKER TO BE DETERMINED 
TBD

SPEAKER TO BE DETERMINED 
TBD

Moderator: Jacob Rosenkrands 
Danish Broadcasting Corporation  


11.10–12.00

KEYNOTE LECTURE

Per Kirkeby Auditorium

Ed Boyden
Y. Eva Tan Professor in Neurotechnology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, USA    
Tools for Analyzing and Repairing the Brain


12.00–13.15

LUNCH

Samfundsfagenes Kantine

LUNCH: Meet the Professor

For PhD students and Postdocs


13.15–14.45

WORKSHOPS

The Molecular Brain

Visualisation of the Brain

The Plastic Brain

Placebo Responses

The Emotional Brain

From Fruitflies to Human


14.45–15.20

COFFEE AND NETWORK

Meet, greet and coffee with patient associations and Aarhus University Press


15.20–16.50

WORKSHOPS


16.50–17.00

SHORT BREAK AND TRANSFER TO KEYNOTE LECTURE


17.00–17.50

KEYNOTE LECTURE

Per Kirkeby Auditorium

Lisa Feldmann Barrett
Professor of Psychology, Northeastern University, Boston, USA    
Through the Looking-Glass: Using the Neuroscience of Emotion to Understand Basic Brain Functions


18.00

BUS TRANSFER TO HERMANS IN TIVOLI FRIHEDEN


18.30–22.15

Music for the Brain

Evening Event at Hermans, Tivoli Friheden


18.30: Arrival, networking and refreshments 

19.30: Concert with Peter Vuust trio feat. Cæcilie Nordby

20.00: Dinner and background jazz by Vuust trio

22.15: End of evening. Conference bus leaves for downtown Aarhus and hotels (for registered participants only)


FRIDAY, 6 MAY

09.00–09.55

KEYNOTE LECTURE

Per Kirkeby Auditorium

Lara Boyd
Professor of Neuroscience and Rehabilitation, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada    
After this Talk Your Brain Will Not Be the Same: How Do We Learn, Forget and Relearn?


09.55–10.30

COFFEE AND NETWORK

Meet, greet and coffee with patient associations and Aarhus University Press


10.30–12.00

WORKSHOPS

The Molecular Brain

Coupling Molecule to Disease

The Plastic Brain

Neuroplasticity in Pain


12.00–13.15

LUNCH

Samfundsfagenes Kantine

LUNCH: Meet the Professor

For PhD students and Postdocs


13.15–14.45

WORKSHOPS


14.45–15.30

COFFEE AND NETWORK

Meet, greet and coffee with patient associations and Aarhus University Press


15.30–16.25

KEYNOTE LECTURE

Per Kirkeby Auditorium

Jonathan Rosand
Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA    
Restoring and Preserving Brain Health


16.25–16.35

SHORT BREAK


16.35–17.25

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: ADAPTIVE AND MALADAPTIVE NEUROPLASTICITY

Per Kirkeby Auditorium

Neuroplasticity is the ability of neurons and neural networks in the brain to form new connections and to change the wiring of brain circuits. This happens constantly and is responsible for how we behave in response to new information. Neuroplasticity can be adaptive; for example, it can help restore lost functions following brain damage. On the other hand, neuroplasticity can also be maladaptive, e.g., if it is the result of stress-induced anxiety, withdrawal or substance abuse. In this Roundtable discussion, the five keynote speakers of the conference will give their views on adaptive and maladaptive neuroplasticity in a session moderated by DR Journalist Jacob Rosenkrands.

Lara Boyd
Professor of Neuroscience and Rehabilitation, University of British Columbia, Canada

Jonathan Rosand
Professor of Neurology, Harvard University, USA

Ed Boyden 
Y. Eva Tan Professor in Neurotechnology, Massaschussets Institute of Technology (MIT), USA

Lisa Feldmann Barrett 
Professor of Psychology, Northeastern University, USA

Richard Morris 
Professor of Neuroscience, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Moderator: Jacob Rosenkrands 
Danish Broadcasting Corporation


17.40

BUS TRANSFER TO CENTRALVÆRKSTEDET


18.00–22.30

Memory & Magic

Evening Event at Centralværkstedet


18.00: Arrival and refreshments

19.00: Dinner Pitch by Richard Morris, Professor of Neuroscience, Edinburgh University

19.30: Starter and Main Course

21:00: Magician Jan Hellesøe

21:30: Dessert and coffee

22.30: End of evening


SATURDAY, 7 MAY

09.30–17.30

PUBLIC EVENT: Hjernen gennem 100.000 år


On the third day of MatchPoints 2022, Moesgaard Museum will be an epicenter of neuroscience for the entire family with brain scientist and TV-host Peter Lund Madsen guiding the audience through a day called "Hjernen gennem 100.000 år". The event is in Danish and is organized by Aarhus University, Aarhus People’s University, Aarhus Municipality and is supported by Lundbeckfonden.

Read more about the event and sign up here