Cognomics Conference 2019: Bridging Gaps

04 September 2019 12:30 - 05 September 2019 18:00
Max Planck Institute
We invite you to join the Cognomics Conference 2019 where we will discuss the complex connections between genes, brain structure and function, and cognitive processes relevant to e.g. language and psychiatric disorders. This year’s edition will cover a broad range of topics and levels of research: from the study of single cell RNA-sequencing to multi-scale connectomics in psychiatric disorders (see the confirmed speakers below). Bridging the gaps between the various lines of research is a fundamental challenge, which will be reflected upon in a panel discussion. Attendees can contribute to the program by submitting an abstract to be considered for a poster or oral presentation.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Prof. Grainne McAlonan (King’s College London, UK) on perinatal and infant imaging
  • Dr. Lea Davis (Vanderbilt University, US) on evolutionary aspects of psychiatric genetics and the brain
  • Dr. Frédérique Liégeois (University College London, UK) on brain markers of inherited speech disorders
  • Dr. Nathan Skene (Imperial College London, UK) on single cell RNA-sequencing and the link with brain disorders
  • Dr. Martijn van den Heuvel (VU Amsterdam, NL) on brain evolution and multi-scale connectomics in psychiatric disorders
  • Dr. Frank Jacobs (University of Amsterdam, NL) on the genomics of human brain evolution
  • Dr. Ida Elken Sønderby (University of Oslo, Norway) on the effects of copy number variants on brain structure and cognitive traits


The preliminary programme can be found here.

Registration and abstract submission     
From the 1st of May via the Cognomics website
Abstract Submission deadline 1st of July 2019
Contact Sophie Akkermans via


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