he Cortical Evolution symposium will promote the dissemination of novel ideas and concepts underlying evolution of the mammalian cerebral cortex. The goal of this conference is to further our understanding of the factors involved in cortical evolution that are relevant for human brain function under
normal and pathological conditions. Experts from prestigious research universities in the Americas, Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia will present their most recent findings at the meeting. 200 faculty and students are expected to attend, and all attendees will have the opportunity to present their work in poster format. In addition, six abstracts will be selected for a short oral presentation. The meeting will be organized into 4 sessions, with each session dedicated to the following topics:
Cellular evolution: anatomy / evolution of cortical areas.
Genetic evolution: patterns of gene expression that regulate formation of brain structures.
Evo-Devo: comparative studies of cortical form / function across species including primates, carnivores, rodents, and reptiles.
Proliferation: The role of cell genesis in cortical evolution.