Scientific report: Symposium “Brain Bioenergetics- From Behaviour to Pathology”, School of Life Science, EPFL, Lausanne- June 28th and 29th 2016
The symposium “Brain Bioenergetics- From Behaviour to Pathology”, (http://bms2016.epfl.ch/) gathered together renowned scientists from the burgeoning field of brain bioenergetics. With a highly interdisciplinary nature, sixteen speakers with a broad range of expertises (e.g. electrophysiology, metabolism, neurodegeneration and psychiatry) not only discussed about the most recent results and state-of-the-art in each specific topic, but also about which are the main questions that still remain unanswered. Both speakers and attendees were highly enthusiastic and actively involved in fruitful discussions after each talk and during the poster session. In addition, the fact that both animal and human studies were discussed in the symposium clearly illustrates the revolutionary impact that this field may have in the design of novel treatments for diseases such as depression and anxiety. Attendance was considerably high, with 130 participants and 22 poster presentations. Moreover, speakers were highly prone to open new collaborations and it was even suggested to repeat the symposium in a biannual manner. Overall, the symposium was a unique opportunity to learn from the different disciplines that comprise the field of brain bioenergetics as well as pave the way for future collaborations.