This event will bring together scientists interested in neuronal motor circuits in health and disease, with a focus on limb and body movements. Presentations will cover the cell types and circuits for movement generation and sensory processing in the spinal cord, the organization of descending motor tracts, as well as integrated and adaptive motor control. The satellite aims to give the opportunity to early career researchers (young group leaders, postdocs, students) to present and discuss their recent research.

Unfortunately, we have reached the maximum capacity of our conference room and registration is closed. We might re-open some seats if some attendees cancel, please check again later.

At this stage, we aim exclusively for an in-person event.


Program and speakers

[Minor schedule adjustments may be made, notably regarding exact transportation times. The final schedule will be sent to all attendees]. 


07:45 – Departure from Paris Porte de Versailles, transport by bus.

08:15-08:30 – Welcome on site

08:30-08:45 – Opening remarks

Session 1: spinal mechanisms and circuits

08:45-09:15 – Michael Jay (David McLean’s lab, Northwestern University, Chicago, USA)

Spinal basis of orientation control during locomotion in larval zebrafish

09:15-09:45 – Stephan Dietrich (Niccolo Zampieri’s lab, Max-Delbrück-Centrum für Molekulare Medizin, Berlin, Germany)

The molecular foundation of proprioceptive muscle-type identity

09:45-10:15 – Filipe Nascimento & Amanda Pocratsky (dual presentation from R. Brownstone & M. Beato's labs, UCL, UK)

Spinal circuit pathophysiology in neurological disease

Coffee break

Session 2: descending control part 1 – brainstem and midbrain

10:45-11:15 – Giovanni Usseglio (Julien Bouvier’s lab, Paris-Saclay Institute of Neuroscience, Saclay, France)

Organization of V2a reticulospinal neurons for the control of locomotion and orientation

11:15-11:45 – Roberto Leiras (Ole Kiehn’s lab, University of Copenhagen, Denmark)

Pedunculopontine neurons for global motor arrest

11:45-12:15 – Mathilde Lapoix (Claire Wyart’s lab, Paris Brain Institute, France)

Functional coupling of the mesencephalic locomotor region and V2a reticulospinal neurons driving forward locomotion

12:15-12:45 – Kevin Fidelin (Silvia Arber’s lab, Biozentrum, University of Basel, Switzerland)

Anatomical and functional organization of red nucleus circuits

12:45-14:00 – Lunch break

Session 3: descending control part 2 – cortex and basal ganglia

14:00-14:30 – Anders Nelson (Rui Costa’s lab, Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, Columbia University, NY, USA)

Coordination of brain and spinal circuits for skilled movements

14:30-15:00 – Julia Kaiser (Vibhu Sahni’s lab, Burke Neurological Institute, NY, USA)

Molecular delineation of axon targeting by subcerebral projection neurons in development

15:00-15:30 – Caroline Rouaux and Tando Maduna (Caroline Rouaux’s lab, Université de Strasbourg, France)

Mouse models of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis recapitulate hallmarks of motor cortex impairments allowing for the assessment of their consequences on downstream motor circuits

Coffee break

Session 4: adaptive and integrated motor control

16:00-16:30 – Holly Morley (Andrew Murray’s lab, Sainsbury Wellcome Centre, UCL, UK)

Motor adaptation and anticipatory postural adjustments

16:30-17:00 – Filipa França de Barros (Mathieu Beraneck and François Lambert’s labs, Paris Descartes & Université de Bordeaux, France ; currently at Champalimaud Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal)

Conservation of locomotion-induced oculomotor activity through evolution in mammals

17:00-17:30 – Eiman Azim (Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, USA)

Dissecting Dexterity

17:30-18:30 – General discussion/conclusion/drinks

18:30-19:00 – Bus to Paris Porte de Versailles.


The organizers and the venue

The satellite is organized by members of the "Neuronal Circuits and Motor Control" laboratory:

Julien Bouvier

Coordinator, scientific program

Giovanni Usseglio

Scientific program

Aurélie Heuzé

Organization & logistics

Edwin Gatier

Communication & IT

We are at the Paris-Saclay Institute of Neuroscience (NeuroPSI), a joint CNRS and University Paris-Saclay research unit. We recently relocated in a new building in the scientific park of Paris-Saclay and we are thrilled to host this satellite within our walls.


With the support of the Institute, we will organize transportation from and to Paris by bus in the morning and the evening for registered participants. If you want to only attend partially you will have to make your own arrangements.


By public transportation (~1h15). Take the RER B train southbound until "Massy-Palaiseau", then bus 91-06 until "CEA porte Sud".

By car or taxi: ~30 min from Porte de Versailles.

Transportation by bus needed?
Interested in joining a group dinner in the evening? (at your own expense)

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