[MARMAM] WMMC Workshop: The Diving Brain – Adaptations for Extreme Environments

Stefan Huggenberger st.huggenberger at uni-koeln.de
Thu Nov 14 09:45:25 PST 2019

Dear MarMamers

We would like to inform you about the updated program (see below) of  
the workshop “The Diving Brain – Adaptations for Extreme Environments”  
at the World Marine Mammal Conference on Saturday, December 7th 2019  
in Barcelona (Spain). Further information on the conference and  
workshops can be found on the WMMC website.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Barcelona,
Stefan Huggenberger and Bruno Cozzi (workshop organizers)

WMMC Workshop: The Diving Brain – Adaptations for Extreme Environments

Organizers: Stefan Huggenberger (Witten/Herdecke University) & Bruno  
Cozzi (University of Padua)

Preliminary workshop program, Saturday 7. December 2019:

08:30  Luciano Fadiga (University of Ferrara, Italy) – Of men and  
whales: diving physiology.
09:00  Sam H. Ridgway (San Diego, U.S.A.) – Cortex and Cerebellum -  
long and short divers.
09:30  Hannsjörg Schröder (University of Cologne, Germany) – Comparing  
big brains: a brainstem view.

10:00  Coffee break

10:30  Short presentations
- Frederike Hanke (University of Rostock, Germany) – Pinniped  
neuroanatomy - past and future
- Alexandra Wright (University of St. Andrews, U.K.) – Toward  
comprehensive anatomical and functional cortical maps in marine mammals
- Peter Tyack (University of St. Andrews, U.K.) – What does  
lateralization of sound production in odontocetes imply for auditory  

11:20  Bruno Cozzi & Stefan Huggenberger – Uncharted territories in  
the brains of marine mammals
11:30  Round table: Future directions and discussion for summarizing  
main scientific problems (“hot topics”) to encourage joint future  
activities (Chair: Joy Reidenberg)
12:00  Conclusion and future venues

12:30  Lunch

14:00 - 16:00
Two to three parallel afternoon sessions with practical work using  
modern teaching equipment such as virtual microscopy and open source  
tools for tomography data (participants can move from one session to  
the other and back). Participants are invited to bring own data (brain  
scans, photos of histological slides and dissections, etc.) for  
1. Navigating through the brain: macro slide series and MRI scans
2. Neuro-histology and routine histological slides from other organs
3. Intended: Video of the Morgane cetacean brain collection

Dr. Stefan Huggenberger (visiting scientist)
Department II of Anatomy
University of Cologne
50924 Cologne, Germany

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