International Research Training Group 2150

The Neuroscience of Modulating
Aggression and Impulsivity in Psychopathology

2nd  S P R I N G   S C H O O L

April 25 – April 28, 2018

Dear students and colleagues,
Welcome to the 2nd annual Spring School of the International Research Training Group (IRTG) 2150: The Neuroscience of Modulating Aggression and Impulsivity in Psycho-pathology.
The 1st Spring School last year in Philadelphia was an exciting one, marked by active exchange and establishing international co-operations in fascinating research projects. So far, five students from Aachen have spent their mobility period at the University of Pennsylvania, working on research projects in the teams of their American supervisors. Two students from the University of Pennsylvania have worked in Aachen in the labs of German supervisors, designing and conducting their own experiments.
The 2nd Spring School in Aachen contains a scientific program that is organized by PhD students from all participating institutions and will feature eight sessions covering topics in the scope of the IRTG. Following the sessions, thesis committee meetings will offer the chance to discuss the research projects in greater detail. We are very happy, that our Mercator fellow of the IRTG, James Blair, will join us during this event and will give a keynote lecture. An alumni session held by former IRTG members will shed light on career tracks post-graduation. The Spring School also provides students with the opportunity to plan their mobility periods and to visit the labs in Aachen and Jülich. Lastly, the City tour on Friday will let you enjoy Aachen’s most famous sights.
Special thanks go to the DFG and the participating institutions: the RWTH Aachen University, Research Center Jülich, and the University of Pennsylvania. Particularly, we would like to thank all speakers for sharing their research and the organizing team for outstanding support.
We are very happy to welcome you here in Aachen and are looking forward to an ex-citing and stimulating Spring School!
With Best Wishes,

Ute Habel and Ruben C. Gur

Program Overview
Wednesday, April 25

03.15 pm – 03.45 pm Coffee time
03.45 pm – 04.00 pm Welcome and opening: Ute Habel and Ruben Gur
04.00 pm – 05.00 pm Session 1: Disease models
05.00 pm – 05.45 pm Keynote lecture: Danilo Bzdok
06.00 pm Welcome reception and dinner

Thursday, April 26

09.00 am – 10.00 am Session 2: Neurofeedback
10.00 am – 11.00 am Session 3: Brain stimulation
11.00 am – 11.30 am Coffee break
11.30 am – 12.15 pm Keynote lecture: James Blair (Mercator fellow)
12.15 pm – 01.15 pm Session 4: Methods
01.15 pm – 1.30 pm Photo session
01.30 pm – 2.30 pm Lunch break
02.30 pm – 4.00 pm Student thesis committee meetings
04.00 pm – 5.30 pm Student thesis committee meetings
07.00 pm Students’ evening / Supervisor dinner

Friday, April 27

09.00 am – 10.00 am Supervisors meeting
10.00 am – 10.30 am Coffee break
10.30 am – 11.45 am Session 5: Development and brain networks
11.45 am – 12.45 pm Session 6: Animal models
12.45 pm – 01.45 pm Lunch break
01.45 pm – 02.30 pm Alumni session
02.30 pm – 04.00 pm Student thesis committee meetings
04.30 pm – 06.00 pm City tour / IRTG board meeting
7.00 pm Farewell dinner

Saturday, April 28

09.00 am – 10.15 am Session 7: Brain and pathology
10.15 am – 11.15 am Session 8: Aggression and impulsivity
11.15 am – 11.45 am Coffee break
11.45 am – 12.30 pm Keynote lecture: Ted Brodkin
12.30 pm – 01.00 pm Synopsis and final remarks
01.00 pm – 02.00 pm Lunch break
02.00 pm – 03.30 pm Student thesis committee meetings

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All sessions take place in the RWTH Guesthouse (Melatener Str. 31).
Farewell dinner (Friday) takes place at Restaurant Forckenbeck (Forckenbeckstr. 61).

Meeting place for City tour (Tourist Info Elisenbrunnen, Friedrich-Wilhelm-Platz) on Friday at 4.30pm – 6.00pm.