Developmental neuroscience is a rapidly expanding area within the neurosciences with strong impact on understanding the complexity of the adult brain and the molecular bases of brain diseases. Major subfields presented at the ISDN2000 meeting will include patterning of the brain, axon growth and synapse formation, determination of neuronal and glial cell phenotypes, regulation of stem cells, cell migration, motoneuron function and dysfunction, and inherited neurodegenerative diseases.
The biennial meetings of the ISDN are the largest convention in the field of developmental neuroscience and usually attract several hundred participants from all parts of the world. The program committee has selected the most outstanding speakers for plenary lectures, symposia, and workshops. The meeting will take place on the biomedical campus of Heidelberg University, which can be easily reached by walking or public transport from the old city of Heidelberg. The structure of the program will permit sufficient time for scientific and social interactions. The meeting will confront participants with the most recent and still largely unpublished advances in developmental neuroscience, foster discussions and arrangements for scientic collaborations as well as friendship.