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Prometeus’ Seminar - Olfaction, Behaviour & Pathology October 19-20th 2017

Jornadas Prometeo

Prometeus’ Seminar 2017: Topic Series on Olfaction
Place: Castellón (Spain)
Date: October 19-20th 2017

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Nauskas Bilbao 2016: Taller olfativo
Place: Bilbao
Date: 16 y 17 September 2016

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VI Jornadas de la Red Olfativa Española en La Franca Asturias 2016

Last May a group of olfaction-researchers met at Asturias for the bi-annual ROE´s meeting, in an idyllic spot from the north of Spain, La Franca. Three days of intense science and coffee conversations that brought a collection of highlights for the field of olfaction as well as many other neurosciences.


The first opening lecture by Stuart Firestein illuminated us with how the olfactory system uses a code to build a virtual image in the brain of our world.
Drosophila was present to place new questions on the desk; electric synapses modulate olfaction and behavior according to Ninovska Romero from Angel Acebes lab. Surprising results from studies in humans showed how things are not always as expected; Xavier Castro (Weruaga´s lab) surprised us with results about smoking and smell. Next the invited speaker, Enrique Lanuza put a sexual-sight on olfaction about how rat models like sex before they try.

After the coffee break, Oxytocin took all the attention from the audience; we could conclude “Oxytocin is the key” after hearing how puberty brings a transition towards sexual attraction, and how lab mice are less aggressive and like maternity correlating with their Oxytocin levels. Finally, we discussed how Oxytocin is not alone and Prolactin contributes to modulate this hormonal-dependent behavior.

After this first afternoon, the meeting was resulting exciting and friendly and we all deserved a break and some extra scientific discussion during the fantastic dinner at the hotel.

On Friday, first talk in the morning was presented by Benedikt Berninger. We were awakened by his view on how Miguel Ángel already painted in the Sistine Chapel the reprogramming of brain cells. His work shown how Sox2/Ascl1 are the wakeup call for glial cells towards neuronal phenotypes.
The group of Laura López-Mascaraque represented by María Figueres-Oñate and Rebeca Sánchez-González showed a series of colorful images obtained with the “Star Track” system. Brain cells are marked in a variety of colors and analyzed in vivo. Clonal analysis of the adult neurogenesis in the olfactory bulb occurs far away and a long migration places cells in the right place. On the other hand, glial cells can also be marked with Star Track, GlialBow is coming soon.

Coming from Salamanca, Carlos del Pilar from the group of Eduardo Weruaga discussed the relevance of inflammation for neural migration in a promising project of thesis.

Cecilia Pardo-Bellver from Fernando Martínez´s lab, directed our attention to the accessory olfactory bulb and demonstrated that it orchestrates the local processing in the olfactory system.

Next two presentations by Dr. Trejo´s students captured our attention in Omega-3 fatty acids as biomarkers for depression to be taken in the diet by Kerry McGreevy. Next, Anna Pallé discovered a new role for E2F1 as a new regulator for memory consolidation. Both talks introduced new concepts on classical ideas.

That Friday we had the privilege of hearing three different talks from three reputed Spanish researchers. Alberto Ferrús highlighted some details about his scientific trajectory; he began saying that genetics can ruin a good hypothesis and finished saying to all of us that we should never trust anyone who wants to give us their advices with a taste of joke in his talk. Jose María Delgado discussed with enthusiasm two views of the memory: “Delgado vs Tonegawa”. We discussed about the soul, the memory and how LTP can be resumed as a glass full of water where no more molecules can be incorporated. Finally, Agnés Gruart brought a collection of striking data about women in science, things are still not equal for men and women in our profession.

Back to oral presentations, we had a session about Drosophila including Esther Alcorta and Fernando Martín, they presented the secrets of the smell to fly, “a big code for a tiny brain” with solid results on electrophysiology of the olfactory cells. Alberto Ferrús group modulates behavior by means of changing synapse number and probability of release. To finish the session, Sergio Casas-Tintó introduced a model for Glioblastoma in flies and the effect on neighboring neurons.

After the intensive day, we all were ready for the great gala dinner at the Hotel Mirador and all the attendants were part of an experiment on smelling the ingredients of a secret beverage: cinnamon, vanilla, sweet orange, lemon, cardamom and up to 14 different smells to be identified.
Saturday morning was the last scientific day; it began with the plenary conference from Leonardo Belluscio from the NIH. Olfactory cells can regenerate upon stimuli showing dynamism in the olfactory bulb circuitry.

Ana Bribián from Lopez-Mascaraque lab, used the colorful Star Track technique to show how glial cells are born, reproduce and die within the olfactory bulb. Following talk by Carmen Agustín-Pavón described a novel model for a rare disease, the “Rett syndrome” and the implications on neural proliferation and odor discrimination.

Changing topic, David Diáz-López from Weruaga´s lab showed how olfactory bulb cells reprogram after injury to keep working overtaking neurogenesis. In the same session, Fernando de Castro presented part of their data on Anosmin-1 in neurogenesis and remyelination.
Moving to emotions, we discussed about the amygdale and all the projections that control its activity during the presentation of María Abellán-Alvaro from Lanuza´s group
Lluis Fortes-Marco, from Juan De Carlos lab, showed the “Santiago´s road” for neural migration from the telencephalic wall, novel approaches.
To finish the meeting, a very exciting project on how nematodes can ruin your attractive smell. New compounds secreted to the urine derived from infection are searched by Rubén Gil-Solsona and Fernando Martinez-García.

With this we finished a prolific meeting. Thanks to the organizers Laura López-Mascaraque, Esther Alcorta and Carlos Crespo to all the audience for this exclusive scientific atmosphere.

Finally this has be also done thanks to our sponsors: IBRO, MINECO, SENC, Universidad de Oviedo, Principado de Asturias and Instituto Cajal-CSIC.

See you in ROE's meeting 2018.

Ana Bribián and Sergio Casas Tintó ;-)
Cajal Institute (CSIC)


Cartel Neurociencia entre viñedos
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50th Anniversary of Adult Neurogenesis: Olfaction, Hippocampus and Beyond

Place: Palacio de los Condes de Valparaíso, Almagro (Ciudad Real), Spain
Date: 6-7 November, 2015
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Oler y saborear con el cerebro

Place: Casa de Ses Aigües. Carrer Josep Ma. Quadrado, 13. Maò (Menorca)
Date: 16 October, 2015 - Horary: From 09:30 h. to 17:30 h
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Cartel ROE Neurogenesis 2015 Almagro

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Brain Awareness Week at the Faculty of Medicine of Castilla La Mancha, Ciudad Real

where among other things, Laura López Mascaraque (President of the ROE) taught the workshop entitled " The brain and feelings"


V Olfactory Workshop - 8-10th may, 2014 at Mirador de la Franca (beach La Franca, Asturias)

The overall objective is improve the relationship between people and institutions interested in the olfactory system.

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Cartel semana mundial cerebro
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International Brain's Week - May 2013
Maorkshop will be held at the Cajal Institute.

Cartel semana mundial cerebro
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cartel taller Cajal
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Red olfativa, Seminario internacional del cerebro 2013
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International Brain's Week - Workshop: Olfaction and the Brain

Organized by Red Olfativa Española.
The workshop will be held within the International Brain's Week under the direction of researchers:
Laura López-Mascaraque, Esther Alcorta and Eduardo Weruaga

Location: Museum of Aromas. Santa Cruz de la Salceda (Burgos)
Date: Saturday March 16, 2013 from 17:30 to 20:00

Free admission to 50 persons with limited seating

Please reserve and helpline:+34 947 557 442


 IV Olfactory Workshop -  10- 13th may, 2012 at Mirador de la Franca (beach La Franca, Asturias).

The overall objective is improve the relationship between people and institutions interested in the olfactory system in order to:
Promoting scientific collaboration.
Submit proposals for funding and transfer of results to companies and private entities.
Organize activities of joint interest.
Knowing the latest developments in the discipline.

Chronicles and Reviews the IV Conference Olfactory 2012 (spanish) (published on June 3, 2012)

You can access all information about the event through our website: www.redolfativaespanola.com/jornadas2012/home.html
Access the press releases concerning the IV Conference Olfactory


9th International Congress of Neuroethology
Salamanca (Spain) 2 – 7 August 2010

Symposium and organizers

  • The role of chemosensation in sexual behaviors Y. Ben-Shahar.
  • Neural information processing in cephalopod cognition F. Grasso.
  • Novelty processing in neurons and large-scale neural populations to build auditory objects: evidence from animals and humans M. S. Malmierca & C. Escera.
  • Neuroeconomics and decision in small neuronal circuits R. Gillette.
  • The knowledge base of insect navigation J. Zeil.
  • Neuroethology of adaptive locomotor responses to the environment - Using your brain!? M. Gruhn & R. Ritzmann.
  • Sensory neuroecology: The Sensory-Neural Bases of Natural Behavior Viewed from an Environmental perspective J. Hildebrand & J. Riffel.
  • Habituation - an evolutionary conserved mechanism of sensory information processing? S. Schmid.
  • Spatial orientation and object identification with sensory arrays: from neurons to robots J. Mogdans & H. Bleckmann.
  • Environmental cues guiding behavior: the effect of ethanol on behavior H.Scholz.
  • Living in a flying crowd P. J Simmons.
  • Visual-auditory integration: converging evidence from animal physiology and behavior. Y.Gutfreund.
  • The neuroethology of context-dependent locomotion K. Mesce.
  • Computational mechanisms in temporal processing B. Carlson.
  • Coupled robot-animal systems M. MacIver.
  • An integrative theoretical view: the neuroethological approach to computational neuroscience J. L. Peña.
  • Trichromacy and beyond: colour vision from molecules to perception A. Kelber & N. Hempel de Ibarra.
  • Networks for communication: between human, ape, monkey and bird brains Ch. I. Petkov.

Four Participant Symposia selected from the submitted abstracts

Twelve plenary lectures

INFORMATION : http://www.seatra.org/neuroethology


Publication: June 2010



Montserrat Alcalá Bayona con la colaboración de Mireia Moret Mateu Grupo Medsens (Medicina Sensorial) BSA-Hospital Municipal de Badalona.

Por tercera vez y de forma bienal, se han celebrado las jornadas de la Red Olfativa Española (ROE), durante el pasado mes de mayo de 2010 en el Mirador de la Franca Colombres (Asturias). De nuevo, la reunión ha sido el punto de encuentro de profesionales e investigadores de distintos ámbitos y universidades; un evento multidisciplinario en el que han participado físicos, biólogos, neurocientíficos, médicos de familia, otorrinolaringólogos y, este año, además, caracterizado por su internacionalidad, con la asistencia de personalidades como Charles Greer, de la Yale University School of Medicine (Estados Unidos), Iván Rodriguez, de la Universidad de Ginebra (Suiza) y Francisco Fernández de Miguel, de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM, México).

Por otro lado, han sido destacables también la juventud y el entusiasmo, además del alto nivel científico de los ponentes. La mayoría no llegaba a la treintena; unos mostraron sus trabajos de doctorado, otros aprovechando que disfrutaban de una beca vinieron desde otros continentes para compartir sus conocimientos; muchos llevaban varios años de investigación en el Instituto Cajal de Madrid, y mostraban tan sólo una parte de lo que iba a seguir siendo su trabajo de investigación.

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Place and date: 11 december 2009. Madrid

1st Course of Smell and Taste. Ttendrá held next on 11 December 2009 at the Hospital Ruber Internacional and will involve the collaboration of Professor Thomas Hummel

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Join the ISN to benefit from lower registration fees to the congress: http://www.neuroethology.org


Computational models of the olfactory system by Thomas Nowotny
Barcelona 8-12 June 2009
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ROE Symposium at the SENC Congress. The ROE invites you to attend the Symposium and to participate in the Congress by presenting a communication.  You can complete your inscription to the Congress until the 31st May. 
The preliminary programme is available at the Congress website: SENC MEETING TARRAGONA 2009 - www.senc2009.com

Simposio XVIII (Simposio ROE)
The olfactory system as a model for neural processing
Coordinadores: Fernando de Castro (Hospital Nacional de Parapléjicos, Toledo)
Laura López-Mascaraque (Instituto Cajal-CSIC,  Madrid)
Fernando castro MLopez mascaraque

Carles A Greer

Jorge Larriva-Sahd

Fernando martinez Garcia

Alino Martinez-Marcos

Plasticity in the olfactory system
Charles A. Greer
(Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, USA)


The olfactory bulb: an old game with new players
Jorge Larriva-Sahd
(Univesidad Nacional Autónoma de Méximo)


Pheromones, olfaction and behaviour
Fernando Martínez-García
(Universidad de Valencia)


The human olfactory system in Parkinson´s and Alzheimer´s diseases
Alino Martínez - Marcos
(Universidad de Castilla - La Macha)



15-17 Abril 2009 - International Symposium on Olfaction and Electronic Noses


15-19 Marzo 2009- Keystone Symposia Global Health


Course: The answer is in the air: smells, neurones, phermones, pathology and electronic noses.
21st to 23rd November 2008. Salamanca.
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Asturias, 8th to 11th May, 2008


XVIIth conference of the European Chemoreception Research Organisation (ECRO),
Granada (Spain), 2006.
Coordinadora: Laura López-Mascaraque
Symposium fundacional de la ROE.


5-8 May 2006


Instituto Cajal, CSIC, Madrid. 16 de Marzo de 2006.
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