TIC 2013 Tbilisi International Conference 2013

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Tbilisi international conference (TIC2013) "Merging neuroscience and medicine: implications for brain disorders” will take place at the Institute of Cognitive Neurosciences (ICN) at Agricultural University of Georgia (Tbilisi, Georgia, South Caucasus) from 30th of September till 3rd of October 2013.

The main aim of the conference is to bring together the specialists from two distinct fields such as neuroscience and medicine focusing primarily on mental and neurodegenerative diseases. Within the conference it is intended to tackle various problems of the health care from clinical, neuroscience, psychological and other perspectives.

The official language of the conference is English. Conference call in Georgian language can be downloaded from here (2013 წლის თბილისის საერთაშორისო კონფერენცია).

Conference flyer can be downloaded from here.



Generally, the organizers have designed the conference as means to serve to multiple purposes:

  1. The conference is organized to celebrate a foundation of a new Institute of Cognitive Neurosciences at the Agricultural University of Georgia, which is the only one of its kind in Georgia.
  2. The institute will foster bio-medical collaborative research and address important issues of public health. The conference is considered to be an optimal companion on this complicated and not straightforward road.
  3. Importantly, considering limited funding allocated to science, it is clear that to reach significant scientific outcomes the international research projects have to be organized. Therefore, the 3rd aim of the conference is to promote collaborative activities between Georgian and foreign professionals.
  4. The gap between scientific generations in post-soviet and Eastern European countries is well-recognized. The organizers of the conference devoted special attention to younger generations to come to science. Several special workshops will be organized aimed primarily for students and early-stage professionals to get introduced to new methods and trends in neurosciences.


The thematic scope of the conference includes various topics which concern the normal and pathological cerebral functions putting special emphasis on mental and neurodegenerative disorders. Oral or poster contributions of both academic and health care professionals are welcome as well as of young scientist and students.

Program outline

The conference consists of four components: invited lectures (25+5 minutes), oral presentations (15+5 minutes), poster sessions, and practical workshops. The first day, 30th of September will be devoted to arrivals and welcoming. The subsequent two full conferences days, 1-2 of October 2013 days will be trailed with sessions of practical workshop (3rd of October, 2013) and a satellite seminar about grant acquisition and management strategies (4th of October, 2013)  aimed to train young scientists as well as to promote collaboration between foreign and local partners. There also will be possibilities for informal group and pear-to-pear meetings.

Conference program

Day 1. 01.10. 2013

Session1. Mental disorders (Chair: Anne Giersch)

10:00 – 10:30 Plenary lecture: Sense of time continuity and present time in patients with schizophrenia
Anne Giersch (Strasburg, France)
10:30 – 11:00 Plenary lecture: Application of embodiment research to schizophrenia
Wolfgang Tschacher (Bern, Switzerland)
11:00 – 11:20 Short oral presentation: Shared backward masking deficits in patients with functional psychoses
Maya Roinishvili (Tbilisi, Georgia)
11:20 – 11:40 Short oral presentation: Cognitive markers as potential endophenotypes for schizophrenia
Eka Chkonia (Tbilisi, Georgia)

11:40 - 12:00 Coffee break / Posters

Session 2. Neurological disorders (Chair: Roman Shakarishvili)

12:00 – 12:30 Plenary lecture: Inflammation and anxiety: A review of available evidence
David Gigineishvili (Tbilisi, Georgia)
12:30 – 12:50 Short oral presentation: Inositoles and epilepsy
Revaz Solomonia (Tbilisi, Georgia)
12:50 – 13:10 Short oral presentation: The effect of different forms of hyperkinesia on the ultrastructure of the limbic extrapyramidal and neocortical regions of rat brain
M. Jvania, N. Japaridze, K. Ksovreli (Tbilisi, Georgia)

13:10 - 14:10 Lunch

Session 3. Perception and action (Chair: Werner Wolf)

14:10 – 14:40 Plenary lecture: Spatial attention and action planning
Heiner Deubel (Munich, Germany)
14:40 – 15:10 Plenary lecture: Tapping can reveal motor coordination problems
Werner Wolf (Munich, Germany)
15:10 – 15:40 Short oral presentation: Alcohol and temporal event prediction
Marina Kunchulia (Tbilisi, Georgia)
15:40 – 16:00 Short oral presentation: Cognitive control: from bench to bedside
Megi Sharikadze (Regensburg, Germany; Tbilisi, Georgia)

16:00 - 16:30 Coffee break / Posters

Session 4. Advanced methodological approaches (Chair: Ramaz Katsarava)

16:30 – 17:00 Plenary lecture: Noninvasive brain stimulation: from animals to humans
Vera Moliadze (Frankfurt, Germany)
17:00 – 17:30 Plenary lecture: Amino acid based biodegradable polymers - promising Materials for numerous biomedical applications
Ramaz Katsarava (Tbilisi, Georgia)

Virtual bridge: Tbilisi-Harvard-Tbilisi (Chair: Megi Sharikadze)

17:30 – 18:00 Plenary lecture: Obstructive sleep apnea: risk factor for neurodegenerative diseases
Irma Rukhadze (Boston, USA)
18:00 – 18:30 Methodical lecture: What is optogenetics? History and applications of Channelrhodopsin-2
Daniel Krueger (Boston, USA)

Day 2: 02.10. 2013

Session 5. Cognition (Chair: Heiner Deubel)

10:00 – 10:30 Plenary lecture: Brain oscillations and neural networks in grapheme-color synesthesia
Gregor Volberg (Regensburg, Germany)
10:30 – 11:00 Plenary lecture: The dynamics of visual experience, an EEG study of subjective pattern formation
Mark Elliot (Galway, Ireland)
11:00 – 11:20 Short oral presentation: Brain stem reticular formation, hippocampus and cognition
Liana Kvirkvelia (Tbilisi, Georgia)
11:20 – 11:35 Short oral presentation: Senescent changes in spatial summation
Maka Malania (Tbilisi, Georgia)
11:35 – 11:50 Short oral presentation: Aging and perceptual learning of bisection task
Khatuna Pharkosadze (Tbilisi, Georgia)
11:50 – 12:10 Short oral presentation: Mechanisms of beta-estradiol effects on synaptic plasticity in the female rat dentate gyrus
Nino Nebieridze (Tbilisi, Georgia)

12:10 - 12:30 Coffee break / Posters

Session 6. Neurodegeneration (Chair: Gerd Schmitz)

12:30 – 13:00 Plenary lecture: Multi-omics characterization of subsets of platelet-derived extracellular vesicles implicates their involvement in the pathogenesis of vascular and neurologic diseases
Gerd Schmitz (Regensburg, Germany)
13:00 – 13:20 Short oral presentation: Coping with anomia in the early stage of Alzheimer’s disease: a case study
Malkhaz Makashvili (Tbilisi, Georgia)
13:20 – 13:40 Short oral presentation: Late-onset dementia: a review of recent ethiopathological and treatment concepts
Alexander Tsiskaridze (Tbilisi, Georgia)
13:40 – 14:00 Short oral presentation: Changes in activity of creatine kinase and functional state of mitochondria under stress conditions
George Burjanadze (Tbilisi, Georgia)

14:00 -15:00 Lunch

Session 7. Neurology (Chair: Zaal Kokaia)

15:00 – 15:30 Plenary lecture: Stem cells for treatment of ischemic stroke
Zaal Kokaia (Lund, Sweden)
15:30 – 16:00 Plenary lecture: Synchrotron radiation based biomedical imaging in preclinical stroke studies
Mariam Alaverdashvili (Saskatoon, Canada)
16:00 – 16:20 Short oral presentation: Functional disorders in neurology
George Chakhava (Tbilisi, Georgia)
16:20 – 16:40 Short oral presentation: Behavioral manifestation of the phenomenon of "hormesis" in white rats
Nodar Mitagvaria (Tbilisi, Georgia)
16:40 – 17:00 Short oral presentation: Recent problems of nuclear medicine in Georgia
David Nadareishvili (Tbilisi, Georgia)
17:00 – 17:20 Short oral presentation: Astrocyte-mediated prevention of traumatic brain injury-induced excitotoxicity
Cesaz Goletiani (Tbilisi, Georgia)

17:20 -17:40 General discussion

17:40 Closing of the conference

Plenary lecturers

(In alphabetical order)

  • Alaverdashvili, Mariam - Neuroscience Research Group, College of Pharmacy and Nutrition, The University of Saskatchewan, 107 Wiggins Road, Saskatoon, S7N 5E5, SK, Canada
  • Deubel, Heiner - Chair of General and Experimental Psychology (AEP), Munich Center of Neurosciences - Brain and Mind; Department of Psychology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany
  • Elliott, Mark - Chair of the Center for Applied Perceptual Research in the Department of Human Sciences, Kyushu University, Fukuoka Japan; Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
  • Giersch, Anne - INSERM, U1114, Department of Psychiatry, Fédération de Médecine Translationnelle de Strasbourg (FMTS), University Hospital of Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France
  • Kokaia, Zaal - Professor of Experimental Medical Research, Director, Lund Stem Cell Center, University Hospital BMC B10, Lund, Sweden
  • Moliadze, Vera - Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Hospital of Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy, Goethe-University of Frankfurt am Main, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • Noragon, Richard - IT Department, University Hospital Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany
  • Rukhadze Irma - Systems Neuroscientist and Instructor in Neurology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA
  • Schmitz, Gerd - Director of the Institute of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine, University Hospital Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany
  • Tschacher, Wolfgang - Head of the Department of Psychotherapy/Clinical Psychology and Rehabilitative at Psychiatric University Hospital of Bern, Bern, Switzerland
  • Volberg, Gregor - Experimental Psychology and Methodology, Faculty of Experimental Psychology, University of Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany
  • Wolf, Werner - Director of Institute of Information Technology, University of Federal Armed Forces, Munich, Germany

Workshop program

Day 3. 03.10. 2013

09:45 –10:00 Opening
10:00 – 10:30 State-of-the-art techniques used in systems neuroscience
Irma Rukhadze (Boston, USA)
10:30 – 11:00 Psychophysical Methods
Maka Malania & David Janelidze (Tbilisi, Georgia)
11:00 – 11:30 Pecularities of transcranial magnetic and electrical stimulation
Vera Moliadze (Frankfurt, Germany)
11:30 – 12:00 Dual tasking and finger tapping methods
Megi Sharikadze (Tbilisi, Georgia) & Khatuna Pharkosadze (Tbilisi, Georgia) & Werner Wolf (Munich, Germany)

12.00 – 12.30 Coffee break

12:30 – 13:00 Preparation of brain slices, extracellular recording method of field potentials, LTP as a synaptic model of memory
Nino Nebieridze (Tbilisi, Georgia)
13.00 –13.30 The historical development of social psychiatry, and current trends in psychosocial research
Eka Chkonia (Tbilisi, Georgia)
13.30 –14.00 Morphological and electrophysiological research of the TBI model of organotypic neural tissue
Cezar Golethiani (Tbilisi, Georgia)
14.00 –14.30 Modern diagnostic methods of vitreo-retinal pathology
George Chichua (Tbilisi, Georgia)
14:30 –15.00 Electrophysiological methods in brain research (EEG)
Maya Roinishvili (Tbilisi, Georgia)

15:00 Closing remarks

Satellite seminar on grant acquisition and management

Day 4. 04.10. 2013

09:45 – 10:00 Opening
10:00 – 10:30 Horizon 2020 – The framework program for research and innovation
Okujava Maia, NCP-Health (Tbilisi, Georgia)
10:30– 11:00 Science 2.0: Scientific knowledge sharing and scholarly communication in modern times
Richard Noragon (Regensburg, Germany)
11:00– 11:30 Management of European projects: hands-on experience
Megi Sharikadze (Regensburg, Germany, Tbilisi, Georgia)

12.00 – 12.30 Coffee break

11:30 - 12:00 Scientific research society - Sigma-Xi
Mzia Jvania (Tbilisi, Georgia)
12.00 – 12.30 The main reasons why Ethical Approval is required
Vera Moliadze (Frankfurt, Germany)
12:30– 13:00 NCP-INCO
Theodore Dolidze (Tbilisi, Georgia)

12:30– 13:00 Final remarks and closing


Early registration for the conference is opened till 14th of September, 2013 and late registration is possible till 25th of September, 2013. For registration send an email to the conference secretariat for registration guidelines (cogneuge@yahoo.com).
There is a small registration fee of 50 USD which covers the beverages and other expenses including conference proceedings. Registration guarantees full access to plenary sessions of the conference and practical workshop. Partial registration is also possible, separately for the plenary sessions (1-2 October, 2013) and the workshop (3 October 2013). Conference participants can attend the satellite seminar on 4th of October 2013 without an extra charge.
Accepted payment method is bank transfer. After your pre-registration email you will receive the invoice with payment guidelines and full bank details. As soon as your registration payment is received, the registration confirmation will be sent to you by email. Note: Registration fees are non-refundable.

Abstract submission

Abstract submission is now closed.

NEW: Please note that abstract submission deadline is prolonged till 14 September, 2013.

Registered participants are invited to submit their abstracts for oral or poster sessions. Abstract submission deadline is 10 September, 2013.

Note that only abstracts of already registered individuals can be accepted. For submission, please email your abstract written in English language in the given format to the conference secretariat (cogneuge@yahoo.com). The abstract template can be downloaded from this page. The abstract should be not more than 1 page long using Arial 11-size font, the normal margins (top, left, right- 2.5 cm, bottom- 2cm) and 1,5 line spacing. It should contain the title, author name, affiliation and abstract body (only text, no tables, graphics or references). Abstract template for MS-Word 2010 (.docx format) for downloading is available here and in ".doc" format - here. The Authors will be notified upon reception and acceptable of their abstracts.

A special volume of the conference proceedings will be published in the Journal of Georgian National Academy of Sciences “MATSNE” (Biomedicine series).


NEW: Please note that registration and abstract submission deadline is prolonged till 14 September, 2013.

Abstract submission deadline is 10 September, 2013,
Early bird registration closes on 10 September, 2013,
Late registration: 10-25 September, 2013.


The conference will be carried out at the Institute of Cognitive Neurosciences (ICN) at Agricultural University of Georgia (Tbilisi, Georgia, South Caucasus).
The Institute of Cognitive Neurosciences, Agricultural University of Georgia, 13 km. David Aghmashenebeli Alley, 131, Tbilisi 0159, Georgia.


Megi Sharikadze, Maka Malania and Archil Kezeli.

Organizing Committee

(In alphabetical order)
Chkonia Eka, Janelidze David, Kezeli Archil, Khomeriki Manana, Kunchulia Marina, Lomashvili Nathela, Malania Maka, Parkosadze Khatuna, Roinishvili Maya, Sharikadze Megi.


Main sponsor: Agricultural University of Georgia, Tbilisi, Georgia
Sponsors: University Hospital Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany

Local Information

Conference participants will be assisted with accommodation reservation. On these matters, please contact the secretariat after your registration.
Official information about Georgia can be found here http://georgia.gov.ge/AboutGeorgia
Information about visa regulations and list of visa-free countries is available at http://www.mfa.gov.ge/index.php?sec_id=96&lang_id=ENG
English language information about Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia is available here http://www.info-tbilisi.com/
Agricultural University of Georgia http://www.agruni.edu.ge/en/

Some practical information about Georgia:
The international dialing code for Georgia is +995, time zone - UTC/GMT + 4 hours, electric supply - 230V/50Hz, weights and measuring units are metric, and the local currency is Georgian Lari - GEL.

Conference Secretariat

The Institute of Cognitive Neurosciences,
Agricultural University of Georgia, 13 km.
David Aghmashenebeli Alley, 131, Tbilisi 0159, Georgia.
Phone: +995(5-57)-789934
Email: cogneuge@yahoo.com  

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