The 2022 StratNeuro Retreat
On 18-20 May 18 2022 we were excited to finally host the annual StratNeuro retreat at Runö in Åkersberga. This year's retreat was somewhat special. Many were eager to meet again, and the organisers worked hard to make this meeting a productive and memorable one.
We welcomed approximately 250 participants from across 15 departments and 11 core facilities at Karolinska Institutet (KI), as well as departments from Umeå University (UmU) and The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH).
A new initiative this year was to dedicate one day exclusively to the PhD students in StratNeuro, and this was held on the day before the main event, on 18 May 2022.
The PhD student retreat programme offered workshops on visual storytelling and science communication and ended with a session focused on career skills, including a Q&A with a panel of researchers and industry representatives.
The social program included a pub quiz, a live music performance by Promenad Orquestern, and an outdoor activity, where students formed teams competing to collect as many checkpoints as possible around the area, by answering questions and creative photo tasks.
For the main retreat event, which took place between 19-20th May 2022, we hosted four international keynote speakers. We were honored to host Uğur Şahin, BioNTech & University Medical Center Mainz, Germany; Gaia Tavosanis, U. Bonn, Germany; David Nutt, Imperial College London, UK and Megan R. Carey, Champalimaud Center for the Unknown, Portugal.
Among the 4 plenary sessions and 4 parallel break-out sessions, lectures covered a wide range of neuroscience topics in StratNeuro from the different departments and institutions at KI, KTH and UmU.
We were excited to learn more about the role of KI in the European University of Brain and Technology – NeurotechEU - from Joana Pereira, the scientific coordinator at KI for the alliance, who presented an overview of what the European university alliance means for KI and the research, education and funding opportunities.
The keynote speaker Professor Tavosanis from the University of Bonn, a NeurotechEU partner, was invited as a research representative.
In the poster blitz session, 10 of the participants gave the audience fun and creative presentations summarizing their posters in 2 minutes or less. The audience was then able to vote for the best blitz presentation in each category: pre-clinical and clinical/translational.
The poster session was a major highlight. Approximately 140 research posters were presented, as well as 11 posters from some of the core facilities and infrastructures which serve the neuroscience community.
The meeting ended with the prize winner announcements. We thank the poster evaluators for their valuable contribution and we congratulate the 2022 prize winners.
Best poster, Pre-clinical category: A9
"Characterisation of submucosal neuron classes in the mouse small intestine", by Wei Li (KI).
Motivation: "Extremely fascinating and new topic, gut-brain interplay and identification of a new set of neurons in the intestine. Poster structure: very clear and easy to follow, results divided in three sections based on specific aims, self explanatory figures."
Best poster, Clinical/Translational category: G2
"Moment-to-moment brain signal variability reliably predicts psychiatric treatment outcome", by Kristoffer Månsson (KI).
Motivation: "This work shows convincingly that current practices on fMRI postprocessing actually removes a lot of biological meaningful data that has predictive clinical value. It may affect how we setup and analyze fMRI data to increase our ability to capture pathology."
Best Blitz, Pre-clinical category: J12
"Mapping of brainwide and cell type specific projections of the mouse prefrontal cortex", by Marina Slashcheva (KI).
Best Blitz, Clinical/Translational category: J3
"Searching for Imagined Visual Content Using a Closed-Loop Brain Computer Interface", by Nona Rajabi (KTH).
Best picture for StratNeuro Retreat 2022
"Microglia (green and red) surrounded by infiltrated macrophages (green) in mouse hippocampus. Markers: Iba-1 (green), Tmem119 (red) and Hoechst (blue)", Alejandro Lastra Romero (KI):
”Runner-up” for Best Picture
"Neurons in love. Zeiss LSM700, 20x magnification. Green: MAP2, Red: CASK, Blue: Hoechst", by Francesca Mastropasqua (KI).
We hope to see you at the 2023 event! We will announce the date and location soon.
The 2022 retreat was funded by StratNeuro, with co-funding from the doctoral programme in neuroscience at Karolinska Institutet (towards the PhD student retreat day).
PhD student event 18 June
The PhD student event was organized by Johanna Mayer, Sara Coppi, Anna Canal Garcia, Konstantinos Ampatzis and Vasco Sousa. (Besides being PhD students, Johanna and Sara are representatives to the steering group of the doctoral program in neuroscience, and Anna is a representative at the NVS department’s doctoral student council).