It is our great pleasure to invite you to the 13th International Conference on Brain Energy Metabolism entitled, “How Metabolism Dictates Neurotransmission, Function and Behavior”, which will be held at the Centro de Estudios Científicos CECs, Valdivia, Chile, on March 7-10, 2018.

Our aim is to bring together a select group of leading experts, clinicians, emerging young scientists and students interested in brain energy metabolism. Lectures and discussions will cover latest developments in research related to metabolite trafficking, enzyme and transporter regulation, brain cell heterogeneity, new in vitro and non-invasive imaging techniques, and the tight reciprocal coupling between brain energy metabolism and information processing.

Traditionally, these meetings provide a forum for very lively and informative discussions after the talks and during free time and poster sessions. Student and fellow participation is strongly encouraged, and travel awards for a limited number of young scientists will be available.

The conference will be held at the Carpa de la Ciencia of the Centro de Estudios Científicos, located in the scenic and historic city of Valdivia, 800 km south of Santiago. Registration covers hotel accommodation, meals and other expenses, including an excursion to a temperate forest reserve, boat trip and farewell dinner.

Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are especially encouraged to participate in the Brain Energy Metabolism meeting. Any participants who have special needs are requested to make their requirements known to the organizers so that every effort can be made to address these needs.

We are looking forward to meeting you in Valdivia in March 2018.
L. Felipe Barros
Mary McKenna 

On behalf of the Organizers

The meeting registration fee is US$ 880 for participants, US$280 for guests over age 14, and US$ 620 for students. All costs are per person and include conference registration, 4 nights hotel accommodation, opening reception, most meals, an excursion to a temperate forest reserve, boat trip and farewell dinner.

The Registration links (below) will open a Word or a PDF registration form. Please return the completed registration form labelled with your name as a PDF file (E.g. SmithMary.pdf) to Ms. Loreto Fernandez at You will receive instructions for payment within 48 hrs, which will be done through a secure commercial credit card server or, alternatively, through wire transfer.


Refund Policy: Registration costs will be 90% refunded until February 20th. We will not be able to refund registration costs after February 20th.

Abstract Submission
Abstract submission requires previous registration (use link below for instructions). Deadline for abstract submission is Friday December 15th 2017 for all participants.
Poster guidelines
The poster must be in vertical format. It should not exceed the following dimension: 130 cm height, 90 cm width. Fixing material will be provide on-site at the poster help desk.

Travel Award Application

Travel awards of up to US$ 1,000 depending on geographical location will be granted to selected graduate students and postdocs that submit an abstract. To apply for a Travel Award, you must first register using the above link. Please enclose a personal letter explaining why you want to participate in ICBEM Valdivia 2018, and a supporting letter from your advisor/head of laboratory. Please send all documents to Ms. Loreto Fernandez at by December 15th 2017.
Decisions about Travel Awards will be communicated by Friday January 12th 2018.
Scientific Program
Wednesday, March 7th 2018

15:00-17:50   Registration (and put up ALL posters, odd and even numbers)
18:00-18:15   Welcome: L. Felipe Barros (Chile)
18:15-18:25   Words from Dieter Uslar (Colun SA, Chile)
18:25-19:25   Plenary Lecture 
Gerald A. Dienel (USA)
Aerobic glycolysis during brain activation
                  Gerald A. Dienel (USA)
Chairs: Mary McKenna (USA) and Ignacio Fernández-Moncada
19:25-19:35   A Tribute to Leif Hertz (1930-2018)
                  Arne Schousboe (Denmark) and Mary McKenna (USA)
19:35-21:30   Opening Reception 

Thursday, March 8th 2018

08:45-09:10   25 Years of ICBEM History 
                  Mary McKenna (USA)
09:10-10:40   O2 metabolism & sensing
Chairs: Bruno Weber (Switzerland) and Elisa York (Canada)
                  S1: Sergey Vinogradov (USA)
Dynamic imaging of oxygen in the brain
                  S2: Alexander Gourine (UK)
Astrocytes as CNS metabolic sensors
                  S3: Ray Swanson (USA)
Bioenergetic regulation of microglia
10:40-11:00   Coffee break
11:00-13:00   Student awardee presentations
Chairs: Michael Robinson (USA) and Gilles Bonvento (France)
                  Anna Hadjihambi (UK), Antoine Cherix (Switzerland),
                  Elisa York (Canada), Emil Jakobsen (Denmark),
                  Marianne Maugard (France), Ernesto Miquel (Uruguay),
                  Nina Klimova (USA), Felipe Baeza Lehnert (Chile),
                  Zoe Looser (Switzerland), Jens Andersen (Denmark),
                  Sarah Rice (USA), Ignacio Fernández-Moncada (Chile)
13:00-14:30   LUNCH
14:30-15:30 Students/postdoc pitches “Why you should come to my poster”
Chairs: Kelly Drew (USA) and Jens Andersen (Denmark)
15:30-17:30   Bioenergetics and mitochondrial metabolism 
Chairs: Sandra Hewett (USA) and Iván Ruminot (Chile)
                  S4: Caroline Rae (Australia)
Acetate and β-hydroxybutyrate in brain metabolism
                  S5: Charlotte Stagg‡ (UK)
Role of glutamate/GABA/glutamine metabolism in brain plasticity and
neurological recovery
                  S6: Jakob Nissen‡ (Denmark)
Is glutamate metabolism via glutamate dehydrogenase important for
brain mitochondrial metabolism?
17:30-19:30   Poster session I (odd numbers) with coffee, wine and cheese

Friday, March 9th 2018
09:00-11:00   Mitochondrial trafficking

Chairs: Arne Schousboe (Denmark) and Mariane Maugard (France)
                  Special Imaging Talk (40 min + 20 min discussion)
                  Zu Hang Sheng (USA)
Mitochondrial transport and energy homeostasis in neuronal
egeneration and regeneration
                  S7: Mike Robinson (USA)
Physiologic and pathologic implications of functional interactions
between astrocytic glutamate transport, calcium, and mitochondria
                  S8: Gary Yellen (USA)
Neuronal metabolic response to stimulation studied with fluorescent
11:00-11:20   Coffee break
11:20-12:20   Mitochondria/energy production/ROS 
Chairs: Johannes Hirrlinger (Germany) and Zoe Looser
                  S9: Juan Bolaños (Spain)
The mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation organization in neurons
and astrocytes determine brain redox bioenergetics
                   S10: Margaret Rice (USA)
Dynamic regulation of neuronal activity and transmitter release
12:20-13:40   LUNCH
13:40-18:30   Afternoon Excursion
18:30-20:30   Evening discussion groups and dinner
Session organizers: Ray Swanson (USA) and Blanca Aldana
20:30-22:30   Poster session II (even numbers) with coffee, wine and cheese

Saturday, March 10th 2018
09:00-10:30   NAD+ homeostasis and salvage pathways 

Chairs: Caroline Rae (Australia) and Carlos Díaz-García (USA)
                   S11: Tibor Kristian (USA)
Multi-targeted effect of nicotinamide mononucleotide in amelioration
of ischemic brain damage
                  S12: Felipe Court (Chile)
Schwann cell exosomes mediate neuron–glia communication and
enhance axonal regeneration
                   S13: Marcelo Vargas (USA)
Enhancing NAD+ salvage in astrocytes to prevent astrocyte-mediated
motor neuron death
10:30-10:50   motor neuron death
10:50-11:50   Glycogen role and relationship to glucose metabolism and
Chairs: Joao Duarte (Sweden) and Louis-Philippe Bernier (Canada)
                   S14: Hajime Hirase (Japan)
Brain glycogen distribution by glycogen immunohistochemistry in the
                   S15: Jordi Duran (Spain)
Glycogen metabolism in astrocytes and neurons
11:50-13:20   LUNCH
13:20-14:50   Neuronal – glial interactions modulating neurotransmission,
                   wakefulness and injury
Chairs: Susanna Scafidi (USA) and Kelly Chamberlain (USA)
                   S16: Detlev Boison (USA)
Adenosine and A2A receptor modulation of neuronal-glial interactions
and synaptic plasticity
                  S17: Kelly Drew (USA)
Seasonal rhythm in A1 adenosine receptor signaling in hibernation
                  S18: Sandra Hewett (USA)
System xc- exacerbates striatal symptomology and pathology
induced by systemic administration of 3-nitroproprionic acid in female
14:50-15:15   Coffee break
15:15-16:15   How metabolism influences behavior
Chairs: Yuri Zilberter (France) and Maria Eugenia Guitart
                  S19: Claire Rittschof‡ (USA)
Honey bee aggression: brain energy metabolism predicts behavior
and responds to social cues
                  S20: Pierre-Yves Plaçais‡ (France)
An upregulation of energy metabolism in the Drosophila mushroom
body triggers long-term memory formation
16:15-16:45   Postdoc awardee presentations 
Chairs: L. Felipe Barros (Chile) and Mary McKenna (USA)
                  P14 Carlos Díaz-García (USA)
Synaptic stimulation increases glucose utilization in dentate granule
                  P10 Kelly Chamberlain (USA)
Axon-glial interactions: oligodendrocyte-mediated enhancement of
axonal [ATP] in health and injury
                  P8 Louis-Philippe Bernier (Canada)
Rapid plasticity of microglial metabolism sustains immune surveillance
of the brain parenchyma
16:45-17:00   Closing comments and evaluation
17:00-17:10   14th ICBEM meeting information Gerald A. Dienel (USA)
18:10-22:00    Boat ride and Farewell Dinner 

Practical Information
Child care will be available. Please let us know of your specific needs to make the necessary arrangements.
Participants who have special needs, dietary or other, are invited to make their requirements known to the organizers so that every effort can be made to address these needs.
Valdivia Airport is not international, so you will have to fly through Santiago Airport (SCL), which receives direct flights from several international hubs including Miami, Atlanta, Dallas, Toronto, Madrid, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Rome, Mexico City, Sidney, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, etc. Most flights from Europe, North America, and Oceania arrive in Santiago during the morning.

Connecting flights from Santiago to Valdivia Airport (ZAL) last about 1.5 hours and are usually scheduled around midday. Valdivia Airport is located 25 km north of Valdivia and is well connected to the city by shuttles (USD 6). Early March is still high season, so it is strongly advised to book your flight well in advance (i.e. by November 2017). Otherwise you may have to fly to Temuco (ZCO) or Osorno (ZOS), which are about 100 km of Valdivia. The 2 hour taxi ride from Temuco or Osorno Airport to Valdivia costs about USD 80.

Alternatively, overnight coaches (buses) from Santiago to Valdivia charge between USD 15 (a reclinable seat leading to swollen feet) and USD 50 (very confortable fully horizontal bed).
Car rentals. Car rentals are available at the airports.
Visa Application Nationals from most countries can enter Chile for up to 90 days without a Visa.
Links to the airlines that fly to Valdivia (LATAM and Sky) and to the main bus operator (Turbus):
Early March is late summer in Valdivia. Average temperatures are 21 ºC (70ºF; high) and 10 ºC (50ºF; low). The chance of rain is 16%. More information can be found in
Time Zone is UTC/GMT – 3 hours.


1 US dollar = 660 Chilean Pesos (as of April 2017)
Power supply: 220 V / 50 Hz, plugs type C/L

Contact Us
For further information please contact:
L. Felipe Barros 


Fuente: CECS.