Abstracts will be submitted under "oral preferred" or "flash presentation preferred" categories and while every effort will be made to accommodate these preferences the programming committee cannot make any guarantees.

We particularly encourage students and early career researchers to present. Multiple abstract submissions per person are allowed but registrants can only give only ONE oral presentation for the entire conference.

Oral and "flash presentation" presenters will be required to pay and register for the full conference at the time of abstract submission. Abstracts cannot rely on data that has yet to be acquired.

Abstract submission will be open until November 22, abstracts cannot be accepted unless the presenter is registered for the DANDIS satellite. The abstract must be given a meaningful title to distinguish it from all other abstracts. The title must be of the form presentername_oral_abstract.doc or presentername_flash_abstract.doc

Email the abstract to dandis@internode.on.net . Clearly indicate if the abstract is to be considered for oral, flash or either presentation in the body of the email.

The lodgement of this abstract does not indicate automatic inclusion in the conference program. Abstract receipt and acceptance will be acknowledged to the person submitting the paper. Further communication will be with the submitting author only unless otherwise directed. Check spelling and grammar thoroughly.

Check adherence to 'Submitted Abstract Guidelines below.


All abstracts should be formatted according to the following instructions and submitted as Word files (.doc or .docx). You can use this preformatted word template to guide you.

Title in upper case using 12 pt Arial font and remainder of abstract in 10 pt Arial.

Single space entire document and use 0 pt spacing before each paragraph and 6 pt spacing after each paragraph with right-left justification and no paragraph indents.

Author(s) in upper and lower case, underline presenting author. Last name and initials separated by a space. Use commas only to separate authors. For multiple affiliations use numbered superscripts.

Abstract should cover objective, brief method, statistically significant key findings and a conclusion.

Abstract body text no more than 250 words. Include word count in brackets at end of abstract (this does not count towards the 250 word limit). Use the abstract template below to ensure your Word document is formatted correctly and follow the instructions above carefully. Incorrectly formatted documents will be returned to the author for reformatting.



Hunt RF1,2, Girskis KM1,2, Rubenstein JL2, Alvarez-Buylla A2, Baraban SC1,2. 1 Epilepsy Research Laboratory, University of California, San Francisco, California, USA. 2 Department of Neurological Surgery, University of California, San Francisco, California, USA.

Impaired GABA-mediated neurotransmission has been implicated in many neurologic diseases, including epilepsy, intellectual disability and psychiatric disorders. We found that inhibitory neuron transplantation into the hippocampus of adult mice with confirmed epilepsy at the time of grafting markedly reduced the occurrence of electrographic seizures and restored behavioural deficits in spatial learning, hyperactivity and the aggressive response to handling. In the recipient brain, GABA progenitors migrated up to 1,500 μm from the injection site, expressed genes and proteins characteristic for interneurons, differentiated into functional inhibitory neurons and received excitatory synaptic input. In contrast with hippocampus, cell grafts into basolateral amygdala rescued the hyperactivity deficit, but did not alter seizure activity or other abnormal behaviours. Our results highlight a critical role for interneurons in epilepsy and suggest that interneuron cell transplantation is a powerful approach to halting seizures and rescuing accompanying deficits in severely epileptic mice. (144 words).

Word template File for download.


Oral presentations are 15 minutes in total length (unless otherwise advised) and speakers should allow for a 10 minute presentation followed by a 5 minute question period.

For "Flash" presentations the presenter has one powerpoint slide and two minutes to present their research. Presentations may include completed research or works in progress.

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