Werner Reichardt Centrum für Integrative Neurowissenschaften (CIN)

CIN-NIPS Symposia

In November 2012, the CIN signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Institute of Physiological Sciences (NIPS) in Okasaki, Japan. The aim is to foster scientific cooperation and joint funding applications.

Ever since the CIN and NIPS first held a joint symposium in Okasaki in February 2012, there had been a keen interest in deepening and extending collaborative ties between the two institutions. This bore fruit when a second joint NIPS/CIN symposium was held in Tübingen in November 2012. On this occasion, the chiefs of both institutions signed the Memorandum of Understanding. This has since become the basis for far-reaching intercontinental exchange on the common fundament of the pursuit of neuroscientific insight. Annual joint symposia and mutual visits have led to several cooperatively developed research projects, which provide great opportunities to established and junior researchers alike.

More information about NIPS can be found by going here.

The 11th CIN-NIPS Symposium will be held on March 10 and 11, 2023. You can find more information here.

CIN-NIPS Symposia: Past Events

The 10th Okazaki-Tuebingen-Beijing Symposium

March 7, 2022 - March 10, 2022

We were very happy to host the tenth CIN-NIPS Systems Neuroscience Symposium this year, which took place on March 7 and March 10, 2022. The event was online this time due to the pandemic situation, but it represents a continuous tradition of bilateral symposia between our institute and the National Institute for Physiological Sciences in Okazaki, Japan.

The symposium featured 20 speakers not just from the CIN and NIPS, as was traditionally the case, but also from Shanghai, Peking, and Kyoto. The symposium also featured a variety of topics, from social communication to motor control and novel methodologies. There were many engaged discussions of state-of-the-art science being done at the different institutes.

The inclusion of additional asian participants beyond our NIPS colleagues was very interesting, and it made the name of “CIN-NIPS-Asia Pacific Systems Neuroscience Symposium” more apt for the event.

We look forward to hosting our Asian colleagues in real life next year.


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The 9th Okazaki-Tuebingen-Beijing Symposium

November 15, 2019 - November 16, 2019

This year’s meeting was the ninth one of its kind, demonstrating strong bilateral interactions between our institute, the Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN), and the National Institute for Physiological Sciences in Okazaki, Japan (NIPS). This year, the meeting was extended to become trilateral, since colleagues from Beijing University also joined us in Okazaki.

The meeting featured strong research from all institutes involved, and the topics ranged from neurophysiology to imaging, human perception, and computational modelling. 


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The 8th NIPS-CIN Joint Symposium

October 4, 2018 - October 5, 2018

We would like to welcome you to the 8th Joint CIN - NIPS Symposium, taking place on 4-5 October 2018 at the DZNE (Otfried-Mueller-Strasse 23)!


Day 1: Thursday, 4 October 2018

09:30 Welcome Addresses by Peter Thier (CIN) and Atsushi Nambu / Tadashi Isa (NIPS)

10:00 Katsuki Nakamura (NIPS):
Visual Working Memory in Common Marmosets

10:30 Steffen Hage (CIN):
The Neurobiology of Vocal Communication

11:00 coffee break

11:30 Philipp Berens (Institute for Ophthalmic Research):
Cell Type Specific Dendritic Computation in Retinal Ganglion Cells

12:00 Takuya Hayashi (NIPS):
Computational Neuroimaging of Primate Connectome

12:30 Martin Giese (CIN / HIH):
Neural Mechanisms for the Encoding of Intention: Stimuli and Neural Model

13:00 lunch break

14:00 Satomi Chiken (NIPS):
How Do the Basal Ganglia and Cerebellum Control Thalamocortical Activity?

14:30 Markus Siegel (CIN):
Spectral Fingerprints of Neuronal Interactions

15:00 coffee break

15:30 Sho Sugawara (NIPS):
Neural Basis of Motor Sequence Learning and Its Facilitation in Human

16:00 Marlin Pérez (CIN MPI BioCyb):
Faster and Smaller: In-Vivo fMRI with Microcoils

16:30 coffee break

17:00 Yoshikazu Isomura (NIPS):
Neural Representation for Right and Left Limb Movements in Rodent Cerebral Cortex

17:30 Henry Evrard (CIN):
Where Do You Feel? – Neuroanatomical and Functional Insights into Interoception and Embodiment

Day 2: Friday, 5 October 2018

09:00 Kenichiro Tsutsui & Shinya Nakamura (NIPS):
Role of Primate Medial Frontal Cortex in Control of Mood and Affective State: An rTMS Study

09:30 Birgit Derntl (University Hospital Tübingen):
Sex Hormones and the Brain

10:00 coffee break

10:30 Konstantin Willeke (CIN / HIH):
Memory-Guided Microsaccades

11:00 Aristides Arrenberg (CIN):
Visual Receptive Fields and Motor Variable Tuning of Neurons Mediating the Optokinetic Response in Zebrafish

11:30 LIGHTNING TALKS (60 min)


14:30 Taihei Ninomiya (NIPS):
Neural Activities During Action Monitoring in the Mirror and the Mentalizing Systems of the Macaque Brain

15:00 Pablo Grassi (CIN):
Scene Segmentation in the Parietal and Early Visual Cortex

15:30 coffee break

16:00 Masakazu Agetsuma (NIPS):
Two Photon Brain Activity Imaging to Uncover in Vivo Prefrontal Computation Underlying Fear Memory

17:00 Katrin Franke (Institute for Ophthalmic Research):
Chromatic Processing in the Mouse Retina

For a detailed look at the contents of the poster session, please see the attached documents:

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We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Location: Conference Room, DZNE, Otfried-Müller-Str. 25, Tübingen


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The 7th NIPS-CIN Joint Symposium

November 28, 2017 - November 29, 2017

We would like to welcome you to the 7th Joint CIN - NIPS Symposium, taking place on 28th-29th November 2017 at the Conference Room (1F) of National Institute for Physiological Sciences (Myodaiji area)!


Day 1: Tuesday, 28 November 2017

9:30-10:00 Welcome address: Keiji Imoto (NIPS) and Peter Thier (CIN)

MEG – 10:00-11:00 – Chairperson: Tadashi Isa (Kyoto)

10:00-10:30 Hidehiko Okamoto (IUHW) Neuro-rehabilitation approach for maladaptive reorganization in the human auditory cortex
10:30-11:00 Marcus Siems (CIN) Towards mechanisms underlying intrinsic coupling

11:00-11:30 Coffee break

11:30-12:00 Short presentation

12:00-13:30 Lunch and poster session

Monkey – 13:30-15:00 – Chairperson: Ziad Hafed (CIN)

13:30-14:00 Ken-ichi Amemori (Kyoto) Control of primate’s decision-making and functional identification of the cortico-striatal circuitry
14:00-14:30 Michiaki Suzuki (TMIMS & SOKENDAI) The ventral striatum plays an essential role for recovery of finger dexterity after spinal cord injury
14:30-15:00 Hamidreza Ramezanpour (CIN) Following of others' gaze direction by neurons in macaque temporal cortex

15:00-15:30 Coffee break

Monkey – 15:30-16:30 – Chairperson: Masahiko Takada (Kyoto)

15:30-16:00 Ken-Ichiro Tsutsui (Tohoku) Dorso- and ventro-lateral prefrontal cortex is critical for the the top-down but not in the bottom-up control of behavior
16:00-16:30 Peter Thier (CIN) V1 compensates the perceptual consequences of Listing's law

16:30-17:00 Coffee break

Rodent – 17:00-18:00 – Chairperson: Takashi Sato (CIN)

17:00-17:30 Shubhodeep Chakrabarti (CIN) Sensory gating in the rodent whisker system
17:30-18:00 Yoshikazu Isomura (Tamagawa) Cortical and striatal mechanism to control forelimb movements in rodents

18:30-20:30 Poster Party and poster session Seminar Room, NIPS 1F


Day 2: Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Marmoset – 9:30-11:00 – Chairperson: Martin Giese (CIN)

9:30-10:00 Steffen Hage (CIN) Neural networks underlying cognitive control of primate vocal behavior
10:00-10:30 Masanori Matsuzaki (Tokyo) Marmoset upper-limb movement tasks for two-photon calcium imaging
10:30-11:00 Thomas Pomberger (CIN) Cognitive control of vocal behavior in marmoset monkeys

11:00-11:30 Coffee break

Monkey – 11:30-12:30 – Chairperson: Ken-Ichiro Tsutsui (Tohoku)

11:30-12:00 Isao Yokoi (NIPS) Dependence of behavioral performance on material categories in the object grasping task of monkey
12:00-12:30 Ziad Hafed (CIN) The foveal visual representation of the primate superior colliculus

12:30-14:00 Lunch with discussion

Monkey – 14:00-15:30 – Chairperson: Steffen Hage (CIN)

14:00-14:30 Atsushi Noritake (NIPS) Neural networks for social reward valuation in the macaque brain
14:30-15:00 Martin Giese (CIN) Neurodynamical model for the coupling of action perception and execution
15:00-15:30 Satomi Chiken (NIPS) Basal ganglia and cerebellar control of thalamocortical activity

15:30-16:00 Coffee break

2-Photon – 16:00-17:00 – Chairperson: Masanori Matsuzaki (Tokyo)

16:00-16:30 Takashi Sato (CIN) Streamlined sensory-motor communication in reciprocal connectivity of mouse cerebral cortex
16:30-17:00 Masakazu Agetsuma (NIPS) All optical methods to uncover cortical computation

17:00-17:30 Closing remarks: Masaki Isoda (NIPS)

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Location: Conference Room (1F), National Institute for Physiological Sciences (Myodaiji area), Okazaki, Japan


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The 6th NIPS-CIN Joint Symposium

October 10, 2016 - October 11, 2016

We would like to welcome you to the 6th Joint CIN - NIPS Symposium, taking place on 10-11 October 2016 at the Institute for Medical Virology/Microbiology (Elfriede-Aulhorn-Strasse 6).


Day 1: Monday, 10 October 2016

09:30 Welcome Addresses by Peter Thier (CIN) and Atsushi Nambu / Tadashi Isa (NIPS)

10:00 Masaki Fukunaga (NIPS):
Resting State fMRI Network Analysis of Anesthetized Monkey Brain

10:30 Olga Garaschuk (CIN):
The Role of in Vivo Calcium Signaling of Microglia for Monitoring Their Activation State

11:00 coffee break

11:30 Junichi Chikazoe (NIPS):
Human Gustatory Cortex Revealed by Multivoxel Pattern Analysis

12:00 Andrea Burgalossi (CIN):
Microcircuits and Plasticity of Hippocampal Spatial Representations

12:30 Naokazu Goda (NIPS):
Visuohaptic Experience Alters Neural Representation in the Monkey Visual Cortex

13:00 lunch break

14:00 Martin Giese (CIN):
Phenomenological Model for the Adapatation of Shape-Selective Neurons in Area IT

14:30 Kenta Kobayashi (NIPS):
Genetic Manipulation Using a New Viral Vector System

15:00 coffee break

15:30 Klaus Scheffler (CIN):
Ultra-High Resolution Functional BOLD Imaging: Do We Really See More?

16:00 Masaki Isoda (NIPS):
Phenotype-Driven Cognitive Genomics in the Macaque: A Naturally Occurring Case of Autistic Disorder

16:30 coffee break

17:00 Markus Siegel (CIN):
Cortical Information Flow during Flexible Sensorimotor Decisions

17:30 Hiromi Sano (NIPS):
Physiological Roles of Cortico-Striatal Neurons in the Basal Ganglia

Day 2: Tuesday, 11 October 2016

09:30 Antimo Buonocore (CIN):
Alteration of the Microsaccadic Velocity-Amplitude Main Sequence Relationship after Visual Transients: Implications for Models of Saccade Control

10:00 Masatoshi Yoshida (NIPS):
Attention in Blindsight Monkeys

10:30 coffee break

11:00 Ziad Hafed (CIN):
Sharper, Stronger, Faster Upper Visual Field Representation in Primate Superior Colliculus

11:30 Junichi Nabekura (NIPS):
Cortical Synapse Remodeling in Vivo; Neuron-Glia Interaction

12:00 LIGHTNING TALKS (60 min)


15:00 Tetsuo Kida (NIPS):
MEG Analysis of Attentional Modulation and Control

15:30 Takashi Sato (CIN):
Reciprocal Connectivity Streamlines Sensory-Motor Communication in Mouse Fronto-Parietal Cortex

16:00 coffee break

16:30 Yasuhiro Go (NIPS):
Spatiotemporal Gene Expression Trajectory in the Human and Non-Human Ape Brains

17:00 Cornelius Schwarz (CIN):
The Slip Hypothesis - Tactile Perception and Its Neuronal Bases

17:30 Thomas Euler (CIN):
Interplay of Excitation and Inhibition Decorrelates Visual Feature Representation in the Mammalian Inner Retina

For a detailed look at the contents of the poster session, please see the attached documents:

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We are looking forward to seeing you there.

Location: Lecture Hall, Institute for Virology & Microbiology, Elfriede-Aulhorn-Str. 6, Tübingen


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The 5th NIPS-CIN Joint Symposium

November 5, 2015 - November 6, 2015


Thursday, November

9:00 Greetings

Keiji Imoto (NIPS) & Peter Thier (CIN)

9:10 The Tübingen Graduate Traininge Centre of Neuroscience (GTC)

Horst Herbert (CIN)

9:40 How do the color and luminance signals relate in the visual cortex?

Hidehiko Komatsu (NIPS)

10:10 (tba)

Peter Thier (CIN)

10:40 Coffee Break

11:00 Visual experience-dependent development of fine-scale networks and synchronous firing in the rat primary visual cortex

Ayako W Ishikawa (NIPS)

11:30 Layer-specific influences of microsaccadic suppression on spatial vision in primate superior colliculus

Chih-Yang Chen (CIN)

12:00 Dissecting the circuit for blindsight - the role of pulvinar

Tadashi Isa (NIPS)

12:30 Lunch

13:30-15:00 Flash talks for the poster session (1.5 min x 24)

15:00 The potential of ultra-high fields for brain imaging

Klaus Scheffler (CIN)

15:30 The effect of visual deprivation on brain networks underlying the recognition of face and body parts

Ryo Kitada (NIPS)

16:00 High-resolution mapping of neuronal activation in humans using balanced SSFP at 9.4T

Philipp Ehses (CIN)

16:30 Coffee Break

16:50 Physiological role of striatal projection neurons in voluntary movement

Hiromi Sano (NIPS)

17:20 Neural theory for the visual recognition of goal-directed actions and the perception of causality

Martin Giese (CIN)

17:50 Cortical divergent projections in mice originate from two sequentially generated, distinct populations of excitatory cortical neurons with different initial axonal outgrowth characteristics

Yumiko Hatanaka (NIPS)

18:30-20:30 Reception (at the Seminar Room 1F)


Friday, November 6th

9:00 Training brain activity and connectivity using brain-computer interfaces: applications in healthy subjects and stroke patients

Diljit Singh Kajal (CIN)

9:30 Causal link between mesolimbic system and motor system

Yukio Nishimura (NIPS)

10:00 Motor cortex activity predicts response alternation during sensorimotor decisions

Anna-Antonia Pape (CIN)

10:30 Coffee Break

10:50 Manipulation of primate neural networks by means of modified viral vectors

Ken-ichi Inoue (Kyoto University, PRI)

11:20 Cognitive control mechanisms underlying vocal communication in monkeys

Steffen Hage (CIN)

11:50 Microglia contribute to dendritic spine formation in postnatal mice somatosensory cortex

Akiko Miyamoto (NIPS)

12:20 Closing remark

Tadashi Isa (NIPS)

Location: Conference Room, 1F Myodaiji Building, NIPS, Okazaki, Japan


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The 4th NIPS-CIN Joint Symposium

October 6, 2014

  • 08:30 Welcome Addresses by Peter Thier (CIN) and Tadashi Isa (NIPS) CIN-2007-2012
  • 09:00 Yumiko Yoshimura (NIPS) - Experience-dependent emergence of fine-scale networks in visual cortexDynamic Brain Stimulation – a new strategy for sensory cortical
  • 09:30 Cornelius Schwarz (CIN) - neuroprosthetics
  • 10:00 Yoshiyuki Kubota (NIPS) - Cortical fast-spiking basket cell inhibition on pyramidal cells through multiple modalities and innervation styles
  • 10:30 COFFEE BREAK  
  • 11:00 Olga Garaschuk (CIN) - Microglia and cortical microcircuits: insights from in vivo calcium imagin
  • 11:30 Hidemasa Furue (NIPS) - In vivo patch-clamp analysis of spinal nociceptive transmission and descending noradrenergic inhibitory system
  • 12:00 Thomas Euler (CIN) - What the mouse’s eye tells the mouse’s brain
  • 12:30 POSTER SESSION AND SNACKS (Conference Centre, Casino Schnarrenberg)
  • 15:00 Hiroaki Wake (NIPS) - Activity-dependent myelination and impaired motor learning as a result of its disruption
  • 15:30 Andreas Nieder (CIN) - Contributions of primate frontal and parietal cortices to feature-based distractor resistance
  • 16:00 Masahiro Sawada (NIPS) - Casual link between limbic system and motor system during recovery from spinal cord injury
  • 16:30 COFFEE BREAK
  • 17:00 Ziad Hafed (CIN) - Spatial vision by primate midbrain
  • 17:30 Nobuhika Hatanaka (NIPS) - Glutamatergic and GABAergic control of monkey pallidal neuronal activity during performance of a motor task
  • 18:00 Christoph Braun (CIN) - To feel or not to feel: a question of pre-stimulus brain networks
  • 18:30 Masaki Fukunaga (NIPS) - Ultra high field MRI of cortical laminar structure in the brain

Location: Hörsaal Kinderklinik / Lecture Hall Childrens‘ Hospital, C03-126, Hoppe-Seyler-Str. 1


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The 3rd NIPS-CIN Joint Symposium

October 10, 2013 - October 11, 2013

Venue: Conference Room 1, NIPS (Myodaiji Campus) 1F


Oct 10 (Thr)

12:50-13:00 Opening remark

Junichi Nabekura (Vice Drector, NIPS)

Peter Thier (Director, CIN)

13:00-13:25 The Primate Insular Cortex: A neuroanatomical insight intointeroception, emotion and self-awareness

Henry Evrard (CIN)

13:25-13:50 Inter-individual neural synchronization during eye-contact andjoint attention

Norihiro Sadato (NIPS)

13:50-14:15 Towards the underpinnings of joint attention: studies in monkeys and man

Peter Thier (CIN)

14:15-16:30 Poster Session

Including Flash Talks (1min for each presenter)

16:30-16:55 Designing ECoG-based brain-computer interfaces

Tadashi Isa (NIPS)

16:55-17:20 F5 mirror neurons encode the subjective value of an observedaction

Dan Arnstein (CIN)

17:20-17:45 Motivational regulation of functional recovery after spinal cord injury

Yukio Nishimura (NIPS)

17:45-18:10 On the visual response properties of superior colliculus neuronsand how they may be modulated by eye movements

Ziad Hafed (CIN)

18:30- Reception


Oct 11 (Fri)

9:00-9:25 Twenty cortical neuron types over 20 years

Yasuo Kawaguchi (NIPS)

9:25-9:50 Two-photon imaging and optogenetics in task-performing mice

Takashi Sato (CIN)

9:50-10:15 Remodeling of Synapses in somatosensory cortex of chronic pain model mouse

Junichi Nabekura (NIPS)

10:15-10:45 Break

10:45-11:10 Lateral migration of adult-born GABAergic interneurons in the glomerular layer of the mouse olfactory bulb

Yajie Liang (CIN)

11:10-11:35 Glutamatergic and GABAergic control of pallidal activity of behaving monkeys

Nobuhiko Hatanaka (NIPS)

11:35-12:00 Structural determinants of spatial representations in the rat medial entorhinal cortex

Andrea Burgalossi (CIN)

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00-13:25 Neural mechanisms underlying material perception in humans and monkeys

Naokazu Goda (NIPS)

13:25-13:50 Mechanisms of contextual modulation in early visual cortex

Hendrikje Nienborg (CIN)

13:50-14:15 Face perception and recognition

Ryusuke Kakigi (NIPS)

14:15-14:45 Break

314:45-15:10 Causal contributions of parietal cortex to perceptual selection and spatial binding

Natalia Zaretskaya (CIN)

15:10-15:35 Auditory evoked magnetic fields

Hidehiko Okamoto (NIPS)

15:35-16:00 Cortico-striatal coordination through coherent phase-amplitude coupling

Constantin von Nicolai (CIN)

16:00-16:10 Closing Remark

Keiji Imoto (NIPS, Director)

16:30-18:30 NIPS Lab Tour

19:00-21:00 Dinner


Oct 12 (Sat) Excursion

Oct 13 (Sun) Departure

Location: Conference Room 1, NIPS (Myodaiji Campus) 1F, Okazaki, Japan


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The 2nd NIPS-CIN Joint Symposium

November 29, 2012

The Second Joint Symposium of the NIPS (National Institute for Physiological Sciences, Okazaki, Japan) and the CIN.

Click here for a report on the NIPS visit.

Location: Room E.105 Institut für Medizinische Virologie, Elfriede-Elhorn-Strasse 6


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The 1st NIPS-CIN Joint Symposium

November 29, 2012


9:00 Welcome note

Yasunobu Okada (NIPS, Director)

9:10 Introduction of NIPS

Tadashi Isa (NIPS)

9:20 Introduction of Tübingen neuroscience

Peter Thier (CIN)

Session I (chair: Norihiro Sadato (NIPS))

9:30 Studying the human somatosensory and motor system using magnetoencephalography

Christoph Braun (CIN)

9:55 The painful and itchy brain

Ryusuke Kakigi (NIPS)

10:20 Coffee Break

Session II (chair: Tadashi Isa (NIPS))

10:35 Neuronal mechanisms underlying vocal communication in monkeys

Steffen Hage (CIN)

11:00 "Stay tuned" - inter-individual neural synchronization during mutual gaze and joint attention

Norihiro Sadato

11:25 Oscillatory cortical networks during perceptual decision-making

Markus Siegel (CIN)

11:50 Neural selectivity and representation of gloss in the macaque inferior temporal cortex

Hidehiko Komatsu (NIPS)

12:15 Lunch & Poster Session (at Room B)

Session III (chair: Hidehiko Komatsu (NIPS))

14:15 Using microstimulation evoked fMRI to study pathways in the monkey brain

Fahad Sultan (CIN)

14:40 Visual attention, mirror neurons or inferential principles in vision

Peter Thier (CIN)

15:05 Neuronal mechanisms of blindsight

Tadashi Isa (NIPS)

15:30 Mechanisms for generating and compensating for the smallest possible saccades: Lessons learned

Ziad Hafed (CIN)

15:55 Coffee Break

Session IV (chair: Tadashi Isa (NIPS))

16:10 Cortico-basal ganglia loop and movement disorders

Atsushi Nambu (NIPS)

16:35 Perception in the rat's vibrissal system

Cornelius Schwarz (CIN)

17:00 Characterization and adaptive optical correction of aberrations during in vivo imaging in the mouse cortex

Takashi Sato (CIN)

17:30 Remodeling of cortical synapses in vivo

Junnichi Nabekura (NIPS)

17:55 Concluding remark

Keiji Imoto (NIPS Vice Director)

18:30 Welcome Dinner (at Ishiki-ya)

Location: Okazaki Conference Center


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