Sechenov Institute of Evolutionary Physiology and Biochemistry
Russian Academy of Sciences

optogenetics 2018

optogenetics 2018

Department of Physiological Sciences RAS
Department of Biological Sciences RAS

I.P. Pavlov Physiological Society
Sechenov Institute of Evolutionary Physiology and Biochemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences  (IEPhB RAS)
Institute of Higher Nervous Activity and Neurophysiology of RAS (IHNA&NPh RAS)
Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University


PROGRAM of the Conference “Optogenetics and Optopharmacology”


Dear colleague,

A decade ago optogenetics and later optopharmacology opened a new era in neurobiological approaches. Currently, a fantastic range of optobiological tools allows to selectively control neuronal activity. We invite you to participate in the Russian Conference “Optogenetics and Optopharmacology” that will take place in St. Petersburg, Russia, on April 11-15, 2018 in the Sechenov Institute of Evolutionary Physiology and Biochemistry of Russian Academy of Sciences.

The working languages ​​of the conference are English and Russian.

The conference will feature plenary lectures on the general problems of optogenetics and optopharmacology, as well as oral presentations and posters on the results of research conducted by the Conference participants.

The scientific program of the conference will include discussion of the problems of creating new optogenetics tools, targeted delivery of photosensitive proteins and low-molecular-weight photo switches to target cells, problems of prosthetics of sensory systems, toxicity and stability of optogenetic tools, interpretation of results and other issues.

Simultaneously with the Conference, the School on Optogenetics and Optopharmacology will be held, where it is planned to present  lectures for young researchers on the current state of optobiological methods, to discuss at round tables and special sessions the research issues, the participation of young scientists in the current projects. Leading specialists from Russian scientific institutions and from abroad are invited:

  1. M. Hausser (University College London, London, UK)
  2. D. Bregestovski (KSMU, Russia, INSERM, France)
  3. V. Semyanov (IBCh RAS, Russia)
  4. M. Balaban (IHNA&NPh, Russia)
  5. P. Kirpichnikov (Moscow State University, Russia)
  6. V. Gordeliy (RWTH Aachen University, Gеrmany)
  7. A. Ostrovsky (Moscow State University, Russia) and others.


A satellite symposium «Biological objects imaging» is planned to be held in the framework of the conference and the school, which will be formed on the basis on applications. The co-chairmen of the symposium are Dr. Sergey Antonov and Dr. Irina Romanova (IEPhB RAS, St. Petersburg).

During  the satellite symposium, it is planned to consider the principles of using confocal microscopy for the analysis of biological objects, to discuss methodological issues of analyzing a fluorescent image in real time, quantifying the fluorescence image of  tissue culture and fixed tissue.

In registration form the symposium participants should indicate in the commentary the symposium «Biological objects imaging»

Forms of participation: participants with an oral presentation, participants with a poster presentation, participants without a presentation.


It is carried out on the website of the IEPhB RAS

  1. When submitting an application, the first author is considered to be the speaker in the theses.
  2. All co-authors who want to participate in the conference must register as participants without a presentation.
  3. We also ask you to register as participants without the presentation of all the co-authors of the theses, who will not participate in the conference in person. The fee for participation in this case is not charged.
  4. The abstract is uploaded only by the author of the presentation (oral or poster).
  5. Confirmation of payment of registration fee (after confirmation of the application) each full-time participant carries out independently.
  6. The format of the Conference does not provide distance participation with the publication of abstracts without personal presentation in oral or poster form. In case, by coincidence, personal participation of the author in the Conference is not possible, we ask to notify the organizing committee by e-mail and to inform which of the co-authors and in what form of the presentation will be submitted.

It is planned to publish Proceedings of Conference “Optogenetics and Optopharmacology”, based on the materials of the conference. The size of abstracts are started from 2 pages (A4), b/w illustrations are possible.

It is possible also to publish mini-articles in Russian Journal of Physiology, 2018, №5.  Mini-articles must be issued according to the Author Guide and they should be sent to .   Mini-articles could be written in English.

Key dates:

  1. Registration of participants with an oral and poster presentation from December 11, 2017 to March 1, 2018 (inclusive).  Extended abstract submission deadline 10 of march 2018
  2. Registration of participants without a presentation from December 11, 2017 to March 21, 2018 (inclusive).
  3. Registration of co-authors of presentations without full participation from December 11, 2017 to April 10, 2018 (inclusive).
  4. March 1 – March 11, 2018: the formation of the program, the confirmation of the form of participation
  5. March 11 – March 21, 2018 (inclusive): payment of registration fee in accordance with the confirmed form of participation

After March 21 (later confirmation), the registration fee increases by 20 €.

The payment for participation is made after confirmation of acceptance of theses for participation (the corresponding status in the application)



The abstracts are submitted by all participants with a presentation. In the abstract book, after the review by the Program Committee, all the abstracts accepted for the conference will be presented.

The abstracts could be downloaded after you registratе in the section “Creating PDF-files of abstracts” through a special form for abstracts submission, which will be available on the page “My applications” after you submit your application for participation. Abstracts can be submitted in both Russian and English.

It is planned to publish a Proceedings of Conference “Optogenetics and Optopharmacology”, based on the materials of the conference. The size of abstracts started from 2 pages (A4), b/w illustrations are possible, font Times New Roman, font size – 12, line spacing – 1.

Sample abstracts:


Ivanov I.I.1, Ivanova I.I.2

1Institute of Evolutionary Physiology and Biochemistry, 2Institute of Physiology, Komi Science Center, Russian Academy of Sciences, Syktyvkar, Russia, e-mail:

 The purpose of this work was to …


Cost of participation:

  1. Participants with oral and poster presentation 100 € (before March 21, 2018), 120 € (after March 21, 2018).
  2. A participant without a report – 50 € (before March 21, 2018), 70 € (after March 21, 2018).
  3. Students and graduate students: participation with a presentation and without a presentation 30 € (before March 21, 2018), 50 € (after March 21, 2018).


The fee does not include:

– The cost of a printed copy of the abstract book. To order a printed copy, you must make a special note when registering. The cost of 1 copy is 5 €.

– Cocktail party on the first day of the conference. The cost of participation is 25 €.

In the case of ordering the abstract book and / or participation in a cocktail party, the amount of the registration fee will be increased by the above amounts.



(for participants outside Russia)


194223  St. Petersburg

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ph. +7 812 552 7901

fax +7 812 552 3012








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 Reference: registration fee on Optogenetics2018 [First Name, Last Name]



The organizing committee agreed terms of self-booking accommodation hotel “Orbita” (Address: St. Petersburg, 4, pr Nepokorennykh, 3 minutes walk from the metro station, 20 minutes – to the venue of the meeting.) or the hotel “Sputnik” (15 min walk from the metro station and 7 minutes – to the venue of the Meeting).

Hotel “Orbita” discount rate (april 5 – 20, 2018).

For more information on the organization and holding of the conference contact:
Ivan Sukhov Telephone: +7 (812) 552-3117
WhatsApp &WeChat&Viber: +7 9119981047

Contact information
194223 Russia, Saint-Petersburg, pr. Torez 44
Phone: +7(812) 552-79-01

The Organizing Committee of the conference will be grateful for any suggestions for organizing and conducting these activities. Proposals should be sent to the Organizing Committee.

1st Information Letter, eng (doc, 45.5 Kb)

1st Information Letter, rus (doc, 64.5 Кб)

2nd Information Letter, eng

2nd Information Letter, rus

Best wishes,

The Organizing Committee

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