December 5, 2018 - December 6, 2018

Frontiers in Connectivity: Exploring and Dissecting the Cerebral White Matter

It is a particular pleasure to announce Frontiers in Connectivity: Exploring and Dissecting the Cerebral White Matter, to be held in Tours in next December. We are very proud to concretize this joint symposium with LE STUDIUM Loire Valley Institute for Advanced Studies and EANS European Association of Neurosurgical Societies. The understanding of cerebral connectivity is a primary issue in both neuroscience and medicine today. For this reason, this course will have an unprecedented translational structure.  A first part (run by LE STUDIUM) will take place in 5th and 6th of December and will be dedicated to exploration methods. Lecturers from well recognized research entities will share their experience concerning different study techniques. A second part (run by EANS) will take place in 6th and 7th of December and will be dedicated to the dissection of the cerebral white matter in a practical workshop with capacity for 24 participants.  

This course illustrates the growing importance of the cerebral white matter functional anatomy nowadays. We will have the great pleasure and honor to have a highly qualified faculty from different countries in Europe and America. 


  • Pr Igor Lima Maldonado, LE STUDIUM / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow.
    FROM: Federal University of Bahia (Laboratory of Anatomy and Dissection - Department of Biomorphology) - BR
    IN RESIDENCE AT: Imaging and Brain laboratory (iBrain), UMR 1253, INSERM / University of Tours - FR
  • Pr Christophe Destrieux,
    Imaging and Brain laboratory (iBrain), UMR 1253, INSERM / University of Tours - FR

Confirmed Speakers

Preliminary programme

Wednesday December 5th 2018

Part I: Methods of exploration of the cerebral white matter (run by LE STUDIUM)

  • 08:00    Welcome coffee & registration
  • 08:30    Official Opening: Pr Christophe Destrieux, Pr Igor Lima Maldonado (iBrain) & Dr Aurélien Montagu (LE STUDIUM)
  • 08:45    Pr Christophe Destrieux - Exploration methods of the cerebral white matter anatomy: history
  • 09:05    Cyril Poupon - Introduction to Diffusion MRI 
  • 09:30    Dr Lilla Zöllei - MR tractography: reconstruction methods 
  • 10:00    Coffee break
  • 10:20    Dr Lilla Zöllei - Automated methods for tractography 
  • 10:50    Dr Markus Axer - Polarized light imaging of the white matter architecture
  • 11:20    Dr Élodie Chaillou - Description of the neuronal connections using neural tracers
  • 11:50    Discussion
  • 12:00    Lunch
  • 14:00    Pr Hugues Duffau - Subcortical intraoperative electrical stimulation
  • 15:00    Dr Guillaume Herbet - Neuropsychological exploration during subcortical intraoperative electrical stimulation
  • 15:30    Dr Ilyess ​Zemmoura - Fiber dissection: Klingler’s technique and variants

Thursday December 6th 2018

  • 08:30    Welcome coffee
  • 09:00    Dr Caroline Magnain  - Optic coherence tomography for tractography validation
  • 09:20    Dr Cyril Poupon - How to explore the white matter microstructure with MRI
  • 09:40    Pr Christophe Destrieux - Fiber dissection for tractography validation 
  • 10:00    Coffee break
  • 10:30    Dr Lilla Zöllei - Maturation and plasticity 
  • 10:50    Dr Arnaud Tanti - Long-lasting molecular and cellular effects of child abuse on white matter integrity
  • 11:10    Pr Igor Lima Maldonado - Tumor infiltration and white matter fibers
  • 11:30    Closure of Part I
  • 12:00    Lunch

The part II will be run by the EANS. 


Public institutions 150 EUR
Students & PhD Scholars 75 EUR
Social dinner 60 EUR


Partners of the event