Pre-conference satellite symposium- Sunday, April 7th


The symposium will be held at The David Lopatie Conference Centre, on the campus of the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel. 

Rehovot is located in the center of the country, ca. 20 km south of Tel Aviv.

Directions to the Weizmann Institute

Sunday, April 7th

Pre-conference satellite symposium: New horizons in neuroendocrinology of social behavior

Sunday. April 7th timeline


9:00 - 9:30 Reception
9:30 - 9:45 Greetings
9:45 - 12:45

Session A: Integrative and mechanistic aspects of animal social behavior

Chair: Adi Mizrahi, Hebrew University, Israel


  • 9:45 – 10:15 Shlomo Wagner, University of Haifa, Israel
    Studying social behavior in animal models: do we do it right?
  • 10:15 – 10:45 Tali Kimchi, Weizmann Institute, Israel
    Genes, Brain and Female Mouse Society
  • 10:45 – 11:15 Oliver Bosch, University of Regensburg, Germany
    Breaking bonds: the extensive effects of partner loss on the pro-social oxytocin system
  • 11:15 – 11:45 Coffee break

  • 11:45 – 12:15 Valery Grinevich, Central Institute of Mental Health and German Cancer Research Center, Germany
    Sensory inputs driving oxytocin neuron activity toward sociability
  • 12:15 – 12:45 Ofer Yizhar, Weizmann Institute, Israel
    Encoding of social information in the mouse prefrontal cortex
12:45 - 13:45 Lunch
13:45 - 16:45

Session B: Human social behavior: between brain and environment, what can go wrong?

Chair: Rony Paz, Weizmann Intitute, Israel


  • 13:45 – 14:15 Rene Hurlemann, University of Bonn, Germany
    Translation of oxytocin neuroscience to the treatment of anxiety
  • 14:15 – 14:45 Ruth Feldmann, Interdesciplinary Center, Israel
  • Utilizing multiple measures of the oxytocin system to study the neurobiology of human parenting
  • 14:45 – 15:15 Simone Shamay-Tsoory, University of Haifa, Israel
  • The social salience hypothesis of oxytocin
  • 15:15 – 15:45 Coffee break
  • 15:45 – 16:15 Joseph Buxbaum, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, USA
    What is the evidence for specific risk factors for social deficits in autism?
  • 16:15 – 16:45 Angela Sirigu, Institute of Cognitive Science Marc Jeannerod, France
    Oxytocin's effects on the primates' brain
16:45 - 17:00 Concluding remarks

Deadline for early registration:

March 10, 2019


  • Gil Levkowitz
    Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
  • Shlomo Wagner
    University of Haifa, Israel
  • Valery Grinevich
    Central Institute of Mental Health & German Cancer Research Center, Germany


  • הקרן הלאומית למדע
  • Haifa University
  • Weizmann Institute of Science - Aharon Katzir Center
  • Journal of Neuroendocrinology
  • Ministry of Science and Technology
  • European NeuroEndocrine Association

Coordinator &
Accessibility Issues

Limor Urfaly