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The 2nd International Electronic Conference on Brain Sciences

Part of the International Electronic Conference on Brain Sciences series
15–30 Jul 2021

Neuroscience, Brain Science, Neurology
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Welcome from the Chair

You are cordially invited to participate in the 2nd International Electronic Conference on Brain Sciences. This event aims to bring together researchers working in the field of neuroscience, to present and discuss their recent contributions, without the need for travel. During this e-conference, a live session will also be held on 19th of July 2021.

The field of neuroscience is one of the last frontiers in biomedical studies, as many of the details that control brain function are still not well understood. This makes the study of the nervous system very exciting and fast moving. This conference will address a variety of research topics, which reflect some of the current areas of focus. These are organized into seven sessions, and include:

  • Clinical Neuroscience
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Systems Neuroscience
  • Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Environmental Neuroscience

All accepted file submissions will be published in the proceedings of the conference, and authors are invited to elaborate their abstracts into full manuscripts that will be considered for publication in Brain Sciences, with a 20% discount on the APC. Brain Sciences is an open access journal from MDPI, in the field of neuroscience. The journal is indexed in the Sciences Citation Indexing Expended (SCIE IF=3.394), Scopus, and other databases. Citations are available in PubMed; full-text archived in PubMed Central (PMC). Please visit the following website for more information.

Important Dates
• Abstract Submission: 30 April 2021
• Notification of Acceptance: 15 May 2021
• Submission of Full Files: 1 June 2021
• Conference Date: 15–30 July 2021

You are welcome both to upload and present your work and to attend the conference completely free of charge.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions.

Best wishes,
Stephen D. Meriney, PhD


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us:

Conference Secretariat

Ms. Sammy Tian
Ms. Stacy Luo
Ms. Nora Zhang
Dr. Ana Sanchis

Conference chair

Department of Neuroscience, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA

Stephen D. Meriney completed his PhD in Physiology/Neuroscience at the University of Connecticut with Dr. Guillermo Pilar in 1986, where he studied the parasympathetic control of intrinsic eye muscles. He then moved to the Jerry Lewis Neuromuscular Research Centre at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) as a postdoctoral fellow, and then became an assistant research physiologist there, with Dr. Alan Grinnell, and studied voltage-gated calcium channels and synaptic mechanisms at the neuromuscular junction. He has been at the University of Pittsburgh since 1993, where he is currently a Professor, and Chair of the Department of Neuroscience, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of the journal Brain Sciences.

Conference Committee

Research Institute of Casa Colina Hospital and Centers for Healthcare, Pomona, USA

Caroline Schnakers has been working as a clinical scientist in the neurorehabilitation field for the past 15 years. Her research focus is on brain-injured patients with Disorders of Consciousness (DOC) and, more particularly, on the assessment of their brain activity and cognitive functions using behavioral, electrophysiological and neuroimaging techniques. She has published more than 100 articles in international peer-reviewed journals such as Neurology, Annals of Neurology, Nature Reviews Neurology and Lancet. Currently, she serves as the chair of the Special Interest Group on DOC for the International Brain Injury Association (~200 members) and she is actively involved in the Curing Coma Campaign. At present, Schnakers works as an assistant director at the Research Institute of Casa Colina Hospital and Centers for Healthcare (Pomona, CA).

Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience, Department of Languages and Literatures, Communication, Education and Society, University of Udine, Italy

Cosimo Urgesi is Associate Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Udine and Researcher of Developmental Neuropsychology at the Scientific Institute (IRCCS) Eugenio Medea, Bosisio Parini (Lecco). After gaining a degree in Experimental Psychology at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” (Italy), he obtained in 2006 a PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Verona (Italy), where he conducted research on body and action representations using behavioral and brain stimulation paradigms. Afterward, he moved to the University of Udine (Italy) for a two-year post-doctorate on the neuropsychological and neuropsychiatric evaluation of adult patients with brain tumors and on the Italian adaptation and standardization of the battery NEPSY-II for the neuropsychological evaluation of children aged 3–16 years. He then joined the University of Udine as Assistant Professor in Cognitive Neuroscience, establishing the Body Lab UdinE, (BLUE) in collaboration with the University of Udine the Scientific Institute (IRCCS) Eugenio Medea thanks to funding from the Italian Ministry of Health and Italian Ministry of University and Research, the European Commission and other national and international private agencies. After a 2-year Marie Curie intra-European fellowship at Bangor University (Wales), he is now back at the University of Udine. BLUE is aimed at integrating basic cognitive neuroscience research and clinical–rehabilitative studies for the neuropsychological and neurophysiologic evaluation of neurological and mental disorders. Research interests include: the neural basis and development of corporeal and self knowledge and the neural mechanisms and development of action prediction and social perception. Since 2004, he has authored more than 90 scientific articles in international peer-reviewed journals, five book chapters and four lay-people articles.

Faculty of Medicine, University of Lisbon, and Instituto de Medicina Molecular João Lobo Antunes, Portugal,
Uppsala University Hospital, Sweden

Prof Susana Pinto is a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician currently working in Uppsala, Sweden (Uppsala University Hospital). She has previously worked in Umeå, Sweden (Umeå University Hospital), in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi) and in Lisbon, Portugal (Hospital de Santa Maria). She is an Associate Professor in Physiology at the Faculty of Medicine, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal, having previously taught Anatomy as an invited assistant at the NOVA Medical School, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal. As she is interested in the neurological field, she has published about 100 articles in peer-reviewed international journals, doing research associated with Instituto de Medicina Molecular, Lisbon, Portugal, and serving as a reviewer for international journals. She is particularly interested in neurodegenerative disorders, neuro and pulmonary rehabilitation, neurophysiology, telemedicine and new technologies, including the use of biosensors, robotics, virtual reality, electrical and magnetic stimulation.

Oasi Research Institute-IRCCS, Italy

Dr. Corrado Romano is a graduate in Medicine and Surgery from the Catholic University of Sacred Heart School of Medicine and Surgery, Italy. His scientific background is also focused on pediatrics and medical genetics. He has been working in the Oasi Research Institute-IRCCS at Troina for many years; in 2003, he became the Head of the Unit of Pediatrics and Medical Genetics, and in 2017, the Head of the Laboratory of Medical Genetics and of the Department of Laboratories at the same center. He was elected President of the local IRB for the term 2019–2022 on 22 July 2019. His scientific work is focused on medical genetics of neurodevelopmental disorders, contributing to the delineation of new genetic syndromes linked to neurodevelopmental disorders, such as 17q21.31 deletion, 15ql3.3 deletion, 1q21.1 deletion, 2q23.1 deletion, 16p12.1 deletion, 7ql1.23 duplication, and the haploinsufficiency of ADNP, CHD8, DYRK1A, NAA15, DDX3X, ACTL6B, ADGRB3, FBX011, CSDE1 and TANC2 genes. He has published more than 240 articles in international peer-reviewed journals with more than 8000 total citations, as well as contributed as an Associate Editor for the journals Frontiers in Pediatrics, Frontiers in Public Health, Frontiers in Genetics and Brain Sciences. He has also been invited as Chairman and Speaker in several national and international meetings. Since 2005, he has held, in Troina, with an International Scientific Committee, an International Meeting on the Genetics of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, which has reached its 14th Edition.

Department of Epidemiology and Cancer Control, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, USA

Dr. Kevin Krull is a full member of the faculty of the Department of Epidemiology and Cancer Control and the Department of Psychology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where he also holds the Endowed Chair in Cancer Survivorship. He has training in cognitive neuroscience, biological psychology, and clinical psychology. His research includes lifespan and translational approaches to brain development, functional brain outcomes, and interventions in cancer survivors. He has published over 250 peer-reviewed manuscripts and is the recipient of numerous research grants from the National Institutes of Health and various foundations.

Department of Neurosurgery, Centre for Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery, Prince of Wales Private Hospital, Sydney 2000, Australia

Mike grew up in a small town in Oklahoma, and after attending medical school at Columbia University in New York, he completed his neurosurgery training at the University of California in San Francisco. After completing a fellowship in Sydney, Australia, he served as Director of the Brain Tumor Center at the University of Oklahoma for 7 years. He has authored over 250 scientific publications and 4 textbooks. He moved to Sydney in 2018, and founded Omniscient Neurotechnology, an artificial intelligence startup company aimed at radically accelerating the evolution of our understanding of human brain disease and mental illness, and bringing these technologies to the clinic more rapidly.

Department of Neuroscience, Paediatric Headache Center, Bambino Gesù Children Hospital, Italy. Centre for Sensory-Motor Interaction, Aalborg University, Denmark.

Massimiliano Valeriani currently works at the Department of Neurosciences, Ospedale Bambino Gesù, where he directs the Neurology Ward Unit. His scientific activity is focused on headaches, especially in children and adolescents, and clinical neurophysiology of the somatosensory system and pain. He is a professor at the Aalborg University. He published more than 200 papers in international journals and book chapters. He is Chief Editor of Pain Research and Management (Hindawi) and President of the Italian Society of Psychophysiology and Cognitive Neurosciences. His current H index is 41 (Scopus).

Invited Speakers

Department of Psychology, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

Cognitive and neurophysiological updates on developmental dyscalculia and dyslexia. Recent research on dyslexia in the comorbidity perspective.
Pierluigi Zoccolotti is Professor of General Psychology at the Department of Psychology of the Sapienza University of Rome where he teaches "Learning disabilities" in the master course in "Cognitive Neuroscience". Since the late 1990s his research has focused on developmental deficits in reading and writing. This theme has been examined in studies ranging from perception to eye movements and psycholinguistics.

Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, UK

Dyscalculia: where we are, and where we need to go.
Brian Butterworth is Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychology at University College, London and author of the best-selling popular science book, The Mathematical Brain. He has taught at Cambridge University and holds visiting appointments at Melbourne University and National Cheng Chi University (Taipei). He was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 2002. He is currently working with colleagues on the neuroscience and the genetics of mathematical abilities and disabilities. He co-organised the 2017 Royal Society meeting, The origins of numerical abilities. His latest book, Dyscalculia: from science to education was published in English in 2019 and in Italian in 2021.

Department of Neuroscience, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium

Brain dynamics across reading development in children with typical reading skills and dyslexia.
During her PhD at KU Leuven Maaike Vandermosten worked in an interdisciplinary context to gain expertise in the many aspects of reading, speech processing as well as neuroimaging techniques. During her postdoc, she extended her knowledge towards neurodevelopmental and neuroplasticity aspects of language learning. She conducted research stays at University of California San Francisco (UCSF), University of Geneva and at the University of Maastricht. In 2016, she received the Rebecca Sandak young investigator award, which is a prestigious award in the field of reading research. Since 2017, she is a tenure track professor at KULeuven (Department of Neurosciences), during which she further established her research line on dyslexia and extended her research towards aphasia. The general aim of her ongoing projects is to investigate neuroplasticity in relation to written and oral language learning.

IECBS2021 Live Session Recording

Cognitive and Neurophysiological Updates on Developmental Dyslexia and Dyscalculia

IECBS2021 Live Session Information

During the e-conference, one live session will be scheduled. We have invited some speakers to share their latest research. During our live session, the participants will have the chance to ask questions at the end of each presentation.

The live session is free for everyone. However, the number of participants to the live session is limited, but the recording will be made available on Sciforum shortly afterwards. Registrations with academic institutional email addresses will be prioritized.

If you are interested in attending, please register in advance by clicking the "Webinar Registration" buttons which are showing in below the live session program.

IECBS2021 Live Session Program

Cognitive and Neurophysiological Updates on Developmental Dyslexia and Dyscalculia

Date: 19 July 2021

Time: 10:00am (CEST) | 4:00pm (CST Asia)



Presentation Topic

Time (CEST)

Conference Chair

Prof. Dr. Pierluigi Zoccolotti

Opening Speech: Cognitive and Neurophysiological Updates on Developmental Dyscalculia and Dyslexia

10:00am – 10:05am

Invited speaker

Prof. Dr Brian Butterworth

Dyscalculia: Where We Are, and Where We Need to Go

10:05am – 10:35am

Conference Chair

Prof. Dr. Pierluigi Zoccolotti

Recent Research on Dyslexia in the Comorbidity Perspective

10:35am – 11:05am

Invited speaker

Prof. Dr. Maaike Vandermosten

Brain Dynamics Across Reading Development in Children with Typical Reading Skills and Dyslexia

11:05am – 11:35am

Q&A Session


Conference Chair

Prof. Dr. Pierluigi Zoccolotti

Live session closing


Instructions for Authors

Generic information

The registration for this conference is FREE and the works selected for their presentation on the conference will be published as conference proceedings with no cost.


Submissions should be done by the authors online by registering with, and using the "Start New Submission" function once logged into system. There is no limit of abstracts presented by one author.

  1. Scholars interested in participating within the conference can submit their abstract online on this website until 30 April 2021. The abstract submitted should be about 200-word in English - the word limits are minimum 150 words and maximum 250 words.
  1. The Conference Committee will evaluate the abstracts received and decide whether the contribution from the authors of the abstract will be welcome for conference. All the authors will be notified about the acceptance of their works by 15 May 2021.
  1. If the abstract is accepted for this conference, the authors will be asked to submit an extended manuscript (download the word template here and latex template here) optionally along with a poster and/or PowerPoint presentation of his/her paper (only PDF), up to the full manuscript submission deadline of 1 June 2021.
  1. The conference proceedings papers and presentations will be available at for discussion during the time of the conference, 15–30 July 2021, and will be published in Journal Proceedings.
After the conference, the Conference Committee will select manuscripts that may be included for publication in a Special Issue of the journal Brain Sciences entitled Selected papers from the 2nd International Conference on Brain Sciences. Those papers will be offered a 20% discount over the normal APC of the journal, and the deadline for the manuscript submission will be 31 December 2021.
Note that the submission to the journal is independent from the conference proceedings and will follow the usual process of the journal, including peer-review, etc.

Upon acceptance

Conference Paper

Manuscripts for the proceedings issue must have the following organization:

First page:

  • Title
  • Full author names
  • Affiliations (including full postal address) and authors' e-mail addresses (institutional addresses preferred)
  • Abstract (200–250 words)
  • Keywords


  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • Results and Discussion
  • Conclusions
  • (Acknowledgements)
  • References
Manuscripts should be prepared in MS Word or any other word processor and should be converted to PDF format before submission. The publication format will be PDF. The manuscript should be at least 3 pages (incl. figures, tables and references) and should not exceed 6 pages.
Please carefully read the rules outlined in the 'Instructions for Authors' on the journal website and ensure that your manuscript submission adheres to these guidelines.

Manuscript Preparation

  • Paper Format: A4 paper format, the printing area is 17.5 cm × 26.2 cm. The margins should be 1.75 cm on each side of the paper (top, bottom, left, and right sides).
  • Paper Length: The conference proceedings paper should not be longer than 6 pages. The conference manuscript should be as concise as possible.
  • Formatting/Style: The paper style of the journal Proceedings should be followed. You may download the template file to prepare your paper (see above). The full titles of the cited papers must be given. Reference numbers should be placed in square brackets [ ], and placed before punctuation; for example [4] or [1–3], and all the references should be listed separately and as the last section at the end of the manuscript.
  • Authors List and Affiliation Format: Authors’ full first and last names must be given. Abbreviated middle name(s) can be added. For papers written by various contributors, a corresponding author must be designated. The PubMed/MEDLINE format is used for affiliations: complete street address information including city, zip code, state/province, country, and email address should be added. All authors who contributed significantly to the manuscript (including writing a section) should be listed on the first page of the manuscript, below the title of the article. Other parties who provided only minor contributions should only be listed under Acknowledgments. A minor contribution might be a discussion with the author, reading through the draft of the manuscript, or performing English corrections.
  • Figures, Schemes, and Tables: Authors are encouraged to prepare figures and schemes in color. Full color graphics will be published free of charge. Figure and schemes must be numbered (Figure 1, Scheme I, Figure 2, Scheme II, etc.) and an explanatory title must be added. Tables should be inserted into the main text, and numbers and titles for all tables supplied. All table columns should have an explanatory heading. Please supply legends for all figures, schemes, and tables. The legends should be prepared as a separate paragraph of the main text and placed in the main text before a table, figure, or scheme.

Presentation Poster or Slides

Authors are encouraged to prepare a poster or a collection of slides in PowerPoint or similar software, to be displayed online along with the manuscript. Authors that wish to present only a poster, i.e., without a proceedings paper, can do it too.
Slides, if available, will be displayed directly in the website using the proprietary slides viewer at Slides can be prepared in the same way as for any traditional conference where research results are presented. Both posters and slides should be converted to PDF format before submission so that our process can easily and automatically convert them for online display.

Potential Conflicts of Interest

It is the authors' responsibility to identify and declare any personal circumstances or interests that may be perceived as inappropriately influencing the representation or interpretation of clinical research. If there is no conflict, please state here "The authors declare no conflict of interest." This should be conveyed in a separate "Conflict of Interest" statement preceding the "Acknowledgments" and "References" sections at the end of the manuscript. Financial support for the study must be fully disclosed under "Acknowledgments" section.


MDPI, the publisher of the platform, is an open access publisher. We believe that authors should retain the copyright to their scholarly works. Hence, by submitting a Conference paper to this conference, you retain the copyright of your paper, but you grant MDPI the non-exclusive right to publish this paper online on the platform. This means you can easily submit your paper to any scientific journal at a later stage and transfer the copyright to its publisher (if required by that publisher).

List of accepted submissions (29)

Id Title Authors Poster PDF
sciforum-044956 Differential of voluntary and involuntary movements

Submitted: 19 Mar 2021

Abstract: Show Abstract
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sciforum-045028 Features of the psychomotor coordination in adolescents with mental disorders in remission , , , N/A Show Abstract
sciforum-045143 Towards advanced ultrasound image analysis by combining radiomics and artificial intelligence in brain tumors

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Submitted: 25 Mar 2021

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sciforum-045232 Writing Units or Decades First in Two Digit Numbers Dictation Task: The Case of Arabic an Inverted Language.


Submitted: 26 Mar 2021

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sciforum-045339 Muscle activity during different stepping modes in decerebrate cat , , N/A Show Abstract

Event Awards

To acknowledge the support of the conference esteemed authors and recognize their outstanding scientific accomplishments, we are pleased to launch the Best Paper Award, and Best Poster Award.

The Awards
Best Paper Award

Number of Awards Available: 1

Best paper award 500 CHF : The Best Paper Award is given for the paper judged to make the most significant contribution to the conference.
Best Poster Award

Number of Awards Available: 1

Best poster award 500 CHF: The Best Poster Award has been established to recognize the scientific merit exhibited in poster presentation and preparation (For one candidates, with videos uploaded).
Terms and Conditions:

Best Paper Award

As a sponsor, Brain Sciences would like to award the best paper as elected by all the conference committee. The award will consist of 500 Swiss Francs. We look forward to posting your contributions.

Criteria for Evaluation of Best Paper Award:


  • Full paper must be submitted to IECBS 2021;
  • Originality/Novelty of the paper;
  • Significance of Content;
  • Scientific Soundness;
  • Interest to the readers;
  • English language and style.


  • Each Evaluation Committee member will give an assessment for each applicant in terms of the criteria outlined above;
  • Total score for each presentation will be ranked, from highest to lowest;
  • If two or more authors get the same score, further evaluation will be carried out;
  • All decisions made by the Evaluation Committee are final.

Best Poster Award

As a sponsor, Brain Sciences would like to grants an award (500 Swiss Francs) for the best poster presented at the conference. This prize is awarded by a jury to the best designed poster presented at the conference.

Posters should have the following information.

  • Title (with authors and affiliations)
  • Introduction / Objectives / Aims
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusions
  • References
  • Acknowledgements
  • Contact information

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