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  • This year the INC DAY will focus on various aspects of the inter-relationship between brain and body: from nutrition and hormones to embodied cognition. Catherine Tallon-Baudry (Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris) will give the keynote lecture on the topic Viscerally conscious, that will followed by presentations of nine other French or foreign researchers by video-conferencing.

    Registration is free, but it is mandatory to register on


    Thursday November 5th. from 9am until 18:30pm

    On line via Zoom


    8:45-9:15 Registration on Zoom

    9:15-9:30 Welcome address

    9:30-10:30 Keynote Lecture by Catherine Tallon-Baudry (ENS, Paris) Viscerally conscious

    10:30-12:30 Brain , Nutrition and Microbiote

    • Rochellys Diaz-Heijtztsanis (Karolinska Institute, Stockholm) – Bacterial Peptidoglycans from Microbiota in Neurodevelopment and Behavior
    • Michel Neunlist (Université de Nantes, France) – What can the gut nervous system tell us about our brain?
    • Sophie Layé (INRAE, Bordeaux) – Role of dietary n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in mood and cognitive disorders

    12:30-14:00 Lunch break

    14:00-16:00 Brain and Body, Sex and Hormones

    • Valery Grinevich (University of Heidelberg) – The oxytocin system in the embodied brain: Social touch and communicative behaviours
    • Julie Bakker (University of Liège) – Does the brain have a sex? Role of gonadal hormones
    • Nicolas de Roux (Robert Debré Hospital, Paris) – Sexual dimorphism of the brain: role of hormones versus chromosomes

    16:00-16:30 Afternoon break

    16:30-18:30 Embodied Cognition

    • Patrick Haggard (UCL, London) – Grounding experience of space and self on skin sensation
    • Bryan Gick (University of British Columbia, Vancouver) – How talking stands on posture
    • J. Kevin O’Regan (Université de Paris) – How embodiment can solve the problem of phenomenal consciousness

    18:30 Conclusion

    More info: inc@parisdescartes.fr