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  • We hold an annual conference in Europe.

Mini Conference Nicotine and the Developing Brain organised by SRNT-E

SRNT-E is organising a mini-conference at the 2020 Forum for Neuroscience of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS).

During adolescence the brain regions such as prefrontal cortex necessary for cognitive and executive function, working memory, motivated behaviour and emotional regulation are being reorganized. Cholinergic system and cholinergic nicotinic receptors are important role players in this maturation process of brain from adolescence to adulthood. The disruption of the function of the cholinergic system during this maturation process with external nicotine, via tobacco or e-cigarettes, has long-lasting consequences on this development, as adolescent brain is quite sensitive to nicotine. The effects of nicotine in adolescent brain differ from those of adult brain. Also, adolescent nicotine exposure may induce epigenetic changes that sensitize the brain to other drugs of abuse via altering the response of dopaminergic system.

Please visit the FENS website for more information of the FENS Forum and to register.


  • The 2020 SRNT-E conference will be held in Lausanne, Switzerland, on 17-19 September 2020.



  • Our 2018 SRNT-E conference was in Munich on 6-8 September 2018. Check the conference website for more information.


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