SCIENTIFIC PRESENTATIONS  

PUBLIC ENGANGEMENT TALKS (marked

C. Theofanopoulou. (upcoming). Genomic evolution of the oxytocin-vasotocin system and its implication in socially motivated behaviours. Harvard Medical School, BOS, MA. [invited talk]

 

C. Theofanopoulou. 2021. Finishing your PhD. Talk to the Yale Ciencia Academy. Yale School of Medicine, CT, US August 10. [invited talk]

 

C. Theofanopoulou. 2021. Universal nomenclature for oxytocin-vasotocin ligands and receptors: insights on whole genome duplication scenarios. Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Crete, Greece, July 13. [invited talk]

 

C. Theofanopoulou. 2021. Eudaemonia; interdisciplinary. TEDx talk, TEDxAUTH 2021, June 27. [invited talk + public engangement]

 

C. Theofanopoulou. 2021. From social motivation of vocal learning to domestication: insights from the oxytocin-vasotocin system. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico, June 25. [invited talk]

 

C. Theofanopoulou. 2021. Universal nomenclature for oxytocin-vasotocin ligands and receptors. Kavli Neural Systems Institute Mini-Symposium Series (Methods). Rockefeller University, NY, USA, June 17. [talk]

C. Theofanopoulou. 2021. Neurobiology of vocal learning. Talk and Discussion with the Columbia University and Barnard college undergraduates in the context of the ‘Neuroscience Frontiers’ course. Virtual meeting. March 30. [invited talk]

C. Theofanopoulou. 2020. Comparative genomics reveal the evolutionary history of oxytocin and vasotocin ligands and receptors. University of Toledo, Ohio, USA, May 4. [invited talk] 

  

C. Theofanopoulou. 2019. A universal vertebrate gene nomenclature: a case study of the oxytocin/vasotocin ligand and receptor family. Advancing the missions of the Vertebrate Genomes Project, Earth Biogenome Project, and other genome projects (VGP Annotation, Alignment and Data Coordination Breakout). Rockefeller University, New York, NY, August 28. [invited talk] 

  

C. Theofanopoulou, G. Gedman, J.A. Cahill, C. Boeckx, C., E. D. Jarvis. 2019. A universal evolution-based nomenclature for the oxytocin and vasotocin ligand and receptor families. 13th World Congress on Neurohypophysial 

Hormones (WCNH2019), Ein Gedi, Israel, April 8-11. [poster+ poster blitz session+ award winner] 

  

C. Lee, S. Cho, C. Theofanopoulou, C. Boeckx, H. Kim, E. D. Jarvis. 2019. Molecular Convergence Between Humans and Bonobos vs Chimpanzee. International Plant & Animal Genome XXVII, San Diego, CA, USA, January 12-16. [poster] 

  

C. Theofanopoulou, G. Gedman, J.A. Cahill, C. Boeckx, C., E. D. Jarvis. 2019. A universal evolution-based nomenclature for the oxytocin and vasotocin ligand and receptor families. Sfn Neuroscience 2019, McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois, USA, October 23. [poster] 

  

C. Theofanopoulou, G. Gedman, J.A. Cahill, C. Boeckx, C., E. D. Jarvis. 2019. A universal evolution-based nomenclature for the oxytocin and vasotocin ligand and receptor families. Sfn Neuroscience 2019, McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois, USA, October 19. [International Fellows poster session+ IBRO award] 

  

C. Theofanopoulou, D. Lipkind, O. Tchernichovski, C. Boeckx, E. D. Jarvis. 2018. The effect of social reward in vocal learning: Testing an oxytocin-dependent mechanism. Nanosymposium: Social Communication and Behavior. Sfn Neuroscience 2018, San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA, USA, November 4. [talk]  

  

C. Theofanopoulou, D. Lipkind, O. Tchernichovski, C. Boeckx, E. D. Jarvis. 2018. The effect of social reward in vocal learning: Testing an oxytocin-dependent mechanism. Nanosymposium: Social Communication and Behavior. Sfn Neuroscience 2018, San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA, USA, November 3. [Trainee Professional Development Awards poster session]  

  

C. Theofanopoulou. 2018. The evolutionary history of oxytocin and vasopressin ligands and receptors and their role in vocal learning. Workshop: Understanding the neuroregulatory actions of oxytocin and its potential clinical applications, Erice, Sicily, Italy, May 22-27. [talk] 

  

C. Theofanopoulou. 2018. Somos los humanos auto-domesticados? BCNspiracy, CosmoCaixa (Museum of Science), Barcelona, Spain, October 27 [invited talk + public engangement

  

B. Samuels, P.T. Martins, T. O’Rourke, A. Andirko, S. Alamri, C. Theofanopoulou, C. Boeckx. 2018. Rethinking neoteny and neuroplasticity in language evolution. Workshop: New Directions in Language Evolution Research, 51st Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europæa, Tallin, Estonia, August 29-September 1. [talk] 

  

C. Theofanopoulou. 2018. Are we humans self-domesticated? Sala Ramón y Cajal, University of Barcelona, March 21. [ public engagement + award winner] 

  

C. Theofanopoulou. 2018. Convergences in (self-)domesticated species. Workshop: Self-domestication and language evolution, Evolang XII, Hotel Filmar, Torún, Poland, April 16th [talk+ award winner]  

  

C. Theofanopoulou. 2017. Reward mechanisms of vocal learning. Does oxytocin 'excite' lanuage? Minisymposium: Insights from birdsong into the evolution and development of spoken language, Protolang5, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, September 26-28 [talk] 

  

Μuñoz Andrikό, C. Theofanopoulou & C. Boeckx. 2017. Differences on the OXTR between modern humans and extinct hominids: a window to our language-ready behavior. Protolang5, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, September 26-28 [poster] 

  

Boeckx, C. Theofanopoulou, B. Samuels & M. Kuhlwilm. 2017. Genetic changes associated with bone remodeling activity and the origin of the modern human face. 7th Annual ESHE Meeting, Stadsgehoorzaal, Leiden, Netherlands, September 21-23 [poster] 

  

T. Goldstein, C. Theofanopoulou & E. D. Jarvis. 2017. Social Reward Enhances Vocal Learning in the Zebra Finch. Summer Science Research Program. Rockefeller University, NY, USA, August 10th [poster]   

  

C. Theofanopoulou. 2017. Reward mechanisms of vocal learning. Does oxytocin 'excite' lanuage? Laboratory of Neurogenetics of Language (PI: Erich D. Jarvis), Rockefeller University, NY, USA, June 28th [talk] 

  

C. Theofanopoulou, G. Geldman, C. Boeckx & E. D. Jarvis. 2017. A proposed universal nomenclature for the oxytocin and vasotocin ligand and receptor families. 18th International Congress of Comparative Endocrinology, Chateau Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada, June 4-9. [poster + award winner] 

  

C. Theofanopoulou, T. O’ Rourke, S. Gastaldon, A. Messner, B. Samuels, P.T. Martins, S. Alamri & C. Boeckx. 2017. Paleogenomic evidence for self-domestication in Homo sapiens. European Human Behavior and Evolution Association 2017, Ecole normale supérieure (ENS), Paris, France, April 6-8. [talk + award winner]  

  

C. Theofanopoulou. 2017. The role of oxytocin in language. 2017 Marie Curie Alumni Association Conference and General Assembly, Alameda Palace Hotel, Salamanca, Spain, March 23-25. [invited talk + public engangement + award winner] 

  

C. Theofanopoulou, G. Gedman, C. Boeckx, E. D. Jarvis. 2017. The Oxytocin Receptor and the Vasopressin/Vasotocin Receptor 1A appear to be paralogous sister genes explaining their common functions. Nanosymposium: Hormonal and Neuropeptide Control of Physiology and Behavior. Sfn Neuroscience 2017, Washington, D.C., USA, November 15. [talk] 

  

C. Theofanopoulou. 2017. The role of oxytocin in language. Barcelona Science Slam 2017 organized by the Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA), Opathy, SINGEK, Incite and EuroLeish. Bar Mau Mau, Barcelona, Spain, March 3rd. [public engangement + Winner lecture] 

  

C. Theofanopoulou, G. Geldman, C. Boeckx & E. D. Jarvis. 2017. A proposed universal nomenclature for the oxytocin and vasotocin ligand and receptor families. Human Genome Meeting (Hugo-HGM). Hotel Barceló Sants, Barcelona, Spain, February 5-7. [poster] 

  

C. Theofanopoulou. 2016. Self-domestication of the Homo sapiens and the case of oxytocin. Dognition Laboratory (PI: Brian Hare), Duke University, NC, USA, November 30th. [invited talk] 

  

C. Theofanopoulou. 2016. The endocrinome of social communication. Nanosymposium ‘Oxytocin and Social Behavior’. Sfn Neuroscience 2016, San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA, USA, November 12-16. [talk] 

  

C. Theofanopoulou. 2016. How social-reward hormones modulate language-learning. Beyond Language Learning Workshop, Campus Poblenou, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain, September 29-30. [poster] 

  

C. Boeckx, C. Theofanopoulou & S. Alamri. 2016. Characterizing the species-specific developmental trajectory underlying our enhanced learning capacity. Beyond Language Learning Workshop, Campus Poblenou, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain, September 29-30. [poster] 

  

C. Theofanopoulou. 2016. Implications of oxytocin in language. Cold Spring Harbor Lab, Cold Spring Harbor, NY, July 25th. [talk] 

  

C. Theofanopoulou. 2016. Implications of oxytocin in the reward mechanisms of auditory-vocal learning. Jarvis Laboratory. Duke University, NC, USA. July 31st. [talk] 

  

C. Theofanopoulou & C. Boeckx. 2016. Oxytocin pathways, language-related genes, and the emergence of modern cognition. 10th FENS Forum of Neuroscience, Bella Center, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2-6 July. [poster] 

 

  

C. Theofanopoulou. 2016. Oxytocin and Brain Rhythms. BARCCSYN 2016 meeting (Barcelona Computational, Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience), Institut d’Estudis Catalans, Barcelona, Spain, 16-17 June. [poster] 

  

C. Boeckx, C. Theofanopoulou & S. Alamri. 2016. A syntax of Brain Rhythms for natural language syntax. BARCCSYN 2016 meeting (Barcelona Computational, Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience), Institut d’Estudis Catalans, Barcelona, Spain, 16-17 June. [poster] 

  

C. Theofanopoulou & C. Boeckx. 2016. Sapiens-specific genetic changes affecting oxytocin pathways. The European Conference of Human Genetics 2016, CCIB, Barcelona, Spain, 21-24 May. [poster] 

  

C. Boeckx & C. Theofanopoulou. 2016. Genomic evidence for self-domestication in anatomically modern humans. The European Conference of Human Genetics 2016, CCIB, Barcelona, Spain, 21-24 May. [poster] 

  

C. Boeckx & C. Theofanopoulou. 2016. The complex system underlying neoteny and the evolution of human cognition. V Jornada Complexitat. Cat: Unifying Complexity Science, INEFC, Barcelona, Spain, 19 May. [talk] 

  

C. Theofanopoulou. 2016. A framework for studying self- domestication.  8th Dubrovnik Conference on Cognitive Science, Center for Advanced Studies of Dubrovnik, Croatia, 28 April- 1 May. [poster] 

  

C. Boeckx, C. Theofanopoulou & A. Benítez- Burraco. 2016. How The Brain Got Grammaticalized: Globularization And (self-)domestication. EVOLANG 11, University of Mississippi, USA, 21-24 March. [talk] 

  

C. Theofanopoulou. 2016. Why oxytocin might affect rhythmicity. EVOLANG 11 (Workshop: Rhythm: Development, Evolution and Cognition), Tulane University, USA, 21 March. [talk] 

  

C. Theofanopoulou, S. Alamri & C. Boeckx. 2016. A brain symphony for natural language syntax. The Nijmegen Lectures 2016 (David Poeppel), Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 20-22 January. [poster] 

  

C. Boeckx & C. Theofanopoulou. 2016. Some unconventional thoughts on neurolinguistics. Universitat de Barcelona, Escola Universitaria D'Infermeria, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Spain. 15 January. [invited talk] 

  

C. Boeckx & C. Theofanopoulou. 2015. Brain-related genes and craniofacial development. Center for Genomic Regulation, Barcelona, Spain, 3 December. [invited talk] 

  

C. Theofanopoulou.  2015. Rhythms in the Alzheimer’s Disease’s brain: A treatable endophenotype? IV Clinical Linguistics International Congress, University of Barcelona, Spain, 18- 20 November. [talk] 

  

C. Boeckx, C. Theofanopoulou, & A. Benítez-Burraco.. 2015. Brain-related genes and craniofacial development: a robust molecular link for clinical linguistics. IV Clinical Linguistics International Congress, University of Barcelona, Spain, 18- 20 November. [talk] 

  

S. Alamri, E. Q. Zhang, C. Theofanopoulou, G. Castillo, E. R. Shi, E. P. T . Martins, S. Martínez-Ferreiro, & C. Boeckx. 2015. Implications of subcortical structures in Aphasia. Academy of Aphasia 53rd Annual Meeting. Tucson, Arizona, USA, 18- 20 October. [poster] [Front. Psychol. Conference Abstract: Academy of Aphasia 53rd Annual Meeting. doi: 10.3389/conf.fpsyg.2015.65.00081] 

  

E.Q. Zhang, C. Theofanopoulou, S. Alamri, G. Castillo, E.R. Shi, P.T. Martins, S. Martinez Ferreiro & C. Boeckx. 2015. Aphasia and subcortical structures. Experimental Psycholinguistics Conference, University of Madrid, Spain, 7-9 October. [poster] 

  

C. Theofanopoulou, E. Q. Zhang, S. Alamri, G. Castillo, E. R. Shi, P. T. Martins, S. Martinez Ferreiro, & C. Boeckx. 2015. Subcortical structures and language disruption. 16th Science of Aphasia Conference, University of Aveiro, Portugal, 17-22 September. [poster] 

  

C. Theofanopoulou & C. Boeckx. 2015. Can adequate cognitive phylogenies be constructed? Protolang 4. Roma Tre University, Rome, Italy, September 24-26. [talk] 

  

C. Theofanopoulou. 2015. Globularity and Laterality. Symposium on "The emergence of the human language-ready brain". Protolang 4. Roma Tre University, Rome, Italy, September 24-26 [invited talk] 

  

Bentez-Burraco, C. Theofanopoulou, & C. Boeckx. 2015. Recent brain-related gene mutations and the emergence of our language-ready brain. Tokyo Lectures in Language Evolution. University of Tokyo, Japan. April 2-5. [poster]. 

  

C. Theofanopoulou. 2015. What cognitive phylogenies got wrong. Tokyo Lectures in Language Evolution. University of Tokyo, Japan. April 2-5. [poster]. 

 

 

C. Theofanopoulou. 2015. A cognitive approach to the light verb constructions. Formal Semantics Meets Cognitive Semantics. University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands.  January 22-23. [poster] 

 

 

C. Theofanopoulou. 2014. Greek Light Verbs. 35th Meeting of Linguistics’ Department. Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. May 9-10. [talk]