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The Cambridge Neural Stem Cell Symposium

When

5-6th September, 2011

Where

The Fisher Building, St. Johns College, Cambridge, UK

Description

Cambridge Neuroscience and the Cambridge Stem Cell Initiative are interdisciplinary research consortia based at the University of Cambridge with considerable synergy existing between the two. Together we are jointly hosting the Cambridge Neuroscience Stem Cell Symposium, 5th-6th September, 2011 at St. Johns College, Cambridge  to highlight the recent advances in this field (both at home and internationally), to encourage further collaborations and interactions in the area and to stimulate and to enthuse many young scientists and graduate students working in this area.

Poster and oral presentation abstracts accepted. Please indicate that you would like to submit an abstract whilst registering for this event.

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Plenaries

The two day Cambridge Neural Stem Cell Symposium promises an outstanding line-up of local and international speakers. The symposium has been structured around six sessions, eachfocussing on one of the key stem cell neurobiology themes including:

  • Stem Cells for diseases
  • Defining the neural stem cell niche
  • Neural stem cells in the adult brain
  • Steering fate choices of neural stem cells
  • The specification of neural stem cells

With a Plenary Lectures by:

 

Dr. Fiona Doetsch, Assistant Professor, Pathology & Cell Biology, Neuroscience, Neurology, Columbia University, USA

Area of Research: Stem Cell Biology, Cell Specification & Differentiation

Specialisation: Neural stem cells and their niche in the adult mammalian brain

 

 

 

 

Prof. Fred ‘Rusty’ Gage,  Professor and Vi and John Adler Chair for Research on Age-Related Neurodegenerative Diseases, Laboratory of Genetics, Stalk Institute, USA

Area of Research: Plasticity and Adaptability in the adult Central Nervous System.

Specialisation: Induction of neurogenesis to repair the aged and damaged brain and spinal cord

 

 

Participatory interactive workshops will be held on day two of the symposium. These workshops will be chaired by the symposium speakers providing in-depth expertise and further opportunities for discussion surrounding areas of specialisation within the key themes of neural stem cell biology.

Poster and oral presentation abstracts accepted. Please indicate that you would like to submit an abstract whilst registering for this event. You will then be contacted by the reviewing committee on the 1st July, asking for your abstract title, 250 word abstract and three recent, relevent citations. Once contacted, you will have to hand your abstract into the reviewing committee by the 14th July. You will be informed whether your application has been successful by the 29th July.

Evening entertainment activities are being hosted including a Gala Dinner and live music arising from an innovative project partnering engineering violinists with stem cell patient groups.

To download the programme for this event, in PDF format, please click here.

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Programme at a Glance

Day One, September 5th, 2011

8.30 - 9.00, registration and refreshments

9.00 - 11.00, Session One: Neural S

tem Cells in the adult brain

Prof. Gerd Kempermann, Center for Regenerative Therapies, Dresden, Germany

Prof. Jonas Frisén, MD, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

Dr. Helena Mira, Carlos III Health Institute, Madrid, Spain.

Prof. Arturo Alvarez-Buylla, University of California, San Francisco

11.00 - 11.30, Refreshments

11.30 - 13.30, Session Two: The Specification of Neural Stem Cells

Dr. Steve Pollard, Department of Biochemistry, Wellcome Trust Centre for Stem Cell Research, University of Cambridge, UK

Prof. Andrea Brand, Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, Wellcome Trust/Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute of Cancer and Developmental Biology, University of Cambridge, UK

Dr. Oliver Brüstle, Director of the Institute of Reconstructive Neurobiology, University of Bonn, Germany

Dr. Yoshiki Sasai, Director of the Organogenesis and Neurogenesis Group, Centre for Developmental Biology, RIKEN, Hyogo, Japan

13.30 - 14.30, Lunch

14.30 - 16.30, Session Three: Steering fate choices of Neural Stem Cells

Dr. Bill Richardson, Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research, University College London, UK

Dr. Rick Livesey, Department of Biochemistry, Wellcome Trust Centre for Stem Cell Research, University of Cambridge, UK

Dr. Alexandra Joyner, Rockefeller Research Labs, New York, USA

Dr. Francois Guillemot, Programme Leader, National Institute for Medical Research, Division of Molecular Neurobiology, Mill Hill, London UK

16.30 - 17.00, Refreshments

17.00 - 18.30, Session Four: Defining the Neural Stem Cell Niche

Dr. Francis Szele, Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, University of Oxford, UK.

Prof. Charles ffrench-Constant, MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine Centre for Multiple Sclerosis Research, The University of Edinburgh, UK

Prof. William Harris, Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, University of Cambridge, UK.

18.30 - 19.30, Plenary Talk

Prof. Fred ‘Rusty’ Gage,  Professor and Vi and John Adler Chair for Research on Age-Related Neurodegenerative Diseases, Laboratory of Genetics, Stalk Institute, USA

19.30 - late, Gala Dinner and Evening Entertainment

 

Day Two: September 6th, 2011

8.30 - 9.00, Refreshments

9.00 - 11.00, Session Five: Stem Cells for Diseases

Dr. Stefano Pluchino, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Cambridge Centre for Brain Repair and Cambridge Stem Cell Initiative, University of Cambridge, UK.

Prof. Elena Cattaneo, School of Pharmacy, University of Milan, Italy

Dr. Marc Peschanski, MD, Director of the Institute for Stem cell Therapy and Exploration of Monogenic diseases

http://www.neuroscience.cam.ac.uk/admin/events/editEvent.php?id=300(I-STEM), Paris, France

Dr. Peter Dirks, MD, SickKids Research Institute, University of Toronto, Canada.

11.00 - 11.30, Refreshments

11.30 - 13.30, Session Six, Stem Cells and Repair

Prof. Robin Ali, Institute of Ophthalmology, University College London, UK.

Prof. Robin Franklin, Department of Veterinary Medicine, Cambridge Centre for Brain Repair and Cambridge Stem Cell Initiative, University of Cambridge, UK.

Dr. Roger Barker, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Cambridge Centre for Brain Repair, University of Cambridge, UK.

Dr. Rachel Pearson, Institute of Ophthalmology, University College London, UK.

13.30 - 14.30, Lunch

Day Two: Afternoon Parallel Workshops

Participatory interactive workshops will be an integral part of this  symposium. These workshops will be chaired by the symposium speakers providing in-depth expertise and further opportunities for discussion surrounding areas of specialisation within the key themes of neural stem cell biology.

14.30 - 15.45, Workshop Slot One: Neural Stem Cells in the adult brain / The Specification of Neural Stem Cells / Diseases

Refreshments

16.15 - 17.30, Workshop Slot Two: Stem Cells and Repair / Steering fate choices / Defining the Neural Stem Cell Niche

17.30 - 18.30, Plenary Talk

Dr. Fiona Doetsch, Assistant Professor, Pathology & Cell Biology, Neuroscience, Neurology, Columbia University, USA

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Directions

A: St John’s College, Bridge Street, Cambridge, CB2 1TP

Click here for travel advice.

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Registration

PLEASE NOTE THAT REGISTRATION HAS NOW CLOSED. DUE TO THE POPULARITY OF THE PROGRAMME WE HAVE REACHED FULL CAPACITY FOR THE VENUE. 

Early Bird (before 30th June, 2011)

Registration Fee - Students (Graduates and Undergraduates) - £60.00

Registration Fee - Non Students - £150.00

Gala Dinner Ticket for the 5th September - £65

Accomodation is available for guests at St. Johns College from £45 per night.

Booking 30th June - 5th August:

Registration Fee - Students (Graduates and Undergraduates) - £90.00

Registration Fee - Non Students - £190.00

Gala Dinner Ticket for the 5th September - £65

Accomodation is available for guests at St. Johns College from £45 per night.

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Sponsors

To enquire about sponsorship and exhibition opportunities at: cnssymposium2011'AT'neuroscience.cam.ac.uk.

We are grateful to the following for their support with this Meeting:


Meeting organised by Dr. Hannah Critchlow, Prof. James Fawcet, Prof. William Harris and Prof. Austin Smith on behalf of Cambridge Neuroscience and the Cambridge Stem Cell Initiative with administrative assistance from Katia Babayan, from the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience.

Many thanks to the Brand Lab: Nervous System Development: from Stem Cells to Synapses and the The Cambridge Stem Cell Initiative and the Wellcome Trust Centre for Stem Cell Research for the use of their research images in promoting this event.

 



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