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Biomarkers for Brain Disorders: Challenges and Opportunities - Cambridge, February 2015


  Biomarkers for Brain Disorders: Challenges and Opportunities 

1-3 February 2015

Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge, UK

Register>   Abstract and Bursary Deadline: 1 December 2014  |  Registration Deadline: 5 January 2015

We are pleased to announce that the 3rd Wellcome Trust Scientific Conference on Biomarkers for Brain Disorders: Challenges and Opportunities is open for registration. This conference will once again bring together leading neuroscientists from academia and industry involved in genomics, proteomics, diagnostics, imaging, drug development and regulatory affairs. 

The discovery and validation of biomarkers across neuroscience is an important challenge for early diagnosis of disease and for the development of therapeutics. Methodological and regulatory aspects of biomarker identification and qualification across a wide spectrum of neurodegenerative diseases will be discussed. There will also be a series of break-out sessions for in-depth discussions on cognitive and functional biomarkers, identifying the ‘gaps’ in developing therapeutics, and the analytical and clinical standards required in ‘big data’ projects.

This meeting provides an opportunity for scientists from academia and the commercial sector to discuss the current ‘state of the art’ in biomarkers and will aid future investment decisions in both sectors. We welcome abstracts relevant to the main themes of the meeting. Several oral presentations will be chosen from the abstracts submitted.

Sessions will include:
Prodromal biomarkers
Imaging-based studies in biomarker drug discovery
Brain injury and stroke
Heterogeneity in neurodegenerative diseases
Cognitive and functional biomarkers
Big data and biomarkers: the need for standards
Identifying the gaps in developing therapeutics

Scientific programme committee

Andreas Jeromin Quanterix, Inc, USA
Andy Lockhart GlaxoSmithKline, UK
Brit Mollenhauer University of Gottingen, Germany
William Potter NIH, USA
Wiesje van der Flier VU University Medical Center, The Netherlands

Confirmed speakers
Geert Jan Biessels UMC Utrecht, The Netherlands
Carol Brayne University of Cambridge, UK
Henne Hostege VU University Medical Center, The Netherlands
Maria Isaac
European Medicines Agency, UK
Simon Lovestone University of Oxford, UK
Agneta Nordberg Karolinska Institute, Sweden
Charlotte Teunissen VU University Medical Center, The Netherlands
Bart van Berckel VU University Medical Center, The Netherlands
Pieter Jelle Visser Maastricht University, The Netherlands
Joanna Wardlaw University of Edinburgh, UK
Further speakers will be announced shortly 

This event will be held at the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus Kendrew Lecture Theatre. Registration will take place in the Wellcome Trust Conference Centre.

Conference Programme:
The conference will start at approximately 12:00 on Sunday, 1 February and close at approximately 15.30 on Tuesday, 2 February 2014.
A meeting programme will be available in advance. Please click here to view a copy of the 2013 programme

Registration and Accommodation

Registration Fees:



No Accommodation



Twin Accommodation



Single Accommodation



No Accommodation



Twin Accommodation



Single Accommodation



No Accommodation



Twin Accommodation



Single Accommodation



Registration closes on Monday 5 January 2015

he accommodation packages include registration, meals and housing for the nights of the 1 and 2 February 2015.

The no accommodation package includes registration and meals only.

Accommodation has been arranged at the Wellcome Trust Conference – there is limited accommodation. Early registration is recommended.

Abstract and Posters

Abstracts and Posters:
Abstract submission is strongly encouraged as several presentations will be selected from submitted abstracts.

Please ensure that you follow the abstract guidelines and upload your abstract during registration.
If you are not ready to up-load your abstract at the time of registration, please e-mail your abstract document to Lucy on
 no later than Monday 1 December 2014. Registration must be completed in order for your abstract to be considered.

After the abstract deadline the scientific committee will assess your abstract and you will be notified whether you have been selected for a short talk or poster presentation.

Poster boards onsite will accommodate 118 cm high by 84 cm wide (A0- portrait) of printed material. Accepted abstracts will appear in the conference programme book and poster boards will be allocated at the conference.

A limited number of bursaries are available offering up to 50% off registration fees. To apply please contact the conference organiser

All applicants need to be graduate students engaged in research relevant to the conference.
You will need the following information:
Covering letter
Letter from supervisor

The bursary deadline closes on Monday 1st December 2014.

Travel Visas:
If you require a letter of acceptance in order to obtain a travel Visa please e-mail

Conference organiser contact details:
Lucy Criddle
Direct dial: +44 (0) 1223 495004
Fax: +44 (0) 1223 495023

please click here to view a copy of the 2013 programme.

Posted on 01/10/2014

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