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Axonal degeneration and repair: plasticity and stem cells meeting

Marie Curie AXREGEN Training Network Meeting

The two afternoon scientific sessions are being opened to interested students, postdocs and others. Fifty places are available.

Target Audience: All years, graduate students and postdocs are particularly encouraged to apply.

The development of treatments that will help patients with structural damage to the CNS is one of the great remaining unmet needs in medicine. These disorders include Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, Alzheimer's disease and dementias, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, and glaucoma. They affect a large proportion of the severely disabled people in Western societies. All these conditions have damage to axons as a common feature. This training meeting is focussed on the problem of axonal damage (axonopathy), which is central to attempts to understand how the central nervous system (CNS) can be damaged, how this damage might be prevented or limited, and how new ways of repairing the CNS might be developed. The study of axonal damage and repair can, and should, be approached in a wide variety of ways, and this is what gives the programme its multi-disciplinary scope, even though it is focussed on a common topic.

Information and Booking

Date: 9th - 10th December, 2008
Time: 13.45 - 20:00 (9th Dec) and 14:00 - 19.30 (10th Dec)
Venue: Gonville and Caius College, the Stephen Hawking Building map: see Harvey Court, West Road
Maximum number: 50
Code: MT42

Bookings are made via the online booking form.

Full Programme (subject to change)

Tuesday 9 December 2008

13.45    Opening session, Joe Herbert, Brain Repair Centre, Cambridge

Scientific meeting (1)
Presentation by the different partners

14.00    James Fawcett, Brain Repair Centre, Cambridge

            "Promoting axon regeneration in the damaged CNS"

14.30    Xavier Navarro, Institute of Neuroscience, Barcelona        

            "Glial cell transplants to promote axonal regeneration"

15.00    Martin Schwab, Brain Research Institute, Zürich             

            "Repair of Interrupted Fibre Connections and Circuits after Spinal Cord and Brain Injury"

15.30    Joost Verhaagen, Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, Amsterdam

            "Semaphorins: role in axonal degeneration and plasticity"  

16.00    Coffee break

16.30    Jean-Chrétien Norreel, PHARMAXON, Marseille                      

            " PSA-NCAM and regeneration "

17.00    Ferdinando Rossi, Rita Levi Montalcini Center for Brain Repair, Torino

            "Development and repair in the cerebellum"

17.30    Eva Sykova, Institute of Experimental Medicine, Charles University, Prague

           "Adult stem cells and biomaterials for the treatment of CNS injury"

18.00    Piergiorgio Strata, Foundazione Santa Lucia, Rome

            "Molecular mechanisms of activity-dependent plasticity in the cerebellar cortex"

18.30    Round table 1/ Meet the Professor sessions (PIs + BRC PIs)

20.00    End

Wednesday 10 December 2008

Scientific meeting (2)
Presentation by the different partners

14.00    Leszek Kaczmarek, Nencki Institute, Warsaw

            "Matrix metalloproteinase-9 in synaptic plasticity"

14.30    Patrik Brundin, Wallenberg Neuroscience Centre, Lund

            "Cell replacement therapy in Parkinson's disease"

15.00    Harold Cremer, Developmental Biology Institute, Marseille

            "Adult neurogenesis: From molecular mechanisms towards tools for brain repair"

15.30    Andreas Bosio, MILTENYI, Cologne

            "Cell sorting strategies for improved stem cell differentiation into neural cells"

16.00    Coffee break

16.30    Round table 2/ Meet the Professor sessions (PIs + BRC PIs)

18.00    Closing session - Joe Herbert

19.30   End

Posted on 17/11/2008

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