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Molecular Degeneration: 29th-4th December, Hinxton, Cambridge

This highly-regarded course provides a cutting edge examination of the molecular basis of neurodegeneration and the development of treatment strategies. Many parallels are evident between different neurodegenerative diseases and this course will highlight and discuss, in detail, the common themes across neurodegenerative processes. Course participants will gain an insight into the current understanding of both rare and common neurological disorders, the strengths and weaknesses of experimental evidence and how this knowledge can be applied to develop therapies.

When: 29th November - 4th December 2015

Where: Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge, UK

More Information: https://registration.hinxton.wellcome.ac.uk/display_info.asp?id=520


Course topics will include:
•  Pathological events in human neurodegeneration
•  Development of therapeutic approaches
•  Genetic variation in inherited and sporadic disease
•  Role of pathogenic proteins
•  Use of in vivo models to study neurological pathogenesis
•  The application of high content approaches
•  Genome editing: methods and applications

Learning outcomes 
•  In-depth understanding of neurodegeneration
•  Appreciation of the similarities between neurological disorders
•  Knowledge of the latest experimental techniques being used in neuroscience
•  Recognise transferable intellectual and technical tools
•  Ability to develop treatment therapies
•  New ideas and perspectives for own research strategy
•  Interaction with international leading neuroscientists

Target audience
The course is aimed at individuals working in neurodegenerative research, including clinicians, PhD students, post-docs and genetic counsellors. Applications are encouraged from academia, clinical and animal science as well as the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. In particular, the course will benefit researchers who seek an overarching view of neurodegenerative disorders together with associated state of the art research techniques, and wish to gain a new perspective on their own studies.

Please note: To optimise the impact of the course, attendance is limited to 25 places.

The intensive programme provides the opportunity to interact with leading international neuroscientists. Participants will be tutored by expert researchers from highly regarded international institutions, and speakers selected to cover a wide range of neuroscience research interests. The course is primarily lecture-based but highly interactive; providing an exceptional learning environment. Tutors are available throughout the course, both in formal lectures and informal settings. Participants will have the unique opportunity to share their own research with tutors, speakers and other attendees during the course, during formal poster sessions and informal discussions. The detailed programme will be available shortly.

Course tutors
Mark Cookson National Institutes of Health, USA (LRRK2)
Beverly Davidson The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, USA (PolyQ diseases & Lysosomal storage diseases)
Harry Orr University of Minnesota, USA (Ataxia)
Nicholas Wood University College London, UK (Genetics of neurodegenerative disease)

Confirmed speakers
Susan Ackerman Howard Hughes Medical Institute, USA (RNA and Neurodegeneration)
Karen Duff Columbia University, USA (Alzheimer’s disease)
Constantino Iadecola Weill Cornell Medical College, USA (Stroke)
Rick Livesey University of Cambridge, UK (Stem cells/IPSC)                         
Huw Morris University College London, UK (Clinical aspects of neurological diseases)
David Nelson Baylor College of Medicine, USA (Fragile X & FXTAS)
David Rubinsztein University of Cambridge, UK (Autophagy)
Marka van Blitterswijk Mayo Clinic,Jacksonville, USA (ALS & dementia)

Registration Information

Registration will open shortly. To be added to our mailing list, please email emily.rees@wtgc.org.

Contact Information

Further details and to enquire or register your interest, please contact the conference organiser:
Emily Rees
E-mail: emily.rees@wtgc.org
Directdial: +44 (0) 1223 495111
Fax: +44 (0) 1223 495131


Posted on 21/10/2015

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