Mechanisms of Neurodegeneration

C. Haass, T. Golde, K. Dumstrei

EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

Sunday 14 June - Wednesday 17 June 2015

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Why attend?

Neurodegenerative diseases represent a major challenge for today’s society in terms of the large and rapidly increasing number of the people that are afflicted and the general lack of effective treatments. The emphasis of this symposium will be on the genetic, cellular and molecular basis of neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Prion disease. The meeting will cover the major mechanisms linked to neurodegeneration and highlight the similarities and differences between the diseases. A strong emphasis will be placed on the development of targeted drug therapies and potential treatment options. 

Aims

This symposium will bring together basic and clinical research scientists working on different forms of neurodegeneration with their counterparts from the biotechnology and pharma industry, to apply recent insights gained in the mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases and the development of drug therapies. It will bridge the gap between basic research and medical research in an area that urgently requires therapeutic progress.

Topics

  • Mechanisms of neuronal and cognitive dysfunction
  • RNA, RNA binding proteins and RNA translation
  • Chaperones, autophagy and mitochondria
  • Disease progression
  • Novel therapeutic approaches
  • Translating to the clinic