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Joint meeting with Neurodegenerative Diseases: Genes, Mechanisms and Therapeutics

NeuroImmune Interactions in Health and Disease

June 7-9, 2021 | 9:00AM EDT | 1:00PM UTC | 3:00PM CEST*
*Program is in development and subject to change


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The emerging field of neuroimmunology is one of the most exciting and fastest moving areas in biomedical research. Communication between the brain and the immune system play critical roles in neural development, homeostasis and disease. Emerging human genetics implicate innate and adaptive immune pathways in many neurological diseases; however, the disease mechanisms remain elusive. Intersections between the nervous and immune systems are complex and can have both beneficial and detrimental impact on brain function depending on the context. It is thus crucial that we understand the mechanisms that give rise to these divergent outcomes. The extraordinary depth and breadth of science is emphasized by the program and includes topics such as peripheral immunity, inflammation, and interactions between the brain and the periphery, microglia function and dysfunction, microbiome and gut-brain axis, immune mechanisms of synapse loss in development and disease, mechanisms of neuroimmune communication at brain borders, and glymphatic-lymphatic connections. The program will also include several workshops on new discoveries, tools and approaches to analyze and integrate big-data (omics) aspects of neuroimmunology research, and to model neural-immune signaling in different contexts, including human disease. 

This conference will bring together an interdisciplinary group of scientists to discuss these and other emerging topics in neuroimmunology, with emphasis on the mechanisms underlying neural-immune crosstalk in health and disease. A major goal is to cultivate cross-disciplinary research by bringing together cutting-edge researchers that represent the entire spectrum of the field, from pure neuroscience to pure immunology, with the emerging field of neuroimmunology in between them. The conference will also provide opportunities for outstanding senior leaders to inspire young scientists in the field to move in innovative directions.

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Regular Registration Rate: $275 USD
Student Registration Rate: $150 USD


Abstract Submission
‣ For Short Talk Consideration: Passed
‣ For ePoster Presentation: Passed
Final ePoster / SciTalk Submission: Passed
Financial Aid Application: Passed

*Abstract submission is required in order to submit an ePoster and/or Scitalk


Program Details

Keynote Speakers


Christopher K. Glass, MD, PhD
University of California, San Diego


Akiko Iwasaki, PhD
HHMI/Yale University School of Medicine

Speaking at this eSymposia

Burkhard Becher

University of Zurich, Switzerland

Gloria Choi

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Marco Colonna

Washington University School of Medicine, USA

Richard Daneman

University of California, San Diego, USA

Betty Diamond

Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, USA

Anthony J. Filiano

Duke University, USA

Sonia Garel

INSERM, France

Christopher K. Glass

University of California, San Diego, USA

Jonathan P. Godbout

Ohio State University, USA

David M. Holtzman

Washington University, USA

Elaine Y. Hsiao

University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Akiko Iwasaki

HHMI/Yale University School of Medicine, USA

Brian Kim

Washington University School of Medicine, USA

Jonathan Kipnis

Washington University School of Medicine, USA

Holly Kordasiewicz

Ionis Pharmaceuticals, USA

Maria Lehtinen

Harvard Medical School, USA

Joseph W. Lewcock

Denali Therapeutics, USA

Shane Antony Liddelow

New York University Langone Medical Center, USA

Johan Luthman

Lundbeck, Denmark

Daniel Mucida

Rockefeller University, USA

Maiken Nedergaard

University of Rochester, USA

Francisco J. Quintana

Harvard Medical School, USA

Dorothy Schafer

University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA

Michal Schwartz

Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

Beth Stevens

Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, USA

Henrique Veiga-Fernandes

Champalimaud Research, Portugal

Frauke Zipp

Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Germany








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