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International Neuroimmunology Symposium


Thursday, 13 March 2008 - Friday, 14 March 2008


UCD Health Sciences building

Organiser: UCD Conway Institute
Time: 12:30
Contact: Laura Bowes
Audience: All Welcome

International Neuroimmunology Symposium at UCD

Under the auspices of the European Union 6th Framework Programme, the first European Symposium on Neuroimmunology will take place in UCD from 13 – 14 March 2008.

Organised by PhD students from the Marie Curie Programme in Molecular Neuroimmunology as part of their career development programme, the Symposium, which involves more than 250 participants from around the world, is sponsored by the International Society of Neuroimmunology.

Pictured far right: Marie Curie PhD Students in Molecular Neuroimmunology at UCD, from right to left: Alfred Welzel, (Germany), Yann Decker (France), Eszter Nemeth (Hungary), Laura Batti (Italy), Bartlomiej Lukasz (Poland), Danielle Corbett (Brazil), Paola Atzei (Italy), Terence Agbor-Agbor (Cameroon) and Sofie Meerschaut (Belgium).

On the first day, Dr Sieghart Sopper of Göttingen University, Germany, renowned for his research on the neuroimmunological aspects of HIV infections, will outline the role of the microglia in the pathogenesis of HIV-induced neurological disease; Prof Paul Moynagh, Director of the Institute of Immunology at NUI Maynooth, will provide molecular insights into regulation of neuroinflammation; and Prof Marina Lynch, Director of the Institute of Neuroscience at Trinity College Dublin, will detail the relationship between neuroimmunology and ageing.

On the second day, Prof Michal Schwartz, holder of The Maurice and Ilse Kartz Professorial Chair in Neuroimmunology at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel, will discuss the unique role of autoimmune cells in recovery from spinal cord injury; and Prof Angela Vincent, consultant in immunology at the Department of Clinical Neurology, University of Oxford, will explore the general mechanisms of autoimmune diseases in the brain.

Other renowned speakers taking part in the symposium include: Prof Helmut Kettenmann, Professor of Cellular Neuroscience at the Max-Delbruck-Centrum, Berlin, Germany, who has been pioneering research in the area of glial cell function; Dr Esther Sternberg of the NIH, Bethesda, USA, whose expertise lies in the area of mind-body interactions; and Professor Hartmut Wekerle, Professor of Neurobiology and Director at the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology in Munich, Germany, and President of the International Society of Neuroimmunology, one of the foremost researchers working in the area of the pathogenesis of autoimmune diseases.

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First International Neuroimmunology Symposium at UCD