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New Frontiers in Neuroinflammation: What Happens When CNS and Periphery Meet? (Z4)


Organizer(s) Marco Prinz, Jonathan Kipnis and Irene Knuesel
June 17—21, 2018
Keystone Resort • Keystone, Colorado USA
Discounted Abstract Deadline: Feb 15, 2018
Abstract Deadline: Mar 15, 2018
Scholarship Deadline: Feb 15, 2018
Discounted Registration Deadline: Apr 18, 2018

Sponsored by Biogen, BioLegend, Inc., Genentech, Inc., Merck & Co., Inc., Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences, Roche and Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited


Summary of Meeting:
As the Greek name implies, glia are commonly known as the glue of the nervous system but, as non-neuronal cells, they essentially shape many key functions of the central nervous system (CNS). In contrast to other glial cells, microglia are more closely related to the peripheral immune system than to the neuroectoderm, making them unique within the CNS. Recent data suggest that brain-resident microglia are functionally distinct from the bone marrow-derived macrophages that invade the CNS under pathological conditions. During the last few years, the advent of novel tools in imaging, genetics and immunology, in particular high-throughput sequencing methods, has dramatically improved research of microglial biology. Recent studies, making use of these new methodologies, have yielded unexpected results that challenge the traditional view of microglia as simply scavengers of the diseased CNS. This conference will highlight the latest developments in the function of microglia for the CNS during health and disease.

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Scholarships/Awards

Burroughs Wellcome Fund ECITA Scholarship Recipients

Jorge I. Alvarez
University of Pennsylvania, USA

Vinicia Campana Biancardi
Auburn University, USA

Keystone Symposia Future of Science Fund Scholarship Recipients

Madelyn Crawford Houser
Emory University, USA

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)/National Institute on Aging (NIA) Scholarship Recipients

Hila Ben Yehuda
Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

Kevin G. Burfeind
Oregon Health & Science University, USA

Karen De Vlaminck
Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

Cayce Dorrier
University of California, San Diego, USA

Kendra Lechtenberg
Stanford University, USA

Courtney Malo
Mayo Clinic, USA

Phi T. Nguyen
University of California, San Francisco, USA

Paul R. Ormel
University Medical Center Utrecht, Netherlands