UK DRI @ Edinburgh Launch Symposium

External Event - 11th to 12th Apr 2018

This two-day meeting will mark the launch of the UK Dementia Research Institute at Edinburgh  It will bring together speakers from throughout Scotland, and beyond. Please use the hyperlink options below to access the programme, to register, and to submit a poster abstract.

Programme : 

Wednesday 11th April

1.00pm           Registration

1.15pm               Welcome from Professor Giles Hardingham, Associate Director UK DRI @ University of Edinburgh

1.20pm               Professor Bart de Strooper, Director UK DRI, Scientific vision of the UK DRI

1.30pm               Official opening by Professor Jonathan Seckl, Vice Principal Planning, Resources & Research

Session I (Chair: Professor David Lyons)

1.40pm                Keynote speaker: Professor Betse Zlokovic, University of Southern California, The blood-brain barrier: Structure, Function and Pathology – Implications for Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, 

2.25pm                Professor Joanna Wardlaw, Vascular sources of neurodegeneration

2.45pm                Dr David Hunt, Title TBC

3.00pm               Tea/coffee break

Session II (Chair: Professor Catherina Becker)

3.30pm                  Professor Siddharthan Chandran, Title TBC

3.50pm                  Professor Giles Hardingham, Signaling pathways to degeneration and resilience in the brain

4.10pm                  Keynote speaker: Prof Maiken Nedergaard, Universities of Copenhagen/Rochester, The glymphatic system

4.55pm                  Thanks and invitation to drinks reception from Professor Giles Hardingham

5.00pm                  Drinks reception and posters

6.30pm                 Close of day 1

Thursday 12th April

8.30am                 Registration

Session III (Chair: Professor Charles ffrench-Constant)

9.00am                  Professor Tara Spires-Jones, Title TBC

9.20am                  Dr Barry McColl, Microglial diversity and mechanisms of resilience and susceptibility to neurodegenerative disease

9.40am                  Professor Josef Priller, Heterogeneity of CNS myeloid cells and their roles in neurodegeneration

10.00am               Professor Karen Horsburgh, Title TBC

10.20pm               Dr Mathew Horrocks, PAINTing a clearer picture: Super resolution methods for characterising aggregates

10.35am               Tea/coffee break

Session IV (Chair: Professor David Wyllie)

11.00am                 Professor Craig Ritchie, The Centre for Dementia Prevention: Synergies and collaboration with the DRI for improved brain health

11.25am                 Professor Ian Deary, A top ten from a decade of CCACE-studies

Invitees from Scottish Universities

11.50am                Professor Frank Gunn-Moore, University of St Andrews, Linking mitochondrial and synaptic dysfunction in dementia

12.15pm                Dr Sophie Bradley, University of Glasgow, From cognition to seizures: Defining the therapeutic potential of M1 muscarinic receptors in neurodegeneration

12.40pm                Professor Dario Alessi, University of Dundee, The LRRK2 protein kinase in Parkinson’s Disease

1.05pm                   Professor Bettina Platt, University of Aberdeen, Title TBC

1.30pm                  Lunch and posters

Session V (Chair: Professor Tara Spires-Jones)

Junior academic short presentations

2.20pm                   Dr Bhuvaneish Selvaraj, Title TBC

2.30pm                   Dr Philip Hasel, Neuron-to-astrocyte signalling in health and disease

2.40pm                   Dr Laura McCulloch, Understanding and preventing stroke-associated immune dysfunction and infectious complications: Relevance to dementia

2.50pm                   Dr Chris Henstridge, Synapse loss in the prefrontal cortex is associated with cognitive change in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

3.00pm                   Dr Jon Moss, Title TBC

3.10pm                   Dr Veronique Miron, Microglia regulate central nervous repair

3.20pm                   Keynote speaker: Professor Beth Stevens, Harvard University, Title TBC

4.05pm                   Closing remarks from Professor Richard Morris, Chair UK DRI @ UoE Scientific Advisory Board

4.15pm                  Meeting close


Registration fees for our launch symposium are:

  • £75: Standard Delegates
  • £25: PhD students and Postdoctoral Poster Presenters*

* We have a limited number of poster boards. Poster allocation will be on a first come first served basis, but all willing to give a poster can pay the reduced fee.

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