Astrocytes in Health and Neurodegenerative Disease

Astrocytes have roles at the synapse to regulate basal synaptic transmission and long-term potentiation. In addition, astrocyte dysfunction is associated with neuronal loss in several neurodegenerative diseases. The purpose of this focused meeting is to bring together researchers at the cutting edge of investigations into the role of astrocytes in health and neurodegenerative diseases.

Topics Include:
Astrocyte-neuron interactions.
Astrocytic signalling pathways.
Energy metabolism and astrocytes.
Neuroinflammatory responses of astrocytes.
Astrocyte dysregulation in brain injury, Alzheimer’s disease, lysosomal storage disorders, and motor neuron disease.
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Monday 28 April 2014
09:00 - 09:45 Registration with Tea and Coffee
09:45 - 09:55 Welcome and Announcements

Astrocyte-Neuron Interactions
Chair: Siddharthan Chandran (University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom)

Monday 28 April 2014
09:55 - 10:35
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Dmitri Rusakov (University College London, United Kingdom)
10:35 - 11:15
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Nicola Allen (Salk Institute for Biological Studies, U.S.A.)
11:15 - 11:45 Tea and Coffee break

Energy Metabolism and Astrocytes
Chair: Nicola Allen (Salk Institute for Biological Studies, U.S.A.)

Monday 28 April 2014
11:45 - 12:25
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Pierre Magistretti (University of Lausanne, Switzerland)
12:25 - 12:40
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Selected Oral Communication
12:40 - 12:55
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Selected Oral Communication
12:55 - 14:10 Lunch with Poster Session 1

The contribution of astrocytes to motor neurone disease
Chair: Dmitri Rusakov (University College London, United Kingdom)

Monday 28 April 2014
14:10 - 14:50
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Siddharthan Chandran (University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom)
14:50 - 15:30
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Pamela Shaw (University of Sheffield, United Kingdom)
15:30 - 15:45
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Selected Oral Communication
15:45 - 16:00 Tea and Coffee break
16:00 - 16:30
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Discussion Session
16:00 - 16:30

Chairs: Pamela Shaw (University of Sheffield, United Kingdom)
Dmitri Rusakov (University College London, United Kingdom)
Plenary Lecture

Chair: Jon Cooper (Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, United Kingdom)

Monday 28 April 2014
16:30 - 17:30
Neuroinflammatory responses of astrocytes
Michael Sofroniew (University of California Los Angeles, U.S.A.)
17:30 - 17:35 Round-up and Announcements
17:35 - 19:00 Poster Viewing and Drinks Reception
19:15 Conference Dinner at The Grange Hotel, Holborn

Tuesday 29 April 2014
09:00 - 09:05 Welcome and Announcements
Astrocyte signaling pathways

Chair: Alexei Verkhratsky (University of Manchester, United Kingdom)
Tuesday 29 April 2014
09:05 - 09:45
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Vladimir Parpura (University of Alabama at Birmingham, U.S.A.)
09:45 - 10:25
Milos Pekny (Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, United Kingdom)
10:25 - 11:05
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Yuriy Pankratov (University of Warwick, United Kingdom)
11:05 - 11:35 Tea and Coffee break
Astrocyte dysregulation in lysosomal storage disorders

Chair: Andrey Abramov (Institute of Neurology, UCL, United Kingdom)
Tuesday 29 April 2014
11:35 - 12:15
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Mark Sands (Washington University Medical School, U.S.A.)
12:15 - 12:55
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Jon Cooper (Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, United Kingdom)
12:55 - 13:10
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Selected Oral Communication
13:10 - 14:20 Lunch with Poster Session 2
Altered astrocyte responses in Alzheimer’s disease

Chair: Milos Pekny (Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, United Kingdom)
Tuesday 29 April 2014
14:20 - 15:00
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Andrey Abramov (UCL Institute of Neurology, United Kingdom)
15:00 - 15:15
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Selected Oral Communication
15:15 - 15:30
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Selected Oral Communication
Plenary Lecture

Chair: Vladimir Parpura (University of Alabama at Birmingham, U.S.A.)
Tuesday 29 April 2014
15:55 - 16:55
Astrocyte-neuron interactions in AD
Alexei Verkhratsky (University of Manchester, United Kingdom)
16:55 - 17:25 Discussion and round-up Oral presentation and poster prizes
17:25 Meeting Close

28 Apr - 29 Apr 2014
London
United Kingdom
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