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Neurodegeneration beyond Amyloid and Tau

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Neurodegeneration Postgraduate Course

Organizing unit: A.I. Virtanen Institute for Molecular Sciences at the University of Eastern Finland (UEF)

Hybrid Course Topic: Neurodegeneration beyond Amyloid and Tau

Course description
This course will introduce the participants to emerging research topics in neurodegeneration in multiple disciplines. The course is directed at early career researchers who work or plan to work in the research fields including clinical research, neurobiology, epidemiology, translational research, and public health science. The lectures will be given by a panel of international and local experts on their current research on neurodegeneration, expanding current understanding of neurodegeneration related to amyloid and tau. Topics include defective homeostasis and the involvement of glia, genetic risk factors and biomarker discovery, environmental impact and lifestyle factors, translational research, and public health. The optional lab demonstration will focus on various methodologies of co-cultures in brain cells. If the COVID-19 situation allows, a maximum of 15 participants can attend the lab demonstration. The first 15 registered students that wish to attend the demonstration will be chosen.

Registrations by 20 May, 2021. Link to participation will be sent to all registered by email. Attendance virtually is free for all. External participants that are physically present the fee is € 30. If the COVID-19 situation allows, a maximum of 20 participants can attend at the venue. The first 20 registered participants can come.

Course director: Katja Kanninen



Day 1, 10 June

8.45-9.00         Registration

9.00-9.15         Opening remarks by Scientific Organizer

                          Session: Defective homeostasis and the involvement of glia

9.15-9.45         Microglia, Tony White, QIMR Berghofer, Australia

9.45-10.15       Astrocytes, Julia TCW, MSSM, USA

10.15-10.45     Autophagy/oxidative stress, Antonio Cuadrado, Spain

10.45-11.00     Short talk by early career researcher

11.00-11.20     Short break

                          Session: Genetic risk factors and biomarker discovery

11.20-11.50     Genetic risk factors, Mikko Hiltunen, UEF

11.50-12-20    Using biomarkers to optimise health systems for precision medicine, Simcha Jong Kon Chin, UEF, Leiden Uni

12.20-12.50     TBD, Anne Koivisto, UEF, KUH, UH, HUS

12.50-13.05     Short talk by early career researcher

13.05-14.00     Break

                          Session: Environmental impact and lifestyle factors

14.00-14.30     Epidemiology: Betula study, Anna Oudin, Sweden

14.30-15.00     Diet and Dementia, Alina Solomon, UEF

15-15.30          Mens sana in corpore sano: lifestyle changes modify astrocytes to prolong cognitive longevity, Alexej Verkhratsky, U.K.

15.30-15.45     Short talk by early career researcher

15:45-16.00     Short break

16.00-16.30     Parallel sessions: pitch talks

Day 2, 11 June

9.00-9.15         Opening remarks

                          Session: Translational research in neuroscience

9.15-9.45         Discovery: in vitro, Andras Dinnyes, BioTalentum Ltd

9.45-10.15       Translational Neuroscience, Antti Nurmi, Charles River Laboratories

10.15-10.30     Short talk by early career researcher

10.30-10.50     Short break

                          Session: Public Health

10.50-11.20     Government, Public and Patient Involvement, Jean Georges, Alzheimer Europe

11.20-11.50     Health economic and quality of life impacts of early Alzheimer’s disease, Janne Martikainen, UEF

11.50-12.00    Closing remarks by Scientific Organizer

12:00-13:00    Break

13.00-14.30     Lab demonstration

For further information, please contact: Katja Kanninen, katja.kanninen@uef.fi, 
Riikka Lampinen, riikka.lampinen@uef.fi or Sweelin Chew, sweelin.chew@uef.fi.

Students at the University of Eastern Finland
Credit points: 1-2 (1 for attendance at the lectures both days, 2 for attendance at the lectures both days and selected for short talk/pitch talk, or 2 for attendance at the lectures both days and attendance at lab demonstration).