Upcoming events and news
Workshop on “New breakthroughs in motor neuron disease” – Nov. 12, 2012 Publication date : 2012/11/02
The motor neurons in the spinal cord and the brainstem directly communicate with skeletal muscle fibres through the neurotransmitter acetylcholine at the neuromuscular junctions. The loss of these specialized synapses is characteristic of neurodegenerative conditions, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, which is the most frequent, adult-onset form of motor neuron disease. ALS affects both upper and lower motor neurons, and is often associated with frontotemporal lobar forms of dementia. During the last decade, multidisciplinary studies, from the molecule to the patient, have brought to light the implication of new genes, as well as of complex cell-to-cell interactions and pathological alterations beyond the motor neurons, which altogether will help us to understand more precisely motor neuron pathophysiology. A workshop entitled “New breakthroughs in motor neuron disease” will take place on Monday, the 12th of November in Strasbourg (Salle Pasteur, Palais Universitaire, Place de l’université).
Workshop on “Cell Migration in the Brain” – Sept. 6-7, 2012 Publication date : 2012/08/20
The cellular ballet accompanying the development of the central nervous system is orchestrated by highly organized, time and space-controlled molecular pathways. This leads to the precise establishment of routes of cell migration that requires to be analyzed with an integrated view of the entire process of neurogenesis ranging from cell proliferation, site of origin of the cells and differentiation. A workshop is intended to provide attendees a comprehensive presentation of the cellular and molecular mechanisms governing cell migration in the developing central nervous system. Interestingly, because malfunctioning of these mechanisms may be at the origin of various CNS diseases, this workshop will represent the unique opportunity to discuss how our current knowledge may help in designing innovative therapeutic strategies to help an increasing number of patients suffering from cognitive and degenerative impairments. A Workshop on “Cell Migration in the Brain” will be held on September 6th and 7th, 2012 in Salle Mozart (29 Rue des serruriers) in Strasbourg.
Visit of the CorTec Company – June 28, 2012 Publication date : 2012/06/01
In order to bring together academic and industrial experience in its network, Neurex launches new actions from 2012: visits of companies and labs of our cross border region. We are pleased -for the first event in this framework- to invite you to a visit of the CorTec company. This event will take place on Thursday, the 28th of June 2012 at 10:00 am (duration 2 hours) Program: Presentation of the company (from the concept to the business) followed by the visit of the production/platform and lunch together. Location: Georges Köhler Allee 010, 79110 FREIBURG i. Br. CorTec has been founded in 2010 as a spin-off of Albert-Ludwigs-University in Freiburg. The project originates from a scientific cooperation between neuroscientists, physicians and engineers at the university institutes. In September 2011, CorTec took the step out of the academy and started as a company.
Controversy in Neuroscience – May 11, 2012 Publication date : 2012/04/20
ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE: TIME TO ABANDON THE BETA AMYLOID HYPOTHESIS? This question will be raised during a new kind of Neurex event, a controversy debate, to be held in the Pharmazentrum, UniBasel (Friday May 11th, 13h30-16h30). This debate will bring together international experts who will support (anti-amyloid team) or contradict (pro-amyloid team) the aforementioned question as follows: YES: Prof RJ Castellani (University of Maryland, Baltimore) and Prof K Herrup (Rutgers University, NJ) NO: Prof J Hardy (UCL, London) and Prof E Karran (Center for Human Genetics and LIND, University of Leuven, Belgium) The debate will be moderated by Prof C Atwood (University of Wisconsin, Madison).
Workshop on “Neuronal control of posture: modeling and clinical perspectives” – March 12, 2012 Publication date : 2012/03/01
The neuronal control of posture is a complex phenomenon whereby the reflex arc and sensorimotor control play a primary role. In humans, balancing and gait control parameters may be evaluated in normal or pathological conditions such as basal ganglia diseases. Reactive balancing control may be assessed using sensors. The subsequent computation of such data has allowed the development of robotics adapted to rehabilitation. The neuronal control of posture and human sensory neurorobotics will be addressed during a Workshop held on the 12th of March in Freiburg (Neurozentrum / Konferenzraum II).