Upcoming events and news
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).
Workshop on “The roles of TNF in brain dysfunction” – May 10-11, 2012 Publication date : 2012/04/16
In a recent review, Prof. Clark (Australian National University, Canberra) et al. have developed the concept of the inflammatory cytokine TNF being central to the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying apparently unrelated neurodegenerative diseases, such as for example Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and malaria. Interestingly, the authors thoroughly demonstrate how the associated encephalopathies converge on many aspects, revealing some fundamental features of these pathologies. As stated, “although these 2 diseases differ greatly …, AD might be usefully viewed in pathophysiological terms, as a much less acute, but more insidious version of cerebral malaria and its sequelae. Cytokine-mediated diseases in particular are inevitably multifactorial and much can be lost if considered in isolation. Our hope is that … perspectives that might have otherwise lain dormant will surface”. A 1 ½ day meeting entitled “The roles of TNF in brain dysfunction and disease” will be held on the 10th and 11th of May 2012 in Basel (Kleines Klingental Museum).