International Symposium on
"Biology and Translational Aspects of Neurodegeneration"
March 12-14, 2012
Venice - Italy

Dear Colleagues.
We wish to welcome you to the International Symposium on "Biology and Translational Aspects of Neurodegeneration", to be held on March 12-14, 2012, at the Venetian Institute of Science, Letters and Arts, Venice, Italy. The two-and-a-half-day Symposium will bring together clinical and basic science experts in the area of neurodegenerative disorders, which has now become so important socially.
Leading scientists in the field will highlight cutting-edge advances in various neuronal disorders - ranging from AD, PD, ALS to MS and prion encephalopathies - and discuss forefront developments of in vivo diagnostic tools. This will further our understanding on the molecular mechanisms and signaling pathways contributing to neuronal dysfunction, neurotoxicity and pathology. The number of participants will be limited to about 180, which is ideal for in-depth assessment and challenges in the most significant perspectives in neurodegenerative disorders. Some poster presenters will be selected for short talks, and the most innovative one will receive a 500€ prize. The beautiful venue of the Symposium on the Grand Canal will provide an excellent setting for informal gatherings of junior scientists with leaders in the field, and for establishing cross-disciplinary collaborations in the various research areas related to the topics of the Symposium.
We look forward to seeing you in Venice.
Ernesto Carafoli, Paolo Gallo and M. Catia Sorgato

Scientific Committee
ERNESTO CARAFOLI University of Padova (I)
PAOLO GALLO University of Padova (I)
M. CATIA SORGATO University of Padova (I)
Invited Speakers
FEDERICA AGOSTA University San Raffaele, Milano (I)
ADRIANO AGUZZI University Hospital of Zürich (CH)
KAREN HSIAO ASHE University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (USA)
HILMAR BADING University of Heidelberg (D)
MICHAEL J. BERRIDGE The Babraham Institute (UK)
ILYA BEZPROZVANNY University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas (USA)
GEORGE S. BLOOM University of Virginia, Charlottesville (USA)
CHRISTOPHER DUNNING University of Lund (S)
PICO CARONI Friedrich Miescher Institut, Basel (CH)
JAMES W. FAWCETT University of Cambridge (UK)
GIANLUIGI FORLONI Istituto Mario Negri, Milano (I)
JEROEN J. GEURTS University of Amsterdam (NL)
NIGEL M. HOOPER University of Leeds (UK)
MATILDE INGLESE Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York (USA)
BERNHARD U. KELLER Georg-August University, Goettingen (D)
JOSE R. NARANJO Biotechnology National Center, Madrid (E)
CLAUDIO SOTO University of Texas, Houston Medical School (USA)
MARIA GRAZIA SPILLANTINI University of Cambridge (UK)
STEPHEN STRITTMATTER University of Yale, New Haven (USA)
D. JAMES SURMEIER Northwestern University, Chicago (USA)
CHARLES WEISSMANN Scripps-Florida, Jupiter (USA)

Scientific Programme
The preliminary scientific programme is already available and will be continuously updated.

General Information
Organised by the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti (IVSLA) (, under the patronage of the Italian Society of Neurology, the Symposium will be held at Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti, IVSLA - Campo S. Stefano, 2847, 30124 Venezia (Italy).

Important deadlines
For Pre-registration and Abstract Submission: January 27, 2012
For Registration: February 6, 2012
For Cancellation: February 25, 2012

Symposium Secretariat
Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti,
Campo Santo Stefano 2945,
30124 Venezia (Italy)
Tel. +39 041 2407711
Fax +39 041 5210598

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