Figure 3. Expression of oligodendrocyte-specific cell type markers in F3.Olig2 cells and expression of motor neuron-specific cell type markers in F3.Olig2-Shh cells.
Image credit: Lee, 2014 under CC BY license

Meeting Calendar


March 2018

MDA Clinical Conference
Sponsor: Muscular Dystrophy Association
Description: The MDA Clinical Conference brings together clinical professionals from around the country who are working every day to save and improve the lives of individuals living with ALS, muscular dystrophy, and related neuromuscular diseases.
Location: Arlington, VA
Date: March 11-14, 2018

Microglia 2018
Sponsor: EMBL
Description: This workshop will bring together expert and novice researchers studying microglia physiology in health and disease in an interactive meeting format that promotes the latest work in the field.
Location: Heidelberg, Germany
Date: March 18-21, 2018
Abstracts Due: February 15, 2018

Australasian Motor Neurone Disease Symposium
Description: The inaugural meeting, organized by Australia's FightMND, aims to inspire innovation and foster local and international collaboration between ALS researchers, clinicians and scientists. Early bird registration deadline: November 1, 2017.
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Date: March 22-24, 2018
Abstracts Due: December 18, 2017

April 2018

Protein Homeostasis in Health and Disease
Sponsor: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Description: Groundbreaking work - on molecular chaperones, the unfolded protein response, stress responses, and how these processes are implicated in disease - has first been presented at this meeting over the past three decades. The 2018 meeting provides an opportunity to showcase the latest research in this area and will feature two keynote talks by leading investigators who have contributed to the development of the field and who will put their current efforts in the context of past developments.
Location: Cold Spring Harbor, NY
Date: April 17-21, 2018
Abstracts Due: February 2, 2018

American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting
Sponsor: American Academy of Neurology
Description: The AAN Annual Meeting is the world's largest gathering of neurologists, bringing together more than 10,000 neurology professionals across the globe to network, discuss cutting-edge research, and take part in top-rated education programing across a wide variety of topics.
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Date: April 21-27, 2018

May 2018

Cellular Mechanisms Driven by Liquid Phase Separation
Sponsor: EMBL
Description: Liquid phase separation is emerging as a common biophysical basis underlying many important cellular functions. This conference will bring together scientists from soft matter polymer physics, molecular “un” structural biologists, cell biologists, developmental and neurobiologists to discuss the latest insights into this process to inform our understanding of biological processes.
Location: Heidelberg, Germany
Date: May 14-17, 2018
Abstracts Due: February 14, 2018

June 2018

Advances in Neurodegenerative Disease Research and Therapy
Sponsor: Keystone Symposia
Description: This meeting, organized by Li Gan, Len Petrucelli and Morgan Sheng, will include the latest research on the underlying mechanisms of neurodegenerative disease, biomarkers and emerging therapies.
Location: Keystone, Colorado
Date: June 17-21, 2018
Abstracts Due: March 15, 2018

ENCALS Annual Meeting
Sponsor: European Network to Cure ALS (ENCALS)
Location: Oxford, England
Date: June 20-22, 2018

TRICALS Workshop
Sponsor: ENCALS
Description: The aim of the TRICALS workshop is to harmonize outcome measures in ALS/ MND as to further improve reliability and efficiency of clinical trials. TRICALS as the European trial network and working group of ENCALS, invests in training sessions and emodules for high quality ALS trials. Workshop participation is upon invitation.
Location: Oxford, England
Date: June 22-23, 2018

July 2018

International Congress on Neuromuscular Diseases
Sponsor: World Federation of Neurology
Description: The aim of the Congress is to present a wide spectrum of neuromuscular diseases from the perspectives of advances in research, diagnosis and treatment.
Location: Vienna, Austria
Date: July 6-10, 2018
Abstracts Due: March 1, 2018

FENS 2018
Sponsor: Federation of European Neuroscience Societies
Description: The FENS Forum of Neuroscience is the largest international neuroscience meeting in Europe, involving all neuroscience societies’ members of FENS, and held biannually on every even year. The FENS Forum strives to promote excellence in neuroscience research in Europe at large and to facilitate the interaction between scientists in and outside Europe.
Location: Berlin, Germany
Date: July 7-11, 2018
Abstracts Due: February 13, 2018

Glia In Health And Disease
Sponsor: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Description: This summer conference will assemble the leaders in the field, together with junior faculty, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students, to discuss new, cutting-edge developments in the study of all aspects of glial biology in health and disease.
Location: Cold Spring Harbor, NY
Date: July 19-23, 2018
Abstracts Due: May 4, 2018

August 2018

The Role of Innate Immunity, Glia, Neurons, and the Blood-Brain Barrier in the Pathogenesis
Sponsor: Gordon Research Conference
Description: It is increasingly being recognized that there is significant interplay between all the different brain cell types including neurons, astrocytes, microglia, pericytes, and endothelial cells that influence neurodegeneration. Not only do these different cell types interact in important ways but fluid flow within brain as well as blood flow play key roles in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Frontotemporal dementia, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis as well as following traumatic brain injury. This GRC aims to assemble leaders in the fields of basic and disease-focused neuroscience, immunology, genetics, cell biology, and clinician-scientists to discuss how alterations in normal biological processes can lead, when altered, to pathophysiological consequences and neurodegeneration.
Location: Castelldefels, Spain
Date: August 5-10, 2018
Abstracts Due: July 8, 2018

September 2018

The Human Microbiome
Sponsor: EMBL
Location: Heidelberg, Germany
Date: September 16-19, 2018

November 2018

RNA Metabolism In Neurological Disease
Description: This two-day symposium organized by Paul Taylor and Fen-Biao Gao will bring together basic and clinical scientists to discuss the role of perturbed RNA metabolism in neurological diseases, including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), frontotemporal dementia (FTD), spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), and repeat expansion disorders.
Location: San Diego, CA
Date: November 1-2, 2018
Abstracts Due: May 1, 2018

Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting
Sponsor: Society of Neuroscience
Description: The Society for Neuroscience (SFN)'s 47th annual meeting is the premier venue for neuroscientists to present emerging science, learn from experts, collaborate with peers, explore new tools and technologies, and advance careers.
Location: San Diego, CA
Date: November 3-7, 2018

Neurodegenerative Diseases, Biology and Therapeutics
Sponsor: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Description: Rational drug discovery for neurodegenerative diseases has begun to yield compounds and treatments that are now entering clinical settings. For human studies utilizing these compounds and treatments to be maximally informative, it is crucial that scientists from academia and industry meet regularly to exchange data and ideas. A primary goal of the meeting is to provide a forum where medical scientists from academia can interact with scientists from the biopharmaceutical industry.
Location: Cold Spring Harbor, NY
Date: November 28-December 1, 2018
Abstracts Due: September 14, 2018

December 2018

ALS/MND Allied Professionals Forum
Sponsor: Motor Neurone Disease Association
Description: The Allied Professionals Forum is focused on practice and experience for health professionals in the care and support of people living with ALS/MND. During the APF, health professionals from around the globe come together to share their practical knowledge and experiences, with a mission to improve the quality of care for people living with ALS/MND worldwide.
Location: Glasgow, Scotland
Date: December 6, 2018

International Symposia on ALS/MND
Sponsor: Motor Neurone Disease Association
Description: The International Symposium on ALS/MND is a unique annual event which brings together leading international researchers as well as health and social care professionals to present and debate key innovations in their respective fields. The Symposium is planned as two parallel meetings, one on biomedical science and the other on research and advances in the care and management of people affected by ALS/MND. Joint sessions consider issues of mutual concern, challenging current views and practice.
Location: Glasgow, Scotland
Date: December 7-9, 2018

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