Nerve Growth Factor and Related Neurotrophic Factors: Emerging Concepts, New Mechanisms, Novel Technologies

We are pleased to announce CSHA/NGF 2014 joint meeting on “Nerve Growth Factor and Related Neurotrophic Factors: Emerging Concepts, New Mechanisms, Novel Technologies” which will be held in Suzhou, China, located approximately 60 miles west of Shanghai. The conference will begin at 7:00pm on the evening of Monday June 23, and will conclude after lunch on June 27, 2014.

One of the key objectives of the joint CSHA/NGF 2014 Conference is to highlight novel concepts, mechanisms and technological approaches for the study of neurotrophic factor action both at the level of a single cell and through highly parallel processing of data to correlate with overall physiological responses. This, while offering the forum to discuss integration of this knowledge with global brain projects and vice versa. Indeed, the unique opportunity offered by the presence of, and presentations by, key representatives of the brain projects of China, Japan, Europe, USA, is expected to foster exciting exchange.

The high quality NGF meetings have been held since 1986, the year Rita Levi-Montalcini received the Nobel Prize for the discovery of Nerve growth factor with Stanley Cohen. Organized in locations mainly outside of the US, in alternate years to the Neurotrophin Gordon conferences, these conferences offer an international forum for rich and stimulating exchange. Further, they allow scientists and students from the region to meet with tenors in the field, while presenting their work in the form of posters and, for some, short talks and hot topics.

The 2014 edition will be the first to be held in China and the first in an Asian country. We expect approximately 20 – 30% of the speakers overall to come from the Pacific rim. The conference will include eight oral sessions and one poster session covering the latest findings across many topics in neuroscience. Many talks will be selected from the openly submitted abstracts on the basis of scientific merit and relevance. Social events throughout the conference provide ample opportunity for informal interactions. It is the shared objective of the organizing committee of NGF 2014 and of CSHA, to compose a program which truly reflects the state of the art in neuroscience by bringing together a group of scientific leaders, whose expertise encompasses seminal themes, including, but not limited to, those listed below.

Major Topics:
1. Brain Projects
2. Emerging concepts I
3. Emerging concepts II
4. New mechanisms: Signaling and function
5. Plasticity, Circuit, Behavior
6. Novel technologies
7. Blood brain barrier (BBB)
8. Neurological and psychiatric diseases
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Keynote Speakers:

Confirmed Speakers and Chairs:
Angelina Angelova, CNRS, University Paris Sud, France
Mark Bothwell, University of Washington, USA
Maxime Cazorla, Institut Curie, Paris , France
Moses V. Chao, New York University, USA
Bianxiao Cui, Stanford University, USA
Matthew J. During,Ohio State University, USA
Marc-Oliver Gewaltig, Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne, Switzerland
Xiaoming Guan, Neurodegeneration DPU, R&D Neurosciences TAU, GSK, China
Barbara Hempstead, Weil Cornell Medical College, Cornell University, USA
Hailan Hu, Institute of Neuroscience, Chinese Academy of Science (CAS), China
Nancy Ip, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
Weizhi Ji, Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing, China
David Kaplan, University of Toronto, Canada
Masami Kojima, AIST, Ikeda, University of Osaka, Japan
Hiroshi Kunugi, National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry, Japan
Bai Lu, Tsinghua Medical School, China
Minmin Luo, Beijing Institute of Biological Sciences, China
Keri Martinowich, Lieber Institute for Brain Development, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA
Patrick Mehlen, CNRS, Centre Léon Bérard, University of Lyon, France
William Mobley, University of California, San Diego, USA
Tatsuro Mutoh, Fujita Health University School of Medicine, Japan
Mu-ming Poo, Institute of Neuroscience, CAS, & UC Berkley, China/USA
Fei Ann Ran, Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard, USA
Brian B. Rudkin, CNRS, ENS Lyon & East China Normal University, France/China
Mart Saarma, Institute of Biotechnology, Helsinki, Finland
Michael Sendtner, Institute for Clinical Neurobiology, University of Wuerzburg, Germany
Yi Sun, UCLA & Tongji Univiversity, China/USA
Robert G. Thorne, University of Wisconsin, USA
Tadaharu Tsumoto, Brain Science Institute, RIKEN, Japan
Sunney Xie, Harvard University, USA
Sheng-Jia Zhang, Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

23 Jun - 27 Jun 2014

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