the 45th Annual Conference of the German Society for Genetics and the 2nd International Parkinson’s Disease Symposium.

The two events will bring together over 200 guests, including worldwide distinguished academics in the field of neurosciences, from top universities and institutes such as CalTech, Oxford, the University of Edinburgh or the Max Planck Institute, just to name a few.
The main objective of the both events is to bring together worldwide distinguished academics in the field of neuroscience and neurology to exchange about state-of-the-art research and technologies. Topics are based on fundamental research in the fields of neurogenetics and systems biology to bridge towards clinical translation for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s disease, epilepsy and autism.
In addition, a workshop on molecular mechanisms of Parkinson’s disease will be held in between the two conferences. This event will showcase the “PD map”, a freely accessible knowledge depository describing the molecular mechanisms of PD as molecular networks.

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1 October 2014
Day 1 - 45th Annual Conference of the German Society for Genetics
11.00-12.30h Presidential board meeting GfG
12.00h Registration opens
14.00-14.15h Welcome by GFG president, Frank Kempken, and local conference organiser, Rudi Balling

Session 1: Mechanisms of neuronal plasticity (chair: Jens Schwamborn)
14.15-15.00h Martin Korte (Technical University Braunschweig)
“Keeping the balance between change and stability: Cellular mechanisms of learning, memory and forgetting”
15.00-15.45h Enrico Glaab (LCSB)
“Integrated bioinformatics analysis of functional omics and GWAS data for neurodegenerative disorders”
15.45-16.30h Guus Smit (Neuroscience Campus Amsterdam)
“Genetics of impulsivity and attention in mice”

16.30-17.00h Coffee break

Session 2: Award of Gateff Prize (chair:Frank Kempken)
17.00-17.30h Award of “Gateff Prize”
PhD student prize organized by GFG

Session 3: Max Delbrück Lecture (chair:Frank Kempken)
17.30-17.35h Laureate intro to the speaker of the Max Delbrück Lecture
17.35-18.30h "Max Delbrück Lecture" Klaus-Armin Nave (Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine, Göttingen)
“Using mouse mutants to study a novel function of oligodendrocytes in axonal energy metabolism”

18.30-20.30h Reception with industrial exhibition and poster viewing

2 October 2014
Day 2 - 45th Annual Conference of the German Society for Genetics
Session 4: Genetic analysis of complex traits and diseases (chair: Wolfgang Nellen)
9.00-9.45h Thomas Gasser (Univerity Tübingen)
“Functional genomics of neurodegeneration”
9.45-10.30h Robert W. Williams (University of Tennessee)
“Forward and Reverse Neurogenetics using Large Cohorts of Fully Typed Mouse Strains”

10.30-11.00h Coffee break

11.00-12.15h Flash poster presentations

12.15-14.00h Lunch break

13.00-14.00h GfG Member Meeting
13.00-14.00h DGNG Member Meeting

Session 5: Mechanisms of Neurodegeneration (chair: Rejko Krüger)
14.00-14.45h Paul Fraser (University of Toronto)
“Modelling Genetic Modifiers of Neurodevelopment and Neurodegeneration”
14.45-15.00h Tiago F. Outeiro (University Medical Center Göttingen)
“From the bench to the bedside: Deciphering the molecular basis of neurodegeneration"
15.00-15.45h Herwig Baier (Max-Planck-Institut für Neurobiologie)
“Neural Circuits for Zebrafish Behavior”

15.45-16.15h Coffee break

Session 6: Models of Neurodegeneration (chair: Johannes Beckers)
16.15-17.00h Seth Grant (University of Edinburgh)
“Synapse proteome organization and disease”
17.00-17.45h Jens Schwamborn (LCSB)
"Utlilization of Stem Cells to Model- and Treat Parkinson’s Disease"
17.45-18.30h Oliver Bandmann (University of Sheffield)
“Zebrafish models of Parkinson's disease”

18.30h End of the day

19.30-21.30h Guided night visit of Luxembourg city “1000 years in 100 minutes” organized with Luxembourg tourist office

3 October 2014
Day 3 - 45th Annual Conference of the German Society for Genetics
Session 7: Diseases of the nervous system (chair: Alex Crawford)
9.00-9.45h Ingo Helbig (Children's Hospital of Philadephia, USA)
“Genetics of the epilepsies - understanding the sacred disease”
9.45-10.30h Iriis Hovatta (University of Helsinki)
”A cross-species neurogenomics approach to identify genetic basis of anxiety disorders”

10.30-11.00h Coffee break

Session 8: Chair: Klaus Schughart
11.00-11.45h Martien Kas (University Medical Center Utrecht)
“Dissecting Autism heterogeneity in developing mice”

11.45-12.15h Hot topics session
12.15-12.20h Closing remarks by GFG chair (Frank Kempken) and invitation to participate in the joint GFG/PD session

12.20-13.00h Lunch break

PD day 1 workshop
8.00-13.30h Workshop “Curation on Molecular Pathways involved in Parkinson’s disease”: Stephan Gebel/Marek Ostaszewski (LCSB)

Day 1 - 2nd International Parkinson’s Disease Symposium (GFG-PD joint session)
12.00h Registration opens
14.00-14.15h Welcome by conference organizer Rudi Balling

Session 1: Chair: Nico Diederich
14.15-15.00h Axel Karenberg (University of Cologne)
“Historical introduction: How Euler's bridges are linked to research in Parkinson's disease”
15.00-15.40h Wolfgang Oertel (Philipps-University Marburg)
“REM sleep behaviour disorder - a prodromal stage of Parkinson’s disease.”
15.40-16.20h Daniela Berg (University of Tübingen)
“Earlier diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease – knowledge gaps to fill”

16.20-16.50h Coffee break

Session 2: Chair: Rejko Krüger
16.50-17.35h Young researcher session I: Short presentations of selected posters
17.35-18.15h Round table discussion with clinicians
Podium participants: Wolfgang Oertel, Daniela Berg, Axel Karenberg, Miquel Vila, Rejko Krüger (LCSB), Nico Diederich (LCSB)

18.15-20.00h Reception

4 October 2014
Day 2 - 2nd International Parkinson’s Disease Symposium
Chair 3: Jorge Golçalves
9.30-10.10h Wolfgang Driever (University of Freiburg)
“PD is connectopathy”
10.10-10.50h John Doyle (Caltech)
“Theoretical foundations for brain architecture and function”

10.50-11.10h Coffee break

Chair 4: Ronan Fleming
11.10-11.50h Paul Bolam (Oxford University)
“Dopamine neuron axons and synapses: clues to susceptibility in Parkinson’s disease”
11.50-12.35h Young researcher session II: Flash presentations of selected posters
Outcome of PD map workshop by Marek/Stephan

12.35-14.00 Lunch

Chair 5: Rudi Balling
14.00-14.40h Vincenzo Bonifati (Erasmus Medical Center)
“Update on the Genetics of Parkinson’s disease”
14.40-15.20h Miquel Vila (University Hospital Vall d'Hebron)
“Role of alpha-synuclein in Parkinson's disease”

15.20-15.30h Closing remarks by Rudi Balling

15.30h End of the day

1 Oct - 4 Oct 2014
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