Neurodegeneration: Gaining in Translation

14 September, 2012     9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Chowen Lecture Theatre, BSMS - University of Sussex, Falmer, BN1 9PX


motor-neuron.jpgThe symposium will feature international experts in the field of neurodegeneration to explore key research and clinical developments with a particular focus on motor neuron disorders and concluding with a Brain Lecture by Prof Chris Henderson.

"New therapeutic targets in motor neuron disease"

Professor CE Henderson, Motor Neuron Centre, Columbia University, New York

The speakers are drawn from Columbia University, KCL, Oxford, IoN, Sussex and BSMS.

Presentations throughout the day will be made on a number of key themes:

  • Mechanisms of cell damage, death and repair
  • Parallels between cancer and neurodegeneration
  • Integrating molecular mechanisms and experimental medicine.


The prestigious Brain Visiting Lecture will be given by Professor Chris Henderson, co-Director of the Center for Motor Neuron Biology and Disease at Columbia University. Professor Henderson's work focuses particularly upon mechanisms of motor neuron growth, survival and cell death. His keynote lecture will concentrate on the new therapeutic targets in MND.


Speakers include:

Prof. Ammar Al-Chalabi, KCL

Prof. Keith Caldecott, Sussex

Dr. Majid Hafezparast, Sussex

Prof. Nigel Leigh, BSMS

Prof. Kevin Talbot, Oxford

Dr. Martin Turner, Oxford

Prof. Simon Ward, Sussex

Prof. Nick Wood, IoN

MND Association and ALS Association have given funding towards the cost of this meeting, but have had no input into the agenda or content.

RCP – CPD approved

Complimentary lunch & refreshments

*Attendance is free but booking is essential to ensure your place*

To book your place at the symposium please complete the online form. Deadline: 31st August

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PhD Masterclass

12th Sept 2012, MRB Meeting Room

There are spaces for six PhD students to make a 10 minute presentation to a small panel of luminaries including the visiting Professor Chris Henderson. If interested, contact Pat Butler,


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