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Neurodegeneration Early Career Researcher Meeting

Event Report October 22nd 2020

 

Timestamps of recording:

Introduction

0:00:00-0:05:45 -  Dr. Rebecca Northeast, Proteintech and Dr. Mahmoud Maina, University of Surrey

ECR Speakers

0:06:07-0:08:15 - Henriette Haukedal, University of Copenhagen

0:08:39-0:21:42 - Dr. Siobhan Crilly, University of Manchester

0:22:02-0:37:40 - Dr. Cara Croft, University of Florida 

0:38:05-0:56:40 - Dr. Oliver Bracko, Cornell University 

ECR speaker questions

0:57:02-1:43:00 - Dr. Mahmoud Maina, University of Surrey

Keynote

1:28:38-2:06:49 - Prof Tara Spires-Jones, University of Edinburgh

 

Proteintech’s inaugural Neurodegeneration ECR meeting took place virtually on the 22nd of October 2020. It truly was an international event, with researchers attending from 32 countries, highlighting how virtual events can break down travel barriers and enhance global collaboration in science. 

The ECR speakers were excellent and key to the event’s success. Henriette Haukedal, a PhD student from the University of Denmark, presented her work on patient-derived iPSCs to investigate Presenilin 1 in familial Alzheimer’s disease, demonstrating markers that are consistent with early disease markers in vivo. Next, Dr. Siobhan Crilly from the University of Manchester presented the work from her PhD using zebrafish in a model of haemorrhagic stroke, screening compounds to predict improved outcome from reduced brain cell death. Dr. Cara Croft from the University of Florida then followed with her work investigating the clearance dynamics of tau inclusions in murine organotypic brain slice cultures, demonstrating novel information on the dynamic formation and half-life of tau inclusions. The ECR session was closed by Dr. Oliver Bracko from Cornell University, who showed that inhibition of VEGF signaling in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease improved cortical blood flow and increased the integrity of the blood-brain barrier, which are aspects known to have severe pathological effects. Dr. Mahmoud Maina chaired the event, seamlessly handling all the questions coming in via the chat function and ensuring all the speakers had equal participation in answering questions.

Keynote speaker Prof. Tara Spires-Jones ended the session with an excellent talk on the synaptic changes in Alzheimer’s disease. In line with an emphasis on early-career research, Tara also spoke about her own journey in academia, sharing her career trajectory and discussing how it is not always a straight path to success. She encouraged resilience in these troubled times and highlighted the importance of inclusion and diversity in science, as well as the need to stay connected and encourage collaboration across borders.

Our aims in running this event were to create a platform for young scientists to present their work and to encourage communication and collaboration at a time when physical events are not possible. The response was overwhelmingly positive and the communication and exchange of ideas was humbling to observe. Thank you for being a part of the event and contributing to its success, we are looking forward to running it again next year!

Written by Dr. Rebecca Northeast, Technical Specialist for Proteintech Europe

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Posted:
22 October, 2020

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