Conference Speakers



Dwight Bergles

Solomon H. Snyder Department of Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University, USA

 “Oligodendrocyte Dynamics in the Adult Brain” 

Arthur M. Butt

Institute for Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences, University of Portsmouth, UK

"Identifying Novel Targets to Promote Life-long Generation of Oligodendrocytes and Myelin”

Marco Colonna

Washington University School of Medicine, Department of Pathology and Immunology, USA

“The Identity and Function of Microglia in Neurodegeneration”

Anna Dunaevsky

Department of Neurological Sciences, University of Nebraska Medical Center, USA

“Motor-Skill Learning and Astroglial Plasticity”

Isidro Ferrer

University of Barcelona, Department of Pathology and Experimental Therapeutics, Spain​

“Involvement of Astrocytes and Oligodendrocytes in Tau Seeding and Spreading in Tauopathies”

R. Douglas Field

National Institutes of Health, Nervous SystemDevelopment and Plasticity Section,  USA

"Astrocytes Regulate Myelin Structure to Adjust Spike Time Arrival for Optimal Neural Circuit Performance”  

Marc Freeman

Vollum Institute, Oregon Health & Science University, USA

“How Are Nervous Systems Remodeled in Complex Metazoans?”

Chrisopher Glass

Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, UC San Diego, USA

“Nature and Nurture of Human Microglia"

Elly Hol

Department of Translational Neuroscience, University Medical Center Utrecht, Netherlands

"Reactive Glia as a Trigger of Synapse Dysfunction and Cognitive Impairment"

Helmut Kettenmann

Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, Germany

“The Role of Microglial Cells in Brain Diseases”

Jonathan Kipnis

Department of Neuroscience, School of Medicine, University of Virginia, USA

"Microglia and Meningeal Macrophages in Brain’s Health and Disease" 

Zaal Kokaia

Department of Clinical Sciences, Lund, Division of Neurology, Lund University, Sweden

“Macrophages in Stroke Lesioned Brain”

Gianvito Martino

San Raffaele Scientific Institute & Vita Salute San Raffaele University, Italy

“Therapeutic Plasticity of Neural Stem Cells”  

Mami Noda

Kyushu University, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Japan

"Cellular Mechanism of Thyroid Dysfunction in the Central Nervous System"

Agneta Nordberg

Karolinska Institute, Department of Neurobiology, Sweden

“Astrocytosis as an Early Event  in the Time Course of Interactive Pathological Processes in AD as Revealed by PET” 

Ilya Ocherashvili

New York Migraine Associates, USA 

"Academic Alexander Roitbak"

Ole Peter Ottersen

Karolinska Institute, Sweden

“Unravelling the Functions of Astrocytic Endfeet”

Milos Pekny

Department of Clinical Neuroscience, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

“Nanofilament System of Astrocytes – an Important Player and Target in CNS Diseases”

Tamara Roitbak

University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Department of Neurosurgery, USA

“Alexander Roitbak: Life and Legacy”

Dmitri Rusakov

UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, University College London, UK

“Activity-dependent Plasticity of Synaptic Astroglial Environment”

Eva Sykova

Department of Research and Development, Scimed Biotechnologies Ltd, Czech Republic and Institute of Neuroimmunology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Slovakia 

“Astrocytes and Stem Cells in Pathophysiology of Aging and Neurodegenerative Diseases”

Alexei Verkhratsky

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, University of Manchester, UK

“Principles of Astrogliopathology”

Tony Wyss-Coray

Department of Neurology and Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute, Stanford University, USA

“Microglia in the Aging Brain"

Robert Zorec

University of Ljubljana, Medical Faculty, Institute of Pathophysiology, Slovenia

“Noradrenergic Regulation of Astroglial Function in Health and Disease”