This course type is lecture

Molecular Neurodegeneration

09 - 14 January 2017Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK
Deadlines (at 23:59 UTC):
  • Bursary Deadline Closed
  • Application Deadline Closed

  • Summary

    This course provides an overview of the molecular basis of
    neurodegeneration and the development of treatment strategies to combat
    neurodegenerative disorders. The programme will focus on several
    disorders including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Fragile X,
    Spinocerebellar ataxia and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. There are many
    parallels between different neurodegenerative disorders and the course
    will examine the common themes across neurodegenerative processes.
    Participants will gain an insight into the current understanding of both
    rare and common neurological disorders, the strengths and weaknesses of
    experimental approaches and evidence, and how this knowledge can be
    applied to develop therapies.

    The programme is aimed at individuals working in neurodegenerative
    research, neurogenetics or translational neuroscience, including
    clinician scientists, veterinary scientists, PhD students and
    post-doctoral researchers. We encourage applications from researchers
    based in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Applications
    from those who have completed a PhD in another area and have moved into
    neuroscience for their postdoctoral studies will also be considered.

    The course will benefit researchers who seek a comprehensive view of
    neurodegenerative disorders together with state of the art research
    techniques, and who wish to gain a new perspective on their own studies.
    The intensive programme provides the opportunity to interact with leading
    international neuroscientists. To optimize discussions and interactions,
    numbers are limited to 30 students.

    Learning outcomes
    After attending this course, participants will be able to:

    • Describe in detail the process of neurodegeneration
    • Compare and contrast different neurological disorders
    • Critique a range of experimental techniques being used in neurogenetics
    • Interpret and communicate the findings of a Genome-Wide Association Study
    • Describe the pathological mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases
    • Compare different approaches to translational medicine (e.g. small molecule versus molecular approaches)
    • Apply concepts learned on the course to your own research project

    Feedback from previous participants
    The whole course was an amazing experience and a great opportunity
    to get up to speed in such complex topics.”

    “The opportunity to meet both peers and accomplished researchers in the
    field, providing a fantastic platform for networking.”

    “This is the best course I have been on. The interactive element to the
    course with fantastic speakers and a small group of participants is truly
    unique. The speakers and topics chosen perfectly complemented each other.
    By the end of the course key mechanisms and therapeutic strategies across
    the breadth of the neurodegenerative diseases were highlighted with
    important common themes emerging across diseases. I came away with lots
    of ideas to take to the lab.”

  • Programme

    The course will start with at 12.00 on Monday, 9 January and finish at
    16.00 on Saturday, 14 January 2017.

    The programme is lecture-based but highly interactive. Participants will
    have the opportunity to share their research with tutors, speakers and
    other students throughout the course, during the formal poster sessions
    and discussion sessions. Tutors are available throughout the course.

    Topics will include

    • Pathological events in neurodegeneration
    • Autophagy, aging and neurodegeneration
    • Genetic variation in inherited and sporadic disease
    • RNA Genomics and Bioinformatics
    • Use of in vivo models to study neurological pathogenesis
    • Modelling neurodegeneration using iPSCs
    • Development of therapeutic approaches

     Please find a copy of the draft programme here.

    This is a residential course. All students are requested to stay onsite
    for the full duration to benefit fully from discussions and interactions
    with the faculty and other participants.

  • Instructors / Speakers

    Scientific programme committee
    Sue Ackerman University of California, San
    Diego, USA
    Mark Cookson National Institutes of Health, USA
    Beverly Davidson The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
    and the University of Pennsylvania, USA
    Harry Orr University of Minnesota, USA 

    Nicholas Wood University College London, UK

    Karen Duff
    Columbia University, USA
    Costantino Iadecola
    Weill Cornell Medical College,
    Rick Livesey
    University of Cambridge, UK
    Giovanna Mallucci
    Medical Research Council, UK
    Huw Morris
    University College London, UK
    David Nelson
    Baylor College of Medicine, USA
    David Rubinsztein
    University of Cambridge, UK
    Rita Sattler Barrow Neurological Institute, USA
    Yi Xing University of California, Los Angeles,

    Event organiser
    Emily Rees Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

  • How to Apply


    Academic registration with single accommodation  £700
    Commercial registration with single accommodation  £1000

    The fees include accommodation, meals and lectures for the duration of
    the course. The fee will be requested once acceptance is confirmed.

    This is a residential course. All participants will stay at The Wellcome
    Genome Campus Conference Centre, Hinxton, Cambridge, for the nights of 9
    to 13 January 2017.

    If you wish to book onsite accommodation either side of the course dates,
    please contact the Conference

    Application deadline: Closed

    Places on this course are limited to 30 students and will be awarded on
    merit. Applicants should be currently engaged in relevant research and
    will be required to complete an online application form.
    The selection process will take place in November 2016.

    The following will need to be provided:

    • Qualifications and justification for attendance
    • An outline of current research
    • Supervisor’s details: your supervisor will then receive an e-mail requesting a supporting statement to complete your application.

    Please note: Applications cannot be considered without a
    supervisor’s supporting statement. Therefore, applicants must ensure that
    their sponsor provides this supporting statement by the application

    Travel visas
    Please contact the event organiser if you require a letter to support a
    travel visa application. Note that letters will be provided to confirmed

    Non-European Economic Area or Swiss nationals may be required to have a
    visa to enter the UK.
    Early application is strongly advised, as this process can take 6-8 weeks
    or longer.

    Please visit the following websites for further information:
    UK Border Agency website:

    Information for general visitors and business visitors:

  • Bursaries

    A limited number of registration bursaries are
    available for PhD students to attend this course (up to 50% of the

    The following documents will need to be provided:

    • CV
    • Covering letter
    • Letter from supervisor

    To apply, please email your documents to the event organiser after you
    have registered.

    Bursary deadline: 1 November 2016

  • Sponsors

    If you are interested in supporting this event, please contact the event organiser.