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Neurodegenerative diseases. A 21st Century Challenge

Life and Matter Sciences Series of Conferences February 7, 2017 Madrid

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Venue: Fundación Ramón Areces, Vitruvio, 5. 28006. Madrid
Limited capacity

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Fundación Ramón Areces-Springer Nature

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Nowadays, when life expectancy has increased worldwide, diseases that affect cognitive function, such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), are increasingly prevalent. Neurodegenerative diseases are a very diverse group of disorders characterized by a progressive failure of the nervous system. In recent years, there has been considerable progress in understanding their molecular and cellular bases. Although the discovery of new targets and biomarkers that allow early diagnosis have opened new lines of research, these diseases continue to be a great challenge for researchers and clinicians.

These challenges include the study of these diseases at the preclinical level, the importance of a patient-centered approach in research, and barriers to the transference of new advances from basic research into the clinic. Society needs to understand these key issues in order to garner its support for research that will translate into future therapies for patients with neurodegenerative diseases.

Tuesday, 7



Raimundo Pérez-Hernández y Torra
Director of the Ramón Areces Foundation. Spain.

Federico Mayor Zaragoza
Chairman of the Scientific Council. Ramón Areces Foundation. Spain.

Soledad Santos Suárez
Editorial Director Spain and Portugal. Springer Healthcare, a Springer Nature business.



Erika Pastrana
Team Manager-Editorial. Nature Communications. New York. USA.



Pathological mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases. Focus on ALS

Jeffrey D. Rothstein
Director, Robert Packard Center for ALS Research. Johns Hopkins University. School of Medicine. Baltimore. USA.


Challenges and advances in the treatment of Parkinson's disease

José A. Obeso
HM Hospitales. Centre for Integrative Neuroscience A.C. Center for Networked Biomedical Research on Neurodegenerative Diseases. Institute Carlos III. Madrid. Spain.


Neuronal and circuit dysfunction in Alzheimer's disease

Arthur Konnerth
Institute of Neuroscience. Technische Universität München. Munich Cluster for Systems Neurology (SyNergy). Munich. Germany.


Alzheimer -from brain pathology to treatment strategies

Christian Haass
Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich. German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE). Munich. Germany.



Erika Pastrana 

Round table

Jeffrey D. Rothstein,
José A. Obeso,
Arthur Konnerth
Christian Haass 

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