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The Brain Conferences

A Lundbeck Foundation activity in partnership with FENS

Since 2014, the Lundbeck Foundation has been FENS’ partner for these prestigious conferences. The Brain Conferences are high-level scientific meetings, where up to 150 experts on a given topic meet in a lively and intimate environment.

‘No hidden agendas, no holding back: striving for a vibrant atmosphere in which open discussions are even more important than exposing the audience to data slides.’

The partnership between the Lundbeck Foundation and FENS enables 2 Brain Conferences to take place annually. One of the Brain Conferences will be linked to the subject of the previous year’s prize winners, while the second is organised by a committee of internationally renowned scientists who suggest the topic and organise the conference program. Both Brain Conferences will take place in Denmark.

The Brain conferences in 2020:

Due the COVID-19 virus the Brain Conferences 2020 are postponed to 2021.

Due the COVID-19 pandemic, the Brain Conference has been rescheduled for 11-14 April 2021

Applications will reopen in November 2020.

The Brain Conference April 2020

19-22 April 2020: Rungstedgaard, North of Copenhagen, Denmark. Co-chairs: Constantino Iadecola, Weill Cornell Medicine, USA and Timothy Murphy, The University of British Columbia, Canada . Stroke is an age-related medical condition in which poor blood flow to the brain results in cell death, and is the second cause of mortality worldwide. While the disability associated with stroke can be devastatingly clear, why stroke occurs and how it kills the brain is less apparent. At this Brain conference, leading experts from both basic and clinical science will present advances that contribute to a deeper mechanistic understanding of stroke, including fundamental questions around: 1) risk factors: from single genes to holistic factors such as the microbiome, 2) the molecular pathobiology of stroke and the pathogenic role of immunity and blood-brain barrier breakdown, 3) neurovascular reorganization and re-wiring of connections after stroke damage, 4) the long term sequelae afflicting stroke survivors and the relationship between stroke and dementia, and 5) strategies to reduce the burden on stroke, ranging from prevention and acute therapy, to promoting functional recovery. A deeper mechanistic insight into these critical events will lead to new treatments and hope for those at risk and/or affected by stroke.

Due the COVID-19 pandemic, the Brain Conference has been rescheduled for 18 – 21 April 2021.

Applications will reopen in November 2020.

The Brain Conference June 2020

21-24 June 2020: Rungstedgaard, North of Copenhagen, Denmark. Co-chairs: Erin Schuman, MPI Brain Research, Germany and Giovanna Mallucci, University of Cambridge, UK. The morphology and complexity of neurons provides unique challenges for the maintenance and modification of the neuronal transcriptome and proteome in the cell body and at synapses. In this meeting, we will explore how neurons regulate RNA molecules and protein synthesis and how these mechanisms represent vulnerabilities for various neurological diseases.

The Brain Prize