Connecting European Neuroscience

Brain Stroke: Why, how, and hope

24-27 October 2021: Rungstedgaard, north of Copenhagen, Denmark

Application opens on 1 June 2021

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.Pic3

Photo description:  Left: Brain-resident macrophages, including perivascular macrophages, involved in brain innate immune responses to injury (Courtesy of Dr. L. Park); Center: IL17 producing cells (green dots) in the gut that modulate cerebrovascular function and stroke injury (Courtesy of Dr. G. Faraco); Right: Close relationship between amyloid plaques (red) and cerebral arteriole in an Alzheimer’s disease model (Courtesy of Dr. L. Park).

Organised by FENS in collaboration with Lundbeck Foundation, awarder of The Brain Prize,  these bi-annual conferences bring together outstanding researchers in key areas of contemporary neuroscience to discuss current concepts and define challenges for future research. 



          Iadecola3   Murphy3
  Costantino Iadecola   Timothy Murphy
  Weill Cornell Medicine, United States   The University of British Columbia, Canada


Venue: Rungstedgaard, Denmark  

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The Brain Conferences

The Brain Conferences are intimate-scale meetings focused on current topics in neuroscience. Two conferences per year are organised by FENS in collaboration with Lundbeck Foundation, the awarder of The Brain Prize.