Connecting European Neuroscience

FENS-SfN Summer School : Neural stem cells, brain organoids and brain repair

June 3rd, 2018 to June 9th, 2018
Bertinoro, Italy

Brain Research, Brain Disorders, Brain Repair

About the Event

Human brain disorders have been challenging to understand at the molecular and cellular level due to lack of access to functioning tissue from patients. Neural stem cells derived from patients hold promise in modeling aspects of human brain development and disease non-invasively, in a dish. Moreover, three-dimensional (3D) cultures called brain organoids can be derived from induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPS cells) in an effort to mimic human brain development and to study cell-cell interactions, maturation and the mechanisms of disease.

In this school, we will discuss the properties of neural stem cells and ways to derive, differentiate and maintain them in vitro. We will provide an overview of the approaches for deriving 3D brain cultures and consider how this technology may inform the way we study neuropsychiatric disease. Lastly, we will explore ways in which neural stem cells can be used for therapeutic purposes and derive brain repair strategies.

Applications are open

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Deadline: 5 February 2018 (Brussels time, midnight)

Scientific chairs


Juergen Knoblich,
IMBA - Institute of Molecular Biotechnology, Austria

  Arnold Kriegstein, 
Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research, USA
  Sergiu Pasca,
Stanford University, CA, 


Mathilde Maughan
FENS- Federation of European Neuroscience Societies Rue d'Egmont, 11 B-1000 Belgium

Phone:+32 2 545 0406

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