Brain cell death in focus at Fifth International Symposium
The complete programme has been announced for the fifth international symposium on NA.
Scheduled for 1-2 October 2010, this year's meeting is the Joint International
Symposium on Neuroacanthocytosis and Neurodegeneration with Brain Iron
Accumulation. Fifty scientists from around the world will gather in Bethesda, Maryland, near Washington, DC,
for the meeting, an initiative of Ruth H. Walker (pictured) and Susan Hayflick, is sponsored by divisions
of the National Institutions of Health. The sponsoring NIH institutes are the National Institute for Neurological Diseases
and Stroke, the Office of Rare
Diseases Research, and the National
Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
Both neuroacanthocytosis (NA) and
Neurodegeneration with Brain Iron Accumulation (NBIA) produce acanthocytes, or spiky
red blood cells, in patients. Although they differ in their genetics and in the
exact location of brain cell death, research into each may contribute to an
understanding of the other. Both groups of diseases have been the subject of NA
symposia over the years. Interest was intensified in 2008 at our London/Oxford
symposium when scientific leaders of both groups of diseases became
enthusiastic about the rewards of collaboration.
meeting will focus on how brain cells come to die. Discussions will cover:
- the fate
of red blood cells
membrane trafficking and turnover related to lipids and affected proteins
phosholipase and VPS
("self-eating" – one important mechanism of cell death)
plans for continuing and coordinating research into the diseases will be an
important feature of the meetings. The venue will be the Doubletree Hotel, 8120 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD.
The complete program is at www.naadvocacy.org.
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