Conference 2020

March 20, 2020

Venue: Amsterdam UMC (location AMC), Meibergdreef 9, Amsterdam – LECTURE HALL 4

Imaging immune activation and neurodegeneration in the brain

In 2020, Amsterdam Neuroscience again organizes the Translational Neuroscience Network meeting, a meeting in which we reach out to the Dutch Neuroscience community of other universities and medical centers.
This TN2 conference will take place on 20 March 2020.

This fifth TN2 meeting is shaped around the theme of ‘Imaging immune activation and neurodegeneration in the brain’. After the opening lecture two subsequent parallel symposium-programs will be organized, one on Neurodegeneration and one on Neuro-infection and –inflammation.

Conference 2020 – Key Note Speakers

Dr. Martijn van den Heuvel – Associate Professor, Team leader, Connectome Lab, VU Center for Neurogenomics and Cognitive Research, Dept Complex Trait Genetics, Amsterdam UMC, Vrije Universiteit
Our opening keynote is by Amsterdam UMC investigator and URC chairholder Martijn van den Heuvel. He is a highly passionate, multidisciplinary scientist with a background in artificial intelligence and neuroscience. With his work he uniquely bridges the field of neuroscience, math, biology and medical science. Despite his young age, his work is extensive and of the highest quality, which is evidenced by several of his presented theories and methods being quickly adopted by many other labs in the neuroscience community. His lecture deals with how ‘principles of wiring’ of the human connectome play an important role in shaping a spectrum of brain disorders.

Laura Airas – MD, PhD, Professor of Neuroimmunology, University of Turku, Finland and Neurology Consultant, Turku University Hospital, Finland
The second keynote speaker of this year is professor Laura Airas from Finland. She is an expert on Positron Emission Tomography (PET), which gives us an excellent opportunity to hear how the expression of specific molecular targets in vivo and longitudinally in brain is quantified these days, and how this enhances our possibilities to understand and follow up brain disease-related pathology. TSPO-binding radioligands have been used to detect activated microglial cells at different stages of multiple sclerosis (MS). There is strong consensus that with advancing MS disease, there is increasing microglial activation both in the normal appearing white matter and at the edge of chronic active (smoldering) lesions. Her presentation will discuss the PET imaging modalities relevant for MS today, including the main findings that have improved our understanding of the pathogenesis of progressive MS.

Conference 2020 – Main speakers

  • Dr. Wia Baron, University Medical Center Groningen
  • Drs. Kinki Jim, Amsterdam UMC, location VUmc
  • Dr. Mike Wattjes, Hannover Medical School
  • Dr. Prejaas Tewarie, Amsterdam UMC, location VUmc
  • Dr. Rik Ossenkoppele, Amsterdam UMC, location VUmc
  • Dr. Janne Papma, Alzheimer Center Erasmus Medical Center
  • Prof. Michael Heneka, University of Bonn Medical Center, Germany
  • Prof. dr. Elly Hol, Utrecht Medical Center Brain Center

Conference 2020 – Research reports

  • Dr. Whitney Freeze, LUMC Leiden & Maastricht University
  • Dr. Laura Jonkman, Amsterdam UMC, location VUmc
  • Dr. Sven van der Lee, Alzheimer Center Amsterdam, Amsterdam UMC
  • Dr. Susanne Kooistra, University Medical Center Groningen
  • Philip Kremer, Amsterdam UMC, location AMC
  • Dr. Nina Fransen, Nederlands Herseninstituut, Amsterdam
  • Danielle Bastiaansen, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam
  • Steven Koetzier, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam

Conference 2020 program ≫ Program

Conference coordinators

  • Dr. Matthijs Brouwer
  • Dr. Jeroen Hoozemans
  • Dr. Menno Schoonheim
  • Dr. ir. Hugo Vrenken
  • Dr. Micha Wilhelmus
  • Prof. dr. Arjen Brussaard

Event logistics coordinator: Sabira Noerkhan (Amsterdam UMC, location AMC).