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08:30 - 09:00


09:00 - 09:15

Welcome & Introduction

09:15 - 10:15


  • Prof Colin Espie: Sleep: the fall guy

10:15 - 11:30

1st Session - Sleep

Chair: Prof Colin Espie Co-Chair: Dr Laurent Sheybani

  • Prof Vladyslav Vyazovskiy: Sleep, wake and other states: neurophysiology, regulation and function
  • Prof Florian Mormann: Single-neuron correlates of human memory consolidation during sleep
  • Dr Lucie Barateau: Neurobiology of central disorders of hypersomnolence

11:30 - 12:00

Coffee/tea Break

12:00 - 13:15

2nd session - Advanced Therapies

Chair: Dr Rita Horvath Co-Chair: Dr Meher Lad

  • Prof Gabriele Lignani: Gene Therapy for Epilepsy
  • Prof Matthis Synofzik: Brain precision medicine 2.0: individual patient-customized antisense oligonucleotides for severe neurodegenerative brain diseases
  • Dr. Catherine Mummery: Novel dementia therapies - from genetic discovery to impact

13:15 - 14:15

Lunch & Poster Session

14:15 - 15:35

3rd Session - Data Blitzes

  • Brain Communications Early Career Researcher Prize 2023 - Dr Stan Hrybouski
  • Data Blitz: Juliette Dufour - Before it’s too late: dynamic changes in sodium neurite-fractions uncover the early phase of potential reversible cellular energy distress preceding neurodegeneration in multiple sclerosis
  • Data Blitz: Gloria Vegliante - Inoculation studies in mice indicate the emergence of tau prions in traumatic brain injury patients
  • Data Blitz: Abidemi Otaiku - EEG slowing increases the risk of future dementia: A prospective study of two population-based cohorts
  • Data Blitz: Helena Dolphin - Alzheimer’s Disease Blood- Based Biomarkers: Plasma P-tau217 Electrochemiluminescence Assay accurately detects CSF Aβ pathology and outperforms Plasma P-tau181 in a Memory Clinic Cohort
  • Data Blitz: Kirsten Scott - Blood, CSF and PET imaging markers of immune activation predict cognitive outcomes in a longitudinal study of Parkinson’s disease
  • Data Blitz: Marissa Mueller - The QUINT pipeline neuroanatomically probes chronic manipulations to cortical layer 6b and corresponding sleep modulation
  • Data Blitz: Zanna Voysey - A 12-year longitudinal study of sleep abnormalities in Huntington’s disease: insomnia is associated with greater cognitive deficits and disease activity

15:35 - 16:00

Coffee/tea Break

16:00 - 17:05

4th Session - Neuroinflammation

Chair: Prof Alasdair Coles Co-Chair: Dr Omar Abdel-Mannan

  • Prof David Hunt: Antiviral immunity and brain disease
  • Dr Arman Eshaghi: Transforming multiple sclerosis care with artificial intelligence: prospects and challenges
  • Prof Astrid Iversen: Elevated genetic risk for multiple sclerosis emerged in steppe pastoralist Populations

17:05 - 18:10

5th session - Stroke

Chair: Dr Melanie Fleming Co-Chair: Dr Lucia Li

  • Dr. Steffen Tiedt: Brain-derived markers for monitoring brain injury in acute ischemic stroke
  • Dr Zahraa Al-Ahmady: Expanding Horizons in Stroke Care: The Game-Changing Elegance of Targeted Drug Delivery
  • Dr Hanna Willis: Rehabilitating visual loss post-stroke: neural markers of recovery

18:10 - 18:15

Close of presentations

18:15 - 19:30

Drinks reception & posters


Close of conference