Plenary speakers revealed for BNA Festival of Neuroscience in April 2021

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The British Neuroscience Association (BNA) and UK DRI, as Festival Partner, are excited to announce a line-up of top international plenary speakers for BNA2021 Festival of Neuroscience taking place virtually from 12-15 April 2021. For the UK DRI’s scientific stream ‘Ageing and dementia’, UK DRI Director Prof Bart De Strooper, will be delivering a plenary lecture on the cellular phase of Alzheimer’s disease.

We are delighted that Prof Sarah Tabrizi, Group Leader from UK DRI at UCL, has also been selected by the Association of British Neurologists to give a plenary lecture about her groundbreaking research on Huntington’s disease.

Covering a broad range of topics, from neural networks and neurogenesis to consciousness and cellular neurodegeneration, the world-class plenary speakers include:

Bart De Strooper – UK DRI; University College London; KU Leuven & VIB (UK DRI plenary lecture)
Sarah Tabrizi – UK DRI; University College London, UK (Association of British Neurologists plenary lecture)
Fred Gage Salk Institute for Biological Studies, USA
Peter Jonas – Institute of Science and Technology, Austria
Jürgen Knoblich – Institute of Molecular Biotechnology, Austria
Tirin Moore – Stanford University, USA
Beatriz Rico– King’s College London, UK
Amita Sehgal – University of Pennsylvania, USA
Anil Seth– University of Sussex, UK
Huda Zoghbi – Baylor College of Medicine, USA (The Lundbeck Brain Prize plenary lecture)

Plenaries Updated

On the announcement, BNA Chief Executive, Dr Anne Cooke commented:

"We're incredibly proud of our fantastic line-up of internationally renowned plenary speakers, highlighting BNA2021's strong global focus.

 "At a time when so many of us are unable to meet, we're looking forward to hosting an event for neuroscience minds everywhere to come together from across the world to connect, share and celebrate the latest research and opportunities."

UK DRI Director, Prof Bart de Strooper, said: 

"The organising committee have put together an outstanding programme for BNA2021 and we’re very proud to be a part of this as Festival Partner. The conference offers a fantastic opportunity to meet research colleagues from across the neuroscience field which I believe is critically important for widening our scientific horizons."

Ageing and dementia

In addition to the plenary lecture, UK DRI are also responsible for four scientific symposium and a workshop which will bring together world-class international expertise and the brightest talents from our early career researcher community.

UK DRI scientific stream
  • Sleep and circadian rhythms in dementia research
    • Derk-Jan Dijk (co-chair), UK DRI Care Research and Technology and Surrey Sleep Research Centre - Why and how to target sleep and circadian rhythms in dementia
    • Erik Musiek, The Hope Center, Washington University in St. Louis, USA - Circadian clock genes in neurodegenerative diseases
    • Raphaelle Winsky-Sommerer, University of Surrey, UK - Targeting sleep in mouse models of dementia
    • Berta Anuncibay-Soto, UK DRI at Imperial - Does insomnia enhance onset of dementia? Novel mouse models of insomnia
  • Non-neuronal cells in neurological disease
    • Blanca Díaz-Castro (co-chair), UK DRI at Edinburgh - Astrocytes in the interface of brain and periphery
    • Cagla Eroglu, Duke University School of Medicine, USA - talk title TBC
    • Christer Betsholtz, Karolinska Institute and Dept of Immunology, Sweden - Single-cell analysis of neurovascular biology reveals novel cell types and their roles
    • Sebastiaan De Schepper, UK DRI at UCL - Microglia-Synapse Interaction in Alzheimer's Disease
  • Dementia, sports & traumatic brain injury
    • David Sharp (co-chair), UK DRI Care Research & Technology at Imperial College London - What is the link between TBI and neurodegenerative disorders?
    • Williiam Stewart, Institute of Neuroscience, University of Glasgow, UK - Do sports increase the risk of dementia?
    • Elisa Zanier (co-chair), Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research, Milan, Italy - Transmissable Tau pathology induced by TBI
    • Neil Graham, UK DRI Care Research & Technology at Imperial College London - Diffuse axonal injury as a trigger for progressive neurodegeneration
  • Brain resilience to pathology
    • Karen Duff, UK DRI at UCL, UK - Mechanisms of vulnerability to pathology in Alzheimer's disease
    • David A.Bennett (co-chair), Rush University, Chicago, USA - talk title TBC
    • Carol Brayne, Cambridge University, UK - talk title TBC
    • Declan King (co-chair), UK DRI at Edinburgh - Synaptic resilience in Lothian Birth Cohort 1936 participants is associated with maintained cognition during ageing
  • WORKSHOP: Multi-omics analysis of the brain at single cell resolution
    • Carlo Sala Frigerio (co-chair), UK DRI at UCL, UK - talk title TBC
    • Viola Volpato, UK DRI at Cardiff, UK - A deep single cell atlas of the human substantia nigra to study Parkinson's Disease progression
    • Sarah Marzi, UK DRI at Imperial, UK - Epigenetic regulation in neurodegenerative disease
    • Jo Anne Stratton, McGill University, Montreal, Canada- Interpretation of sequencing data in brain tissue
    • Seth Grant, University of Edinburgh, UK - Synapse proteome complexity and the architecture of synapse diversity
    • Kenneth Harris, University College London, UK - Identifying fine cellular subtypes in situ with multiplexed in situ RNA sequencing
    • Johanna Jackson, UK DRI at Imperial, UK - talk title TBC

Online and worldwide

This will be the fifth Festival of Neuroscience, held bi-annually, to celebrate and share all the latest research and developments in fundamental, applied, translational and clinical neuroscience, ensuring the full range of neuroscience interests are represented. BNA2021 is proud to be working together with seventeen Partnering Organisations, in addition to the UK DRI, who are directly involved in programming the event and bringing together different people with a shared interest in the brain and nervous system, making it a true Festival of Neuroscience.

Hosted online for the first time ever, BNA2021 will create a whole new Festival experience, bringing together a wide range of plenaries, symposia, workshops and discussion forums. It will also feature poster presentations, preregistration posters, career sessions, industry insights, credibility in neuroscience, networking opportunities, a free public programme, and much more!

Watch this space: the full programme and registration will launch very soon!

See more information about BNA2021


Article published: 19 October 2020