Development of the dopaminergic system - from stem cells to circuits

Development of the dopaminergic system - from stem cells to circuits

13-15 May 2019, Crete

Development of the dopaminergic system – from stem cells to circuits 

13-15 May 2019, Crete




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The mammalian brain is anatomically and functionally complex, and susceptible to diverse forms of neuropathology. A fundamental goal of developmental neuroscience is to understand the molecular, cellular and activity-based mechanisms that control the formation and maintenance of neural circuits. This knowledge is fundamental to better understand how these mechanisms become compromised in neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative/psychiatric disorders.

In recent years, the development and function of dopamine neurons has come under intense focus, driven by the ambition of generating dopaminergic neurons for cell replacement strategies in Parkinson’s disease (PD).To deepen our understanding of dopamine biology in the healthy brain and to develop strategies to ameliorate disease states, it is essential to bring together neurodevelopmental research, approaches to dissect complex neuronal networks, and advanced pluripotent stem cell technologies.

The 2019 conference “Development of the dopaminergic system-from stem cells to circuits” will feature an exciting and diverse scientific programme focused on recent advances and future directions in fundamental and applied developmental neuroscience centred on the midbrain dopaminergic system. We look forward to you joining us in this interesting and informative meeting and help us form a growing network of interactions and collaborations aiming at pushing the boundaries of research in the field of dopaminergic development.


Prof. Rajeshwar Awatramani

Associate Professor of Neurology

Northwestern University,



Dr Emmanouil Metzakopian

Team leader

UK Dementia Research Institute
(UK DRI), University of Cambridge



Prof. Sandra Blaess

Heisenberg-Professorship in Neurodevelopment

University of Bonn,



Prof. Martin Lévesque

Associate professor at Laval University, Canada

Head of Neurodevelopmental group at CERVO Brain Research Centre  




More about the organising committee…


EARLY REGISTRATION ends 31st January 2019, secure your ticket early!

This event is all inclusive. Your registration fee includes the conference attendance, 3 nights (check-in on the 12th and check-out on the 15th) stay at the Fodele Beach Resort, all meals and all beverages (this also includes your food and drinks outside of the conference programme). Click below to enter the conference’s registration portal powered by our digital partner OBRIZUM®.











Siew-Lan Ang, Crick Institute, UK

Ernest Arenas, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

Rajeshwar Awatramani, Northwestern University, USA

Anders Bjorklund, University of Lund, Sweden

Sandra Blaess, University of Bonn Germany

Vania Broccoli, San Raffaele Scientific Institute/CNR Institute of Neuroscience, Italy

Claude Brodski, Ben Gurion University, Israel

Wolfgang Driever, University of Freiburg, Germany

Cecilia Flores, McGill University, Canada

Mary Hynes, Stanford University, USA

Deniz Kirik, University of Lund, Sweden

Jeff Kordower, Rush University, USA

Martin Lévesque, Laval University, CERVO Brain Research Centre, Canada

Emmanouil Metzakopian, UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI), University of Cambridge, UK

Lia Panman, MRC Toxicology Unit, Cambridge, UK

Clare Parish, University of Melbourne, Australia

Juha Partanen, University of Helsinki, Finland

Jeroen Pasterkamp, University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands

Thomas Perlmann, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

Nilima Prakash, Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Alain Prochiantz, College de France, France

Jens Schwammborn, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Marten P. Smidt, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Louis-Eric Trudeau, University of Montreal, Canada

Andrea Wizenmann, Univeristy of Tübingen, Germany

Wolfgang Wurst, Helmholtz Zentrum münchen, German Research Center for Environmental Health, Germany


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