Neuroscience Ireland, August 28/29, 2008
Scientific Programme
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Scientific Programme – Day 1 – Thursday 28th August 2008

 

 

8:00-8:45          Registration at Aras Moyola

8:45-9:00          Welcome address

 

SESSION I        NEURODEGENERATION

Chairpersons     Dr. Karen Doyle & Dr. Adrienne Gorman

 

9:00-9:30          IS-1: Invited speaker presentation

                        Prof. Marina Lynch, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

                        Modulation of microglial activation by cell-cell interactions

 

9:30-9:45          OP-1: B. Boland, D. Mooney, D.M. Walsh, F.M. Platt

                        Autophagy induction and autophagosome clearance in neurons: Relationship

                        to autophagic pathology in Alzheimer's disease

 

9:45-10:00        OP-2: M.A. King, D.M. Kieran, J. Sebastia, B. Breen, J.H.M. Prehn

                        Role of astroglia in angiogenin-mediated motoneuron protection

 

10:00-10:15      OP-3: J.H. Stockley, F. Mattoli, A. Lindsay, M.W. McCaffrey, C. O’Neill

                        Altered B1 (β-secretase) levels and activity associated with synaptic formation

                        in the developing mouse cortex

 

10:15-10:30      OP-4: L.P. Tuffy, C.G. Concannon, M.W. Ward, J.H.M Prehn

                        Activation of JNK and induction of Bim are central to NMDA receptor-mediated

                        apoptotic injury in the mouse cortex

 

10:30-11:00      IS-2: Invited speaker presentation

                        Prof. Deniz Kirik, Lund University, Sweden

                        Are the animal models of Parkinson’s disease suitable for development of

                        neuroprotective therapies?

                                   

11:00-12:00     COFFEE AND POSTER SESSION A (PP-1 to PP-42)

 

12:00-1:00        PL-1: PLENARY LECTURE

                        Prof. David Nutt, University of Bristol, UK

                        Psychopharmacology of anxiety: From molecular imaging to challenge tests

 

1:00-2:00         LUNCH

 

SESSION II      PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY

Chairpersons     Dr. John Kelly and Dr. Dara Cannon

 

2:00-2:30          IS-3: Invited speaker presentation

                        Prof. John Waddington, Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland.

                        Mutant models for genes associated with schizophrenia:

                        psychopharmacological characterisation

 

2:30-2:45          OP-5: C.A. Browne, F. O’Brien, T.J. Connor, T.G. Dinan, J.F. Cryan.

                        BALB/c mice as a model of aberrant stress-induced cytokine expression:

                        Relevence to major depression

 

2:45-3:00          OP-6: R.D.J. Armstrong, T.A. Jenkins, G.P. Reynolds

                        The effects of 5-HT1a and 5-HT transporter genotypes on 5-HT turnover and

                        postsynaptic binding at 5-HT2a receptors

 

3:00-3:15          OP-7: M. Roche, E. Hayes, D.P. Finn.

                        Formalin-induced nociception is increased in the olfactory bulbectomised rat

                        model of depression

 

3:15-3:30          OP-8: I. Walsh, D.M. Yilmazer-Hanke

                        Interaction of genotype and early postnatal amphetamine treatment in

                        modulating the extinction of conditioned fear

 

3:30-4:00          IS-4: Invited speaker presentation

                        Dr. Chantal Martin-Soelch, University of Basel, Switzerland

                        Is depression associated with a dysfunction of the cerebral reward system?

 

4:00-4:30         COFFEE

 

SESSION III     PAIN

Chairpersons     Dr. David Finn and Dr. Brian McGuire

 

4:30-5:00          IS-5: Invited speaker presentation

                        Prof. George Shorten, University College, Cork, Ireland

                        Chronic postsurgical pain

 

5:00-5:15          OP-9: R.K. Butler, K. Rea, D.P. Finn

                        Role of the endocannabinoid and MAP kinase signalling systems in the rat

                        basolateral amygdala in pain- and fear-related behaviour

 

5:15-5:30          OP-10: S.M. O'Mahony, P. Fitzgerald, D.C.Bulmer, A.M. Coelho, T.G.Dinan, J.F.

                        Cryan

                        Central 5-HT2B receptors modulate visceral hypersensitivity in a genetic model

                        of irritable bowel syndrome

 

5:30-6:00          IS-6: Invited speaker presentation

                        Prof. Stephen McMahon, King’s College, London, UK

                        Genetic determinants of pain

 

6:00-7:00          Neuroscience Ireland Business Meeting

 

8:00                 CONFERENCE DINNER, RADISSON SAS HOTEL

 

 

 

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Scientific Programme – Day 2 – Friday 29th August 2008

 

 

SESSION IV      NEUROREGENERATION

Chairpersons     Dr. Eilís Dowd and Dr. Siobhan McMahon

 

9:00-9:30          IS-7: Invited speaker presentation

                        Dr. Claire Kelly, Cardiff University, UK

                        Cell replacement therapy for neurodegenerative diseases

 

9:30-9:45          OP-11: E.C. Bunk, J.H.M. Prehn, B.P. Kirby

                        Analysis of neuronal stem cell fate in an in vivo model of excitotoxic injury

 

9:45-10:00        OP-12: S. Grealish, L. Thompson, D. Kirik, A. Björklund

                        Functional reconstruction of the nigrostriatal pathway in a mouse model of

                        Parkinson’s disease

 

10:00-10:15      OP-13: N. Madigan, S. McMahon, T. Ritter, G. Rooney, F. Barry, A. Windebank,

                        T. O’Brien

                        Regeneration of injured spinal cord neurons through implantable polymer

                        bridges using a combined approach of neurotrophic support and glial scar

                        inhibition

 

10:15-10:30      OP-14: K. Mnich, E. Dowd, D.P. Finn, A.M. Gorman

                        Anandamide protects against 6-hydroxydopamine-induced apoptosis in rat

                        PC12 cells

 

10:30-11:00      IS-8: Invited speaker presentation

                        Prof. Jacqueline De Belleroche, Imperial College, London, UK

                        Common mechanisms of neurodegeneration and the development of

                        neuroprotective strategies

 

11:00-12:00     COFFEE AND POSTER SESSION B (PP-43 to PP-100)

 

12:00-1:00        PL-2: PLENARY LECTURE

                        Prof. Aviva Tolkovsky, University of Cambridge, UK

                        Cryptic mechanisms of neurodegeneration

 

1:00-2:00         LUNCH

 

SESSION V       Glial Biology

Chairpersons     Dr. Una Fitzgerald and Dr. Kieran McDermott

 

2:00-2:30         IS-9: Invited speaker presentation

                        Prof. Stephen McQuaid, Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland

                        The effects of blood brain barrier disruption on glial cell function in multiple

                        sclerosis

 

2:30-2:45          OP-15: P. Cunnea, J. McMahon, A. Ni Mháille, S. McQuaid, U. Fitzgerald

                        Expression of endoplasmic reticulum stress genes in laser microdissected

                        multiple sclerosis lesions

 

2:45-3:00          OP-16: B. Farrell, K.W. Mc Dermott.

                        The potential interaction between microRNA-124a and Sox9 in neuroepithelial

                        progenitor cells in the developing spinal cord.

 

3:00-3:15          OP-17: R-D. Gosselin, N. Dwyer, P. Fitzgerald, T.G. Dinan, J.F. Cryan

                        The glutamate transporter EAAT1 is alterated in spinal astrocytes of the rat

                        maternal separation model of visceral hypersensitivity

 

3:15-3:30          OP-18: C.M. Dolphin, P. Cunnea, U. FitzGerald.

                        Characterisation of the expression of endoplasmic reticulum stress signalling

                        pathway molecules during oligodendrocyte differentiation

 

3:30-4:00          IS-10: Invited speaker presentation

                        Prof. Richard Reynolds, Imperial College, London, UK

                        Changes in oligodendrocyte-axon interactions in multiple sclerosis

 

4:00                 FAREWELL AND PRIZEGIVING

                        (Sponsored by Science Foundation Ireland)