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King's College London ARUK Network Science Day, 30th May 2019

King's College London ARUK Network Science Day, 30th May

Venue: Wolfson Lecture Theatre, DeCrespigny Park, London, SE5 8AF

The King's College London ARUK Network Science Day is a one-day scientific meeting not only for King's ARUK Network members, but also for ARUK Network members from other London universities as well as from Cambridge and Oxford. There is no registration fee, but registration is required to plan for catering. Any attendee can present a poster and the best four poster abstracts will be selected for a 15-minute talk. The best 15-minute talk and the best poster presentation will get a prize.

Abstracts should be submitted before May 1st, 2019 to or

Registration deadline is also May 1st, 2019


We have an outstanding programme so we hope that as many researchers as possible will attend and present, and that we will have some great networking.

The KCL ARUK Network would like to encourage PhD students and postdocs to submit abstracts for poster and oral presentations (4 oral presentations will be selected from submitted abstracts). All details are on:

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9:00 am, Registration and tea/coffee, Wolfson Lecture Theatre Mezzanine at IoPPN main building (DeCrespigny Park)

9:10 - 9:15 am, Welcome, Prof. Diane Hanger (KCL ARUK network coordinator)

9:15 - 9:30 am, Latest ARUK opportunities, Dr. Michael Dinan (ARUK)

9:30 -10:15 am, Plenary Lecture: Homeostasis of activity in neural circuits: From basic principles to malfunctions, Prof. Inna Slutsky (University of Tel Aviv, Israel)


10:20 -10:50 am, Session 1: Selected Talks; Chair: Dr. Joe Bateman (BCN, KCL)

10:20 -10:35 am, Mitochondria at the neuronal presynapse in Parkinson’s disease: implications for neurodegeneration, Dr. Michael Devine (UCL).

10:35 - 10:50 am, Investigating functional effects of tau and alpha-synuclein interactions in a novel rat model of alpha-synuclein propagation, Cindy Pang (BCN, KCL)

10:50 am, Coffee break


11:20 -12:15 pm Session 2, Chair: Dr. Lizzie Glennon (BCN, KCL)

11:20 - 11:35 am, ARK and relevance for ARUK projects,  Dr Richard Siow (ARK, KCL)

11:35 - 11:55 am, Targeting tau in Alzheimer’s disease: an industry perspectiveDr Fiona Menzies (Eli Lilly, UK)

11:55 - 12:15 pm, Transcription based drug repurposing for neurodegenerative conditions, Dr Gareth Williams (Wolfson CARD, KCL)

12:15 – 14:00 pm, Lunch and poster presentations, Robin Murray Lecture Theatre and Education Hub


14:00 - 15:00 pm, Session 3, Chair: Prof. K. Peter Giese (BCN, KCL)

14:00 - 14:30 pm, Predictors of cognitive decline in Parkinson's diseaseProf. Dag Aarsland (Old Age  Psychiatry, KCL)

14:30 - 15:00 pm, Interactions of tau with and within condensed liquid protein phases and the relation to neurodegenerative diseases, Dr. Susanne Wegmann (Deutsches Zentrum f. Neurodegenerative Erkrankungen (DZNE), Berlin)


15:00 – 15:30 pm, Session 4: Selected talks, Chair: Dr. Anthony Vernon (BCN, KCL)

15:00 - 15:15 pm, Transmission of amyloid-β pathology, Dr. Silvia Purro (Prion Unit, UCL)

15:15 - 15:30 pm, Exploring ageing and Alzheimer’s disease in adults with Down syndrome using functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), Rosalyn Hithersay (Forensic and Neurodevelopmental Soiences, KCL)

15.30 - 16:15 pm, Plenary Lecture: Initiation and spread of tauopathy: mechanisms and therapeutic opportunities, Prof. Karen Duff (Columbia University)

16.20 pm, Awards for early career researcher poster and oral presentations

16.25–17.30 pm, Wine reception and networking, Robin Murray Lecture Theatre and Education Hub


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