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JCB–JEM 2021 Symposium on Neurodegeneration

Neurodegenerative Diseases: Emerging Mechanisms and Therapeutic Opportunities

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The Journal of Cell Biology (JCB) and Journal of Experimental Medicine (JEM) present a two-day virtual symposium on neurodegeneration, bringing together prominent and diverse researchers for talks and poster presentations on the latest advances in fundamental and translational research on:

  • Alzheimer’s disease (AD)
  • Parkinson’s disease (PD)
  • frontotemporal dementia (FTD)
  • amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • other neurodegenerative disorders

The format of the meeting will include two virtual sessions, each consisting of five or six 20-minute talks and one 12-minute short talk selected from abstract submissions, principally on unpublished work. In addition, there will be one virtual poster session. The organizers will select two abstracts for short talks; please specify in your submission if you prefer to present a poster.

Date and time

April 26, 2021, 10:00 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. EDT: Session I
April 26, 2021, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EDT: Poster session
April 27, 2021, 10:00 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. EDT: Session II


Registration is open!
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A detailed program will be released closer to the meeting date. Confirmed speakers include:

Elizabeth M. Bradshaw  Adler Assistant Professor of Neurological Sciences (in Neurology, the Taub Institute, and the Institute for Genomic Medicine), Columbia University

Clifford P. Brangwynne  Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Princeton University/HHMI

Pietro De Camilli  John Klingenstein Professor of Neuroscience and Professor of Cell Biology, Yale School of Medicine/HHMI

Ana Maria Cuervo  Professor, Department of Developmental & Molecular Biology; Professor, Department of Anatomy & Structural Biology; Professor, Department of Medicine (Hepatology); Robert and Renée Belfer Chair for the Study of Neurodegenerative Diseases, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Li Gan  Director, Helen and Robert Appel Alzheimer’s Disease Research Institute; Professor of Neuroscience, Weill Cornell Medical College

Constantino Iadecola  Director/Chair, Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute; Anne Parrish Titzell Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience, Weill Cornell Medicine

Shane A. Liddelow  Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience and Physiology; Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology; Neuroscience Institute, NYU Langone School of Medicine

Giovanni Manfredi  Finbar and Marianne Kenny Professor in Clinical and Research Neurology, Brain and Mind Research Institute; Professor of Neuroscience, Brain and Mind Research Institute; Professor of Neurology, Neurology, Weill Cornell Medical College

Anne Schaefer  Tenured Professor and Vice-Chair in the Department of Neuroscience; Professor in the Department of Psychiatry; Co-director of the Center for Glial Biology at the Friedman Brain Institute, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Li-Huei Tsai  Director, The Picower Institute for Learning and Memory; Picower Professor of Neuroscience, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences; Senior Associate Member, Broad Institute, MIT

Ai Yamamoto  Associate Professor of Neurology; Associate Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology, Columbia University

The symposium organizers are:

Li Gan  Director, Helen and Robert Appel Alzheimer’s Disease Research Institute; Professor of Neuroscience, Weill Cornell Medical College

David Holtzman  Professor and Chairman, Department of Neurology, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis; JEM Editor

Richard J. Youle  Senior Investigator, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke; JCB Editor

Melina CasadioJCB Senior Scientific Editor

Eric SaweyJEM Senior Scientific Editor

Tim SpencerJCB Executive Editor

Xin (Cindy) SunJEM Scientific Editor

Poster Presentations

The symposium will feature posters describing unpublished or very recently published research in the area of neurodegeneration. Poster presenters will have the opportunity to pitch their poster through a two-minute video ahead of the virtual poster session, as a part of the April 26 session of talks. To share their work with attendees during the virtual poster session, presenters will each have a one-hour Zoom room. Meeting participants can join a Zoom room to ask questions. One poster presenter will be chosen during the symposium to receive one 10.2-inch iPad Wi-Fi 128GB – Silver (retail: $429.00). 

Interested in presenting a poster? The deadline to submit an abstract for consideration is April 7, 2021.

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The organizers are committed to creating a collegial and constructive atmosphere and to providing professional development opportunities to a diverse group of junior researchers. The organizers encourage trainees of all levels to ask questions throughout the symposium and to contact organizers, presenters, and/or attendees in advance of the meeting to network and discuss their work.

Because talks and posters will present unpublished data, audio/video recording, filming, or photographing is prohibited during talks and the poster session. Please refrain from tweeting, blogging, or broadcasting on social media about talks and posters without the presenter’s permission. We appreciate your cooperation in making the meeting fruitful and the atmosphere positive, in adhering to these guidelines, and in respecting the wishes of presenters who prefer that their talk, poster, or unpublished results not be shared via social media.


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