About

This is a discussion-oriented meeting and the formats of both the symposium and workshop are designed to allow ample time for stimulating discussions focused on understanding the current state of the art, knowledge gaps, and unanswered questions in the field. The ultimate goal is to achieve some convergence on defining the research priorities and opportunities that would enable us to translate our understanding of alpha-synuclein functions in health and disease to accelerate ongoing and future efforts aimed at developing effective therapies for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and related synucleinopathies.

The first two days will consist of a series of well-structured sessions focused on critical assessment of :

  • Our current understanding of the normal functions of alpha-synuclein.
  • The short- and long-term consequences of modulating alpha-synuclein levels.
  • The role of aggregation-independent alpha-synuclein toxicity mechanisms.

On the third day, we will have a workshop that will consist of four-round table discussions which will reflect on the presentations and discussions from the symposium and focusing on :

  • Reassessing the interplay between alpha-synuclein normal functions and its role in the pathogenesis of PD and other synucleinopathies.
  • Implications of understanding Alpha-synuclein functions and regulating its levels for the development of prevention and disease modifying strategies.
  • Challenges and opportunities for the next five years.
  • New models for collaborations and consortia, including between industry-academia, to advance translational research in Parkinson’s disease. 

Confirmed speakers

Robert Edwards
USA

University of California San Francisco

Learn more
Robert Edwards
USA
Hilal A. Lashuel
Switzerland

École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne

Learn more
Hilal A. Lashuel
Switzerland
John Trojanowski
USA

University of Pennsylvania

Learn more
John Trojanowski
USA
Vladimir Buchman
UK

Cardiff university

Learn more
Vladimir Buchman
UK
Poul Jensen
Denmark

Aarhus University

Learn more
Poul Jensen
Denmark
Michael Zasloff
USA

Georgetown University

Learn more
Michael Zasloff
USA
David Sulzer
USA

Columbia University

Learn more
David Sulzer
USA
David Brown
UK

University of Bath

Learn more
David Brown
UK
Sreeganga Chandra
USA

Yale University

Learn more
Sreeganga Chandra
USA
Sarah Shahmoradian
Switzerland

Paul Scherrer Institute

Learn more
Sarah Shahmoradian
Switzerland
Dimitri Krainc
USA

Northwestern University

Learn more
Dimitri Krainc
USA
Michael Lee
USA

University of Minnesota

Learn more
Michael Lee
USA
Peter Lansbury
USA

Harvard University

Learn more
Peter Lansbury
USA
Virginia Lee
USA

University of Pennsylvania

Learn more
Virginia Lee
USA
Gabriele Kaminski
USA

University of Cambridge

Learn more
Gabriele Kaminski
USA
David Eliezer
USA

Cornell University

Learn more
David Eliezer
USA
Henning Stahlberg
Switzerland

University of Basel

Learn more
Henning Stahlberg
Switzerland
Benjamin Stecher
Canada

Bridging the gap between Parkinson's researchers and patients

Learn more
Benjamin Stecher
Canada
Isabel Fariñas
Spain

University of Valencia

Learn more
Isabel Fariñas
Spain
Maria Grazia Spillantini
UK

University of Cambridge

Learn more
Maria Grazia Spillantini
UK
Vladan Lucic
Germany

Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry

Learn more
Vladan Lucic
Germany
Michael Schlossmacher
Canada

University of Ottawa

Learn more
Michael Schlossmacher
Canada
Serge Przedborski
USA

Columbia University

Learn more
Serge Przedborski
USA

Guest panelists

Donato Di Monte
Germany

German center for neurodegenerative diseases, Bonn

Learn more
Donato Di Monte
Germany
Pekka Kallunki
Denmark

Lundbeck

Learn more
Pekka Kallunki
Denmark
Warren Hirst
USA

Biogen

Learn more
Warren Hirst
USA
Martin Citron
Belgium

UCB Pharma, Brussels area

Learn more
Martin Citron
Belgium
Andreas Muhs
Switzerland

AC Immune SA

Learn more
Andreas Muhs
Switzerland
Marco Giorgetti
Germany

AbbVie Neuroscience Discovery

Learn more
Marco Giorgetti
Germany
Kalpana Merchant
USA

Chaperone Therapeutics, Portland

Learn more
Kalpana Merchant
USA
Gergana Galabova
Austria

AFFiRiS AG

Learn more
Gergana Galabova
Austria
Markus Britschgi
Switzerland

Roche, Basel area

Learn more
Markus Britschgi
Switzerland
Peggy Taylor
USA

BioLegend

Learn more
Peggy Taylor
USA

Organizing committee

Hilal A. Lashuel
Switzerland

École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne

Learn more
Hilal A. Lashuel
Switzerland
Tiago Outeiro
Germany

University Medical Center Goettingen

Learn more
Tiago Outeiro
Germany
Leonidas Stefanis
Greece

Foundation of the Academy of Athens
University of Athens

Learn more
Leonidas Stefanis
Greece
Abid Oueslati
Canada

Laval University

Learn more
Abid Oueslati
Canada
Kalpana Merchant
USA

Chaperone Therapeutics, Portland

Learn more
Kalpana Merchant
USA
Philipp Kahle
Germany

University of Tübingen

Learn more
Philipp Kahle
Germany
Markus Britschgi
Switzerland

Roche, Basel area

Learn more
Markus Britschgi
Switzerland

Program

The full program will be released on the 20th of April 2018

PHD – Postdoc Summit

This session will consist of brief presentations by the students and post-docs followed by 1 hour of discussion to capture their views, insights, and perspectives on the unanswered questions and research priorities. The students and post-docs will be given the opportunity to moderate one of the round table discussion on Day 3.
09:00 to 10:30

Presentation by Ph.D. students and post-docs. It consists of 8x10 minutes talks.

10:30 to 10:50

Enjoy a hot drink in a relaxed atmosphere.

- Unanswered questions
- Unquestionned answers
- Challenge and opportunities
- Research priorities

Afternoon sessions

14:00 to 14:15

description

Session 1

14:15 to 15:00

Prof. Robert Edwards

Lorem ispum.

16:20 to 16:40

Lorem ipsum.

16:40 to 17:00

Enjoy a hot drink in a relaxed atmosphere.

Session 2

Lorem ispum.

18:20 to 18:40

Lorem ispum.

Speakers’ dinner

20:00 to 22:00

The dinner will take place at the Starling Hotel.

Morning sessions

Session 1

10:20 to 10:50

10:50 to 11:20

Enjoy a hot drink in a relaxed atmosphere.

Session 2

12:20 to 12:40

Lunch break

12:40 to 14:10

Lunch

Afternoon sessions

Session 3

15:30 to 16:30

16:30 to 16:50

Enjoy a hot drink in a relaxed atmosphere.

Session 4

Lake Cruise and Dinner

18:00 to 21:00

Dinner on a boat on the lake Leman

Morning session

Ut enim ad minima veniam, quis nostrum exercitationem ullam corporis suscipit laboriosam, nisi ut aliquid ex ea commodi consequatur. Duis mollis, est non commodo luctus, nisi erat porttitor ligula. Evget purus morbi, pellentesque ipsum tortor ipsum. Tincidunt elit magnis nulla facilisis. Dolor sagittis maecenas.

Eget lacinia odio sem nec elit. Integer posuere erat a ante venenatis dapibus posuere velit aliquet. Donec ullamcorper nulla non metus auctor fringilla. Nullam aliquet velit ac velit tempus in semper neque auctor. Aenean ligula mi, auctor sed tempus ultrices, semper tempus diam. Hac curabitur per quis parturient vel ut a sit scelerisque a sociis posuere penatibus. Nunc risus est nulla morbi, egestas lobortis.

10:30 to 10:50

Enjoy a hot drink in a relaxed atmosphere.

Lorem ipsum.

Afternoon Session 

Ut enim ad minima veniam, quis nostrum exercitationem ullam corporis suscipit laboriosam, nisi ut aliquid ex ea commodi consequatur. Duis mollis, est non commodo luctus, nisi erat porttitor ligula. Evget purus morbi, pellentesque ipsum tortor ipsum. Tincidunt elit magnis nulla facilisis. Dolor sagittis maecenas.

Eget lacinia odio sem nec elit. Integer posuere erat a ante venenatis dapibus posuere velit aliquet. Donec ullamcorper nulla non metus auctor fringilla. Nullam aliquet velit ac velit tempus in semper neque auctor. Aenean ligula mi, auctor sed tempus ultrices, semper tempus diam. Hac curabitur per quis parturient vel ut a sit scelerisque a sociis posuere penatibus. Nunc risus est nulla morbi, egestas lobortis.

14:30 to 14:50

Enjoy a hot drink in a relaxed atmosphere.

Lorem ipsum.

15:50 to– 16:00

Lorem ipsum.

Our sponsors

Registration Fees

The registration is open for the 100 first persons

Student
380 CHF
/ personGet Started
Included :
Lunch at the Starling Hotel
Academy
500 CHF
/ personGet Started
Included :
Lunch at the Starling Hotel
Industry
800 CHF
/ personGet Started
Included :
Lunch at the Starling Hotel

Abstract submission

General Guidelines

Please submit abstracts by emailing : marie.rodriguez@epfl.ch with subject : Synuclein 09-2018 abstract submission

Please note that the deadline is on the 15th of July 2018

Please indicate in the email if you wish that your abstract will be considered for oral presentation.

If your contribution has been accepted for poster, please prepare a poster size A0. The posters do not have to be sent in advance; please take yours along on the first day of the conference, where they can be put up before the welcome address.

Abstract preparation and format

Please submit a title of no more than 20 words, and keep your abstract to no more than 300 words. Together with this, please also submit affiliations of all authors, sticking to the following format :

Adams, A.(1), Smith, S.(1,2), & Jones, J.(2),
1 Center for Brain Science, Harvard University, USA
2 Brain Mind Institute, EPFL, Switzerland. 
Corresponding author: a.adams@harvard.edu

Posters should be size A0 : 119 × 84 cm (height x width) // Vertical

Practical informations

Check out the FAQs to find the answers to common questions. Can't find your question answered here? Contact us.

Which hotels are recommended ?

We recommend Starling Hotel (4 stars, where the symposium will take place) and Hotel des inventions (3 stars)

  • To enjoy an exclusive discount at the “Hotel des inventions”, please use this code: Synuclein2018
  • To enjoy an exclusive discount at the Starling hotel, please use this link :

Other hotels

Here is a list of other hotels provided by the city of Lausanne, please consider the Swisstech hotel for its proximity to the symposium (750m by foot).

When will the conference take place ?

The conference will take place from 7th to 9th of September, 2018

Where will the conference take place ?

The conference will take place in the conference room of the Lausanne Starling Hotel

Coming by plane

From Geneve airport (Cointrin) to Lausanne

The journey to Lausanne takes about 45 minutes. There are 3 departures per hour. Most connections are direct from the “Geneve aéroport” bus station to Lausanne.

You will find the timetables at this adress :

From Zurich airport (Kloten) to Lausanne

The journey to Lausanne takes about 2½ hours. There are 2 departures per hour. Some trains have a connection in Bern or  Zürich Hauptbahnhof (Zürich HB). Follow the link below and type as your departure location : “Zürich Flughafen”.

From Bâle airport (EuroAirport) to Lausanne

There isn’t any train station in the airport. You’ll have to take a shuttle to the central railway station (Basel SBB) which takes about 20 minutes. The journey to Lausanne takes about 2½ hours. There are 2 departures per hour. There will be a connection weather in Berne or Bienne. Follow the link below and type as your departure location : “Basel Airport”.

Coming by train

All train timetables can be find through this link :

From Paris to Lausanne

4 TGV per day connect Paris-Gare de Lyon to Lausanne. The journey is direct and takes about 4 hours.

From Lyon to Lausanne

The journey from Lyon-Part-Dieu” to Lausanne takes 2½ heures. There is a train every 2 hours. Please note that there is a connection in Genève.

From Milan to Lausanne

From Milan central train station, the journey takes 4 hours (3 hours with the cisalpin). There is a departure every 2 hours. Usually there is no connection.

Public transportation

Please buy a ticket for the needed number of zones (between 3 and 4CHF)

  • From Lausanne (20 to 30 minutes)

From Lausanne, take the M2 from the CFF train station (next to the Mc Donald). Go down at the Flon stop and take the M1 in direction of Renens and go down at the EPFL stop. Then walk across the EPFL campus towards the Rolex Learning Center. Take the underground passage under the “route departemental” that will take you to the Starling hotel entrance.

  • From Renens (20mn)

Take the bus n°31 in direction of “Venoge Sud” go down at the stop “Paqueret”, don’t forget to press the red button in the bus to ask the bus to stop. The Starling Hotel will be on the left of the road when you walk towards the Rolex Learning Center.

Or take the metro m1 in direction of Lausanne Flon, go down at the EPFL stop. Then walk across the EPFL campus towards the Rolex Learning Center. Take the underground passage under the “route departemental” that will take you to the Starling hotel entrance.

To find the quickest route type “Parc scientifique” as your arriving point. (it’s right next to the Starling Hotel but there aren’t any bus from Renens).

  • By Uber

There are Uber drivers in Lausanne. Please download the app on your phone to book a ride.

  • By taxi

Find below the link to the website of Lausanne taxis.

Is lunch included ?

Included in the registration fee.

Please note that dinner on a boat on the lake Leman is planned for the 8th September evening and isn’t included in the basic passes.

Will I be able to connect to the internet ?

Wireless internet access will be granted to the symposium participants: please ask for details at the welcome desk.

Event location

Here, you will find directions to the conference venue. More space to meet and network!

VISIT US

SV-BMI-LMNN
AI 2.151 - Station 19
CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland

EMAIL US

marie.rodriguez@epfl.ch

CALL US

+41 21 693 07 92