07 February 2022

09:00 - 10:00


10:00 - 10:15

Dr. Gunter Kenis (Director EURON) & Prof. Dr. Niels Hellings (Director BIOMED, Hasselt University)

10:15 - 11:15

Keynote Lecture: Two brains are better than one (Prof. Dr. Werend Boesmans - Hasselt University)

11:15 - 11:45

Coffee Break

11:45 - 13:30

Parallel session - Aula 1
Neurodegeneration/regeneration and psychiatric disorders

30 minutes Invited Lecture:

Mitochondria in Parkinson's disease: Exploring cellular mechanisms beyond mitophagy (Prof. Dr. Anne Grünewald - University of Luxembourg)

15 minutes PhD talks:

●    Emma Theerens (Université de Lille)
Environmental factors involved in Parkinson’s disease: air pollution-derived ultrafine particles induce ferroptosis in an in vitro model of human dopaminergic neurons 

●    Manuel Gutièrrez de Ravé (Hasselt University)
Effects of APOE deficiency in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease

●    Santiago Camblor-Perujo
(University of Cologne)

Regulation of Neuronal Cell Fate Determination by Endocytic Adaptor AP-2

●    Andrea Angla Navarro (Université catholique de Louvain)
Non-cell autonomous regulation of pre-motor interneuron development in the chicken embryonic spinal cord


Parallel session - Aula 2
The periphery: gut-brain axis, the PNS and sensory organs

30 minutes Invited Lecture:

3D in vitro models for peripheral nerve and exoneural biology studies (Prof. Dr. Paul Wieringa - Maastricht University)

15 minutes PhD talks:

●    Simone Schonkeren (Maastricht University)
Tumor Phenotype Is Influenced by Enteric Neuron Density in Colorectal Cancer

●    Orlane Dupuis  (Université de Lille)
Effects of early movement restriction on sensorimotor development and motor performance in rat 
●    Sara Lambrichts (Maastricht University)

Neurovascular dysfunction and cognitive impairment in a model of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction

●    Delia Della Porta (Université catholique de Louvain)
The effect of selective spatial attention on the development of secondary hyperalgesia : a replication study

13:30 - 14:15


14:15 - 15:15

Networking workshop (Prof. Dr. Niels Hellings)

15:15 - 16:15

Walk through Hasselt

16:15 - 17:30

Poster session

17:30 - 19:00


08 February 2022

09:00 - 10:00

Keynote Lecture: Epigenetics and dementia (Prof. Dr. Katie Lunnon - University of Exeter Medical School)

10:00 - 10:30

Coffee break

10:30 - 12:15

Parallel session - Aula 2
Immuno-neuron and glial-neuron interactions

30 minutes Invited Lecture:

Regulation of microglia dynamism by TRPV4 channels (Dr. Yeranddy Aguiar Alpizar - Hasselt University)

15 minutes PhD talks:

●    Sam Vanherle (Hasselt University)
The ApoA-I mimetic peptide 5A enhances remyelination by promoting the clearance and degradation of myelin debris

●    Jana van Broeckhoven (University of Hasselt)
Macrophage-based delivery of interleukin-13 improves functional and histopathological outcomes following spinal cord injury

●    Narek Manukjan (Maastricht University)
Cerebral hypoperfusion induced by carotid stenosis leads to hypoxia in oligodendrocyte precursor cells

●    Melanie Mertens (University of Hasselt)
Microglial TRPV4 deficiency improves recovery after spinal cord injury by preventing excessive microgliosis


Parallel session - Aula 2
Neuromodulation and neuroimaging

30 minutes Invited Lecture:

Modeling neurological disorders in rats and treating them with deep brain stimulation (Dr. Boriss Sagalajev - University of Cologne)

15 minutes PhD talks:

●    Amanda Moya-Gomez (Hasselt University)
Unravelling the effect of LF-EMS in a model of ischemia/reperfusion

●    Julie Oomens (Maastricht University)
Cerebral microbleeds are associated with amyloid positivity in an age-dependent manner: The Amyloid Biomarker Study

●    Faisal Alosaimi (Maastricht University)
Modulation of monoaminergic systems with stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus using magnetoelectric nanoparticles alters behaviour in mice

•    Guillaume Carey  (Université de Lille)
Cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety in Parkinson’s disease induces functional brain changes

12:15 - 13:30

Lunch & Poster session

13:30 - 15:00

Panel discussion: career opportunities

15:00 - 16:00

EURON mobility grant, concluding remarks and awards