22 February 2024

08:30 - 09:30

Registration + Poster set-up

09:45 - 10:00

Location: Amphi A
Opening speech

10:00 - 11:00

 Plenary 1.1. 
Keynote 1: Bart de Strooper (KU Leuven, VIB, University College London)

11:00 - 11:30


11:30 - 12:15

 Plenary 1.2 
Invited speaker: Tamara Seredenina (AC Immune SA)

12:15 - 13:30

Lunch + Poster session

13:30 - 15:30

Location: Amphi A

Parallel session 1.1 
Molecular Neurodegeneration
Dr David Blum (Lille University)

PhD Talks
Elucidating the Role of Brain Senescence and Telomere Attrition in Alzheimer’s Disease Tauopathy - Debora Palomares (Louvain)

Investigating dysregulated miRNAs in Alzheimer's disease for biomarker discovery and brain-serum correlation - Qingfeng Wen (Maastricht)

Outbreak of tauopathy and associated features in the olfactory and central nervous systems of PS19 mice - Marion Dourte (Louvain)

The PDE4D inhibitor RICE improves spatial memory performance and neuroplasticity-related processes - Emily Willems (Hasselt)

Location: Amphi B

Parallel session 1.2 

Environment, Brain & Behavior
Prof Stefania Maccari (Lille University)

PhD Talks
Complement-Mediated Control of Glutamate Transmission in Cortical Tripartite Synapses of Mice with Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis - Alice Taddeucci (Genoa)

Sensorimotor restriction during development induces mitochondrial alteration within muscle and brain structures - Mélanie van Gaever (Lille)

Multiple Exposome-Wide Association Studies of Psychiatric Disorders in the UK Biobank - Angelo Arias Magnasco (Maastricht)

Exploring the Impact of Family Experiences and Psychological Indexes on Behaviour towards Antibiotics: A Self-Report Study on an Italian Sample - Paola Castellano (Bologna)

15:30 - 16:00


16:00 - 17:00

Location: Amphi B

 Workshop 1 
PhDTalk: Communication and Public Speaking Skills for Doctoral Success
Eugenia Covernton (Lecturers Without Borders)

17:00 - 17:20

SciFi course: presentation and testimonial
Rudy Schreiber (Maastricht University) & Lieve van Veggel (Hasselt University)

17:30 - 18:00

Break & Commute to center

18:00 - 21:00

Dinner including social activity

23 February 2024

09:00 - 10:00

 Plenary 2.1 
Keynote 2: Vincent Prévot (Lille University)

10:00 - 10:45

 Plenary 2.2 
Invited speaker: Rejko Krüger (University of Luxembourg)

10:45 - 11:15


11:15 - 12:00

Location: Amphi A

Parallel session 2.1 
Clinical Neurodegeneration
Marlies Gijs (Maastricht University)

PhD Talks
The Neural Basis of Thermoception - Aïcha Boutachkourt (Louvain)

Assessing Reading Challenges in Medical and General Texts through Eye-Tracking - Oksana Ivchenko (Lille)

Location: Amphi B

Parallel session 2.2 
Gut-Brain Axis and Neuroinflammation
Marialetizia Rastelli (Lille University)

PhD Talks
Phagocyte-specific TRPV4 deficiency in spinal cord injury repair - Amber Delbroek (Hasselt)

Development of an in vivo ImmuneScore in the case of Glioblastoma via the SpiderMass technology - Yanis Zirem (Lille)

12:00 - 13:00

Lunch + Poster session + Artwork contest (vote)

13:00 - 14:00

Location: Amphi A

Parallel session 2.1 
Clinical Neurodegeneration

PhD Talks
Exploring ocular glymphatics: The association between intraocular pressure, tear total-tau and MRI-visible perivascular spaces - Merel van der Thiel (Maastricht)

Seas of Clarity: the role of brown edible European seaweeds in enhancing cognitive function in progressive MS - Jule Richartz (Hasselt)

Location: Amphi B

Parallel session 2.2 
Gut-Brain Axis and Neuroinflammation

PhD Talks
Mucosal enteric glia migration is affected by microbiota independently of vagal innervation - Gabriele Sanchini (Hasselt)

Gastrointestinal dysbiosis and functional alterations in a mouse model for psychiatric disorders - Kobe Neven (Hasselt)

14:00 - 14:30


14:30 - 15:30

Location: Amphi A

 Workshop 2 
Recruitment after PhD
Ariane Sharif, Odile Viltart, Jean-Marc Taymans

15:30 - 16:00


Closing speech