The Golden Helix Symposia

The Concept
The Golden Helix Symposia series are named after the house of Francis Crick (“The Golden Helix”; 19/20 Portugal Place, Cambridge, UK) to emphasize their focus on human genomics and personalized medicine. The topic of these symposia revolves around the fields of genomic and personalized medicine. In particular, these symposia series have the following features:

  • Symposia topics are selected by Golden Helix Institute’s International Advisory Council of distinguished research scientists from academia, government, and industry.
  • New and often ground- breaking science is presented at every meeting.
  • Symposia range in length from 2 to 3 days
  • Average attendance is 450 participants, coming from various countries worldwide.
  • Scientific excellence is ensured where important collaborations are formed, careers are enhanced, and new scientific breakthroughs are presented
  • Participants are staff scientists, post-doctoral fellows and students from academia, working in the field of personalized research, and scientists from pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, government agencies and private and research foundations,
  • Conference venues are usually prestigious locations in major cities or summer retreats in Southern Mediterranean or Eastern regions

UPCOMING SYMPOSIUM: 2016 Golden Helix Symposium, Mansoura, Egypt


2016 Golden Helix Symposium

Genomics of Neurodegenerative Disorders

January 14-16, 2016, Mansoura, Egypt


The 2016 Golden Helix Symposium "Genomics of Neurodegenerative Disorders" will be organized in Mansoura, Egypt, January 14-16, 2016.

The meeting will be organized from the Golden Helix Foundation, jointly with the Universities of Mansoura and Menoufia in Cairo, Egypt. The 2016 Golden Helix Symposium is the first to be organized in the African continent and will focus on the recent trends in the field of clinical and translational neuroscience. Also, a dedicated workshop on Genomics in Africa will be organized.

The Symposium Faculty consists of international renownded speakers mostly from Europe, Africa and Southeast Asia.

Topics to be covered include:

1. Pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases (prenatal, patholoical, genetic, environmental)
2. Inflammation and immunity, translational and prevention aspects of neurodegenerative disorders
3. Epigenetics mechanisms in embryonic and adult neurogenesis in health and disease
4. Pharmacogenomics of neurodegenerative disorders
5. Genomics and Epigenomics
6. Technology highlights and animal models in neurodegenerative disorders

Lastly, as with the previous Symposia, the 2016 Golden Helix Symposium will feature the 2016 Genomic Medicine Alliance - Public Health Genomics award, presented for the best abstract submitted for this meeting, while all abstracts will be published as a Supplement in Public Health Genomics, the official journal of the Genomic Medicine Alliance.


The 2016 Golden Helix Symposium Organizing Committee


Co-organized by:


Endorsed by:




Early bird registration deadline: EXTENDED TO November 30th, 2015

Deadline for abstract submission: EXTENDED TO December 15th, 2015



2016 Golden Helix Symposium venue

The 2016 Golden Helix Symposium will be held in the University of Mansoura Auditorium and Department of Neurology.

Mansoura University was founded in 1972 in Mansoura city, Egypt. Mansoura is located at the middle of the Nile Delta in Egypt. It is one of the biggest Egyptian universities and has contributed much to the cultural and scientific life in Mansoura and Egypt.

The Faculty of Medicine was founded in 1962 as a branch of Cairo University. In 1972, a presidential decree announced the establishment of the University under the name "East Delta University". Later on, its name was changed to Mansoura University in 1973.



Organizing Committee

Wael Mohamed (Menoufia University, Cairo, Egypt; Chairman)

George P. Patrinos (University of Patras, Patras, Greece; Co-Chairman)

Mohamed Salama (Mansoura University, Cairo Egypt; Co-Chairman)

Ahmed G. Azab (Mansoura University, Cairo Egypt; Co-Chairman)


Local Organizing committee

Prof. Mohamed Sobh - Director of MERC, Mansoura University, Egypt

Prof. Abdelhaleem Tantawy - Professor of Neurology, Mansoura University, Egypt

Prof. Ahmed Badawy - Vice Dean for research and graduate studies, Faculty of Medicine, Mansoura University, Egypt

Prof. Hussein Sheashaa - Professor of Medicine, Mansoura University, Egypt

Dr. Ali Shalash - Assistant Professor of Neurology, Ain Shams University, Egypt


Confirmed Speakers

Rudi Balling (Luxembourg, Luxembourg; Keynote Lecture)

Colin Barnstable (Philadelphia, PA, USA)

Nazli Basak (Istanbul, Turkey)

Kailash Bhatia (London, UK; Keynote lecture)

Oscar Arias Carrion (Mexico City, Mexico)

Vita Dolzan (Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Passent El-Kafrawy (Menoufia, Egypt)

Achilles Gravanis (Heraklion, Greece)

Peng Jin (Altanta, GA, USA)

Evangelos Kiskinis (Chicago, IL, USA)

Adrian Llerena (Extremadura, Spain)

Wael Mohamed (Menoufia, Egypt)

George P. Patrinos (Patras, Greece)

Mohamed Salama (Mansura, Egypt)

Ali Shalash (Ain Shams, Egypt)

Hussein Sheashaa (Mansoura, Egypt)

Joyce Tombran-Tink (Philadelphia, PA, USA)

Toshi Yamashita (Osaka, Japan)


Scientific Program


Preliminary Scientific Program


Thursday, January 14th, 2016



Running Coffee and snacks


10:30 – 12:30 Pre-Symposium Workshop

Neurobehavioral Assessment of Animal Models (Medical Experimental Research Center [MERC])

- Theoretical background regarding neurobehavioral assessment

- Demo Video showing video tracking software

- Hands on training on animal models


Running Coffee Break


12:30 – 13:30  Official Opening Ceremony (University Convention Center)

Welcome addresses

Prof. Mohamed Sobh, MERC Director

Prof. Elsaied Abdelhady, Dean of Mansoura School of Medicine

Prof. Mohamed El-Kennawy, Mansura University President

Prof. George P. Patrinos, Golden Helix Foundation Representative

Dr. Wael Mohamed, Conference Chairman



Keynote Lecture I 

13:15 – 14:00 Kailash Bhatia (London, UK)

Lessons from National PD-SURG trials in PD

14:00 – 14:30 Joyce Tomberan-Tink (Philadelphia, PA, USA)

Developing biomarker panels for diabetic nephropathy using RNA sequencing

14:30 - 15:00 Toshi Yamashita (Osaka, Japan)

Mechanism of neural network reorganization under neurodegenerative disorders


15:00 – 16:30 Lunch break


16:30 – 17:00  Eman Khedr (Assiut, Egypt)

Prevalence of PD in Arab Countries

17:00 – 17:30 Hussein Sheashaa (Cairo, Egypt)

Pharmacogenomics in immunosuppression: Where do we stand? 


18:00 Welcome Cocktail (7 Days Floating Restaurant – Nile Cruise)


Friday, January 15th, 2016



Keynote Lecture II

09:00 – 09:45  Rudi Balling (Luxembourg)

Lecture title to be confirmed

 09:45 – 10:15 Achilles Gravanis (Heraklion, Greece)

Lecture title to be confirmed

 10:15 – 10:30 Ali Shalash, (Cairo, Egypt)

Wilson’s disease in Egypt: Clinical and Genetic Aspects

10:30 – 11:00 Oscar Arias Carrion, (Mexico City, Mexico)

Epidemiology, Mortality and Genetics of Parkinson´s disease in Mexico


11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break


11:30 – 12:00 Magd Zakareya (Cairo, Egypt)

Smoke & Mirrors in Clinical Trials of MS

12:00 – 12:30 Yasser El-Wazeer (Ismailia, Egypt)

Stem Cells in Cerebellar Ataxia in animal models

12:30 – 13:00 George P. Patrinos (Patras, Greece)

The genomic basis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: Insights from Whole Genome Sequencing

13:00 – 13:30 Ahmed Gaber (Cairo, Egypt)

Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis; New Egyptian Mutations


13:30 – 14:30 Lunch break



14:30 – 15:00 Collin Barnstable (Philadelphia, PA, USA)

Lecture title to be confirmed

15:00 – 15:30 Azza bbaz Helmy (Cairo, Egypt)


15:30- 16:00 Fathi Afifi (Cairo, Egypt)

Step stages in PD

16:00 – 16:15 Passant El-Kafrawy (Mansoura, Egypt)

Bioinformatics of PD

16:15 – 16:30 Mohamed Salama (Mansoura, Egypt)

Translational Neuroscience in Egypt, where do we stand?


16:3018:00 Poster Session


20:00 Formal dinner (By invitation only)  (Steak Out Grill)

EVENING FREE (For delegates)


Saturday, January 16th, 2016



09:00 – 09:30 Basem Awad (Mansoura, Egypt)

The sympathetic nervous system and phrenic intercostal neuronal interconnectivity mediates respiratory recovery following cervical cord injury

09:30 – 10:00 Vita Dolzan (Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Pharmacogenomics of schizophrenia


10:00 – 10:30  Coffee break


Keynote lecture III

10:30 – 11:15 Kailash Bhatia (London, UK)

DYT1 gene carriers with and without dystonia

11:1511:30 Yasmeen Taalab (Mansoura, Egypt)

What can SNPs tell us about drug abuse?

11:3011:45 Waleed El-Dars (Mansoura, Egypt)

Autophagy; Pros and Cons in neurodegenerative disorders

11:4512:15 Toshi Yamashita (Osaka, Japan)

Neuro-immune interactions in the central nervous system



Mansoura University Officials

Golden Helix Representatives

Conference chair










The Organizing Committee of the 2016 Golden Helix Symposium is indebted to the following academic and corporate entities that support the organization of his scentific event:



Grand Sponsors:  






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The following registration fees apply for delegates interested to register for the 2016 Golden Helix Symposium:


Students: 50 USD (valid student ID or certificate from supervisor must be displayed at the Conference Secretariat) *

Early-bird registration (until November 30th, 2015): 150 USD

Registration (after November 30th, 2015 and on-site): 200 USD

Abstract submission deadline: Extended to December 15th, 2015


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