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, Cairo, Egypt

Welcome

2016 Golden Helix Symposium

Genomics of Neurodegenerative Disorders

January 13-16, 2016, Cairo, Egypt

 

The 2016 Golden Helix Symposium "Genomics of Neurodegenerative Disorders" will be organized in Cairo, Egypt, January 13-16, 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.

Registration will open in May 2015.

 

The 2016 Golden Helix Symposium Organizing Committee

 

Co-organized by:

              
 

Endorsed by:

            

 

IMPORTANT DATES:

Early bird registration deadline: September 1st, 2015

Deadline for abstract submission: August 30th, 2015

 

Venue

2016 Golden Helix Symposium venue

The 2016 Golden Helix Symposium will be held in the Intercontinental City Stars hotel and Convention Center.

 

 

InterContinental Cairo Citystars is part of the Middle East's largest hotels in Cairo. Next to Citystars shopping mall, this luxury hotel has large indoor and outdoor swimming pools and 6 international restaurants. Rooms have Egyptian cotton sheets and free internet.Intercontinental Cairo Citystars’ spacious rooms have luxury furnishings and LCD TVs with more than 150 satellite channels. The Lifestyles Health Club and Spa has a hydro pool, hot tub and Turkish steam bath. Daily aerobics classes are available at the modern gym and there is a separate Pilates studio. Guests can also enjoy the tennis and racquetball courts.Cairo Citystars has a number of fine-dining restaurants, serving Japanese dishes at the Shogun Restaurant, Lebanese delicacies at Fayruz Restaurant and Italian cuisine at Maestro Italian Restaurant. There is also a 24-hour coffee shop and a barbecue restaurant serving local dishes on the terrace. The stylish lounge bar serves cocktails and has live piano music.The game room has a billiards table and there is a casino in the hotel. For younger guests, there is also a children’s playground.Cairo International Airport is a 10-minute drive away.

 

Speakers

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)

 

Confirmed Speakers

Essam M Abdelalim (Doha, Qatar)

Rudi Balling (Luxembourg, Luxembourg; Keynote Lecture)

Nazli Basak (Istanbul, Turkey)

Kailash Bhatia (London, UK; Keynote lecture)

Vincenzo Bonifati (Rotterdam, the Netherlands)

Oscar Arias Carrion (Mexico City, Mexico)

Gianpiero Cavalerri (Galwin, Ireland)

Vita Dolzan (Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Ying-Hui Fu (San Francisco, CA, USA)

Li Gan (San Francisco, CA, USA)

Achilles Gravanis (Heraklion, Greece)

Guenter Hoeglinger (Munich, Germany)

Johan Holmberg (Stockholm, Sweden)

Peng Jin (Altanta, GA, USA)

Evangelos Kiskinis (Chicago, IL, USA)

Judit Kumuthini (Cape Town, South Africa)

Adrian Llerena (Extremadura, Spain)

Louis J Ptacek (San Francisco, CA, USA)

Abdul Qayyum Rana (Toronto, Canada)

Olaf Riess (Tuebingen, Germany)

Anil K. Saxena (Kuantan, Malaysia)

Maria Stamelou (Athens, Greece)


 

Scientific Program

Preliminary Scientific Program

 

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

 

16:30 - 18:30 Pre-Symposium Workshop

MULTIPLE MECHANISMS OF NEURODEGENERATIONS AND PROGRESSION

16:30 - 17:00 - Neonatal origins of progressive neurodegeneration and brain dysfunction

17:00 - 17:30 - Role of D-aspartate and Dopamine oxidation in brain aging

17:30 - 18:00 - Plasticity mechanisms induced in the striatum after dopaminergic degeneration in animal models

18:00 - 18:30 - Metalloproteases, synaptosomes and progression of the neurodegeneration

 

19:00 NETWORKING COCKTAIL

 

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

 

08:30 - 13:30  DELEGATES REGISTRATION

 

13:30 - 14:00    Opening addresses

 

SESSION 1    CLINICAL DEVELOPMENTS IN NEURODEGENERATIVE DISORDERS

Chairpersons: To be confirmed

 

14:00 - 14:30 Maria Stamelou, Assistant Professor,UCL Sobell Dept, Queen Square, London, UK; Second Department of Neurology, University of Athens, Greece

Title to be announced

 

14:30 - 15:00 Anil K Saxena, Department of Basic Medical Sciences (Pharmacology Unit), Faculty of Medicine, IIUM, Kuantan, Malaysia. 

Neuroprotective agents in chronic cerebral hypoperfusion-induced neurodegeneration in Alzheimer's model of rats 

 

15:00 - 15:30 Louis John Ptacek, Department of Neurology, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of California Sa Francisco, USA

Familial Paroxysmal dyskinesias—insights relevant to Parkinson’s disease through identification of novel synaptic proteins”

 

15:30 - 16:00    COFFEE BREAK

 

16:00 - 16:30 Guenter Hoeglinger, Heisenberg-Professor of Neurology, German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases e.V. (DZNE), Technical University Munich (TUM); Chair for Translational Neurodegeneration, Munich, Germany

Epigenomics of PSP, a multicenter study

 

16:30 - 17:00 Ying-Hui Fu, Professor, Department of Neurology, University of California San Francisco, USA

Complex Networks of Myelin Regulation- LaminB1, miR23, and beyond

 

17:00 - 17:45 KEYNOTE LECTURE I

Kailash Bhatia, Professor,Sobell Department, Institute of Neurology, UCL, London, UK

Title to be announced

 

20:00      WELCOME COCKTAIL

 

 

Friday, January 15th, 2016

 

SESSION 2    USE OF STEM CELLS AND ANIMAL MODELS IN NEURODEGENERATIVE DISORDERS RESEARCH AND THERAPY

Chairpersons: To be confirmed

 

09:00 - 09:30 Essam M. Abdelalim, Qatar Biomedical Research Institute, Qatar Foundation, Doha, Qatar

Pluripotent Stem Cells: From Basic Science to Therapeutic Applications

 

09:30 - 10:00 Peng Jin, Department of Human Genetics, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, USA

Epigenetic Modulations in Neurodegenerative Disorders

 

10:00 - 10:30 Li Gan, Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease, Department of Neurology, Biomedical and Neuroscience Graduate Programs, University of California, San Francisco, USA

Innate immunity in neurodegenerative disorders

 

10:30 - 11:00    COFFEE BREAK

 

11:00 - 11:30 Evangelos Kiskinis, Assistant Professor, University of Chicago, Chicago IL, USA

Application of embryonic stem cell therapy for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

 

11:30 - 12:00 Achilles Gravanis, Professor, University of Crete School of Medicine, Heraklion, Greece

Title to be confirmed

 

12:00 - 12:30 George P. Patrinos, Associate Professor, University of Patras School of Helath Sciences, Department of Pharmacy, Patras, Greece

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

 

12:30 - 13:00 Johan Holmberg, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, Dept. Of Cell and Molecular Biology, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

Titlte to be confirmed

 

13:00 - 14:00    LUNCH BREAK

 

14:00 - 15:00    COMPANY LECTURES

 

14:00 - 14:20  COMPANY LECTURE I

14:20 - 14:40  COMPANY LECTURE II

14:40 - 15:00  COMPANY LECTURE III

 

15:00 - 16:00    COFFEE BREAK AND POSTER SESSION

 

16:00 - 17:30 Workshop

GENOMIC MEDICINE IN AFRICA – EGYPT IN FOCUS

16:00 - 16:20 - H3AFRICA

16:20 - 16:40 - Pharmacogenomics in the developing world: An African paradigm

16:40 - 17:00 - Indigenous gens

17:00 - 17:20 - Building genomics capacity in Africa

17:20 - 17:30 - General Discussion

 

20:00        FORMAL DINNER (By invitation only)

 

EVENING FREE (For delegates)

 

Saturday, January 16th, 2016

 

SESSION 3    TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH IN NEURODEGENERATIVE DISORDERS

Chairpersons: To be announced

 

09:00 - 09:30 Nazli Basak, Professor, Bogacici University, Istanbul, Turkey

Genomics of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

 

09:30 - 10:00 Olaf Riess, Professor, University of Tubingen, Tubingen, Germany

Title to be announced

 

10:00 - 10:30 Vinzenzo Bonifati, Professor, Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Title to be announced

 

10:30 - 11:00  COFFEE BREAK

 

SESSION 4    INDIVIDUALIZING TREATMENT IN NEUROPSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS

Chairpersons: To be announced

 

11:00 - 11:30 Adrian Llerena, Professor, University of Extremadura, Spain

Pharmacogenomics of neuropsychiatric disorders

 

11:30 - 12:00 Vita Dolzan, Professor, University of Ljubljana Faculty of Medicine, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Pharmacogenomics of schizophrenia

 

12:00 - 12:30 Gianpiero Cavalleri, Senior Research Scientist, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Galway, Ireland

Realizing precision medicine in epilepsy

 

12:30 - 13:15    KEYNOTE LECTURE II

Rudi Balling, Professor, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Title to be announced

 

13:15 - 13:30  Closing Remarks and Future Meetings

 

MEETING ENDS

 

OPTIONAL EXCURSION

 

Sponsors

 

Sponsors

 

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 Sponsor:  

                

 

Communication Sponsor:

     

 

Registration

 

Registration

 

Registration for the 2016 Golden Helix Symposium will open in May 2015.

 

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