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, Mansura, Egypt


2016 Golden Helix Symposium

Genomics of Neurodegenerative Disorders

January 14-16, 2016, Mansura, Egypt


The 2016 Golden Helix Symposium "Genomics of Neurodegenerative Disorders" will be organized in Mansura, 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.

Registration will open in September 2015.


The 2016 Golden Helix Symposium Organizing Committee


Co-organized by:


Endorsed by:




Early bird registration deadline: November 1st, 2015

Deadline for abstract submission: October 31st, 2015



2016 Golden Helix Symposium venue


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

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)


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)

Nazli Basak (Istanbul, Turkey)

Kailash Bhatia (London, UK; Keynote lecture)

Vincenzo Bonifati (Rotterdam, the Netherlands)

Oscar Arias Carrion (Mexico City, Mexico)

Vita Dolzan (Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Achilles Gravanis (Heraklion, Greece)

Peng Jin (Altanta, GA, USA)

Evangelos Kiskinis (Chicago, IL, USA)

Adrian Llerena (Extremadura, Spain)

George P. Patrinos (Patras, Greece)

Olaf Riess (Tuebingen, Germany)

Anil K. Saxena (Kuantan, Malaysia)

Maria Stamelou (Athens, Greece)


Scientific Program


The updated 2016 Golden Helix Symposium Scientific Program will be announced shortly.






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:  





Communication Sponsor:







Registration and abstract submission for the 2016 Golden Helix Symposium will open in September 2015.


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