The theme of this meeting - the first international conference on Astrocytes in Brain
Function and Dysfunction (1st Paris AstroMeeting) - is intended :
1 - To provide our audience with an update on one of the most exciting areas of contemporary Neuroscience;
2 - To assemble the world leaders in the field, together with junior faculty, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students in order to offer young scientists an immersive opportunity to present and discuss their work with senior investigators. The meeting will cover some of the latest trends and findings in the field of astrocyte biology.
Astrocytes are the predominant glial cell type in the mammalian central and peripheral nervous system. These cells are closely associated with neuronal cell bodies, axons, synapses and microvasculature, and contact essentially all cell types of the nervous system. Importantly, astrocytes have recently been recognized as a much more heterogeneous cell population than previously thought, and have emerged as crucial regulators of nervous system development, function and health. Therefore, we believe that a meeting focusing only on astrocytes is timely, and will help increase our understanding of the manner in which astrocytes interact with neurons and other neural cell types during normal brain function and in neurological diseases.
This meeting will highlight recent remarkable technical approaches, as well as major themes and areas of progress in the roles of astrocytes in health and diseases.
The meeting will be held in the “Buffon” auditorium at Paris-Diderot University, 15 rue Hélène Brion, Paris, France (see map for access) and will begin at 6:30 P.M. on Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 and conclude at 7:00 P.M. on Friday, October 3rd.
The program will have a “general public” seminar, six oral scientific sessions, 2 poster sessions, 2 discussion panels, and a special lecture that will broadly address astrocyte heterogeneity and astrocyte involvement in synaptic structure and function, brain energy metabolism, cerebral blood flow, brain development, and brain diseases.
During this meeting, seven invited speakers will present their work. They are all leaders in the field, and will also act as either chairs of the six oral sessions (Drs. Paola Arlotta, Cagla Eroglu, James E. Goldman, Baljit S. Khakh, Michael V. Sofroniew, Anja G. Teschemacher), as keynote speakers (Christian Giaume) or as the leaders of the discussion sessions. Each oral session will include speakers selected from submitted abstracts, in addition to the invited speakers. Therefore, abstracts from postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and accomplished junior and senior scientists are warmly invited.
Each session will include 4 talks : 1 talk delivered by the chair of the session, 1 talk delivered by a junior or senior investigator, and 2 talks delivered by students or postdoctoral researchers. The format of the meeting will try to balance the representation of women and men among the invited and selected speakers. The steering committee for the Paris AstroMeeting will be composed of the two co-organizers, Drs. Cendra Agulhon and Hirac Gurden, and the six chairs .
We would like to emphasize that this meeting will bring together an unusually diverse roster of invited speakers, rarely brought together, reflecting the highly interdisciplinary research of the field and therefore has the potential to lead to insightful and fruitful discussions.
The audience will be limited to about 100 participants who are invited to present abstracts of their newest work. The steering committee will select around 75 abstracts for oral or poster presentations and abstracts of both oral and poster presentations will be published in an abstract book. Each author may present no more than one communication.
There will be a science-society seminar on the first day of the meeting to disseminate to the general public the importance of research in astrocytes, its implications in human health, diseases and potential therapy. The title of the science-society seminar will be “Astrocytes: des étoiles plein la tête” and will be held on Wednesday October 1st at Paris Diderot University (“Buffon” Auditorium). This presentation for the general Parisian public will be delivered by two French invited speakers who are leaders in the field field (Drs. Carole Escartin and Nathalie Rouach).
In addition, there will be an hour interview with the meeting organizers on the daily scientific broadcast “Autour de la question” (Radio France Internationale, RFI), available one week prior to the public seminar (Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 4:00 PM).
Finally, 5 travel grants (€ 500 each) will be awarded to talented and motivated students and postdoctoral researchers based on letters of motivation and relevance of the abstract to the topic of the meeting. These awards will provide an opportunity for graduate students and postdocs to receive funding assistance to attend the meeting.