Meetings & Courses

Novel Insights into Glia Function & Dysfunction

Suzhou, China 
December 3-7, 2018  
Abstract deadline: October 19th, 2018

Schedule Overview

Organized by:

Shumin Duan, Zhejiang University, China

Helmut Kettenmann, Max Delbruck Center for Molecular Medicine, Germany

Mami Noda, Kyushu Unviersity, Japan

Brian Mac Vicar, University of British Columbia, Canada

Long-Jun Wu, Mayo Clinic, USA

We are pleased to announce the Cold Spring Harbor Asia conference on Novel Insights into Glia Function & Dysfunction which will be held in Suzhou, China, located approximately 60 miles west of Shanghai. The conference will begin at 7:00pm on the evening of Monday December 3, and will conclude after lunch on Friday December 7, 2018.

The conference will include eight oral sessions and one poster session covering the latest findings across many topics in glia research. Many talks will be selected from the openly submitted abstracts on the basis of scientific merit and relevance. Social events throughout the conference provide ample opportunity for informal interactions.

Major Topics:
1. Glial molecular & functional diversity
2. Gliotransmission
3. Enteric glia
4. Glia, metabolic coupling & neurodegenerative disease
5. Roles of glia in learning & adaptation
6. Glial development & lineage, glioma
7. Regulation of excitability at the axon initial segment & nodes of ranvier

Keynote Speakers (Speaker, Affiliation, COUNTRY/Region):
Baljit Khakh, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Abstract title:Astrocytic regulation of neural microcircuits: tools, data and concepts
Jonathan Kipnis, University of Virginia, USA
Abstract title:Lymphatics in the CNS and Their Role in Neurological Diseases

Invited Speakers (Speaker, Affiliation, COUNTRY/Region):
Nicola Allen, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, USA
Abstract title:Astrocyte regulation of neuronal glutamate receptors
Hiroko Baba, Tokyo University of Pharmacy & Life Sciences, JAPAN
Abstract title:Peripheral nerve dysfunction mediated by translational readthrough of myelin protein zero mRNA
H.W.G.M Boddeke, University Medical Centre Groningen, the Netherlands, THE NETHERLANDS
Abstract title:Microglial Phenotypes Associated With Neurodegenerative Disease
Benjamin Deneen, Baylor College of Medicine, USA
Abstract title:Transcriptional Control of Astrocyte Function in the Brain
Shumin Duan, Zhejiang University, CHINA
Abstract title:Activation of astrocytes in hippocampus induced a decreased fear memory
Bente Finsen, University of Southern Denmark, DENMARK
Abstract title:Protein Profiling of CNS Myeloid Cells and CNS Tissues from APP/PS1 Mice and Alzheimer’s Disease Cases Implicates Micro- and Astroglial-Expressed proteins in Alzheimer’s Disease Pathogenesis
Woo-Ping Ge, University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center, USA
Abstract title:Gliomas of distinct origins interact with distinct brain cell types
Cheng He, Second Military Medical University, CHINA
Abstract title:An in vivo study on the nascent myelin formation
Takahiro Kato, Kyushu University, JAPAN
Abstract title:Microglia-focused neuropsychiatric translational research using human bloods; dynamic cellular analysis using induced microglia-like (iMG) cells from human monocytes and various plasma analysis
Helmut Kettenmann, Max Delbruck Center for Molecular Medicine, GERMANY
Abstract title:The role of microglial cells in brain diseases
Schuichi Koizumi, University of Yamanashi, JAPAN
Abstract title:Reactive astrocyte-mediated synapse remodeling
C. Justin Lee, Korea Institute of Science & Technology, SOUTH KOREA
Abstract title:Reactive Astrocytes, MAOB, H2O2, and Alzheimer's Disease.
Brian MacVicar, University of British Columbia, CANADA
Abstract title:New roles for pericytes and astrocytes in the function, repair and regeneration of cerebral blood vessels
Carlos Matute, Achucarro Basque Center for Neuroscience, SPAIN
Abstract title:Neurotransmitter signaling in the life and death of an oligodendrocyte
Mami Noda, Kyushu University, JAPAN
Abstract title:Microenvironment and immune evasion in the brain metastasis of lung cancer
Mengsheng Qiu, Hangzhou Normal University, CHINA
Abstract title:Interactive repression of MYRF self-cleavage and activity in oligodendrocyte differentiation by an ER transmembrane protein
Richard Ransohoff, Third Rock Ventures, USA
Abstract title:Microglia: close encounters of every kind
Christine Rose, Heinrich Heine University Duesseldorf, GERMANY
Abstract title:Mechanisms and consequences of glial sodium signalling
Michael Salter, University of Toronto, CANADA
Abstract title:Sex, Pain and Microglia
Kyoungho Suk, Kyungpook National University School of Medicine, SOUTH KOREA
Abstract title:Glial secretomics to define the role of glia in neuroinflammation: interglial crosstalk
Hiroaki Wake, Kobe University, JAPAN
Abstract title:Microglia in physiological brain -Focusing on microglia – synapse interactions-
Long-Jun Wu, Mayo Clinic, USA
Abstract title:Microglial Process Pouches Heal Dendritic Aberrations following Seizures
Shiqing Cai, Institutes for biological science, Chinese academy of science, CHINA
Abstract title:Genetic variation in neuropeptide-mediated glia-neuron signaling modulates ageing rate
Jia Wei Zhou, Institutes for biological science, Chinese academy of science, CHINA
Abstract title:Astrocytic dopamine D2 receptors mediate EAE pathogenesis
Bo Peng, Shenzhen Institutes of advanced technology, Chinese academy of science, CHINA, CHINA
Abstract title:Repopulated microglia are solely derived from the proliferation of residual microglia after acute depletion
Lan Xiao, Novel Insights into Glia Function & Dysfunction, CHINA
Abstract title:Oligodendrocyte myelination: an essential factor for neural circuitry development?

We encourage abstracts to contain new and unpublished materials. The abstracts must be submitted electronically by the abstract deadline. Selection of material for oral and poster presentation will be made by the organizers. Status (fellow's talk/poster) of abstracts will be posted on our web site as soon as decisions have been made by the organizers. 

We are eager to have as many young people as possible attend since they are likely to benefit most from this meeting. A certain number of presentations by graduate students and postdocs in this conference will be selected as fellowship (USD $100-$500) awards. For more details, please visit

We look forward to seeing you at Suzhou in December, 2018.

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Please kindly note:

1. Registration includes food, but does NOT include Housing. Due to requests from participants to provide more housing at lower prices, we have expanded our housing options to include some lower priced nearby hotels. After completing the online registration, you will receive a link to the full list of housing options.
*Reference Room Rate:
CNY 500 per standard room per night in the Conference Hotel (Worldhotel Grand Dushulake Suzhou)
Up from CNY 200 per standard room per night in nearby budget hotels (within 5 km)
CNY 400-700 per standard room per night in nearby 4-5 star hotels

2. The meeting registration is an integral package. We encourage all our participants to stay for the full meeting period and communicate with each other. No refund/discount or day pass is available for partial participation.

3. The early price will be available if the full payment is finished before the exact due date.
For USD participants, we will automatically change your package price to the update one if we could not successfully charge the payment from your registered credit card before the deadline.
For CNY participants, we will automatically change your package price to the update one if our bank account could not receive your full payment by wire transfer before the deadline.

4. For late registrations, your registration materials may not be guaranteed since the order is usually made in advance.

5. Please inform us your special request on food (vegetarian, kosher…etc.) or other things during the online registration or email us as early as possible so that we could make relevant arrangement accordingly.

6. Student package is exclusively designed for all the graduate, undergraduate and doctor students who have not received the doctor degree. (Student ID will be required upon arrival).

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