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Opening Plenary Lecture: 

Identification of a unique molecular and functional microglia signature in health and disease
Oleg Butovsky
Brigham and Women's Hospital Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA

Symposium 1:  Glial development in the CNS

•    Regulation of neural precursor cell differentiation in the normal and injured brain
     Ann Turnley
     Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience. The University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

•   Role of PU.1 in human microglial biology
     Michael Dragunow
     Faculty of Medical ans Health Sciences, Dept Pharmacology, University of Auckland, New Zealand

•    Developmental Origins of CNS Macroglial Heterogeneity
     Steve Levison
Lab for Regenerative Neurobiology, Cancer Res. Center (CANCT), Rutgers New Jersey Med School, USA

•    Ontogeny and differentiation of microglia
Florent Ginhoux
     Singapore Immunology Network (SIgN), Singapore.

Symposium 2:  Mechanisms of altered glial cell phenotype

•    Novel in vitro model systems to study "good" and "bad" reactive astrocytes
     Shane Liddelow
     Neurobiology Department, Standford University School of Medicine. Stanford, California, USA

•    Neurotransmitter/ - hormones control microglial functions
     Helmut Kettenman
Cellular Neuroscience, Max-Delbrück-Centrum für Molekulare Medizin (MDC), Berlin-Buch, Germany

•    Role of estrogen receptors in the regulation of reactive gliosis.
     Luis Miguel García-Segura
Instituto Cajal, CSIC, Madrid

•   Microglial phenotype in the ageing and diseased CNS
    Jake Streit
Dept. of Neuroscience, College of Medicine, University of Florida, USA

Symposium 3: Cytokine/growth factor regulation of glial cell function

•    Trophic factor regulation of oligodendrocytes in myelination and demyelination
     Trevor Kilpatrick
MS Division, The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health. Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

•    SOCS signalling and function in microglia
     Tika Benveniste
Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology, School of Medicine, University of Alabama, USA

•    The role of type I IFNs in the CNS
     Trevor Owens
     Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark

•    IL-6/gp130 family cytokine signalling in astrocytes and microglia
     Iain L. Campbell
     School of Molecular Biosciences. The University of Sydney, NSW, Australia

Symposium 4: Microglia/macrophages and inflammation in the CNS

•    Microglia actions in Alzheimer’s disease and beyond
     Frank Heppner
Department of Neuropathology, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany.

•    Role of CNS myeloid cells in West Nile Virus encephalitis
     Nicholas King
Pathology, School of Medical Sciences, Bosch Institute, The University of Sydney, NSW, Australia

•   Microglia, astrocytes, kynurenine pathway and neurodegenerative diseases
     Gilles Guillemin 
     Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Macquarie University, NSW, 2109 Australia

•    Crosstalk between T cells and myeloid cells in neuroinflammation
Burkhard Becher
     Institute of Experimental Immunology, Dept of Neuroimmunology, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Symposium 5: Microglial interactions with neurones

•    Thyroid hormones in glioendocrine system in health and disease
     Mami Noda
     Lab. Pathophysiology, Graduate School Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan.

•    Mechanisms of neuroprotection mediated by microglia
     Knut Biber
Universitätsklinikum Freiburg , Klinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie, Freiburg, Germany

•    Microglia in neuronal development
     Rosa Paolicelli
     Division of Psychiatry Research, University of Zurich, Schlieren, Switzerland

•    Microglial remodelling due to chronic stress
     Rohan Walker
     School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW, Australia

Symposium 6: Astroglial contributions to the healthy and diseased CNS

•    Astroglia in ageing and neurodegeneration with an emphasis on Alzheimer disease
     Alexej Verkhratsky
     Faculty of Life Sciences, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK

•    Astrocytes, neuroplasticity and CNS regeneration
     Milos Pekny
Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

•    Astrocytes in brain disease – molecular and functional changes
     Elly Hol
     Dept of Translational Neuroscience. University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands

•    The role of astrocytes in motor neuron diseases
     Ross O'Shea
Dept Human Biosciences,  Faculty of Health Science. La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia

Closing Plenary Lecture: 
Role of the astroglial response to injury
Michael V Sofroniew
Department of Neurobiology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, California, USA

   Sponsored by International Society of Neurochemistry (ISN)