UniLu Life Sciences + 21th EURON PhD Days 2019



Monday September 23th

From 9.00    Registration @ welcome desk

10.15 – 10.30   Welcome
Dr. Gunter Kenis (Director EURON)

10.30 – 11.30  Keynote Lecture 1: Prof. Keith Murai (The McGill Centre for Research in Neuroscience, Montreal, Canada).
Astrocytes and Brain Circuit Microenvironments

11.30 – 11.45   Coffee break

11.45 – 12.45   PhD Student Talks (3 x 20 min)
Melanie Rose: Macrophages reactivation inside glioma microenvironments through PC1/3 inhibition associated with TLR3.

Lauranne Drelich: GLIOMIC: Evaluation of non-supervised MALDI MSI combined with microproteomics for determination of glioblastoma heterogeneity.

Melissa Schepers: Phosphodiesterase 4D inhibition boosts remyelination in multiple sclerosis

12.45 – 13.45   Lunch
Poster Session

13.45 – 14.45   Keynote Lecture 2: Prof. Frank Hertel (National Department of Neurosurgery, Centre Hospitalier de Luxembourg)
Deep Brain Stimulation and brain tumor surgery in times of personalized medicine

14.45 – 15.45   Parallel workshops
- Workshop 1: Introduction to single cell techniques (Dr. Kamil Gryzb, Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine)
- Workshop 2: Approaches for (multi-omics) big data analysis (Dr. Ehsan Pishva, School for Mental Health and Neuroscience, Maastricht University)

15.45 – 16.15   Coffee break
Poster Session continued

16.15 – 17.45   PhD Student Talks (4 x 20 min)
Faris Almasabi: Metabolic activity in auditory and non-auditory pathway in a noise-induced tinnitus animal model and the effects of MGB DBS on fos immunoreactivity.

Remy Verhaeghe: Perinatal stress programs sex differences in the glutamatergic synapse of brain regions and related.

Elene Iordanishvili: Quantitative MRI of cerebral white matter hyperintensities

Francesca Cisani: Mechanism underlying glutamatergic alterations in an epigenetic animal model of early life stress.

17.45               Social Event – dinner


Tuesday September 24th

8.45 – 9.00      Welcome
Prof. Paul Heuschling (Director of the Doctoral Program in Systems Biology and Biomedicine, University of Luxembourg)

9.00 – 10.00     Keynote Lecture 3: Dr. Mariana Cerdeira & Dr. Katarina Ebert (Catenion)
From PhD to Pharma Consulting

10.00 – 11.00   PhD Student Talks (3 x 20 min)
Shaikh Usman Jawed: Fronto-Striatal Connectivity as Assessed by PET and TMS.

Lia Pinto: Histone Chaperones in Glioblastoma: Roles in DNA Repair.

Alfred Yamoah: Aggregates of RNA binding proteins and ER chaperones linked to exosomes in granulovacuolar degeneration of the Alzheimer´s disease brain

11.00 – 11.15   Coffee break

11.15 – 12.15   Parallel workshops
- Workshop 3: Introduction to single-cell data analysis (Céline Barlier, University of Luxembourg from the Regional Student Group, International society for Computational Biology).
Please find material on https://drive.google.com/open?id=1p0zig3_biJP5zSvjfcmJ4npFGw66b1eZ
- Workshop 4: How does my research leads to treatments in patients? (Prof. Arjan Blokland, Dept of Neuropsychology & Psychopharmacology, Maastricht University)

12.15 – 13.45   Lunch
Poster Session

13.45 – 14.45   Keynote Lecture 4: Dr. Ali Jahanshahi, School for Mental Health and Neuroscience (Maastricht University)
Deep Brain Stimulation in Movement Disorders

14.45 – 16.15   PhD Student Talks (4 x 20 min)

Jackson Boonstra: A custom-built brain container for post-mortem high-field magnetic resonance imaging

Jana Devos: Deep Brain Stimulation for refractory tinnitus

Yolanda Pires-Afonso: Dissecting tumour-associated microglia/macrophage immune responses in Glioblastoma

16.15 - 16.35   Coffee break

16.35 – 17.00   EURON Closing and Award cerimony



Wednesday September 25th

From 8.00       Registration @ welcome desk

8.45 – 9.00      Welcome
Dr. Ulf Nehrbass (CEO Luxembourg Institute of Healt, Luxembourg)

9.00 – 10.00     Keynote Lecture 5: Ass. Prof. Christoph Schommer (University of Luxembourg)
AI for Life Sciences

10.00 – 11.00   PhD Student Talks (3 x 20 min)

Hannah Wurzer: Actin cytoskeleton remodeling in cancer cells mediate immune resistance

Dominik Ternes: Understanding the role of colorectal cancer-associated microbes in colorectal cancer 

Mathis Wolter: Dietary modulation regulates pathogen-induced colitis via mucus-degrading gut microbes.

11.00 – 11.15   Coffee break

11.15 – 12.15   Poster session

12.15 – 13.15   Lunch

13.15 - 14.15   Keynote Lecture 6: Dr. Moritz Mall (DKFZ)
Combining cell fate reprogramming and genetic engineering to model development and disease

14.15 – 15.00   Phd Talks

Daniele Proverbio: Classification and Detection of Critical Transitions.

Ines Kozar: From drug resistance mechanisms to miRNA function in melanoma: Investigation of miRNA targetomes.

15.00 – 15:30   Coffee break

15:30 – 16:30   Round Table: "Think ahead of your PhD"

16:30 – 17:00.  Closing and Award cerimony


Best presentation Award

Thanks to the generous founding of LIH (Luxembourg Institute of Health), prizes for best oral presentation are available. Details will be confirmed soon.