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12th International Symposium on "Signalling at the Blood-Brain and Blood-Retinal Barriers"

UCL Institute of Ophthalmology

9th -11th September 2009

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to invite you to the 12th international symposium on "Signalling at the Blood-Brain and Blood-Retinal Barriers" which will be held at University College London, UK on September 9th - 11th 2009.

The blood-brain and blood-cerebrospinal fluid barriers (BBB) tightly regulate the exchange of molecules and cells between the circulation and the central nervous system and its functional integrity is crucial for neuronal homeostasis: a wide variety of neurological diseases are associated with a deregulated or defective BBB.  The aim of this international meeting is to gather scientists from academia and industry, discuss the latest developments in BBB research and forge new collaborations.  Previous meetings have been held with great success in Potsdam (Germany), Cambridge (UK), Muenster (Germany), Szeged (Hungary), Salzburg (Austria) and Amsterdam (Netherlands).

An additional focus of the 2009 conference will be research on the blood-retinal barrier (BRB).  The vasculature of the eye is not only physiologically similar to that of the CNS, but also highly accessible experimentally and often generates paradigms in microvascular research, in particular for angiogenesis and microvascular permeability.

We envisage a programme that will encompass all areas of BBB and BRB research and reflect the latest developments in BBB/BRB homeostasis, the neurovascular unit, microvascular permeability, intercellular junctions, pathologies of the BBB/BRB, pharmacological targeting of the brain and the neuroretina, cell passage across the BBB/BRB and also the very latest on in vivo and in vitro BBB models.

During each session there will be presentations from eminent scientists that have recently made major contributions to the field.  A significant proportion of lectures will be chosen from proposed abstracts.

We therefore invite scientists from academia and industry to submit abstracts of their latest research to stimulate a vibrant exchange of opinions and ideas.  In particular, we strongly encourage submission and participation from younger scientists.

Past BBB symposiums have generated many strong collaborations and friendships and we will assemble a scientific and social programme that continues this inspiring tradition.

Torrington Place

We genuinely look forward to welcoming you to BBB/BRB 2009.

Patric Turowski (Symposium Chair)

Maria Balda

John Greenwood