UCL Division of Biosciences


UCL IHA Virtual Symposium: Neurodegeneration in Flies

High resolution image of a fly brain

The fruit fly Drosophila is an incredibly useful model organism for studying neurodegenerative disease due to its short lifespan and wide array of genetic tools. This seminar series brings together researchers from around the globe who study neurodegenerative diseases and age-related neurodegeneration using flies. Our sessions will feature world-leading researchers in the field, as well as early-career researchers, sharing their latest findings in neurodegeneration.

Presented live via Zoom at: https://zoom.us/j/94707339150?pwd=a2Eza3hVRGVYY1l5dkhVQWVDUndiQT09

Meeting ID: 947 0733 9150 // Passcode: 954395

All sessions will be held on Thursdays at 16:00 London, UK time, dates as follows.

In an effort to keep conversations going after the talks, we have set up a Slack workspace for Neurodegeneration in Flies. Please join in to post and respond to follow-up questions for speakers, job adverts, requests for advice or collaboration, and general conversation about the joys of working with flies! Join at the link below:



27 August, 2020

Hugo Bellen, Baylor College of Medicine, USA

The study of rare neurological diseases drives discoveries for common diseases.


Hugo Bellen

10 September, 2020

Sean T Sweeney, University of York, UK

Identifying pathological events and therapeutics in FTD-ALS using Drosophila


Chris Ugbode, University of York, UK

Identifying new roles for JNK in the regulation of Neuronal Antioxidant Responses


Sean Sweeney

24 September, 2020

Pedro Fernandez-Funez, University of Minnesota Medical School, USA

Unravelling the intrinsic and extrinsic mechanisms underlying the toxicity of the prion protein


Ryan Myers, University of Minnesota Medical School, USA

Y225A suppresses the toxicity of human prion protein by inducing long-range changes that stabilize a critical 3D domain


Pedro Fernandez

8 October, 2020

Patrik Verstreken, VIB-KU Leuven, Center for Brain and Disease Research, Belgium

The cellular phase of Parkinson's disease.


Pablo Largo-Barrientos, VIB-KU Leuven, Center for Brain and Disease Research, Belgium

The pathogenic interaction of synaptic Tau and Synaptogyrin-3: from fruit flies to mice.


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Patrik Verstreken

22 October, 2020

Amritpal Mudher, University of Southampton, UK

Tau tangles in Drosophila models of tauopathy - fact or fiction?


Lovesha Sivanantharajah, University of Bangor, UK

Neuron-type specific responses to tau toxicity


Amrit Mudher

5 November, 2020

Joshua Shulman, Baylor College of Medicine, USA

Title TBC


Gaynor Smith, Cardiff University

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Joshua Shulman

19 November, 2020 

Mel Feany, Harvard Medical School, USA

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James Catterson, University of Edinburgh

Laminins to the Rescue! Aβ toxicity is rescued by protein retention in the ER.


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3 December, 2020

Alex Whitworth, Cambridge University, UK

Title TBC


Abby Olsen, Harvard Medical School, USA

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17 December, 2020

Udai Pandey, University of Pittsburgh, USA

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7 January, 2021

Nancy Bonini, University of Pennsylvania School of Arts & Sciences, USA

Title TBC


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21 January, 2020

Mary Logan, Oregon Health and Science University

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4 February, 2021

Frank Hirth, King's College London, UK

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18 February, 2021

Sergio Casas Tintó, Instituto Cajal, Spain

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4 March, 2021

Manolis Fanto, King's College London, UK

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Li Li, Stanford University, USA

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29th April, 2021

Bess Frost, Barshop Institute, University of Texas Health Science Centre, USA


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13th May, 2021

Xinnan Wang, Stanford Medicine, USA


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27th May, 2021

Angela Giangrande, IGBMC, France

Title TBC


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All the symposia in the series will be recorded. By joining the above URL link your name and any comments may be made public at a later date.