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Gordon Research Conference


February 3-8, 2002


Ventura Beach Marriott
Ventura, CA


Marie T. Filbin

Vice Chair:
Bernard Zalc


We would like to thank the following supporters:

National Multiple Sclerosis Society, USA
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Canada
Glaxo Smith Kline
Immunex The Miami Project
The National Institutes of Health

Meeting Program

2:00-6:00pm Arrival and Registration
6:00-7:00pm Dinner
7:30-9:30pmKeynote Lecture
Melitta Schachner, Unversitaet Hamburg
"Lessons from mutants deficient in myelin genes"
7:30-8:30am Breakfast
9:00-12:30amSession I: Perspectives
Discussion Leader: Wendy Macklin, Cleveland Clinic
9:00-9:45amDavid Colman, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
"Mechanisms of Myelin Wrapping"
9:45-10:30amMichael Rasminsky, Montreal General Hospital
"The development of the concept of salutatory conduction".
10:30-11:00amCoffee Break
11:00-11:30am Conference Photo
11:30-12:00pmHenry D. Webster, National Institutes of Health
"Morphology of Myelinating Cells"
12:00-12:30pmFred Lublin, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
"MS Clinical Trials - Applied immunopathogenesis and reverse engineering"
1:30-4:00pm FREE
4:30-6:00pm Poster Sessions
6:00-7:00pm Dinner
7:30-9:30pmSession II: Immune Cells in Regeneration and Re-myelination
Discussion Leader: Bruce Trapp, Cleveland Clinic
7:30-8:00pmMichal Schwartz, Wiezmann Institute of Science
"Post-traumatic T-cell-based vaccination with myelin-associated antigens promote recovery from spinal cord injury".
8:00-8:30pmSamuel David, Montreal General Hospital
"Molecular control of myelin phagocytosis in the CNS"
8:30-9:00pmHans Keirstead, University of California at Irvine
"Reducing the Immune Response to Spinal Cord Injury Decreases Secondary Degeneration and Functional Deficit"
9:00-9:30pmFrank S. Walsh, Glaxo Smith Kline Pharmaceuticals
"Nogo and nerve regeneration"
7:30-8:30am Breakfast
9:00-12:30amSession III: Oligodendrocyte Determination
Discussion Leader: Stephen Pfeiffer , University of Connecticut Medical School
9:00-9:40amBernard Zalc, Hôpital Pitie-Salpetriere, Paris
"Origin of oligodendrocytes: Evidence for the existence of two lineages"
9:40-10:20amWilliam Richardson, University College London
"Ventral neurogenesis and the neuron-oligodendrocyte switch"
10:20-10:50amCoffee Break
10:50-11:30amRobert Miller, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
"How spinal cord oligodendrocyte precursors take their bearings"
11:30-12:10pmDavid Anderson, California Institute of Technology
"Control of oligodendrocyte differentiation by Olig genes"
12:10-12:30pmAnne Baron van Evercooren, Institut Federatif De Recherche Des Neurosciences
"Regulation of neural stem cell-derived oligodendrogenesis by inflammatory-demyelination."
1:30-4:00pm FREE
4:30-6:00pm Poster Sessions
6:00-7:00pm Dinner
7:30-9:30pmSession IV: Schwann Cell Determination
Discussion Leader: Laura Feltri, San Raffaele Scientific Institute
7:30-8:10pmMarianne Bronner-Fraser, California Institute of Technology
"Evolution of the Neural Crest"
8:10-8:50pmRhona Mirsky, University College London
"Signals that determine Schwann cell identity"
8:50-9:30pmEric Shooter, Stanford University School of Medicine
"Neurotrophins as mediators of myelination in the PNS"
7:30-8:30am Breakfast
9:00-12:30amSession V: Glial/Neuron Signaling
Discussion Leader: Kristján R. Jessen, University College London
9:00-9:45amBen Barres, Stanford University
"A Role for Glia in the Making and Unbreaking of Synapses"
9:45-10:30amStéphane Oliet, University Victor Segalen, Bordeaux
"Modulation of synaptic transmission by astrocytes: insights from hypothalamic magnocellular nuclei"
10:30-11:00am Coffee Break
11:00-11:45amRichard Robitaille, Universite de Montreal
"Perisynaptic glial cells: regulators of synaptic efficacy"
11:45-12:30pmDavid Weinstein, GliaMed, Inc.
"Molecular events regulating astrocyte-neuron stability, differentiation and survival"
1:30-4:00pm FREE
4:30-6:00pm Poster Sessions
6:00-7:00pm Dinner
7:30-9:30pmSession VI: Stem Cells
Discussion Leader: Anthony Campagnoni, UCLA Medical School
7:30-8:00pmMark Mehler, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
"Coordinate regulation of the elaboration of oligodendrocytes and neuronal subtypes from regional embryonic forebrain stem cell subpopulations".
8:00-8:30pmFiona Doetsch, Harvard University
"Neural stem cells in the adult mammalian brain: unexpected identities
8:30-9:00pmHideyuki Okano, Keio Universty School of Medicine
"Functional recovery of the spinal cord injury model by the transplantation of neural stem cells"
9:00-9:30pmMark Noble, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
"Pivotal roles of redox regulation in CNS development and neoplasia."
7:30-8:30am Breakfast
9:00-12:30amSession VII: Non-Compact Myelin
Discussion Leader: Stephen Scherer, School of Medicine
9:00-9:40amElior Peles, The Weizman Institute of Science
"Caspr family members in myelinated nerves"
9:40-10:20amPeter Brophy, Department of Veterinary Sciences, Edinburgh
"Neurofascin and axon-glia interactions"
10:20-10:50am Coffee Break
10:50-11:30amJames Salzer, NYU Medical Center
"Axonal regulation of Schwann cell myelination"
11:30-12:10pmBrian Popko, University of North Carolina
"The role of myelin components in Node of Ranvier Formation and Maintenance"
12:10 - 12:30pm Barbara Ranscht, Burnham Institute's Neurobiology Program
"Establishing Membrane Domains in Myelinated Nerve: Roles of Contactin"
1:30-4:00pm FREE
4:30-6:00pm Poster Sessions
6:00-7:00pm Dinner
7:30-9:30pmSession VIII: Signaling and Cell Cycle in Myelinating Cells
Discussion Leader: Rashmi Bansal, University of Connecticut Health Center
7:30-8:10pmVittorio Gallo, Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Neurophysiology
"Transgenic approaches to study oligodendrocyte cell cycle and development"
8:10-8:50pmDouglas Fields, National Institutes of Health, NICHD
"Regulation of glial development and myelination by neural impulse activity"
8:50-9:30pmPatrizia Casaccia-Bonnefil, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
"Molecular mechanisms of oligodendrocyte lineage progression"
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