December 11, 2018

The Utrecht Brain Conference is an initiative of several research groups and companies at Utrecht Science Park, that focus on brain development, function and disorders. It is currently hosted by Brain Center Rudolf Magnus, the Neuroscience Institute of UMC Utrecht. The Utrecht Brain Conference aims to build and maintain a campus-wide community around brain research, thereby fostering collaboration between academia and industry, and increasing the visibility of Utrecht Neuroscience.
This is the 2nd conference (the first meeting was held December 12, 2017) and we again present you with a nice set of speakers, from Utrecht Science Park as well as two international keynote speakers: Prof. Ludo van den Bosch (VIB, Leuven, Belgium) and Prof. Jochen Prehn (RCSI, Dublin, Ireland). PhD students are invited to present their work during a Poster Session.
Poster session
We encourage PhD students to present their research during the Poster Session. The Poster Session takes place during the coffee breaks, lunch and the drinks & bites at the end of the day. We will waive the registration fee for PhD students who present a poster.


9.00     Arrival, coffee & tea
9.30     Opening – Where industry and academia meet, Jeroen Pasterkamp
Professor of Translational Neuroscience, Director MIND Facility, Brain Center Rudolf Magnus,  UMC Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Session 1 – Product development in the field of brain disease

9.35    Development of miRNA therapeutics for diseases associated with neuronal loss; potential applications in optic nerve injury and epilepsy, Roel Schaapveld and Chief Executive Officer, InteRNA Technologies BV, Utrecht The Netherlands, Vamshi Vangoor  Department of Translational Neuroscience, Brain Center Rudolf Magnus, UMC Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands
10.15   Beyond monkeys in the middle, Inez de Greef
Chief Executive Officer, Treeway BV, Tilburg, The Netherlands
UNC13a in ALS – bench to bedside, Michael van Es
Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Brain Center Rudolf Magnus, UMC Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands
10.55   Coffee & tea
11.10   RNA sequencing in neuroscience, Morten Veno
Chief Executive Officer and Founder Omiics, Hinnerup, Denmark
11.25   DeltaScan: your next vital sign monitor, Annemarie Willems
Chief Commercial Officer and Cofounder Prolira, Utrecht, The Netherlands
11.40  Functional MRI: Translating a Science Tool to a Medical Device, Nick Ramsey
Chief Scientific Officer Braincarta BV, De Bilt, The Netherlands
11.55    KEYNOTE I: Molecular mechanisms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Ludo van den Bosch
Laboratory of Neurobiology, Center for Brain & Disease Research, VIB-KU Leuven, Belgium
12.55   Lunch & poster session
Session 2 – Research in the field of brain function & disease

14.00   Losing control over alcohol use – individual risk and neurobiological mechanisms, Heidi LesscherDepartment of Animals in Science and Society, Division Behavioural Neuroscience, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
14.30   Youth of Utrecht, Chantal Kemner
 Professor of Biological Developmental Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
15.00   Comfort for the troubled Mind: Unraveling the neural circuits of stress eating, Frank Meye
Department of Translational Neuroscience, Brain Center Rudolf Magnus, UMC Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands
15.30   Coffee & tea
16.00   KEYNOTE II: Small non coding RNA as stress reporters and prognostic biomarkers in ALS and epilepsy, Jochen Prehn
Professor of Physiology & Director, Centre for Systems Medicine RCSI, Dublin, Ireland
17.00   Drinks & bites


Source: UMC Utrecht