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Diseases of the nervous system have a devastating impact on millions of people worldwide. The range of disorders affecting the brain and nervous system is vast and includes neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimers, Parkinsons and ALS; cognitive mood and anxiety disorders like schizophrenia, dementia, depression, anxiety, and PTSD; neurodevelopmental disorders like autism; chronic conditions like epilepsy and pain; hearing disorders; and brain injuries such as stroke, spinal cord injury, and traumatic brain injury. The costs associated with brain disorders, both in terms of resources required for healthcare and the toll that they exact on patients and their families, are steep, and there is an urgent need for new therapeutic approaches.

The last decades have brought much progress in terms of the mechanistic underpinnings of neurological diseases at the molecular, cellular, and circuit levels, but translating these discoveries into therapies remains a critical challenge. This symposium will focus on the question of how we can move from the understanding of disease mechanisms towards the translation into therapeutics. Using case studies drawn from different disease areas, we will highlight areas in which progress has been made, consider the roadblocks and how we might overcome them, and, moving beyond the lab, address how policy and organizational issues impact these scientific efforts.

Focusing on the interface of basic disease research and clinical translation, this symposium will take a multidisciplinary approach for translating the latest discoveries in the neuroscience field into new therapies and spark ideas for development and optimization of therapeutics. This meeting will provide ample time for discussion and a high level of interaction between speakers and attendees.

Using Elseviers new app, you can browse the scientific programme by days, topic or speaker, create your own personal programme, locate rooms and exhibitor stands on the floor plans, and more. Before first use, you'll need to download the latest conference data and then afterwards, you can use the app offline.
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