Preliminary programme

Tuesday, December 12

from 11:00Arrival & registration | Welcome coffee & snacks
12:30 – 12:45Official welcome
Michaela Kreuzer, Federal Office for Radiation Protection, Germany
Session 1: Introduction to neurodegenerative diseases: What we know and what we do not know
12:45 – 13:30ALS: Current views on clinics, etiology and therapies

Julian Großkreutz, Germany

13:30 - 14:15Alzheimer´s disease: Current views on clinics, etiology and therapies
Oliver Peters, Germany
Session 2: Exposure assessment
14:15 – 14:45Residential magnetic field exposure assessment
Mike Silva, USA
14:45 – 15:15Occupational exposure assessment - electric work environment, magnetic fields, electric shocks, heavy metals and other exposures
Hans Kromhout, the Netherlands
15:15 – 15:45Coffee break
Session 3: Epidemiology: Low frequency magnetic fields as potential risk factors for neurodegenerative diseases
15:45 – 16:15Residential MF and ALS/AD
Martin Röösli, Switzerland
16:15 – 16:45Occupational extremely low frequency magnetic fields exposure and neurodegenerative diseases
Ximena Vergara, USA
16:45 – 17:15ALS and Shocks or MF - Can we tell?
Leeka Kheifets, USA
From 18:00Informal Get-together at "Klinglwirt"

Wednesday | December 13

From 08:30 Arrival & registration
Session 4: Etiology of ALS
09:00 – 09:45 Lessons from prospective population based-registers in ALS
James Rooney, Ireland
09:45 – 10:30

The genetics of ALS
Jochen Weishaupt, Germany

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
Session 5: Etiology of Alzheimer´s disease
11:00 – 11:45 The status of Alzheimer´s genetics: From GWAS to NGS and beyond
Lars Bertram, Germany
11:45 – 12:30 Vitamin B12, folate and sulfur amino-acids as risk factors for Alzheimer´s disease and structural brain changes
Babak Hooshmand, Sweden
12:30 – 14:00

Lunch break

Session 6: Molecular pathways of ALS
14:00 – 14:45 Molecular pathways and animal models in ALS
Ludo van den Bosch, Belgium
14:45 – 15:15 FUS mouse and FUS pathogenesis
Jelena Scekic-Zahirovic, France
15:15 – 15:45 Impaired DNA damage response signaling by FUS-NLS mutations leads to aggregate formation, distal axonopathy and neurodegeneration
Arun Pal, Germany 
15:45 – 16:15 Coffee break
16:15 – 16:30 Neurodegenerative disease and magnetic-field exposure: Findings from the cohort study of UK electricity supply workers
John Swanson, UK


16:30 16:45 Extremely low frequency magnetic fields and Alzheimer´s disease: From mechanisms to epidemiology
Jonne Naarala, Finland
From 18:00 Conference Dinner at “Dreigroschenkeller”

Thursday | December 14

From 08:00 Arrival & registration
Session 7: Molecular Pathways of Alzheimer´s disease
08:30 – 09:00 The role of the blood-brain barrier and Alzheimer´s disease
Claus Pietrzik, Germany
09:00 – 09:30

Inflammation in Alzheimer´s disease and ALS
Patrick Weydt, Germany

09:30 – 10:00 Tau and Alzheimer´s disease
Roland Brandt, Germany
10:00 – 10:30 Coffee break
Session 8: Molecular responses to low frequency magnetic field exposure in cellular and animal models
10:30 – 11:00 Extremely low frequency magnetic field exposure, inflammation and neurodegenerative diseases - In vivo and in vitro experimental evidence
Myrtill Simkó, Austria
11:00 – 11:30

ELF-EMF and genetically targeted mouse models of AD and ALS
Albrecht Clement, Germany

11:30 – 12:00 ELF-EMF and in vitro and non-transgenic in vivo models of neurodegenerative diseases
Isabelle Lagroye, France
12:00 – 12:30 Genetic damage following ELF-EMF exposure in vitro: Relation with Alzheimer´s disease
Luc Verschave, Belgium
12:30 – 13:30 Discussion and research perspectives
13:30 – 14:30 Buffet & Adjourn