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9th International Meeting on Neuroacanthocytosis Syndromes© Arun Pal

9th International Meeting on Neuroacanthocytosis Syndromes

23.03.2018 bis 25.03.2018
Radisson Blu Park Hotel & Conference Centre, Dresden Radebeul Nizzastrasse 55 D-01445 Dresden Radebeul, Germany
Radisson Blu Park Hotel & Conference Centre, Dresden Radebeul Nizzastrasse 55 D-01445 Dresden Radebeul, Germany
Andreas Hermann, MD, PhD; Kevin Peikert, MD
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100 € full meeting / 50 € day ticket / Discounted registration fee: 50€ - full meeting- discounts are available for students / PhD students.

Dear Colleagues, Patients and Caregivers,

We are pleased to invite you to the 9th International Meeting on Neuroacanthocytosis Syndromes which will take place in Dresden, Germany, March 23 – 25, 2018. It follows the previous 8 international symposia, the last of which was held in Ann Arbor, USA in May, 2016. 

Neuroacanthocytosis Syndromes are a group of rare neurological disorders. Chorea Acanthocytosis is the “core” disease of this family caused by mutations in the VPS13A gene encoding for chorein. As a neurodegenerative disease it leads to chorea, epilepsy, problems with mood, thinking and memory, and acanthocytosis of red blood cells. At present there are no treatments that can halt or slow down the progression of these diseases; however, our research continues to move in the direction of possible therapies.

The objectives of this meeting are to bring together basic and clinical neuroscientists and neurologists to address new discoveries in this expanding field. There will be a particular focus on important developments in basic science since 2016, in addition to the potential clinical translation of experimental treatments developed in vitro.

We encourage young faculty and students to present their work for example during the poster session.

Patients and caregivers continue to play a critical role in this process, as we will discuss together the next steps, action points, and future studies. This is a collaborative process involving researchers, clinicians, patients, and caregivers, in our quest to advance knowledge and practice. As always, the Advocacy for Neuroacanthocytosis Patients is playing a crucial role in determining our goals.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Dresden, the “Florence on the Elbe”,

Andreas Hermann                                                                                       Kevin Peikert
Chair of the Meeting                                                                                   Congress Secretary


I - Introduction

Neuroacanthocytosis Syndromes

II - Basic Science Topics

Lower organisms model systems:

  • Yeast
  • Dictyostelium

Animal models:

  • Drosophila
  • VPS13A mouse

Cell models

  • iPSC

Disease pathways

  • Lyn pathway
  • PI3K pathway

III - Clinical translation and standard of care

Standard of Care in ChAc

Patient centered care

Clinical translation

  • Clinical trial readiness
  • Dasatinib
  • Lithium

IV - Poster Session

V - Patients’ Program

Preliminary agenda

Thursday, March 22, 2018:

Optional: Arriving of patients and caregivers

Friday, March 23, 2018:

Patients and Caregivers Session I

  • 11:00 – 13:00 Registration / Lunch
  • 13.00 – 13:15 Introduction by Ginger and Alex Irvine and Joy and Mark Williford
  • 13:15 – 13.30 Roundtable introduction of all participants
  • 13:30 – 14:00Short clinical overview (Walker, Danek)
  • 14:00 – 15:00 New developments in translational research (Danek, Hermann)
  • 15:00 – 15:30Coffee break
  • 15:30 – 16:30Medical Q & A (Walker, Danek, Hermann)

Scientists/Patients and Caregivers

  • 13:00 – 17:00Registration
  • 17:00Conference Opening
  • 17:30 – 19:00Scientific Opening Session
  • 19:00Reception
  • 19:30Dinner

Saturday, March 24, 2018:

Scientists/Patients and Caregivers

  • 09:00 – 12:00 Scientific talks
  • 12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
  • 13:00 – 15:00 Parallel sessions I: Scientific talks Patients and Caregivers Session II: Physical therapy / logo therapy / music therapy
  • 15:00 – 15:30Coffee break
  • 15:30 – 17:00 Parallel sessions II: Scientific talks Patients and Caregivers Session III: Caregiver issues
  • 18:00 – 19:00Poster Session
  • 19:30Dinner 

End of Patient and Caregiver meeting

Sunday, March 25, 2018:


  • 08:30 – 10:00 Scientific workshop: Results and questions from two experimental treatment approaches
  • 10:00 – 10:30Coffee break
  • 10:30 – 13:00 Scientific meeting: Workshop on future -directions of scientific work
  • 13:00 – 14:00Lunch and End of meeting

Detailed agenda is going to be published soon, please follow the meeting’s website.

Invited Speakers (selection)

  • Sami Barmada, Neurology, Medical School, University of Michigan, USA
  • Cathy Collins, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology, University of Michigan, USA
  • Adrian Danek, Neurologische Klinik, Klinikum der Universität, LMU Munich, Germany
  • Ricardo Escalante, Instituto de Investigaciones Biomédicas Alberto Sols, Madrid, Spain
  • Lucia De Franceschi, Department of Medicine, University of Verona, and Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria di Verona (AOUI-Verona), Italy
  • Bob Fuller, Cellular and Molecular Biology Program, Medical School, University of Michigan, USA
  • Florian Lang, Department of Physiology, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, Germany
  • Masayuki Nakamura, Kagoshima University Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences, Department of Psychiatry, Kagoshima, Japan
  • Aaron Neiman, Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Stony Brook University
  • Ody Sibon, Department of Cell Biology, University Medical Center Groningen, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
  • Ruth H. Walker, Department of Neurology, James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Bronx, NY, and Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA 
  • Teresa Zoladek, Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Department of Genetics, Warsaw, Poland

Registration and Accomodation

We tried hard to reduce costs wherever possible. We want to encourage young scientists to attend the meeting. Registration fee includes the meeting costs and food & beverage during the day. 

 Registration fee:

  • 100 €  - full meeting
  • 50 € - day ticket
  • Discounted registration fee*: 50€ - full meeting (discounts are available for students / PhD students)
    *discounts are available for students / PhD students.

Click here to register for the 9th International Meeting on Neuroacanthocytosis Syndromes: Online Registration


Accommodation in the meeting’s hotel is not included. For reservation of your hotel room please use the official reservation form provided by the hotel (Hotel registration form). A block of hotel rooms for your reservation is available until February 9, 2018.

Accommodation and registration for patients and caregivers will not be charged. However, they are kindly asked to register on the website.

    Deadline for Abstracts: February 1st, 2018, submit Abstract via 

    Meeting Venue

    The meeting will be held at:

    Radisson Blu Park Hotel & Conference Centre, Dresden Radebeul
    Nizzastrasse 55
    D-01445 Dresden  Radebeul

    The conference hotel is located just a few kilometers from Radebeul city center, it also provides proximity to Dresden.  For arrival information, e.g. from Dresden international airport or main station, please visit the hotel’s website.