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Programming and reprogramming the brain

Come and discuss the latest advances within the field of brain development, reprogramming and modeling 
​​* Standard registration deadline: March 13 *

Biomedizinisches Centrum München, Munich, Germany
April 34, 2017



  • Modeling human brain development from pluripotent stem cells 
  • Programming and maintenance of cell identity in the CNS
  • Development-inspired reprogramming of the brain
  • Decoding CNS complexity with single-cell resolution 


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Keynote speaker

  • Magdalena Götz (Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany)
    How to repair the brain: from reprogramming to functional integration

Confirmed speakers

  • ​​​​​​Paola Arlotta (Harvard University, US)
    Modeling of psychiatric and neurodevelopmental disease in human brain organoids
  • Benedikt Berninger (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany)
    Mechanisms driving cell fate decision during gliogenesis and neurogenic reprogramming
  • Silvia Cappello (Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Germany) 
    Identification of molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying malformations of cortical development
  • Gordon Fishell (NYU Langone Medical Center, US)​
    The role of activity in regulating the survival, development and integration of interneurons into cortical circuits
  • Francois Guillemot (The Francis Crick Institute, UK)
    Post-translational control of stem cell quiescence in the adult brain
  • Oliver Hobert (Columbia University, US)
    Terminal differentiation restricts cellular plasticity
  • Sophie Jarriault (IGBMC, France)
    Natural reprogramming: what makes a cell permissive to being converted into a neuron?
  • Guillermina López-Bendito (Instituto de Neurociencias, Spain)​
    Understanding the factors determining the neuronal fate of reprogrammed astrocytes
  • Ana Martin-Villalba (German Cancer Research Center, Germany)
    The impact of injury on fate decisions by adult stem cells
  • Steven McCarroll (Harvard Medical School, US)
    Decoding CNS complexity with single-cell resolution
  • Malin Parmar (Lund University, Sweden)​
    Brain repair and reprogramming
  • Kathrin Plath (University of California - Los Angeles, US)
    Combinatorial binding of transcription factors is essential for reprogramming to pluripotency
  • Barbara Treutlein (Max Planck Institute, Germany)
    Dissecting human and chimpanzee cerebral organoids using single-cell transcriptomics
  • Pierre Vanderhaeghen (Institute of Interdisciplinary Research, Belgium)
    From stem cells to neural circuits of the cerebral cortex

Selected Speakers

  • Federico Calegari  (Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden, Germany) 
    Epigenetic reprogramming of neural stem cells during cortical development
  • Johan Jakobsson (Wallenberg Neuroscience Center, Sweden)
    TRIM28 controls a primate-specific gene regulatory network based on endogenous retroviruses in human neural progenitor cells
  • Marisa Karow (Biomedical Center of the LMU Munich, Germany) Unraveling the molecular underpinnings of ASCL1 and SOX2 mediated human brain pericyte-to-neuron lineage conversion
  • Moritz Mall (Stanford University, US)
    A repressive pro-neuronal master regulator
  • Maria Pereira (Lund University, Sweden) 
    Direct reprogramming in the healthy and parkinsonian mouse brain yields electrically functional interneurons
  • Baris Tursun (Max Delbruck Center for Molecular Medicine, Germany) FACT is a reprogramming barrier in C. elegans and human cells
  • Noelia Urban (The Francis Crick Institute, UK)
    Ascl1 stabilisation impairs neuronal differentiation in the developing brain

Scientific organizers

Local organizer

  • Marisa Karow (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, Germany)​​


The brain is the most complex and fascinating organ of the body. Recent advances have elucidated the rules that establish and maintain cellular diversity in the central nervous system and highlighted unprecedented plasticity in the capacity of brain cells to reprogram their identity. Key progress in stem cell biology and directed differentiation has provided new experimental models to inform mechanistic understanding of human brain development and pathology. This meeting will cover the emerging field of brain development, reprogramming and modeling with a focus on new genome wide tools to understand biological processes with single-cell resolution.

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before March 13, 2017 

before March 24, 2017


Registration fee includes

  • Attendance to scientific sessions and conference materials
  • Refreshments and lunches during the conference
  • Drinks and networking reception
  • Conference evening social

​​Confirmation note: All registered attendees will receive a email confirmation from within 48 hours of registering. If you do not receive this confirmation email, please contact the Abcam Events Team to confirm your registration. 


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  • Short talk abstracts: closed
  • Poster abstracts: closed 

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The meeting will be held at Biomedical Center Munich (directions and map).



Information on accommodation options available in Munich can be found on the Munich Tourist Information website.

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Frequently asked questions

How can I submit an abstract?
Abstracts can be submitted through the online registration process. 

What happens if I've registered by cannot attend?
Substitute delegates can be nominated at any time by contacting the Abcam Events Team.

Do I need insurance?
As before any travel, delegates are strongly advised to ensure they have adequate medical and travel insurance.

What do I need to get into the country?
Please ensure you have an up-to-date passport before booking travel and are aware of any visa requirements which may be in operation for nationals of your country.

Are there exhibition/sponsorship opportunities?
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​Terms and conditions

  • ​​Delegates are advised to ensure they have adequate travel insurance to cover their attendance at the conference in case of incident, or cancelation due to circumstances beyond Abcam's control.
  • All fees payable to Abcam are non-refundable.
  • Substitute delegates can be made at any time by contacting Abcam Events Team.​​  
Delegates are advised to ensure they have adequate travel insurance to cover their attendance at the conference in case of incident, or cancelation due to circumstances beyond our control. Substitute delegates can be made at any time by contacting the Abcam Events Team.