On April 20-21 2017, the Dept. of Neuroscience of the University Medical Center Groningen (Bart Eggen) and the MS Center Noord Nederland (Wia Baron) will organize a two-days international scientific meeting on Microglia. We have composed a scientific program that covers microglia biology and microglia in pathology, with a focus on the demyelinating disease multiple sclerosis on April 21st. On both days, several internationally renowned researchers will give lectures. There will be poster sessions, and a clinically oriented session for neurologists on the afternoon of April 21st. The preliminary program, information about Groningen and the registration form can be accessed through the menu on the right side of the page.
After their description by Pio del Rio-Hortega, microglia have been outside the focus of neuroscience research for several decades. It was the ground-breaking work of Georg Kreutzberg describing the process of microglial activation that vigorously stimulated microglia research. During the last 15 years, we have witnessed a large number of important discoveries including the origin of the microglia lineage, participation of microglia in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, their role in synapse pruning, involvement of microglia in psychiatric diseases, support of neurons and many others. Recent advancements on microglia transcriptomics and epigenetics provided important information on microglia phenotypes and related functions. Most likely, many of the above-mentioned microglia features play a role in the pathology of multiple sclerosis and our symposium Microglia from Biology to pathology will highlight several of them. I wish you a very stimulating two days,
Pro-dean of Research, UMCG, Professor in the Department of Neuroscience