SysMedPD at International Conference on Neurology and Brain Disorders
Around 70 delegates gathered during June 26-28, 2017 at the International Conference on Neurology and Brain Disorders (INBC) in Valencia, Spain. The event offered an excellent opportunity for researchers and young scientists to meet and discuss current topics in the field of neurodegenerative disorders, including Parkinson’s disease (PD), and to take part in a series of talks, poster presentations, and workshops.
The SysMedPD project was represented by two members of the consortium who both took an active part in the scientific conference programme: Dr. Niall Finnerty, Principal Investigator and Work Package Leader of WP3, and Caroline Reid, both from Maynooth University. As part of the session on neurodegenerative disorders with a particular focus on Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Alzheimers Disease and Parkinson’s disease, Dr. Finnerty held a presentation on “Continuous real-time monitoring of brain extracellular fluid using microamperometric sensors and their application in a humanized mouse model of Parkinson’s disease”. All presentations of the session on in-vivo research highlighted the well accepted disconnect of current animal models of neurodegeneration from the clinical form of the disease, which reiterated the novelty of SysMedPD and the advanced animal model of PD being developed. Around 25 interested researchers joined Dr. Finnerty’s session and actively participated in discussions afterwards.
SysMedPD team member Caroline Reid gave a poster presentation entitled “In vivo characterisation of microamperometric sensors in the brain extracellular fluid of immunocompromised mice” and thus further contributed to a high visibility of the SysMedPD project at the conference.