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Forefront Webinar – Microglia & synapse loss in neurodegeneration & Writing for different audiences

29/10/2021 @ 2:30 am - 4:00 pm

Advert for the 29th October Forefront Webinar

The Forefront Webinars Series is brought to you by Alzheimer’s Society and Dementia Researcher. In each webinar there will be two sessions, the first comes from an Alzheimer’s Society funded Researcher presenting on their work, and the second is an essential careers sessions to keep you at the forefront of your field. Details of each monthly session will be added as the previous session is completed – below is a summary, please register those which are of interest:

Webinars take place on the last Friday of each month from 2.30pm – 4.00pm (BST / GMT)

29 October

Dr Soyon Hong, UK Dementia Research Institute, Microglia and synapse loss in neurological disease – My research is aimed at identifying how, on a cellular and molecular level, tissue-resident macrophages contribute to synaptic homeostasis in health and pathology in aging and neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and Parkinson’s disease (PD). A key question my lab is addressing is whether tissue-resident macrophages including microglia exist in functional clusters, and if so, which ones contribute to neuronal dysfunction in disease. A second major question of my lab is to understand upstream factors that reactivates the synaptic pruning pathway in microglia in AD. Specifically, we are investigating the roles of circuit activity and lipid/Trem2 signalling along with astrocytes to assess whether, and how, they may work together to confer synaptic imbalance and death. These findings will help broaden our understanding of how neuroimmune interactions may go awry during aging and dementia.

Dr Clare Jonas, Alzheimer’s Society, will present on how to adapt your writing style for different audiences – from a grant review board, to a public audience or academic colleagues.

26th November

Dr Gemma Lace, University of Salford – Brain Waste Disposal Mechanisms in Dementia
Cherie Nyota & Anna Smith, Alzheimer’s Society – Involving people living with dementia in research

17th December (Registration to follow)

Dr Melanie Handley, University of Hertfordshire – Person Centred Care in Hospitals
Dr Julia Ravey, Alzheimer’s Society – Using social media for science communication


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