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2nd Zing Neurodegeneration Conference

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2nd December 2015 – 5th December 2015 | Omni Cancun Hotel & Villas, Cancun,Mexico


This 2nd Zing neurodegeneration conference will focus on recent advances in neurodegenerative diseases, ranging from basic science to clinical and pharmaceutical developments, and will highlight current understanding of underlying mechanisms, new research directions, and novel therapeutic strategies. The conference will span Alzheimer’s and other dementias, prion diseases, Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders, particularly focusing on interactions and common mechanisms among neurodegenerative diseases. New concepts in any aspect of neurodegeneration/regeneration are, however, welcomed.

Featured will be plenary lectures from leading investigators, oral presentations from selected abstracts, and poster sessions covering each of the topics. Participation of younger scientists is particularly encouraged and there will be ample opportunity for informal discussions to develop new collaborations in the attractive environment of Cancun.


Journal of Biological Chemistry Herb Tabor Young Investigator Award

The 2nd Zing Neurodegeneration Conference is honored to be able to offer the Journal of Biological Chemistry Herb Tabor Young Investigator Award at its meeting and we encourage promising young scientists to submit abstracts for consideration for the award. The JBC/Herbert Tabor Young Investigator Awards honour Tabor’s invaluable contributions to the journal and to science as a whole. The awards also recognize the innovators and achievers in new generations of researchers who exemplify Tabor’s values of creativity and scientific excellence. The awardee is selected on the basis of their submitted abstracts by a committee composed of the conference organizers and a JBC associate editor. The winner will be given the opportunity to present their work in a short oral presentation at the meeting. Students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty members who have not yet received tenure are eligible. The award includes a plaque and a $1,500 prize.

For further information and a list of previous award winners (2011-2014), their respective meetings, and their research see: Journal of Biological Chemistry Tabor Award

Register now and submit your abstract for consideration!

JNC-CustomJournal of Neurochemistry
The Official Journal of the International Society for Neurochemistry

The Journal of Neurochemistry, the leading journal of basic and clinical neurochemistry, is devoted to the prompt publication of original findings of the highest scientific priority and value that provide novel mechanistic insights, represent a clear advance over previous studies and have the potential to generate exciting future research. The journal offers free color, no page charges, fast and thorough peer review, is compliant with public access policies from NIH, RCUK and other funders, and provides an Open Access publishing option.

Learn more about the journal and register for free e-content alerts at www.jneurochemistry.org.

Find out more about the International Society for Neurochemistry at www.neurochemistry.org/

The Conference Sponsors


The Conference Chairs

Anthony Turner 

University of Leeds

Frédéric Checler

IPMC – University of Nice


Talk Consideration Deadline: 7th September 2015 Closed………. Poster Submission Deadline: 7th October 2015

For general abstract information or to download a copy of our abstract template please follow the links below.

If you have already registered for this conference and now wish to submit your abstract or send a revised version, you can either Sign In to your account and add the abstract or Submit Your Abstract directly to us using the links below.

The Venue

Omni Cancun Hotel & Villas
Cancun, Mexico.



2nd December 2015 – 5th December 2015

The Omni Cancun Hotel is a five-star, “Gran Tourism” resort nestled between the dazzling Mexican Caribbean and secluded Nichupte Lagoon on Cancun Island. It offers stylish all-inclusive accommodation in a beautiful location, overlooking expansive swathes of white sandy beach. Capturing the spirit and tradition of the Mayan culture, the resort is elegant and contemporary, surrounded by acres of tropical gardens that lead down to the sea. The three cascading zero-entry swimming pools are a definite highlight, with swim-up pool bar, sunken chaise lounges and a unique ocean view Mega Jacuzzi seating up to 35 people.

Eating and drinking at the Omni Cancun is a real treat with 7 restaurants offering a wide choice including Italian, Mexican, Indonesian, Sushi, rotating themed buffet and seafood. For drinks, there are 5 bars including the Kukus Jacuzzi Beach Bar or you could head to the Lobby Bar to sample their delicious Martini Menu and listen to live music in the evening – a great way to round off another perfect conference day!

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Plenary Speakers


Laurie H. Glimcher
Weill Cornell Medical College
ER stress sensors in disease


Bart De Strooper
VIB Center for the Biology of Disease
microRNA and Alzheimer’s Disease


Ralph A. Nixon
Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research
Lysosomes: The Achilles’ Heel of Neurons in Neurodegenerative Disease


Ted Dawson
Johns Hopkins University
Genes and Models of Parkinson Disease


Julie Williams
Cardiff University School of Medicine
Defining the Genetic Architecture of Alzheimer’s Disease

Invited Speakers

Thal-150x150Dietmar R. Thal
University of Ulm
Tau and Aß spreading in Alzheimer’s Disease: A Neuropathological Approach
Schneider-CustomBenoit Schneider
Université Paris Descartes
Targeting the kinase PDK1 to combat prion and Alzheimer’s diseases
Martins-150x150Vilma Regina Martins
International Center for Research and Education, AC Camargo Hospital
Prion signalling and interplay with other neurodegenerative diseases
buee-Custom-150x150Luc Buée
Inserm – CHR – Université de Lille
From tau secretion to tau aggregation: where is the link to neuronal death?
zurzulo-150x150Chiara Zurzolo
Pasteur Institute
Role of Tunneling Nanotubes (TNTs) in intercellular spreading of prions and other protein assemblies involved in neurodegenerative diseases
Spillantini-150x150Maria Grazia Spillantini
University of Cambridge
Synaptic Dysfunction and Dopaminergic Cell Death in a Transgenic Model of Alpha-Synucleinopathy
soto-150x150Claudio Soto
UTHealth Medical School
Prion-like Transmission of Neurodegenerative Diseases
cappai-CustomRoberto Cappai
The University of Melbourne
Good Protein, Bad Protein: the double-edged sword of the Amyloid Precursor Protein.
Petsko-150x150Gregory Petsko
Weill Cornell Medical College
Targeting the retromer pathway for both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases
ShenJie Shen
Harvard Medical School
Presenilin and Alzheimer’s disease
Ferreira-CustomSergio T. Ferreira
Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Brain inflammation links memory impairment and depressive-like behavior induced by Alzheimer’s Aβ oligomers in rodents
prado-CustomMarco Prado
The University of Western Ontario & Robarts Research Institute
RNA processing and cognitive dysfunction in Alzheimer’s disease
fraser-CustomPaul E. Fraser
University of Toronto


Contributing Speakers

Sébastien Hébert
Université Laval
Carmela Abraham
Boston University School of Medicine
Sara Calafate
VIB/KU Leuven
Huaibin Cai
National Institute on Aging
Kilan Le Guennec
Inserm, Rouen, France
William Van Nostrand
Stony Brook University
Louise Serpell
University of Sussex
Anne Rovelet-Lecrux
Inserm, Rouen, France
Jennifer Pocock
University College London
Clare Peters-Libeu
Buck Institute for Research on Aging
Shaun Martin
KU Leuven
Jason Richardson
Northeast Ohio Medical University
Peter Thériault
Laval University
Luciano D’Adamio
Veerle Baekelandt
KU Leuven
Zeshan Ahmed
Eli Lilly and Company
Lucía Chávez
VIB/KU Leuven
Maud Gratuze
Université Laval
Vania Prado
Western University
Giovanni Meli
European Brain Research Institute
Rik van der Kant
University of California, San Diego
Nona Abolhassani
Kyushu University
Mathéa Pietri
Paris Descartes University / INSERM U1124
Srini Subramaniam
The Scripps Research Institute

Poster Highlight Speakers

Karam F. Soliman
Florida A&M University
Harold Komiskey
Sarah van Veen
KU Leuven
Elizabeth Noble
University of Manchester
Marco Bardelli
Institute of Research in Biomedicine (IRB)
Natalia Nalivaeva
Leeds University
Karen Marshall
University of Sussex

Conference Programme

programme-pic-e1436367393550A copy of the conference programme can be viewed by using the link below.
Please Note: This programme is subject to change. The programme will be updated regularly as information is received and we will always display the most current version here. We strongly recommend periodically reviewing this document.

Conference Programme

Conference Fees

We can offer 2 types of registration for the conference

  • An Event Pass without accommodation
    Provides full conference attendance whilst leaving you free to book your own accommodation or make your own reservation at the conference venue.
  • An Event Pass with shared accommodation.
    Share a room with another delegate at the venue to receive the best priced conference attendance and accomodation package.

Should you wish to attend the conference and stay at the venue, you can purchase an Event Pass without accomodation and book your room directly with the venue.

Prices are shown and payable in US Dollars. Payments can be made by bank transfer or credit card payment. Please note we can no longer accept payment by cheque.

Event Pass Only – No Accommodation

Event Pass
Earlybird Price $670*
Earlybird Price valid until 31st Aug
Standard Price $799
Standard Price valid from 1st Sept

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Event pass fees include

  • Conference registration
  • Welcome reception
  • Attendance to all scientific sessions
  • Conference Pack containing programme & abstract book
  • Complimentary Wifi in conference room and public areas
  • Buffet Lunches (including the final day of the meeting)
  • Evening meals on Days 1&2
  • The Farewell Dinner
  • Alcoholic & Non-alcoholic drinks at lunch, dinner and the Poster Session
  • All coffee breaks during the conference
  • Poster Session & Refreshments
  • Ample time & opportunities for networking
  • On-site assistance from Zing staff available throughout the conference

Event pass fees do not include

  • Accommodation at the conference venue.
  • Breakfast

Accommodation reservations for the venue can be made directly by delegates via the Reservations link in the section below. Bookings can be made on a bed & breakfast basis so breakfast would be included as part of your accommodation package.

*Please Note: The Earlybird Rate of $670 is valid for those who register and pay in full by 31st August 2015. After this date, the Event Pass will return to the standard price of $799.

Event Pass – With Shared Accommodation

The extra hotel rooms contracted by Zing have all now been allocated and we cannot accept any further bookings for this option.

As was previously stated here on the website – “There are a limited amount of rooms available at the hotel. Until Zing Conferences receives full payment of your invoice, your room will not be reserved and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.”
If you have already registered for the conference and requested accommodation, but have not paid your invoice in full, we cannot reserve your accommodation and you will have to make alternative arrangements.

Should you wish to reserve a room at the Omni Cancun you may do so by booking directly with the hotel using the link provided below.

*Please Note: The Earlybird Rate for the Sharer option of $899 was valid for those who paid in full by 31st August 2015. After this date, the fee has returned to the standard price of $1050.


If booking your accommodation with Omni Cancun, all meals (except breakfast) are included in your registration, so you may wish to book on a Bed & Breakfast basis. You could also book on an All-Inclusive basis, perhaps to enjoy the Lobby Bar for after dinner drinks and discussion.

Until the end of September, if using this link, please mention you are attending a Zing Conference to receive a special group discount when making your reservation.

To book your accommodation directly with the Omni Cancun please use the following link
Reserve Accommodation at Omni Cancun
Alternative Accommodation
The Omni Cancun is located on the Hotel Boulevard in Cancun. As such, there is a range of hotels located in close proximity which you may prefer to stay at for the conference. We can provide you with a list of alternative hotels by emailing info@zingconferences.com. Search engines or hotel comparison websites will also provide you with a good range of hotels at varying prices.


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