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DANDIS 2015: Intracellular Protein aggregates in aging - why haven't we cracked the problem?

The Dementia, Ageing and Neurodegeneration DISeases group (DANDIS) is hosting a satellite meeting to 25th ISN - APSN Joint Biennial Meeting in conjunction with the Australasian Society for Neuroscience (ANS) in Cairns. The meeting will be held on Saturday 22 August, 2015 just before the main meeting.


Registration includes morning and afternoon tea and lunch.

Registration is open via the ISN website (it's the one titled DANDIS 2015: Intracellular Protein aggregates in aging). You will have to open a guest account if you are not an ISN member.

The Theme

This year this intimate and highly regarded meeting's theme is Intracellular Protein aggregates in Aging - why haven't we cracked the problem?

The DANDIS satellite will be held in Lecture theatre D3.054 at James Cook University, Cairns campus. 14-88 McGregor Rd, Smithfield QLD 4878, Australia JCU Campus map

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A bus will be available for registrants leaving from the Cairns convention centre to the venue at 8:00 am on the 22nd. The bus will also be available back to the convention centre at the end of the meeting.

The program:

The program for the meeting is available here to download as a PDF.


After the meeting registrants are invited to join the organisers and invited speakers at Mondo Café Bar and Grill, 24 Esplanade, Cairns. Unfortunately registrants will have to bear the cost of the dinner themselves, but the venue is reasonably priced and offers a variety of food styles.

The Meeting:

The DANDIS satellite to the 25th ISN - APSN Joint Biennial Meeting is one of only two major Australian annual meetings focused on neurodegeneration research. This intimate meeting is an ideal venue for students and early career researchers to showcase their work to international experts in the field.

This year we will feature a "one minute poster" session, where each poster presenter has one powerpoint slide and one minute to convince people to come and see their posters. This fast and furious (and often humorous) format (like the two minute thesis) gives every poster presenter an opportunity to showcase their work in a friendly atmosphere.

The Theme:

Neurodegeneration is almost universally accompanied by protein aggregation, and in most cases the protein aggregates (beta amyloid, tau and alpha synuclein being the best known) are thought to play some significant role in the pathogenesis of neurodegeneration. However in most cases, the reason for the initiation of protein aggregation is unclear. Furthermore, attempts to modify neurodegeneration by attacking the protein aggregates have not been successful. The multiple high profile failures of antiamyloid therapy in Alzheimer"s are a case in point.

The role of identified protein aggregates needs to be rethought.

This satellite will explore the links between protein aggregation beyond the usual suspects, the failure of proteolytic degradation of abnormal proteins, oxidative stress and new strategies to go beyond our current therapeutic impasse.

As well as the main theme, participants are invited to submit abstracts on any aspect of aging and neurodegeneration.

Invited speakers:

We have an exciting group of invited speakers, including Professor Tilman Grune, Professor John Carver and Professor Lars Ittner. Unfortunately our previously advertised invited speakers Professor Professor Gloria Lee and Professor Jurgen Goetz, are unable to join us.

Abstract Submission:

is now closed.

Both oral and poster presentations are available. We particularly encourage students and early career researchers to present. Abstract submission will be open until July 31, abstracts cannot be accepted unless the presenter is registered for the DANDIS satellite. Participants are invited to submit abstracts on any aspect of aging and neurodegeneration, although abstracts relating to the main theme are encouraged. Instructions on abstract preparation and a word template for the abstract are here. The abstract file must be given a meaningful title to distinguish it from all other abstracts. The title must be of the form presentername_oral_abstract.doc or presentername_poster_abstract.doc

Email the abstract to dandis@internode.on.net . Clearly indicate if the abstract is to be considered for oral, poster or either presentation.

The Venue

The Cairns campus of James Cook University has state of the art audiovisual systems and lecture theatres of a capacity suitable for a prestigious meeting. In a spectacular location, surrounded by rainforest near the northern beaches, the campus is close the the main conference centre and Trinity and Palm cove, where other satellites will be held and many of the attendees will be staying. This will minimise costs while being in an outstanding venue.

Organising Committee:

George MellickIan MusgraveAlan NimmoGreg Sutherland
George Mellick:
Griffith University
Gerald Muench:
University of
Western Sydney
Ian Musgrave:
University of Adelaide
Alan Nimmo:
James Cook University
Greg Sutherland:
University of Sydney

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