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Prion 2004


The European Network of Excellence (NoE) NeuroPrion is pleased to invite you to its First Annual International Conference. This major event will be held at the Pasteur Institute, in the beautiful city of Paris, France, from May 24-28, 2004. We sincerely hope that you can join us to make this occasion a memorable one.
For this event, the scientific advisory board is organising a novel scientific program, which aims to extend the spread of knowledge within the scientific community and between research and society. The congress will focus on the topics of prevention, treatment, epidemiology and risk assessment in the field of prion diseases.
The opening and closing days of the conference will be dedicated to general information. On Monday, emphasis will be given to the topic of Science and Society, and to plenary sessions held by three Nobel Prize Laureates, who will give a lecture on the subject of their personal experiences as Nobel Prize winners. On Friday, the congress will be committed to the inauguration of the new NeuroPrion Research Platform located at the CEA of Fontenay-aux-Roses near Paris. The remaining days of the conference will be devoted to the latest advances in prion research.
We look forward in welcoming you to Paris in 2004.
The organising committee
The maximum capacity of the Pasteur Institute was 500 people.

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The organising committe for the prion2004 conference is composed of :
From the CEA, France

From the CNRS, France
From Armines, France

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Scientific Committee

The scientific committee is the main decision body which selects the abstracts to be presented oraly. The committee is composed of 32 partners from NeuroPrion.
Adriano Aguzzi (UNIZH), Juan Badiola (UNIZAR), Thierry Baron (AFSSA), Michael Beekes (RKI), Sylvie Benestad (NVI), Herbert Budka (INUW), Maria Caramelli (IZSPLVA - CEA), John Collinge (ION UCL), Jean-Philippe Deslys (CEA), Isidro Ferrer (INP/HUB), Gianluigi Forloni (IRFMN), Ruth Gabizon (HMO), Martin Groschup (FRCVDA), Franck Guarnieri (ARMINES), Jean-Jacques Hauw (INSERM), Hans Kretzchmar (LMU), Jan Langeveld (CICD - LELYSTAD), Hubert Laude (INRA), Sylvain Lehmann (CNRS), Jean Manson (IAH), Danny Matthews (VLA - DEFRA), Piero Parchi (UNIBO), Maurizio Pocchiari (ISS), Neil Raven (HPA), Detlev Riesner (HHUD), Mark Rogers (NUID / UCD), Heinz Schimmel (EC-JRC-IRMM), Theodoros Sklaviadis (CERTH / INA), Fabrizio Tagliavini (INNCB), Juan Maria Torres (INIA), Robert Will (UEDIN), Alun Williams (RVC)

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Plenary Sessions

These additional plenary sessions will provide an overview of scientific fields closely connected to prion research:

  • Paul Brown
    National Institute of Health
    National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Nobel Prize Laureates

  • Günter Blobel - The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1999 for the discovery that proteins have intrinsic signals that govern their transport and localization in the cell.

    Institution: The Rockefeller University

  • D. Carleton Gajdusek - The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1976 for their discoveries (with Baruch S. Blumberg) concerning new mechanisms for the origin and dissemination of infectious diseases.

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You can download a copy of the final abstract book here (pdf).
Prion diseases: Applied research on diagnostics, treatment and decontamination.

  • Prevention

    1. Diagnostic
    2. Decontamination
    3. Discrimination of agents/strains

  • Treatment
    1. Definition of targets
    2. New Drugs/Approaches
  • Epidemiology
    1. Human TSEs
    2. Animal TSEs
  • Risk assessment

We thank each and everyone of you for your participation.

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From Monday to Thursday

From Monday to Thursday, the conference will be held at the prestigious Pasteur Institute in the conference room of the scientific library.
The address of the Pasteur institute is: 25-28, rue du Docteur Roux, 75014 PARIS. You can download the access plan here.


On Friday, the inauguration of a new NeuroPrion Research Platform will be the main event. This platform is located at the Commissariat à l'Énergie Atomique (CEA) in Fontenay-aux-Roses.
The address of the CEA is: 18, route du Panorama, BP 6 - 92265 Fontenay-aux-Roses cedex.
You can download :

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Press release

For the complete press release, click on the following link : "dossier de presse" (french only).
We would like to thank les ateliers d'écriture de l'Institut de la Qualité de l'Expression for the production of the "dossier de presse" and Press'Publica for their contribution to the mediatization of the international conference Prion2004.

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Industrial partners

We would like to gratefully acknowledge the funding of NeuroPrion from the European Commission and address special thanks to the Commissariat au Plan, the ConseilRegional and the Senat Presidence for their strong support in the organisation of this event.
Moreover we would like to thank our sponsors who joined the spirit of NeuroPrion and contributed to making Prion2004 a memorable event.
The sponsors of Prion2004 were: