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14 March 2014 - Alliance BioSecure: Call for Projects in the Prions research field

The Alliance BioSecure Research Foundation under the aegis of the Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale is pleased to announce the opening of its 2014 call for projects.

Please find below the complete announcement and the application form.
Deadline for receipt of application form : 12th May 2014
 
Announcement FABS FRM CFP 2014
Application Form FABS FRM CFP 2014

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22 November 2013 - PRION 2014

The International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) (www.sissa.it) is proud to announce PRION 2014 – the 10th International congress on prion research.

The event will be held in the splendid city of Trieste, Italy from 27 to 30 May 2014.


For more information, please visit the Prion 2014 website.

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24 May 2013 - Alliance BioSecure: Call for Projects in the Prions research field

The Alliance BioSecure Research Foundation under the aegis of the Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale is pleased to announce the opening of a Call for Projects in the Prions research field.

Please find below the selected topic, guidelines, process and timeline.
The application must be sent using the application form (please make sure to fulfill all request) before 19th July.

Fabs FRM Call for Projects 2013
FABS FRM application form CFP 2013

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3 December 2012 - PRION 2013

The Alberta Prion Research Institute is bringing the world's largest international prion research conference, PRION 2013, to the Canadian Rockies, May 26-29, 2013 in Banff, Alberta.

For more information, please visit the Prion 2013 website.

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5 July 2012 - Symposium: ‘Is Alzheimer’s Disease a transmissible disease?’

The symposium Is Alzheimer’s Disease a transmissible disease? will be held on Monday, 12th November at The Roslin Institute in Edinburgh, UK.

For more information :

  • to register, please follow this link

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27 April 2012 - Joint PrPCANADA 2012 and Protein Folding & Disease Conference

The Joint PrPCANADA 2012 and Protein Folding & Disease Conference will be held in the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, June 25-27, 2012.

Deadlines

  • April 27th EXTENDED! – Abstract deadline (to be considered for oral program)
  • May 10th – Oral program notification to presenting authors
  • May 14th – Early bird registration deadline
  • May 24th – Accommodation booking deadline
  • May 28th – Poster abstract deadline (final)
  • June 4th – Final registration deadline

For more information about the conference, please visit the website http://www.prionmeeting.ca

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28 February 2012 - Alliance BioSecure: 5th call for projects

The Alliance BioSecure Research Foundation is pleased to announce the opening of its 5th call for projects.

Total amount 400 000 Euros will be granted to the projects selected by the Scientific Board, composed by international experts chaired by two co-presidents: Dr Paul Brown, Former Senior Investigator at NIH (USA), and Dr Jean-Philippe Deslys, CEA, France, coordinator of NeuroPrion Network, and approved by the board under the presidency of Dr J.F. Prost (LFB).
 
Please refer to www.fondation-alliance-biosecure.org to get the detailed information on topics and deadline.

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12 December 2011 - Symposium on Cutting-edge Advances in Neurodegeneration

The International Symposium on “Biology and Translational Aspects of Neurodegeneration” will be held in Venice, Italy, March 12-14, 2012.

The two-and-a-half-day Symposium will bring together clinical and basic science experts in the area of neurodegenerative disorders. Leading scientists in the field will highlight cutting-edge advances in various neuronal disorders – ranging from AD, PD, and ALS to MS and prion encephalopathies - and discuss forefront developments of in vivo diagnostic tools.
 
Please note that January 15, 2012 is the deadline for pre-registering and sending poster abstracts.
 
For all details, please refer to the web site: http://neurodegeneration2012.bio.unipd.it/

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18 November 2011 - Prion 2012

It is an honour to invite you to the largest TSE research conference, PRION 2012, May 9-12, 2012, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

PRION 2012 expects to receive up to 600 attendants and will include outstanding plenary lectures, special sessions, hot topics, networking activities, and poster presentations. The congress will be held Thursday May 10 – Saturday noon May 12 at the VU University Amsterdam congress facilities, where there also is room for additional pre congress activities such as the traditional “Animal TSEs” workshop (afternoon of May 9).
 
For more information on PRION 2012, please visit the website http://www.prion2012.com
 
Dr. Jan P.M. Langeveld, Chair Organizing Committee
 
IMPORTANT DATES

  • November 11: Start Registration and Abstract submission
  • December 31: Deadline Abstract Submission
  • January 1: Deadline Early Registration
  • April 30: Deadline Normal Registration

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31 December 2010 - CJDISA Session during Prion 2011

During the Prion 2011 conference in Montreal, the CJD International Support Alliance delivered the presentation "Supporting those affected by Prion disease the world over".

To watch the video of the presentation, please go on the CJDISA section of the "CJD Support Group Network" website.

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10 March 2010 - Animal TSEs workshop

A pre-conference workshop focusing on animal TSEs will be held on the 16th May 2011, just prior to the Prion 2011 conference.

Members of the NeuroPrion Association, PrioNet Canada, Alberta Prion Research Institute, the EU-funded GoatBSE project, and Colorado State University will again host a pre-conference workshop focusing on animal TSEs on the 16th May 2011, just prior to the Prion 2011 conference. This popular satellite meeting will discuss wide topics of research and surveillance for animal TSEs, and the organizers look forward to bringing researchers together to discuss relevant veterinary and public health issues. Apt presentations will be chosen from interesting abstracts sent to the Prion 2011 conference.
 
The workshop is free, but you must register by sending an e-mail to mark.zabel@colostate.edu by May 1, 2011. You may also send an abstract in the same email for consideration for a 15-20 minute oral presentation at the workshop. Attendance for this workshop will be capped at 100, so please register early!

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21 October 2010 - Workshop "TSEs in animals and their environment"

Together with support from the NeuroPrion Association, the EU project GoatBSE, the VLA-Weybridge and the Colorado State University, a workshop "TSEs in animals and their environment" was held September 8th 2010, a day before Prion 2010 congress in Salzburg.

For information about programme and minutes, please visit the public website of GoatBSE.

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24 September 2010 - Prion 2011

Co-hosted by PrioNet Canada and the Alberta Prion Research Institute, Prion 2011 the world’s largest international prion research conference, will be held on May 16-19 at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal, Quebec.

For more information, please visit the Prion 2011 website.

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22 September 2010 - CJD Foundation Request for 2011 Grant Applications

The Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Foundation is pleased to announce a Call for Grant Application Requests for research projects relating to human prion diseases.

For all details, please download the "Request for 2011 grant applications" file.

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7 April 2010 - PRION 2010

The Congress Organizers and the Austrian Society of Neuropathology are honored to invite you to PRION 2010, to be held at the Salzburg Congress Center, Salzburg, Austria, September 8-11, 2010.

For more information on the programme, the congress venue and the registration, please visits the Prion2010 website.
 

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6 January 2010 - The public “TSEs in goats” website

Link: http://www.goatbse.eu

Since December 2006 a new EU funded project has started that has been essentially developed from NeuroPrion TSEgoat task group members and their progress: “GoatBSE: Proposal for improvement of goat TSE discriminative diagnosis and susceptibility based assessment of BSE infectivity in goat milk and meat.” (European STREP project FOOD-CT-2006-36353, frame work 6, area Thematic priority: Food quality and safety).
In this project the focus of study is about consequences of an infection with BSE in goats for disease transmission and product safety.
 
The public “TSEs in goats” website contains the public progress reports as well as any other dissemination activities of the project, and plans to provide links to national stakeholders.

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16 November 2009 - Prion2009 special edition Newsletter

The Prion2009 special edition Newsletter has just been released.

Content

  • The Editorial
  • Prion2009 topics
  • The patient associations
  • The poster prize winners
  • Workshop: “New developments in TSEs of domestic and wild animals”
  • The young researchers training

Download the Prion2009 special edition Newsletter.

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21 October 2009 - EC Workshop “Implications of the TSE Roadmap on Risk Perception and Risk Communication in Europe”

A risk management workshop on risk perception and risk communication of TSEs in general and on the TSE Roadmap in particular will be held in Brussels, 23rd November 2009.

The focus of the workshop is on the risk perceptions of European stakeholders in regard to proposed relaxations of TSE measurements within the TSE Roadmap and what does that mean for good practice in risk communication. The workshop is targeted at representatives from the European Commission and the Member States concerned with TSE risk regulation and TSE risk communication.
 
In addition to the keynote presentations and presentations given by other TSE risk experts, the workshop will be devoted partly to the findings, conclusions and recommendations of the NeuroPrion risk perception & risk communication project - risk perception of stakeholders within five European countries and on EU level - and partly to considering the implications of the study for actual TSE risk management and risk communication.
 
You can download the agenda here.
 
To participate in this workshop, please contact:
Giuseppe Ru, DVM PhD MSE
CEA - Reference Centre for Animal Encephalopathies
Institute for Zooprophylaxis (www.izsto.it)
Via Bologna 148 - 10154 TORINO - ITALY
Tel. (+39) - 011 - 2686265 Fax (+39) - 011 - 2686371
giuseppe.ru@izsto.it
 
Warning : the total number of places will be limited!
 
The venue is:
European Commission
DG Research - Champ de Mars
Rue du Champ de Mars, 21
1050 Bruxelles
ROOM : CDMA.SDR 1

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9 October 2009 - Prion2009-programme and book of abstracts

On the heels of Paris 2004, Düsseldorf 2005, Turin 2006, Edinburgh 2007, Madrid 2008, the international conference "Prion2009" was held on September 23-25, 2009 in Porto Carras, Chalkidiki, Greece.

Download the programme and the book of abstracts of Prion2009.

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7 September 2009 - 7th CJD Family Conference

The chaptered videos of the 7th CJD Family Conference are now available online

CJD 2009 and the 7th Annual CJD Foundation Family Conference was held July 10-13, 2009 in Washington D.C.

The conference was sponsored by the U.S. CJD Foundation, the National Prion Disease Pathology Surveillance Center, and PrioNet Canada. The conference was attended by family members and researchers from around the globe and featured presentations from some of the world's leading researchers, CJD Surveillance Center Directors and directors of patient/family support organizations. The CJD International Support Alliance and their Friends/Advisors held their meeting during the conference.
 
The three day conference ended with visits to Congressional Representatives on Capitol Hill. This year, for the first time, many attendees from other countries asked to be included in the Hill visits. They helped provide a global prospective to the importance of prion diseases.
 
The see the chaptered videos of the presentations, please go to this section.

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18 June 2009 - Scottish TSE Network seminar

The Scottish TSE Network will be hosting the symposium "Transgenics: What are they good for?" on the 17th November (Pollock Halls, Edinburgh).

 Preliminary programme:

  • Introduction: Professor Jean Manson
  • Diagnostic Sensitivity: Professor Martin Groschup and Dr Rona Barron
  • Strain: Professor Glenn Telling and Professor Laura Manuelidis
  • Mechanisms: Professor David Harris and Professor Bruce Chesebro

Registration fee: £100 before the 15th July, and £125 after

Further information will be updated on the STN website: http://www.stn.ed.ac.uk/stn/seminars.html
Contact: gila.holliman@roslin.ed.ac.uk

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15 May 2009 - French version of the NeuroPrion public website

The brand new French version of the NeuroPrion public website has just been released.

For this launch, we have the pleasure to make available for you two videos (in French) that explain what are prions and other related diseases:

  • Imagine ton futur
  • Sur la piste des prions

The new versions in German and Italian of the NeuroPrion public website will be available soon.

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28 April 2009 - Spanish version of the NeuroPrion public website

The brand new Spanish version of the NeuroPrion public website has just been released.

For this launch, we have the pleasure to offer you the Prion2008 public lectures which are available in the following section « Conferencias públicas en Prion2008 ».
We would like to thank Prof. Juan José Badiola for his precious help in the translation of the main sections of the NeuroPrion website.
The new versions in French, German and Italian will be available soon.

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14 April 2009 - Alliance BioSecure: 2009 Call for Projects

The Foundation Alliance BioSecure is pleased to announce its 3rd Call for Grant Applications.

A total amount of 450,000 Euros will be granted to the projects selected by the independent Scientific Board, composed by internationals experts managed by two co-presidents: Dr Paul Brown, Former Senior Investigator at NIH (USA) and Dr Jean -Philippe Deslys, CEA, France, coordinator of NeuroPrion Network.
 
2009 Time schedule

  • Letters of Intent: Call Closing 15 May
  • Notification of Selected Projects for Full Grant Applications: 15 June
  • Deadline for receipt of Grant Applications: 15 July
  • Grants awarded: 25 September 2009 (Prion2009 Meeting)

All the information on www.fondation-alliance-biosecure.org

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26 January 2009 - Issue of Philosophical Transactions B

The Royal Society has just published an issue of « Philosophical Transactions B » entitled: The end of kuru: 50 years of research into an extraordinary disease compiled and edited by John Collinge and Michael P Alpers.

This issue is FREELY available online. See - http://publishing.royalsociety.org/kuru50 for further details. (a specially discounted price is available for the print issue by contacting Debbie Vaughan at the Royal Society debbie.vaughan@royalsociety.org)

For further information on other related health and disease issues of Philosophical Transactions B, please visit: http://publishing.royalsociety.org/philtransb/health-disease

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20 January 2009 - Symposium on The New Prion Biology

The III International Symposium on The New Prion Biology: Basic Science, Diagnosis and Therapy will be held in Venice, Italy, April 2-4, 2009.

The programme foresees lectures by leading scientists in different aspects of prion diseases, with a focus on the (patho-)physiology of the prion protein. Lectures on neurodegenerative diseases other than TSE are also foreseen, in order to allow a stimulating confrontation of the prion research with the most updated advances and perspectives in closely related fields.

Please note that the deadline for pre-registering and sending the abstract of the poster is postponed to February 15, 2009.

For all details, please refer to the web site: http://www.istitutoveneto.it/prion_09/

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24 November 2008 - Newsletter N°11

The NeuroPrion
Newsletter N°11
has just been released.

Download the
Newsletter N°11.


Content

  • The Editorial
  • Workshops and meetings prior to Prion2008
  • Risk Perception and Risk Communication of the TSE Roadmap in Europe
  • Clinical Characteristics and Treatment of Human Prion Diseases
  • Genetics of prion diseases
  • Prion2008 Poster prize winners
  • The function and cell biology of PrPc
  • TSE Diagnostic
  • Electron microscopy is progressively being replaced by immunohistochemistry and confocal laser microscopy: a lesson from the NeuroPrion meeting in Madrid
  • Development of Blood Tests for the detection of Prion Diseases

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20 November 2008 - Prion 2008 abstract book

The Prion 2008 abstract book is available now!

Download the abstract book.


You will find in the abstract book a summary of the oral presentations and of the posters that were showed during the Prion 2008 conference held in Madrid, Spain, on October 8-10, 2008.

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17 November 2008 - NCJDSU 16th Annual Report For 2007

National CJD Surveillance Unit publishes 16th Annual Report for 2007 And Scientific Report.
Both reports are available on the NCJDSU website at http://www.cjd.ed.ac.uk/.


The incidence of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is monitored in the UK by the National CJD Surveillance Unit (NCJDSU) based at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Unit brings together a team of clinical neurologists, neuropathologists and scientists specialising in the investigation of this disease.

The NCJDSU has published, the 13th November 2008, their Annual Report and the Scientific report for 2007/08. 
 
Both reports are available here:
- annual report
- scientifc report
 
For more information:
http://www.cjd.ed.ac.uk/

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22 September 2008 - Canada - Europe Exchange Program

A Canada-Europe Reciprocal Exchange Program has been developed between NeuroPrion and PrioNet Canada.
The total funding available for this competition is up to $30,000 CAD per candidate.


A Canada-Europe Reciprocal Exchange Program has been developed between NeuroPrion and PrioNet Canada. This exchange program provides PrioNet Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) with the opportunity to participate in NeuroPrion research teams in the EU, and NeuroPrion HQP the opportunity to participate in PrioNet research teams in Canada, for a period of up to six months.

Funding Available:
The total funding available for this competition is up to $30,000 CAD per candidate.

Deadline for applying: March 31st 2009.
Guidelines and application forms are available on the PrioNet Canada website :
http://www.prionetcanada.ca/

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20 September 2008 - About the Prion 2008 conference - Madrid, Spain

The international conference "Prion 2008" will be held in Madrid, Spain, on October 8-10, 2008.
 
You can check our webpage on Prion2008 or go to the official website.


On the heels of Paris 2004, Düsseldorf 2005, Turin 2006 and Edinburgh 2007 the international conference "Prion 2008" will be held in Madrid, Spain, on October 8-10, 2008.
 
Congress registration and information on accommodation on the Prion 2008 website :
http://www.prion2008.com

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20 September 2008 - Satellite session at Prion 2008 - Madrid, Spain

An Afternoon Satellite Session called "Risk Assessment and Management Event" will be held during the Prion 2008 conference on October 7, 2008. It will be presented by PrioNet Canada & the NeuroPrion Risk and Control Group.

Hotel Auditorium - Frankfurt and Munich Rooms
Avenida de Aragón, 400, 28022 Madrid
Madrid, Spain
 
Presented by PrioNet Canada & the NeuroPrion Risk and Control Group
 
Download the programme here.

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20 June 2008 - NeuroPrion student workshop - Bratislava

We are very pleased to announce the third NeuroPrion PhD/MD-student event that will be held from the 6 to 10 August 2008 in Bratislava, Slovakia.

This workshop will combine exchange on scientific topics and practical training on presentation skills. 12-14 students will have the chance to participate to this event.

As requested by the participants in 2007, we have invited a representative of a pharmaceutical company to give an introduction into the regulations of the pharmaceutical industry. During a two-day workshop “Presenting Science - comprehensive, competent and convincing” the students will be trained in presentation skills. This training is mainly based on practical exercises. This new skills can than be used directly by the students, when presenting their scientific work to the others.

More info here.

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21 May 2008 - The May 2008 Issue of the NeuroPrion Newsletter is out!

Direct link to the Newsletter page here.

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19 May 2008 - New Post-doc positions available

Post-doc positions here.

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5 May 2008 - Prion2008 - Abstract submission deadline 15th of May - Madrid

Please be advised, the deadline for abstract submission at the Prion2008 conference is almost here. All abstracts must be submitted by May 15th 2008.

You will find more info on the official website: www.prion2008.com.

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11 April 2008 - The foundation Alliance BioSecure announces its 2008 Call for Grant Applications - Paris

The Research Foundation Alliance BioSecure ("Biosafety Alliance Foundation ") announces today its annual Call for Grant Applications. Total amount of grant money is 450,000 euros.

Such Call will help to support research projects biological safety, carried out by academic as well as industrial research teams.

The awards to be made for the funding year 2008 should address one or more of the following topics:

  • Elucidation of the misfolding process; characterization of the mechanics of the molecular transformation ; elucidation of the relationship of the misfolded protein and its molecular intermediates to the manifestations of disease ;

  • Research, development or validation of methods to detect prions (and other misfolded proteins) in human or animal biological fluids & organs ;

  • Methods to remove or destroy potential contaminants in the production of biological products, or to remove or decontaminate instruments/surfaces (prions and related agents) ;

  • Surveillance and epidemiology of prion diseases.

Deadline for projects submission : 15 May 2008.

More info on: http://www.alliance-biosecure.org

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11 April 2008 - A new section has been added to the NeuroPrion website - Paris

The CJDISA (CJD International Support Alliance) is now present on the NeuroPrion website. Read more...

This new section provides information about and contact details of CJD patient support groups within the Alliance.

The CJD International Support Alliance (CJDISA) was formed by a group of grassroots nonprofit organizations that share one vital factor: a commitment to prion disease victims, their families, and those at risk for prion disease.

Click here to go to the CJDISA pages.

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29 February 2008 - The February issue of the NeuroPrion Newsletter is out

Direct link to the Newsletter page here.

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11 December 2007 - The abstract book and photos of the Prion2007 conference are now online

The abstract book of the Prion2007 conference is now available for your to download here .

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6 December 2007 - A special Newsletter issue, focussing on the Prion2007 conference in Edinburgh is now available!

Direct link to the Newsletter page here.

If you didn't attend the meeting or if you want to have an overview of what was presented, this is for you...

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14 November 2007 - Prion2007 orals - Synchronised video and slides ... Coming out soon!

The first set of video (Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday) coming out Friday the 16th of November

The presentation of Prion2007 were filmed in Edinburgh. Using a new technology that synchronises video and slides, you can view the presentation that interests you the most as many times as you like. Each presentation is chaptered allowing you to see only the part that really interests you.

Who has access to this?

The presentations are found within the Private NeuroPrion website (eDoc) and are only accessible by Prion2007 participants, NeuroPrion members and associates. If you are within either of these categories, and you have not received a password to access these, contact us to obtain one.

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14 November 2007 - The Prion2007 online poster session is now opened

If you have missed or just want to see one of the posters of the Prion2007 conference, they are now available in the private website of NeuroPrion (eDoc).

This session is already opened to NeuroPrion members and Prion2007 participants. If you are in either category and have not received a password, you can contact us to obtain one.

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30 October 2007 - Prion2007 - More than just a meeting for the scientists! - Edinburgh, Scotland

2 lectures from Prion 2007 are available now.

One of the objectives of NeuroPrion is to inform the public about the latest research and to discuss its impact on Society.

During the last NeuroPrion conference, two lectures delivered by the renown scientists Prof. James W. Ironside and Dr. Marc Turner were filmed and adapted to the NeuroPrion website in order to reach a broader audience. If you are wondering about the current risk of prion diseases for humans or just want to be informed about the latest research these videos are for you...

To go to the video page click here.

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30 October 2007 - New faculty positions available

Research positions here.

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11 October 2007 - New Post-doc positions available

New Post-doc positions here.

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30 July 2007 - Confronting CJD and Other Prion Disorders

The film that educates about CJD and other prion diseases is now freely accessible on the NeuroPrion website!

This one-hour film clip contains a comprehensive consideration of the different forms of prion disorders: sporadic, familial, and acquired. Clinical features are reviewed through patient presentations and comments by family members. The uses and limitations of various diagnostic tests are presented. Pathogenesis, transmission, and epidemiology are explained.

The program also confronts the “fear factor,” the myths and misconceptions that surround these disorders, and the surveillance mechnisms that have been established to help safeguard public health. It also includes a consideration of how the medical profession may best serve the needs of afflicted patients and their families; how to access the resources available for assistance and support, and how to submit specimens for diagnosis and research.

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22 June 2007 - New Research and Post-Doc positions are available.

New Research and Post-Doc positions are available.

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3 May 2007 - A new breakthrough in prion diseases

An oral vaccine can prevent mice from developing a brain disease similar to mad cow disease, according to new research.

"The mice with high levels of antibodies had no symptoms of the disease after 400 days. The mice with low levels of antibodies also had a significant delay in the onset of the disease. It normally takes 120 days for mice that have not been vaccinated to develop the disease."

more info :

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5 April 2007 - The foundation Alliance BioSecure launches its first call focussing on prion diseases - Paris

All the info regarding the call are on the Alliance BioSecure website: http://www.alliance-biosecure.org.

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22 December 2006 - The December Issue of the NeuroPrion Newsletter is out!

Direct link to the Newsletter page here.

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6 December 2006 - A special Newsletter issue, focussing on the Prion2006 conference in Torino is now available!

Direct link to the Newsletter page here.

If you didn't attend the meeting of if you want to have an overview of what was presented, this is for you...

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17 November 2006 - The abstract book of the Prion2006 in electronic format

The Prion2006 abstracts are now available to download here.

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15 November 2006 - Prion2006 posters

Prion2006 posters now accessible for Prion2006 participants, NeuroPrion members and associates!

As mentionned at the Prion2006 conference in Turino, all participants of the conference, NeuroPrion members and associates NeuroPrion are now able to have access to the Online Poster Session where they can have a better look at the posters presented at the Turino conference.

A password has been sent to most participants. However, if you have not received one please request one to Dr. Steve Simoneau.

Last year's conference posters (Prion2005) are also available.

We hope that this mode of poster presentation will be beneficial for each of you.

NeuroPrion management

The next NeuroPrion conference : Prion2007 conference, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, 26-28 September 2007
Website : http://www.prion2007.com

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16 October 2006 - Seven Prion2006 participants rewarded for their stunning posters... - Torino, Italy

Seven participants of the Prion2006 conference were awarded monetary prizes to acknowledge the excellent scientific work presented!

Seven participants of the Prion2006 conference were awarded monetary prizes to acknowledge the excellent scientific work presented!

NeuroPrion also thanks all the other poster authors who have contributed to making Prion2006 a memorable event!

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29 September 2006 - Innovative technologies to communicate science to the public

NeuroPrion has created a video section to give access to its video resources to its public.

The section will be built progressively as new material becomes available.

Please visit this video section.

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27 September 2006 - NeuroPrion strives for a closer cooperation with patients organisations. - Turino, Italy

Florence Kranitz, the president of the american CJD Foundation was invited to give a welcome address during the opening ceremony of the Prion2006 conference.

The organisers have also invited representatives of CJD family groups from European countries. It will be the opportunity for them to exchange information and join their forces to constitute a European Family Association as a subgroup of the newly initiated international CJD-Foundation.

More information after the conference...

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21 September 2006 - Alzheimer's may seed itself like mad cow disease

Proteins taken from the brains of Alzheimer's patients and injected into the brains of genetically engineered mice trigger Alzheimer's-like lesions in the mouse brains, researchers report.

The findings suggest that the protein clumps associated with Alzheimer's disease could possibly act as a "seed" just like the prions do in prion diseases such as "mad cow" disease.

More on New Scientist - UK and in the Science article.

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18 July 2006 - The July Issue of the NeuroPrion Newsletter is out!

Direct link to the Newsletter page here.

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5 July 2006 - Prion2006 conference - Early bird registration deadline extended to the 31st of July 2006 - Turino, Italy



The Prion2006 conference preparation is well under way! More than 400 abstracts were submitted.

NeuroPrion announces that the early bird registration deadline is extended to the 31st of July 2006

more on the Prion2006 conference

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22 June 2006 - BSE could incubate in people 50 years or more before symptoms show



It could take half a century or more for someone infected with prions - the cause of mad cow-like diseases - to start showing symptoms, say researchers, who drew that conclusion after studying a similar illness among Papua New Guinean people who once feasted on their dead.

more on Canada.com - Hamilton,Ontario,Canada

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15 June 2006 - UK regulator considers action against BSE-type disease in sheep



Due to scientific uncertainty over a BSE-type disease affecting sheep and goats, the UK's food regulator is expected to issue today further precautionary advice about eating mutton and to propose EU-wide labelling rules for products containing the meats.

more on FoodProductionDaily.com - Montpellier,France

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12 June 2006 - New Mad Cow Disease Found in Texas, Alabama Cases



Two cases of mad cow disease discovered in Texas and Alabama have perplexed scientists, who say that they may be caused by a different strain that appears spontaneously. The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed the existence of this little understood and rare "atypical" strain, but questions on how these animals were infected in the first place remain unanswered.

more on Food Consumer - Lisle,IL,USA

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30 May 2006 - 74th Annual General Session of the International Committee of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) 21 - 26 May 2006



Special attention was given to updating the chapter on BSE in the Terrestrial Animal Health Code. Adopted texts highlighted global surveillance methods that will allow the OIE to propose willing Member Countries a new procedure for an official recognition of their status on the disease

read more on the OIE website

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7 June 2006 - 1st mad cow case reported in West Austria



VIENNA, June 7 (Xinhua) -- Health authorities confirmed a case of mad cow disease in the west Austrian province of Tirol after a 13-year-old cow tested positive for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), Austrian media reported here on Wednesday.

read more on the Xinhua online website

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24 May 2006 - OIE Finally Recognises New Zealand's BSE-Free Status - New Zealand



The World Animal Health Organisation, the OIE, has finally officially recognised what New Zealand is free of BSE or Mad Cow disease.

read more on Newswire (New Zealand)

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19 May 2006 - Genetic finding raises fear of wider vCJD spread



Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) may be able to infect a wider population that previously thought, raising the possibility that the relatively few known cases may be part of a larger epidemic, suggest researchers here.

Read more on Medpage Today

Related stories :



  • THE GUARDIAN 19/05/06 Tests raise fear of more CJD deaths


  • SCOTSMAN 19/05/06 Scientists focus on screening for mad cow disease


  • MEDICAL NEWS 20/05/06 Study Suggests New Human Genotype May Be Prone To VCJD

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2 May 2006 - The April Issue of the NeuroPrion Newsletter is out!

Direct link to the Newsletter page here.

In this issue, Paul Brown state his views on the "Quest for a pre-clinical blood test for TSE ...

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26 April 2006 - Estonia dismisses suspected case of mad cow disease



TALLINN, April 26 (Reuters) - Estonian authorities said on Wednesday that tests for mad cow disease had proved negative in the case of a dead 11-year-old animal earlier suspected of being the country's first case of BSE. Read more on Reuters AlertNet - London,England,UK

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20 April 2006 - Transplanted Nerve Tissue Can Cause Human 'Mad Cow' Disease



THURSDAY, April 20, 2006 - (HealthDay News) - Between 1970 and 2003, transplanted human tissue was responsible for a total of seven cases of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) - the human form of mad cow disease - in the U.K., a new study finds. Read more on Forbes - USA

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9 February 2006 - A new blood-linked vCJD case found!

A third suspected case of the human form of mad cow disease linked to a transmission via blood transfusion has been discovered in the UK

The patient was diagnosed with variant Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease (vCJD) after having received a transfusion eight years before -- the donor had developed symptoms of the disease 20 months after having given blood.

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18 January 2006 - Post-Doc position at the Institute of Virology of the Technical University of Munich - Munich, Germany



In the research group of Dr. Ina Vorberg (prion diseases) a postdoctoral position is available for a highly talented research fellow to develop cell culture models for the fast and efficient detection of low level prion titers (Vorberg et al., 2004: J Biol Chem. 279: 29218-29225; Vorberg I. et al., 2004: J Infect Dis. 189:431-439).

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9 January 2006 - Post Doc position available to study small ruminant diseases - Norway



The Norwegian School of Veterinary Science, Department of Production Animal Clinical Sciences, Unit of Small Ruminant Research, Sandnes (near Stavanger, South West fjord coast), announces a vacant position as Post Doc in small ruminant diseases for one year, with possibilities for an additional year.

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8 December 2005 - PhD positions available in "Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences"



The International Max Planck Research School for Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences (IMPRS-LS), jointly conducted by the Max Planck Institutes of Biochemistry, Neurobiology and Psychiatry in cooperation with the Ludwig Maximilian University and the Technical University Munich, has openings for PhD student positions in international PhD program "Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences"

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1 December 2005 - Prion2005

The Prion2005 abstract book is now available for download.

The Prion2005 conference was a great success thanks to each participants and presenters. A total of more than 55 oral presentations and 280 posters contributed to making this event a remarquable one. For those of you that were not able to attend the meeting, you now have the possiblility of downloading your own copy of the abstract book...

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13 November 2005 - BSE, Creutzfeld-Jakob and Scrapie - about the mystery agent of prion diseases
Open house at the University of Düsseldorf
- Düsseldorf, Germany



This Sunday, the University of Düsseldorf will open its doors to the general public. For this occasion, you will be able to assist to a public lecture (in German) on prions entitled "BSE, Creutzfeld-Jakob and Scrapie - about the mystery agent of prion diseases".

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9 November 2005 - The Prion2005 Picture Gallery is now online - http://www.neuroprion.org



After the great success of the Prion2005 conference, the 'Picture Gallery'.

A sample of the many photos taken during the conference can be be viewed in the event section or by clicking here

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19 October 2005 - Prion2005 : The 2nd International Conference of NeuroPrion: More than 800 participants - Düsseldorf, Germany

Leading experts in prion research will meet at their largest conference ever. More than 800 researchers from all corners of the world ...

Leading experts in prion research will meet in Düsseldorf for their largest conference ever. More than 800 researchers from all corners of the world - Nobel laureates among them - will inform each other on the most current developments in diagnosis, therapeutic and fundamental research.

The general public will also have the opportunity to attend a Public session on prion disease on the night before the start of the conference where they can learn more about prion diseases and the research that is being done in the world. This will occur at the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences.

This conference is jointly organised by NeuroPrion and the German TSE Research Platform.

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13 October 2005 - Prions that cause BSE can be spread through urine: lab - Zurich, Switzerland

Prions that cause mad cow disease can be spread through urine under certain conditions, a finding that could explain how brain-wasting disorders may reach wild deer and elk.


Read the full news (CBC-News)

Reference of the article
Seeger H. et al. Science, 310, 324 - 326 (2005)
http://www.sciencemag.org/content/current/

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14 October 2005 - NeuroPrion is launching its new website

More attractive and more convivial this website is aiming to ...

The new NeuroPrion website aims to attract the public, media and decision makers who will want updated and simplified information on such a complex subject that is prions. NeuroPrion will continue to improve its website during the coming years. It has the ambition of being, at the same time, truthfull and highly innovative and becoming a reference in prion diseases.

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3 October 2005 - A New turn in the history of the NeuroPrion Newsletter

Aside from its obvious improvements, the public newsletter of NeuroPrion now aims to be more convivial ...

The Newsletter is taking a new turn in its history. Aside from its obvious improvements, the newsletter aims to be more convivial and enriched with interesting content. We are depending on your contribution to make this Newsletter a document filled with attractive content for the readers and at the same time enjoyable to read. The Newsletter is a place where NeuroPrion researchers can express themselves or report on new results.

You are a NeuroPrion member or not? You can advertise in the Newsletter about training opportunities and job offers or other subjects which might be of interest to the scientists of the Network. To do so, simply send us your request by mail to the following address : neuroprion.newsletter@igh.cnrs.fr.

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