NeuroPrion has been initially created in 2004 as an European network of excellence funded by the European Union and dedicated to research on prion diseases. It included 52 research institutes in 20 different countries and federated over 120 individual research groups representing more than 90% of prion public research teams in Europe and more than 50% worldwide.

At the end of the Network, NeuroPrion was continued as a non-profit Association and has been opened to the worldwide community of prion researchers. More than 1,000 scientists joined the NeuroPrion Association since its creation.

The primary objectives of NeuroPrion are to integrate the efforts of the main European prion research teams in order to reduce the fragmentation and/or duplication of research and to establish a lasting approach that will protect and improve human and animal health. NeuroPrion co-organizes every year since 2004 the main Prion congress, which gathers 300 to 900 scientists.

About prions

Prions are the first known transmissible agents that are not bacteria, viruses, fungi, or parasites, and are considered as pure proteins. These transmissible agents, which were initially thought to be “unconventional viruses” are now considered by most scientists to be devoid of genomic information (nucleic acids).

Prions are responsible for degenerative brain diseases like Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) in humans, Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (Mad cow disease) in cattle, Scrapie in sheep and goats and Chronic Wasting Disease in cervids.

Prion conferences

Prion 2018

May 22-25, 2018
Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Prion 2017

May 23-26, 2017
Edinburgh, Scotland

Prion 2016

May 10-13, 2016
Tokyo, Japan

Prion 2015

May 26-29, 2015
Fort Collins, USA

Prion 2014

May 27-30, 2014
Trieste, Italy

Prion 2013

May 26-29, 2013
Banff, Alberta

Prion 2012

May 9–12, 2012
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Prion 2011

May 16-19, 2011
Montreal, Quebec

Prion 2010

September 8-11, 2010
Salzburg, Austria

Prion 2009

September 23-25, 2009
Porto Caras Halkidiki, Greece

Prion 2008

October 8-10, 2008
Madrid, Spain

Prion 2007

September 26-28, 2007
Edinbugh, Scotland

Prion 2006

October 4-6, 2006
Turin, Italy

Prion 2005

October 19-21, 2005
Düsseldorf, Germany

Prion 2004

May 24-28, 2004
Paris, France

An international Governing Board

  • Neil CASHMAN, Canada
  • Emmanuel COMOY, France
  • Jean-Philippe DESLYS, France
  • Kevin KEOUGH, Canada
  • Lucien VAN KEULEN, The Netherlands
  • Giuseppe LEGNAME, Italy
  • Jean MANSON, UK
  • Hidehiro MIZUSAWA, USA
  • Jesus REQUENA, Spain
  • Detlev RIESNER, Germany
  • Claudio SOTO, USA
  • Fabrizio TAGLIAVINI, Italy
  • Juan-Maria TORRES, Spain
  • Robert WILL, UK