• 20 July 2012 - DOPAMINET roundtable "Neurodegenerative diseases: from bench to bedside. Institutional strategies and role of the private sector in the transfer of knowledge" (Trieste, Italy)

On 20 July 2012, SISSA - International School for Advanced Studies (via Bonomea 265, Trieste, Italy) will host a roundtable on institutional strategies and the role of the private sector in the transfer of knowledge to fight neurodegenerative diseases. The roundtable will debate the recent research advances in the field of Dopaminergic Neurons and functional genomics technologies for improving therapeutic approaches to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases. It will group together scientists, industries  and health policy makers committed in shaping evidence-based policies on neurodegenerative diseases.

The roundtable is meant to stimulate discussions on research, economic and social challenges to fight neurodegenerative diseases:

·  how to deliver new competitive research tools to reinvigorate drug development process for the benefits of the patients and improving the EU pharma industries competitiveness,
·  how to improve robustness of pre-clinical Parkinson’s data or add features to clinical trials,
·  which steps are needed downstream of promising animal models, assays and emerging technologies for future medical treatments,
·  how should existing health innovation governance frameworks adapt to facilitate the translation of new health innovations from bench to bedside.
·  how to develop an aggressive and innovative agenda for accelerating research and drug development for Parkinson's disease and which strategies and tools are needed to increase the engagement of industries (pharma and biotech).

The roundtable will represent the closing session of the DOPAMINET Summer School 2012 that will take place in Trieste next 19-20 July at the International School for Advanced Studies – SISSA. The Summer School will present the recent research advances in the field of Dopaminergic Neurons and functional genomics technologies for improving therapeutic approaches to Parkinson’s Diseases. The round table will extend the debate to other neurodegenerative pathologies, such as Alzheimer's disease. It will group together scientists, industries, patient organizations and health policy makers committed in shaping evidence-based policies on neurodegenerative diseases.

The event is organized in the framework of the DOPAMINET project ( ) coordinated by Prof Stefano Gustincich (SISSA) to stimulate the dissemination of data towards clinical settings.

  • 19-20 July 2012 - DOPAMINET Summer School 2012 (Trieste, Italy)

The FP7 DOPAMINET Consortium is organizing the 2012 DOPAMINET Summer School on 19-20 July 2012 in Trieste at SISSA - International School for Advanced Studies. The theme and focus of the Summer School will be on dopaminergic neurons, Alzheimer and Parkinson's disease.

The Summer School goals are:

to inspire and train early stage researchers active in the brain-related disease and aging area taking the advantage of intensive training on new and emerging subjects, and learning about tomorrow’s avenues of opportunity.
to raise awareness of the recent research advances in the field of dopaminergic neurons and technologies for improving therapeutically approaches to fight Alzheimer and Parkinson Diseases.
to promote greater participation in international dialogue and exchange and, by doing so, to strengthen alliance with patients and care-takers organizations and Policy Makers committed in shaping evidence based policies on active and healthy aging locally, nationally and internationally.

The summer school is conceived as a focused and multi-disciplinary networking platform to access the highest level of expertise from leaders in the neurobiology field. Most importantly, the networks and discussions generated by the Summer School are the basis of future scientific cooperation – and future joint actions. A round-table with Health Policy Makers and stakeholders like industries, and patient organizations is also planned.

The programme of the summer school will be soon published. For further information please contact

For further information see DOPAMINET Summer School 2012 page.

  • 28 April 2011 - A system biology symposium on dopaminergic neurons in Freiburg (Freiburg, Germany)

On Thursday 28 April 2011 the FP7 Consortia DOPAMINET and mdDAneurodev will organize a joint Scientific Symposium entitled “Systems Biology of Dopaminergic Neurons”.
Ten international leading experts in the brain related disease area will debate the most recent scientific findings, issues and future research needs related to dopaminergic neurons.
The event will be held in the Lecture Hall of the Institut Biologie of the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg (Hauptstrasse 1, D-79104). The symposium will start at 9:00 and it is expected to finish at  16:30.?

For further information see

  • 28 September 2010 - Scientific Communication Workshop (Trieste, Italy)

This course was held in collaboration with SISSA MediaLab and was designed to teach researchers and students how to effectively communicate scientific results and ideas to the public as well as to policy makers. The main aims are to:
  1. ensure the participants understand that they have an important role to play in communicating scientific developments to a wider audience
  2. teach scientists how to communicate their activities to the public i.e. how to break down complex concepts to be easily understood
  3. explain the difficulties in communicating scientific concepts e.g different stakeholders and social groups need different approaches and tools
  4. provide experienced advice in public and media communication, dissemination and outreach activities.
Programme and presentations can be found in the download area.

  • 17 June 2010 - Public Dissemination Event (London, United Kingdom)

This event was held in collaboration with Parkinson's UK.
It gave an introduction to the condition including contacts for sufferers and their families. It also informed the public and interested parties about the research being conducted by the DOPAMINET consortium.
Presentations can be found in the download area.

  • 5 - 6 October 2009 - Summer School on Dopaminergic Neurons (Trieste, Italy)

The 2009 DOPAMINET Summer School was on Dopaminergic Neurons and featured lectures on the topics of Functional Genomics of Dopaminergic Cell Systems, Dopaminergic Cell Differentiation and Parkinson's Disease. Full information can be found at:

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