1st Astrocytes meeting

8 August 2014

The first international conference on Astrocytes in Brain Function and Dysfunction will be held in Paris from October 1st-3rd 2014. This meeting will highlight recent technical approaches, as well as major areas of progress in the roles of astrocytes in health and diseases.


Astrocytes are the predominant glial cell type in the mammalian central and peripheral nervous system. These cells are closely associated with neuronal cell bodies, axons, synapses and microvasculature, and contact essentially all cell types of the nervous system. Importantly, astrocytes have recently been recognized as a much more heterogeneous cell population than previously thought, and have emerged as crucial regulators of nervous system development, function and health. Therefore, the meeting focuses only on astrocytes is aimed to help increase our understanding of the manner in which astrocytes interact with neurons and other neural cell types during normal brain function and in neurological diseases.

The meeting will cover some of the latest trends and findings in the field of astrocyte biology and highlight recent remarkable technical approaches, as well as major themes and areas of progress in the roles of astrocytes in health and diseases.

Date and location

The meeting will be held in the “Buffon” auditorium at Paris-Diderot University, 15 rue Hélène Brion, Paris, France and will begin at 6:30 P.M. on Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 and conclude at 7:00 P.M. on Friday, October 3rd.

Information and registration

Please visit: www.biomedicale.parisdescartes.fr/astrocytes2014