Poster awards ENCALS meeting 2018

26 June 2018

Many young PhD students and post docs presented their research at the ENCALS meeting 20-22 June 2018 in Oxford. The aim of the ENCALS meeting is to allow young researchers for exchange of ideas with peers and with top international investigators. Two poster sessions provided ample opportunity to share new ideas and discuss the exciting developments in the field. Every year the ENCALS award committee selects the best posters with a PhD student as first author for the ENCALS PhD student poster award.


The PhD student poster award winners of the ENCALS meeting 2018 are:

  • Shirel Argueti, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
    MIF inhibits the formation and toxicity of misfolded SOD1 amyloid aggregates: implications for familial ALS
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  • Francesca Provenzano, University of Genoa.
    Modulation of the adult SOD1G93A astrocyte phenotype by treatment with exosome-shuttled miRNAs derived from mesenchymal stem cells
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  • Izrael Michal, Kadimastem Ltd.
    Safety and efficacy of human embryonic stem cells derived astrocytes following intrathecal transplantation in SOD1G93A and NSG animal models
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  • Elke Braems, University of Leuven.
    A zebrafish model implicates hnRNPK and hnRNPA3 in C9orf72 RNA toxicity
  • D.A. Solomon, King’s College London.
    A feedback loop between dipeptide repeat protein, TDP-43 and karyopherin-α mediates C9ORF72-related neurodegeneration
  • Tobias Moll, University of Sheffield.
    Discovery and characterisation of a novel genetic variant of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
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  • Hannelore van der Burgh and Kevin van Veenhuijzen, University Medical Center Utrecht.
    Brain morphology is associated with C9orf72 mutation and regional gene expression
  • M. Salter, Oxford BioDynamics.
    Chromosome conformation signatures as a clinical tool for diagnosis, prognosis and disease understanding in ALS
  • René Günther, Technical University of Dresden.
    Reading the patient’s palm – The contrary pattern of hand muscle denervation in ALS and SMA
  • Puja R. Mehta, King’s College London.
    Analysis of ascertainment bias in ALS
  • Andrew W. Barritt, Brighton and Sussex Medical School.
    Cognitive impairment in facial onset sensory and motor neuronopathy (FOSMN)
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  • Nayana Gaur, Jena University Hospital.
    Modelling individual amyotrophic lateral sclerosis disease courses in different centers using the D50 progression model
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  • C. Veyrat-Durebex, University of Angers.
    Combined metabolomics and lipidomics analyzes of fibroblasts from ALS patients
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Prof. dr. Ammar Al-Chalabi, chair of the ENCALS Award Committee, congratulated the winners with the ENCALS PhD student Poster Award on the last day of the ENCALS meeting in Oxford.