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Organizing commitee

  • Carmen Sandi
    Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
  • Jozsef Kiss
    University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • Dominique Muller
    University of Geneva, Switzerland

"Cell-cell adhesion mechanisms: From development of synaptic networks to cognitive dysfunction"

Probably the most important Neuronal Cell Adhesion Molecules event of the Year!

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Maximum participants: 100 (participation limited, places ascribed on a first-come, first-served basis)
Very low registration costs: around €300 (covering participation in Satellite, accommodation and all meals)


The Package Includes: Access to the congress, 2 nights at the Hotel Eurotel Victoria , full board with free access to the hotel's swimming pool, sauna and fitness facilities.

Villars, a beautiful village located on a natural balcony with southern exposure, in the heart of the Vaud Alps, offers its guests, sports, relaxation and culture. At an altitude of 1'300 m, every vacation pleasure awaits you in an idyllic setting featuring a spectacular panorama extending from Lake Geneva to Mont-Blanc.

Outstanding Speakers

  • Vladimir Berezin
  • Thomas Biderer
  • Joseph D. Buxbaum
  • Pico Caroni
  • Vallerie Castellani
  • Mathiew Dalva
  • Ronald L. Davis
  • Charles ffrench-Constant
  • Rita Gerardy-Schahn
  • Timothy M. Gomez
  • Eunjoon Kim
  • Dominique Müller
  • Juan Nacher
  • Peter Penzes
  • Louis Reichardt
  • Urs Rutishauser
  • Melitta Schachner
  • Peter Scheiffele
  • Yoshimi Takai


  • Migration, guidance and recognition
  • Synaptogenesis
  • Cognitive functions and plasticity

IMPORTANT: Several oral presentations will be selected from the abstracts submitted by participantss. There will also be open-discussions and poster sessions. The meeting is opened to all participants.

Background Information

This Satellite meeting will shed new light on the mechanisms underlying neuronal cell-cell adhesion molecules. It focuses on the molecular and cellular events regulating these processes and their implications for human diseases and brain repair.

The scientific leaders in the field of cell adhesion molecules will present their more recent findings, covering a diversity of topics ranging from molecular and cellular events regulating these processes and their implications for human diseases and cognitive dysfunction. From the generation and migration of stem cells to the growth of dendrites and axons and the formation and stabilization of synaptic contacts: exciting recent advances have unravelled some of the complexity and diversity of the molecular mechanisms involved and to highlight the critical role played by some of these mechanisms in cognitive functions and mental disorders. Schizophrenia, autism, mental retardation have all recently been proposed to be linked to dysfunctions of signalling through cell-cell adhesion and defects in formation and plasticity of neural networks.