OCT 28, 2016 International Research Symposium



CurePSP conducts an annual International Research Symposium to facilitate dissemination of advances in the fields of PSP, CBD, MSA, and related brain diseases. This symposium highlights research by CurePSP grantees and is open to all researchers interested in clinical and basic studies of PSP, CBD, and related tauopathies. The Research Symposium also assists the Scientific Advisory Board in identifying work of exceptional promise, which may then be considered for additional funding.


Register HERE for the 2016 International Research Symposium.

(Attendance is free).


Reserve A Room

2016 International Research Symposium is being held at:

The Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson,

2 Exchange Place Jersey City, NJ 07302 

For discounted overnight reservations:  CurePSP at the Hyatt Regency

More information: Hyatt Regency Fact Sheet

Easy access from the New York Waterway Ferry, PATH train, and New Jersey Turnpike.


Preliminary Agenda

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Reception: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Liberty Prime Steakhouse, 111 Montgomery St, Jersey City, NJ 07302


Symposium Agenda

Registration;   7:30am – 8:15am  


Welcome and Introductions;   8:15am – 8:30am   

William R. McFarland; Chair, Board of Directors, CurePSP

Alexander Klein; VP of Scientific Affairs, CurePSP

Jeff Friedman; Managing Director of the PSP Genetics Consortium and CurePSP Board Member (USA)


Keynote;   8:30am – 9:10am

Justin Ichida, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA (USA)


CurePSP Grantee;   9:15 - 9:40 am

Characterization of Tau and Its Pathology in Oligodendrocytes Derived from Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells from Patients with PSP-like Phenotype 

Ragnhildur Thora Karadottir & Co-PI Maria Grazia Spillantini, University of Cambridge, London (UK)


CurePSP Grantee;   9:40am - 10:05am

Specific Targeting of PSP Brain-Derived Tau Oligomers

Rakez Kayed, University of Texas at Galveston, Galveston, TX (USA)


Networking Coffee Break;   10:05am - 10:25am


Keynote;   10:25am - 11:10am

Human Stem Cell Studies of Tauopathy 

Sally Temple, Neural Stem Cell Institute, Rensselaer, NY (USA)


CurePSP Grantee;   11:10am- 11:35am

Elucidating PSP Genotype-Phenotype Relationships Using Human Isogenic iPSCs

John Steele, Humboldt University, Eureka, CA (USA)


FTD Disorders Registry Update;   11:35am - 12:00pm

Dianna Wheaton, Director of FTD Disorders Registry, The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (USA)


Networking Lunch;  12:00pm - 1:00pm


PEP- Clinical Trials Update;   1:00pm - 2:00pm

Trish Caruana, President and CEO of Patient Engagement Program – A Service of CurePSP, New York, NY (USA)


New Diagnostic Criteria of PSP;    2:00pm - 2:30pm

Lawrence Golbe, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ (USA)


Keynote;   2:30pm - 3:15pm

Propagation and Clearance: Consequences and Therapeutic Opportunities

Karen Duff, Columbia University, New York, NY (USA)


Networking Coffee Break;   3:15pm - 3:35pm


Brain Bank Update;   3:35pm - 4:00pm

Dennis W. Dickson, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL (USA)


PSP Genetics Consortium Update;   4:00pm - 5:00pm

Jeffrey Friedman, Managing Director of the PSP Genetics Consortium and CurePSP Board Member (USA)

Gerard D. Schellenberg, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (USA)


CurePSP Grantee;   5:00pm - 5:25pm

Understanding the Relative Contributions of Genetic Risk Factors in PSP

Aimee Kao, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA (USA)


CurePSP Grantee;   5:20pm - 5:50pm

MOBP, STX6 & EIF2AK3 Expression and Distribution in PSP Brains

Rohan de Silva, University College London, London (UK) 


Closing Remarks & Poster Prize;   5:50pm - 6:00pm

David Kemp, President of CurePSP


Poster Session & Cocktail Party;   6:00pm - 8:00pm

Poster Submissions

The poster dimensions should be 3 ft x 5 ft (0.91 meters x 1.52 meters), formatted as a one page Word format (font size Arial 12) with normal margins. Submissions are due by September 15th in order to make it into the program and can be sent to Dr. Alex Klein at Klein@curepsp.org

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