2015 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.




2015 International Research Symposium registrants are invited to submit a poster for the event. To be considered, please send the following information by October 1, 2015:

1.    Research title
2.    Authors and affiliations; corresponding author
3.    Abstract (maximum length of one page – normal margins, with font size Ariel 12)
4.    Minimum of five key words

Poster submissions received after October 1, 2015, will also be considered, but will not be published in the Research Symposium program. Please send your poster information to Alex Klein, klein@curepsp.org.


Thursday, November 5

Reception, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm, Grande Colonial, Sun Room, 910 Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA

Friday, November 6

Shuttles from Grande Colonial hotel to Scripps Seaside Forum leave promptly at 7:00 am and 7:30 am.

Registration and Breakfast: 7:00 am - 8:00 am, Scripps Seaside Forum, 8610 Kennel Way, La Jolla, CA

Symposium: 8:00 am - 5:20 pm

Cocktail reception: 5:20 pm - 7:00 pm

Shuttle from Scripps Seaside Forum to Grande Colonial hotel leaves promptly at 7:00 pm.

Saturday, November 7

Working Brunch: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, La Valencia Hotel, Verandah Room, 1132 Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA

PLEASE NOTE: The Grande Colonial is the recommeded  hotel for the Research Symposium. Also, attendees are encouraged to take the shuttle from the Grande Colonial to the Scripps Seaside Forum as parking is limited.

Symposium Agenda


7:00 am – 8:00 am  

Welcome and Introductions

8:00 am – 8:15 am   

  • William R. McFarland, Chair, Board of Directors, CurePSP
  • Lawrence I. Golbe, MD, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School


8:15 am - 9:00 am

Marc Diamond, MD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center


9:00 am - 9:45 am

Kenneth S. Kosik, MD, UCSD

Mid-Morning Break

9:45 am - 10:00 am

Brain Bank Update

10:00 am - 10:30 am   

Dennis W. Dickson, MD, Mayo Clinic 


10:30 am - 11:15 am   

Jeffery W. Kelly, PhD, The Scripps Research Institute

Clinical Trials Overview

11:15 am - 12:00 pm   

Adam Boxer, MD, PhD


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm   


1:00 pm - 1:30pm   

Panel on Clinical Trials

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm   

  • Joel B. Braunstein, MD, MBA, C2N Diagnostics
  • Trish Caruana, MSW, CurePSP
  • Günter U. Höglinger, MD, Philipps University Marburg, Germany
  • Irfan Qureshi, MD, Bristol-Myers Squibb

Research Grant Presentation

2:45 pm - 3:10 pm   

Grantee: Christoph Wiessner, PhD, Asceneuron S.A., "O-GlcNAcylation of tau: From basic mechanisms to new therapeutics for PSP."


3:10 pm - 3:25 pm   

Research Grant Presentation

3:25 pm - 3:50pm   

Grantee: Natura Myeku, PhD, Columbia University, Taub Institute for Alzheimer's Disease Research, "26S proteasome dysfunction and cognitive impairment caused by aggregated tau accumulation can be attenuated by PKA-mediated phosphorylation of proteasomes."

Panel on Genetics and Epigenetics

3:50 pm - 5:05 pm   

  • Gerard Schellenberg, PhD, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
  • Giovanni Coppola, MD, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Günter U. Höglinger, MD, Philipps University Marburg, Germany

Summative Discussion

5:05 pm - 5:20 pm   

Cocktail Reception

5:20 pm - 7:00 pm