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Synuclein Meeting 2019: where we are and where we need to go

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Tiago OuteiroORCiD


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© 2019 International Society for NeurochemistryThe Synuclein Meetings are a series that has been taking place every 2 years for about 12 years. The Synuclein Meetings bring together leading experts in the field of synuclein and related human conditions with the goal of discussing and advancing the research. In 2019, the Synuclein Meeting is taking place in Ofir, a city in the outskirts of Porto, Portugal. The meeting is entitled ‘Synuclein Meeting 2019: Where we are and where we need to go’. It has now been 22 years since the initial report of the genetic and pathological association between alpha-synuclein and Parkinson’s disease (PD). The field has grown and matured, and major advances have been made. We are witnessing exciting times, with the first clinical trials being conducted that target synuclein, and bring the hope of novel therapies for patients with PD and their families. However, we still face many challenges and need to address fundamental questions for the field to progress to where we need to go: having biomarkers and effective therapies for PD and other synucleinopathies. In this context, we have designed the Synuclein Meeting 2019 with a different format. The program will include sessions in the format of a round-table discussion, to break away from the more rigid format of regular scientific meetings based on oral presentations. Our goal was to create opportunities for discussing the major questions in the field of synuclein and related human disorders, and challenge dogmatic ideas that require a critical revision in light of the most recent knowledge. In this issue, we assembled a series of comprehensive overviews of major topics, questions, and challenges in the field, that will be discussed in the meeting. We are confident that this special issue will be an instrumental reference for inspiring novel paths for future discoveries in the synuclein field and generate other discussions in the scientific community. (Figure presented.). This is the Preface for the Special Issue “Synuclein”. Cover Image for this issue: doi: 10.1111/jnc.14520.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Outeiro TF, Mestre TA

Publication type: Editorial

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Neurochemistry

Year: 2019

Volume: 150

Issue: 5

Pages: 462-466

Print publication date: 01/09/2019

Online publication date: 23/08/2019

Acceptance date: 09/07/2019

ISSN (print): 0022-3042

ISSN (electronic): 1471-4159

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell


DOI: 10.1111/jnc.14825