Winterschool in Neurodegeneration

15.11.2022 15:02

International Winterschool in Neurodegeneration

Admission results will be published shortly!


The University of Padua and the Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research (CESNE) is honored to present the first edition of the International Winter School in Neurodegeneration, scheduled from January 17th to January 20th 2023.

WHERE: Bo Palace, Department of Neuroscience, Department of Biology, University of Padova
WHEN: 17th-20th January 2023
WHO MIGHT PARTICIPATE: Master Degree Students, PhD Students, Post-Doctoral Researchers and Professionals interested or carrying out research in the field of neurodegeneration and neurological diseases.


Knowledge: Neurodegenerative diseases are complex clinico-pathological conditions characterized by progressive loss of neurons in the central and peripheral nervous system. Recent research has greatly improved our understanding of neurodegenerative diseases, but despite numerous efforts, treatment opportunities are limited.

Skills: The participants will acquire state of the art knowledge concerning neurodegenerative diseases, ranging from their molecular underpinnings to experimental treatment options, while also having the possibility to apply the acquired theoretical concepts through practical laboratories organized by the Departments of Neuroscience and Biology.

Competences: The frontal lectures held by world renowned experts on neurodegeneration will allow participants to acquire updated and state-of-the-art knowledge of the principles and recent advancements in the field of neurodegeneration. Brain dissections and neuroanatomy laboratories will allow participants to acquire hands-on experience in human brain sampling and evaluation for neuropathology. Microscopy and animal model laboratories will allow participants to translate theoretical knowledge to the experimental setting.

Contents: frontal theoretical lectures; hands-on brain examination and dissection; optical and fluorescent microscopy; introduction to animal models in neurodegeneration with practical experiments.

The University of Padua and the Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research (CESNE) is honored to present the first edition of the International Winter School in Neurodegeneration, scheduled from January 17th to January 20th 2023. The winter school will allow students, PhDs and Researchers of every field of neuroscience to acquire knowledge on neurodegenerative diseases and updates on the most recent advancements in the field, while also allowing for practical hands-on experiences in the lab. A multi-disciplinary approach, suitable to various backgrounds, will allow an easy yet rigorous approach to the field. International Faculty Members (Proff. Angela Cenci, Patrick Brundin, Tiago Outiero, Sabine Hilfiker, Teresa Niccoli, Gennaro Pagano, Maria Ankarcona, Donato di Monte and Andrea Vettori) introduce participants to the principles of neurodegeneration and provide most recent updates on research in the field, while local CESNE Members and University of Padova Faculty will present the research carried out in their laboratories and coordinate the pratical activities.

Together we will provide you with a global view of neurodegeneration, its molecular and neuropathological underpinnings, and their translation into the clinical and experimental setting.
The Winter School is open to all master-degree students, PhDs and Post-Doctoral Researchers who are interested in neurodegenerative diseases, regardless of academic and study background. Participants will be asked to perform a 2-Minute Flash Presentation at the beginning of the Winter School to present their background and interest.

CME (Continous Medical Education) credits will not be provided for this winter school.

English is the official language of the Winter School.






Day 1 – Tuesday January 17

Anatomical Theater - Anatomia Umana (Via Gabelli 65)


14.00-16.30 - CESNE Pre-meeting (Reserved for CESNE Board Members)

16.30 – 17.30 – Plenary lecture - Translational research on Parkinson´s disease: challenges and opportunities – Angela Cenci – Lund University, Sweden

17.30 – 18.15 – How to think about cognitive functions in the Brain? - Maurizio Corbetta – PNC, University of Padova, Italy

18.30 – 19.45 – Raffaele De Caro - Department of Neuroscience Director, University of Padova – Presentation to the public of the Program for Body Donation of the University of Padua

19.45 – 21.00 – Buffet & drinks and visit to paintings by Milo Manara



Day 2 – Wednesday January 18

Archivio Antico – Palazzo Bo’ (via VIII Febbraio, 2)

9.00 – 9.30 – Rosario Rizzuto – The Padua Center for Gene Therapy and Medicines with RNA Technology

9.30 – 10.15  – Modeling alpha-Synuclein Pathology in PD - Donato di Monte – DZNE, Bonn, Germany 

10.15 – 11.00 – Alzheimer’s disease: focus on mitochondrial function - Maria Ankarcrona – Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

10.45 – 11.15 – coffee break

11.15 – 12.00 – C9orf72 repeat expansion toxicity: using fly models to uncover disease mechanisms - Teresa Niccoli – UCL, London, UK

12.00 – 12.45 – Modelling human neurodegenerative disorders in zebrafish: tools, methodologies, and transgenic lines - Andrea Vettori – University of Verona, Italy 

12.45 – 13.30 – Lunch break

13.30 – 14.15 – Unraveling the molecular mechanisms of Parkinson’s disease: from bench to bedside -  Tiago Outeiro – University of Göttingen, Germany

14.15 – 15.00 –  From iron in neurodegeneration to cilia in Parkinson´s disease -  Sabine Hilfiker – Rutger University, USA 

15.00 – 15.45 - Can urinary tract infections trigger Multiple System Atrophy? - Patrik Brundin – Van Andel Insitute, USA and Roche (ZOOM)

15.45 – 16.30 - Why do we need to stratify? Lessons learned from the PASADENA trial - Gennaro Pagano– Roche, Switzerland

17.00 – 18.45 – visit of Bo palace and ancient anatomical theater

19.30 – 22.00 – Social dinner (Caffè Pedrocchi)



Day 3 – Thursday January 19

Imaging: organelles and synaptic structures

Vallisneri Aula Magna and laboratories (Via Ugo Bassi 58/B)


8.30 – 9.15 – Calcium imaging in models of neurodegeneration – Elisa Greotti (DSB, University of Padova)

9.15 – 10.00 – Mitochondria in neurodegeneration – Elena Ziviani (DiBio,University of Padova)

10.00 – 10.30 – coffee break

10.30 – 13.00 – Practical classes at the DiBio Fly Facility (Neurodegeneration and motor dysfunction in Drosophila melanogaster) – Gabriella Mazzotta (DiBio,University of Padova)

13.00 – 14.00 – Lunch break

14.00 – 14.30 – Synapse dysfunction and role of astrocytes - Nicoletta Plotegher and Laura Civiero (DiBio,University of Padova)

14.30 – 17.00 – Practical classes at the Microscopy laboratories (electron and optical microscopy) – microscopy team (DiBio,University of Padova)



Day 4 – Friday January 20

Neuroanatomy: from structure to pathology

Anatomia Umana (Via Gabelli 65)


8.30 – 9.15 – Anatomical bases of Neurodegeneration – Andrea Porzionato, Veronica Macchi and Aron Emmi (DNS,University of Padova)

9.15 – 10.00 – Neurodegeneration in clinical practice – Miryam Carecchio (DNS,University of Padova)

10.00 – 13.00 – Practical classes at the Institute of Human Anatomy (Neuroanatomy Laboratory)

13.00 – 14.00 – Lunch break

14.00 – 14.30 – Concluding remarks


Prof. Angelo Antonini


Dr. Aron Emmi, Prof. Elisa Greggio, Prof. Gabriella Mazzotta, Prof. Nicoletta Plotegher


Prof. Angelo Antonini, Prof. Luigi Bubacco, Prof. Raffaele De Caro, Prof. Elisa Greggio, Prof. Paola Pizzo, Prof. Elena Ziviani


Dr. Andrea Stefania Radu


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