Recap of the Amsterdam Neuroscience Annual Meeting 2020

Recap of the Amsterdam Neuroscience Annual Meeting 2020


On October 2nd 2020 the fifth Annual Meeting of the Amsterdam Neuroscience research institute took place. During this day around 500 online participants joined this virtual Annual Meeting. With a variety of sessions Amsterdam Neuroscience wanted to inform participants on the latest research developments in neuroscience all revolving around this year’s theme: team science. If you missed out on the event, or if you want to catch up on the sessions, please watch the videos below.

Word of Welcome and Research Reports
Directors of Amsterdam Neuroscience Arjen Brussaard and Diederik van de Beek opened this year’s Annual Meeting together with the host Kim Coppes. They highlight the overarching theme of 2020 and launch the new MAGAZINE 2020. Followed by presentations of four young researcher Gijs Kooij (Assistant Professor Molecular cell biology and Immunology), Marc Engelen (Pediatric Neurologist), Linda Douw (Associate Professor Anatomy & Neurosciences), and Mirjam van Zuiden (Assistant Professor Psychiatry). These researchers also spoke about research opportunities, funding and collaborations.

Or read the abstracts of the researchers:

Gijs Kooij - (Re)solving MS: understand and exploit endogenous protection systems
Marc Engelen - Quantifying disease severity in progressive neurometabolic disorder
Linda Douw - BrainLayer: the multilayer brain networks underlying cognitive decline
Mirjam van Zuiden - Towards Accurate Screening and Prevention (2-ASAP): improving early risk detection and indicated prevention for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Swammerdam Lecture
This year’s Swammerdam lecture was given by Hilgo Bruining, supported by his colleagues Klaus Linkenkaer-Hansen, Niels Cornelisse, and Bas Stunnenberg. Hilgo Bruining is an associate professor and child and adolescent psychiatrist at Amsterdam UMC. His presentation is entitled ‘Transforming treatments for neurodevelopmental disorders into solid N-of-1 trials’. A paradigm shift from one-size-fits-all to a tailored and personalized approach is urgently needed. Hilgo Bruining outlines how the NWA supported NewTDec consortium takes on this challenge to inform, perform and monitor rational treatments at the patient ‘n-of-1’ level. The consortium exemplifies team science focused at the integration of various model-driven and data-driven approaches needed for precision therapy in neurodevelopmental disorders. At the end of the session Hilgo Bruining and his colleagues reveal the name of their neurodevelopmental precision center.

Pecha Kucha Presentations
Junior and mid-career neuroscience researchers presented their research during the Pecha Kucha competition led by postdoctoral researcher Priyanka Rao. Selected from the nine research programs of Amsterdam Neuroscience Esther Visser, Shu Liu, Kitty Reemst, Dirk Jan Ardesch, Hanne Lammertse, Naomi Buntsma, Anke Dijkstra, and Tommy Broeders told their scientific story with the familiar Pecha Kucha format. They used the 20x20 presentation format, or in other words, they told their stories in only 400 seconds, with visuals guiding the way. At the end of the session, the audience voted for the best Pecha Kucha presenter of 2020. Congratulations to Dirk Jan Ardesch who became the winner with his presentation ‘Human brain evolution: How special are we?’.

Special thanks to all speakers, the organization, and the participants of this Annual Meeting. We look forward to next year!