for Abstract submission

July 6th, 2018



December, 1st-3rd 2016

Torino Incontra Centro Congressi

Via Nino Costa, 8 - 10123 Torino


Neurological and psychiatric disorders have long been perceived as the exclusive consequence of abnormalities in the most prominently affected cell types-neurons.

Increasing knowledge on newly identified functions of non-neuronal cells together with findings of their abnormalities in a variety of brain pathological states and in ageing now suggest a shift from a neurono-centric to a glial-inclusive viewpoint in neuroscience and in neuropsychopharmacology.

With this conference we would like to create the opportunity for discussion of recent preclinical and clinical findings implicating the involvement of non-neuronal cells in initiation, progression or protection of several neuropathologies. Our perspective is that therapeutic strategies aimed at improving/correcting not only neuronal but also non-neuronal cell state and functional performance may open new venues for relevant and undertreated brain diseases.


  • Focus will be mainly, although non exclusively, on research in the field of neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric disorders including AD, PD, ALS, stroke, epilepsy, depression and anxiety, psychosis, chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, brain tumours and, importantly, on brain aging. Research in the field of diabetes and metabolic disorders for their dramatic influence on brain function will also represent an important part of the meeting.

    Contributions on any topic ranging from newly identified functions of non-neuronal cells, neuroglia-neuron cross-talk, neural stem cells, blood-brain-barrier, neuro-glia-vascular interactions, to immune and inflammatory cells and their pharmacological modulation in aging and in diseased brain are welcome.



Pier Luigi Canonico

Mariagrazia Grilli

University of Piemonte Orientale, Novara (Italy)



Luca Bonfanti (Torino, Italy)

Carola Eva (Torino, Italy)

Sabatino Maione (Napoli, Italy)

Michela Matteoli (Milano, Italy)

Micaela Morelli (Cagliari, Italy)

Cesare Patrone (Stockholm, Sweden)

Anna Pittaluga (Genova, Italy)

Maria Angela Sortino (Catania, Italy)



William A. Banks (Seattle, WA,USA)

Ferdinando Nicoletti (Rome, Italy)

Matthias H. Tschoep (Munchen, Germany)

Alexej Verkhratsky (Manchester, UK)



Prof.  William A. Banks

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington & Associate Chief of Staff Research & Development, Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle, WA, USA

Prof.  Ferdinando Nicoletti

Professor of Pharmacology, Dept of Physiology and Pharmacology, Sapienza University, Rome, Italy

Prof.  Matthias H. Tschöp

Research Director, Helmholtz Diabetes Center, Director, Institute for Diabetes and Obesity; Chair, Metabolic Diseases Technische Universität München, Germany

Prof.  Alexei J. Verkhratski

Professor of Neurophysiology, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Manchester, UK


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