Brain Sciences UNSW Symposium 2017, Neuroinflammation: the Fire in Your Brain and belly

4 May 2017 - 8:30am – 5 May 2017 - 5:45pm  |  Leighton Hall, The John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW Kensington Campus

The annual Brain Sciences UNSW Symposium will be held on Thursday 4 May 2017 in Leighton Hall, The John Niland Scientia Building at The University of New South Wales. The theme for the 12th annual Symposium is Neuroinflammation: the Fire in Your Brain and Belly.

The last decade has seen outstanding advances in our understanding of brain disorders and in the development of novel treatment strategies. Of all brain disorders, the greatest treatment advances of the last decade have been in the management of neuroinflammatory conditions, particularly multiple sclerosis. The insights gained from the treatment of MS have also had significant implications for other related disorders, including antibody and virus-mediated neuroinflammation. There has also been recent ground-breaking research which suggests a neuroinflammatory basis for psychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia, a finding that could potentially revolutionise treatment.

The Brain Sciences UNSW Symposium will showcase an array of outstanding national and international scientists who are at the forefront of research into neuroinflammation. The symposium will include dedicated sessions on neuroinflammation in neurological and psychiatric disease and will cover mechanisms of disease and future treatment strategies. The Symposium will also include a highly topical session dedicated to the microbiome and the possible implications of the ‘brain-gut’ connection, particularly relating to the effects of obesity and early life stress on brain function.

The invitation to attend is open to anyone with an interest in the brain sciences and neuroscience and you are welcome to extend an invitation to others who may be interested e.g. researchers from other organisations; students. Registration fee for delegates is $130; registration fee for students (PhD, Masters, Undergraduate) is $50 (talk to your supervisor!). Seating is limited and registrations will close when capacity is reached. There will be a dedicated poster session for postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Click for program details, registration, and poster abstract guidelines.

Poster Presentation: Postgraduate students and Postdoctoral fellows. Abstract submissions close on Thursday 23 March.

We look forward to seeing you at the Brain Sciences UNSW Symposium 2017.

Date: Thursday 4 May 2017

Time: 0830 – 1800 h.

Venue: Leighton Hall, The John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW Kensington Campus (Map ref G19)

Fees: $130 for delegate; $50 for university student (PhD, Masters, Undergraduate)


For those coming via public transport the best access is via Gate 2 of High Street. Parking is very limited but there are (metered) multi-level car parking stations via Gate 11 (Botany Street) and Gate 14 (Barker Street)