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Scientific Program

 The opening session will start at 3 pm on sunday 27

 15.10 – 17.55     Session 1A  Autism, intellectual disability: Converging or contrasting genetic features ?

Speakers:  Michael Ronemus (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, USA) The contribution of rare and de novo mutation to autism spectrum disorders, Thomas Bourgeron (Inst. Pasteur Paris, France) Genes, synapses and autisms, Sébastien Jacquemont (U. Montreal, Canada) Sex bias in neuropsychiatric disorders : Clinical and molecular correlates,  Roberto Toro (Inst. Pasteur Paris, France) Polygenic contribution to autism and neuroanatomical variation, General discussion ID +/- autism, autism without ID, in males and females : Same genes ? Same pathways ? Same genetic epidemiology ?

 17.55 - 19.00       Session 1B  Functional mechanisms

Speakers:  Jozef Gecz (U. Adelaide, Australia) Mechanisms of PCDH19 associated female epilepsy & intellectual disability, Hans van Bockhoven (Radboud university medical center, Netherlands) Integrative networks in neurodevelopmental disorders, Giuseppe Testa (IFOM-IEO Milano, Italy) Epigenetic reprogramming in neurodevelopmental disorders : From mechanism to tool and back

And see the following pdf file for the details of all sessions


17th Workshop program PDF file


Important information for presenters of talks or posters:

Oral presentations: The timing of your talk as indicated in the program  includes time for questions/answers. As the timing is very constrained, all powerpoint presentations should be downloaded before the corresponding sessions, from a USBkey onto the MAC or PC computers that will be at your disposal in the auditorium.If you don’t have your slide show on a USB key, please come forward to our technician during session’s breaks.

Poster presentations: Posters should ideally be printed in an A0 format (84 cm wide and 119 cm long). Our stands can hold posters no wider than 95 cm and no longer than 160 cm. The stands can hold vertical format only printed on either paper or fabric. Your poster holder, should be duly tagged with your name and handed in at your arrival at IGBMC

Posters will be hanged on Monday morning before the first session or during the first coffee break. Our team members under the marquee will help and indicate the raigyhyour poster at the right location according to the abstract book numbering. Clips will be at your disposal. Posters will be on show during marked poster sessions, but also during Monday and Tuesday lunches and during all coffee breaks, as these take place in the same area as posters. This should allow good visibility and interaction with interested participants.



Confirmed speakers(as of july 15, 2015) and tentative titles of talks:

  • Thomas Bourgeron (Institut Pasteur, Paris) : Genes, synapses and autismS
  • Bert de Vries (Radboud U, Nijmegen, Netherlands):Phenotyping novel ID/ASD genes 
  • Mara Dierssen (Center for Genomic Regulation, Barcelona, Spain): A clinical trial for Down syndrome
  • Jozef Gecz (University of Adelaide, Australia): Mechanisms of PCDH19 associated female epilepsy/intellectual disability
  • Christelle Golzio  (Duke Univ. School of Medicine, Durham NC) : In vivo dissection of copy number variants associated with autism spectrum disorders
  • Randi Hagerman (MIND Institute, UC Davis, Sacramento) : Fragile X treatment: sertraline clinical trial
  • Yann Herault (Mouse Clinic Institute and IGBMC, Strasbourg): Standardized exploration of diseases with intellectual disability in mouse models
  • Sebastien Jacquemont (Department of Pediatrics CHU Sainte-Justine Research Centre, U of Montreal): CNVs in neuropsychiatric disorders and the gender bias
  • Frank Kooy (Department of Medical Genetics, University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium ): The GABAergic system as a therapeutic target for the fragile X syndrome and related neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Gholson J. Lyon (Stanley Institute for Cognitive Genomics, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory): TAF1 mutations and severe Intellectual disability;
  • Jacques Michaud (U. of Montreal, Canada): SYNGAP1 haploinsufficiency in intellectual disability and neuronal circuit development
  • Michael Ronemus (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory): The contribution of rare and de novo mutation to autism spectrum disorders
  • Carlo Sala (CNR Institute of Neuroscience  Milano): The function of the X-linked intellectual disability gene IL1RAPL1
  • Roberto Toro (Institut Pasteur, Paris) : Polygenic contribution to autism
  • Hilde Van Esch (Laboratory for the genetics of Cognition, Center for Human Genetics, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium) : Altered neuronal network in iPSC derived cortical neurons from patients with MECP2 duplication syndrome
  • John Vincent (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Canada): PTCHD1 and its Role in Autism Spectrum Disorders and Intellectual Disability

A special session on Fragile X treatment perspectives will be held on Monday afternoon and will  include as speakers in addition to Randi Hagerman and Frank Kooy, Elizabeth Berry-Kravis (Rush University, Chicago), Aurore Curie (CHU and CNRS, Lyon), Giovanni Neri (Rome), Florian von Raison (Novartis Pharma AG, Basel), Jonathan Rubin (Alcobra Pharma, USA), Flora Tassone (UC Davis)

As usual in this meeting, most of the talks have been selected by the scientific program committee from submitted abstracts.  

There will be ample time for poster viewing.

There will be opportunity (limited to 30 people) to visit ICS on Sunday morning  from 10 to 12.30 (Visit fully booked now).  ICS is the Mouse Clinic, adjacent to IGBMC. This will notably focus on its activity in creating mouse (or even rat) genetic models for neurodevelopmental  conditions  and  in behavioral and cognitive phenotyping, or in preclinical drug testing.

Schedule: The meeting will take place from the early afternoon (3 pm) of Sunday 27 to Wednesday 30 (1pm).  Fragile X related topics will be programmed before Tuesday noon, so that aficionados of the FraX  premutation can attend the “2nd International Conference on FMR1 Premutation: Basic Mechanisms and Clinical Involvement”, which will be held from September 30th (starting mid-afternoon) to October 2nd, 2015 in Sitges, Barcelona, Spain (cheap direct flights from Basel Airport to Barcelona).


Social Program

The welcome reception  on sunday evening will include Alsace wine tasting.  

The banquet on tuesday evening (starting 8 pm tuesday ) is strictly upon prior reservation or invitation and will be held the  Royal setting of the Palais des Rohan, built on the plans of one of the architects of the Chateau de Versailles. It will be preceded  by  a short organ concert (open to all participants) in our 1000 years old cathedral, a jewel of gothic art.

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