Monthly Neuro-SysMed Seminars

Neuro-SysMed seminar – Laura Airas

Welcome to the Neuro-SysMed monthly seminar series! Speaker this time is Professor Laura Airas, University of Turku. Before lunch, we also have a presentation of the Neuro-SyMed activities by Kjell-Morten Myhr and Charalampos Tzoulis. Join us at the auditorium in Bikuben at 10:00–13:00 (lunch 11:00–12:00). Those who want, can continue to our Junior Scientist Symposia Kick-off. Simply click the sessions you want to participate in, in the registration form.

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Mini Symposium January 18, 2023

Place: The auditorium in Bikuben, Jonas Lies vei 69 (campus Haukeland University Hospital)

Time: Wednesday January 18 at 10:00 - 16:20

Registration link: is available here. Simply click the sessions you wish to attend.


10.00-11.00: Neuro-SysMed activities by Kjell-Morten Myhr, Director and Charalampos Tzoulis, Co-director, Neuro-SysMed
11.00-12.00: Lunch (free of charge, register within Thursday January 5 at 11.00)
12.00-13.00: Seminar: “Microglia in multiple sclerosis – pathogenesis and imaging” by Prof. Laura Airas, University of Turku. Chair: Kjell-Morten Myhr
13.00-13.15: Break 

Abstract for the Airas lecture: Positron emission tomography (PET) gives an opportunity to quantitate the expression of specific molecular targets in vivo and longitudinally in brain, and thus enhances our possibilities to understand and follow up brain disease-related pathology. TSPO-binding radioligands have been used to detect activated microglial cells at different stages of multiple sclerosis (MS). There is strong consensus that with advanced MS disease, there is increased microglial activation both in the normal appearing white matter and at the edge of chronic active (smoldering) lesions.  The presentation will discuss the PET imaging modalities relevant for MS today, including the main findings that have improved our understanding of the pathogenesis of progressive MS. 

Junior Symposia kick-off:
13.15-13.30: Introduction 
13.30-14.00: “Our experience of great benefits for students attending Junior Symposia at CCBIO”. Keynote lecture by Prof. Lars A. Akslen, Director at CCBIO, UiB
14.00-14.15: Coffee break
14.15-14.40: “Respiratory chain integrity in Parkinson’s disease skeletal muscle” by Simon Ulvenes Kverneng
14.40-15.05: “Towards older age at Multiple Sclerosis onset?” by Andrea Habbestad
15.05-15.20: Coffee break
15.20-15.45: “Wearable sensing technology in research for Parkinson’s disease: experience from the field” by Haakon Reithe
15.45-16.05: “Research stay abroad. My experiences from Amsterdam” by Ingrid Anne Lie
16.05-16.20: Concluding remarks 

Lecture language: English