Training School:”Models for Parkinson’s Disease: From Basics to Translation”

Training School:”Models for Parkinson’s Disease: From Basics to Translation”

Date and Venue:
June 6-8, 2024
Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal


Theoretical lectures on Parkinson’s models (Drosophila, Zebrafish, rodents), brain modeling (iPSC, organoids), entrepreneurship (OrganoTherapeutics, NeuroSov), and clinical translational approaches.

Practical sessions to acquire essential skills for Parkinson’s disease research and translation.


Complete the application form by March 16, 2024: Link to the form
Applicants must be members of the COST action IMMUPARKNET (CA2117).
If not already members, they must apply for membership before applying to this Training School.

Please note that all the accepted students will receive reimbursement from COST Action

Confirmed Speakers:

Parkinson’s disease models:

Pedro Domingos – Drosophila models for alpha-synuclein expression.

Jorge Oliveira – Zebrafish models of Parkinson’s disease

Liliana Bernardino – Exploring rodent models in Parkinson’s disease to develop innovative therapies.

Tiago Outeiro – From biology to classification: understanding Parkinson’s disease and related synucleinopathies.

Noam Shemesh – Title to be announced

Brain modeling:

Jens Schwamborn – In vitro modeling of Parkinson’s disease with patient specific organoids and assembloids.

Alessio Di Fonzo – Mutant Glucocerebrosidase in iPSC-derived Midbrain Organoid


Jens Schwamborn – OrganoTherapeutics – Starting an Organoid Company – What’s the right business model?

Ana Cristóvão – NeuroSoV: a Parkinson’s disease spin-off project.

Clinical translation:

Joana Batuca – Bridging Bench to Bedside: Navigating Clinical Trials in Parkinson’s Disease.

Franca Marino – How to connect the lab to the clinic. Sample preparation, storage and conservation.

Cristoforo Comi – How to connect the clinic to the lab. Clinical data and sample collection.

Hands-On Sessions

  • Stereotaxic surgery.
  • Behavioral analysis: rotarod, open field, apomorphine.
  • Behavioral/Imaging analysis – To be confirmed.

For any inquiries, please email: libernardino@fcsaude.ubi.pt, immuparknet@gmail.com

Join us at this Training School to gain advanced knowledge and skills in PD models and translational approaches.

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