LiCEND Summer School 2019

Summer School 2019: Experimental Models for Neurodegenerative Diseases: From Cells to Model Organisms.
2nd-5th July 2019 - Lille - France

Application open until the 26/06/2019

Early Registration Fee Extented until the 31/05/2019

Limited number of application: 60


The objectives of the LiCEND Summer School are to present a large selection of experimental models and technological applications dedicated to the investigation of neurodegenerative diseases.

The LiCEND Summer School 2019 is based on the expertise of the Lille neuroscientists’ teams as well as highly-skilled international and French specialists. Gathering of such experts allows to propose an attractive and innovative training to the (future) researchers on neurodenegerative diseases.

Summer school program

Tuesday 2nd of July 2019

Afternoon sessions

  • Introduction
    Florence Pasquier, head of the Centre of Excellence in Neurodegeneration LiCEND (Memory Center, Neurology department, Lille University Hospital)

Opening session – Clinicians and researchers: what we are looking for?

  • Neurodegenerative diseases: the clinicians’ unsolved issues.
    Vincent Deramecourt (Memory Center, Neurology department, Lille University Hospital, France) LINK
  • Mutations associated with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease: clinical, statistical and functional analysis
    Anne Rovelet-Lecrux (University of Rouen Normandie, France)


  • Can the gut be the missing piece in uncovering PD pathogenesis?
    Pascal Derkinderen (Neurology department, Nantes Hospital, France)
  • Experimental models to understand the contribution of neuroinflammation in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
    Séverine Boillée (ICM Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle Epinière – INSERM U1127, CNRS UMR-7225; Sorbonne University, France) LINK

Wednesday 3rd of July 2019

Morning sessions


  • 5 flash talks

How to study neurodegenerative pathologies in a dish?          

This session will focuse on Innovative cell models to replace live animals to study neurodegenerative diseases.

  • Parkinson’s in a dish: Using stem cell-derived neurons to study molecular mechanisms and target discovery
    Richard Wade-Martins (Oxford Parkinson’s Disease Centre, Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, University of Oxford, UK) LINK
  • Microfluidic neuron culture devices to study neural development and disease.
    Devrim Kilinc (INSERM U1167 – Univ Lille – Institut Pasteur de Lille, France) LINK


  • Functional characterization of neuronal networks using microelectrode array technology.
    Sophie Halliez (Jean Pierre Aubert Research Center, Inserm, University of Lille, Lille University Hospital, France) LINK
  • New tools to study APP metabolism (High Content Screening, optogenetic).
    Julien Chapuis (INSERM U1167 – Univ Lille – Institut Pasteur de Lille, France)


Afternoon sessions

Rodents still matter

The animal sessions (rodent, apes, fish, big animals) aim to allow researcher to better “refine” their experimentations, presenting the current state of knowledge and helping to choose the most adequat models and protocols to test their hypotheses.

  • Mouse models of tauopathy and their relevance to human disease
    Diane Hanger (Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute, Department of Basic and Clinical Neuroscience, King’s College London, London, UK) LINK
  • Prion-like diseases modelisation in murine model.
    Morvane Colin (Jean Pierre Aubert Research Center, Inserm, University of Lille, Lille University Hospital, France) LINK
  • Translational behavioral assessment in rodent models
    Julie Deguil (UMR1171 – Inserm –University of Lille – Lille University Hospital, France)
  • Brain administration, stereotaxis and pharmacological development with the animal models
    David Devos (UMR1171 – Inserm –University of Lille – Lille University Hospital, France)

Thursday 4th of July 2019

Morning Sessions


  • 5 flash talks

Planet of the Apes

  • Translational research in non-human primate models of neurodegenerative diseases
    Philippe Hantraye (Molecular Imaging Research Center, Institut de biologie François Jacob, CEA Paris-Saclay, France)


  • Studying pathophysiology of Parkinson Disease in non-human primates
    Erwan Bézard (Institut des Maladies Neurodégénératives – Université de Bordeaux – CNRS UMR 5293, France)

Session on animal research ethics

  • Transparency & Communication in Laboratory Animal Sciences – Challenges and Opportunities
    Kirk Leech (European Animal Research Association, London, UK)


Afternoon sessions

Fishing for molecular mechanisms and new therapies

  • The zebrafish model to study neurodegenerative diseases
    Pierre Olivier Angrand (Université de Lille / INSERM U908 – Cell plasticity and Cancer)
  • Models for motor neuron diseases: Focus in zebrafish
    Edor Kabashi (ICM Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle Epinière, Paris, France) LINK
  • Deciphering adverse outcome pathways of neurotoxic compounds in zebrafish
    Demetrio Raldúa (Department Environmental Chemistry, IDAEA-CSIC, Barcelona, Spain)

Conference open to the general public (venue to be defined)

  •  Du laboratoire de recherche jusqu’au lit du patient: Quelles sont les étapes du développement d’un médicament (Conférence grand Public)
    Régis Bordet (UMR1171 – Inserm –University of Lille – Lille University Hospital, France))

Friday 5th of July 2019

Morning sessions

Contributions from the invertebrate side

  • Elegans: a not so simple model organism
    Marie Gendrel (IBENS – CNRS UMR 8197 – INSERM U1024, Ecole Normale Supérieure – PSL, France)
  • FUSsing with worms: insights into physiological and pathological protein condensates
    Peter St George-Hyslop (Cambridge Institute for Medical Research, University of Cambridge, UK)
  • The Drosophila model organism
    Pierre Dourlen(INSERM U1167 – Univ Lille – Institut Pasteur de Lille, France)
  • Drosophila as a model system to study genetics of Tau and TDP-43 proteinopathies
    Bart Dermaut (Ghent University – Center for Medical Genetics, Ghent, Belgium)
  • An evolutionarily conserved predictor of impending death: lessons from Drosophila melanogaster
    Michael Rera (CNRS, UMR8256, Institut de Biologie Paris-Seine, Sorbonne-Université, France)


Afternoon sessions

Animal farm. A fairy Story

  • Prion in blood and its detection
    Olivier Andreoletti (UMR1225 INRA-ENVT, Toulouse, France)

Closing session – Into the wild

  • Chronic Wasting Disease in cervids
    Sylvie Benestad (Norwegian Veterinary Institute, Oslo and Trondheim, Norway)

Objectives: to present a large selection of experimental models and technological applications dedicated to the investigation of neurodegenerative diseases.

Currently, different experimental models are used to study the neurodegenerative mechanisms and associated processes, such as normal ageing, and to investigate a large variety of parameters: genetic and environmental factors,  impact of metabolism, interaction with the immune system, cellular and molecular mechanisms, molecular screening, evaluation of therapeutic strategies… It is crucial to keep this in mind and to choose accordingly for each research project, which model(s) would be the most appropriate to fulfill the needs but also to know their limits (scientific relevancy, available tools and technologies, costs…)

The LiCEND Summer School 2019 “Experimental approaches to study neurodegenerative disorders in biology: from the cell dish to the model organisms” aims to provide students and professionals, a global view of experimental models of neurodegeneration with their respective “pro” and “cons” aspects.

To be open to an international audience, the training course will be in English.

Each session will be organized around one type of experimental models with 2 to 4 talks given by recognized specialists. The 3R rules have been considered while building those sessions, presenting alternative models to replace animals  or allowing researcher to refine their experimentation by choosing the most efficient models to explore neurodegenerative diseases.

  • Cellular models;
  • Invertebrae models (C. Elegans, drosophia);
  • Zebrafish model;
  • Small mammals models (mouse and rat);
  • Large mammals models.

More transversal sessions will also be proposed:

  • The opening session will overview the current research issues and topics on neurodegenerative diseases;
  • A closure session following the Large mammals models session and introducing the researches done on neurodegeneration in Wild animals;
  • One session on animal research ethics and the way to present to the general audience, the use of animal models in research. Indeed, in the current context where the public opinion is really versatile on the topic of animal experimentation and where information available are mostly negatively biased, it is crucial to fully understand the stakes to explain clearly the use of animal and animal-derived experimental models for high quality researches on neurodegenerative diseases.
  • One conference open to the general audience on the transfer of research from the lab bench to the patient bedside through the example of drug development.

The LiCEND Summer School has been thought in a way allowing attendees to be actors of the training course: some personal works will be asked to the PhD students before the training course (abstract and poster or flash talk sessions). Masser students and researchers outside the field of Neurosciences will be proposed to read some few review papers to prepare the summer school .

Targeted audience

The LiCEND Summer School 2019 is targeted toward:

  • Biomedical and Biology  students with a Master 1 level minimum;
  • Veterinary school students;
  • Research and health professionals wishing for complementary training,
  • Researchers outside the field of neurosciences but working in collaboration with neuroscientists.

Total number of attendees: 60

LiCEND Summer school fee

Application before 30/04/2019:

  • Students, academic researchers, health professionals, veterinary researchers: 200 € VAT not included*
  • Researchers and professionals from private sector: 500 € VAT not included*

(*: French VAT is 20%)

Application after 30/04/2019:

  • Students, academic researchers, health professionals, veterinary researchers: 300 € VAT not included*
  • Researchers and professionals from private sector: 600 € VAT not included*

(*: French VAT is 20%)

The fee includes coffee breaks for the Summer school duration and lunches on the 03, 04 and 05 July 2019.

Application and registration process

To apply to the Summer School, please fulfill  the application form and submit your CV and covering letter. Once your application is validated, the administrative registration will take place.

Deadline for application: 23/06/2019
Deadline for administrative registration: 30/06/2019

Be warned that the registration fee is increased for application after the 30/04/2019

The number of registration is limited to 60 attendees: the first to apply will be the first to be selected.

Personal work and training credits

A preparatory work will be proposed to M1 and M2 students as well as non-biologists researchers: to read some review papers.

PhD students will have to submit an abstract and a poster. A flashtalk will be proposed to the best abstracts. Researchers can also propose an abstract and a poster.

For PhD students, the Summer School could eventually be integrated within their cursus: For the PhD studenst of the  Lille Biology-Health Graduate school,  10 training credits will be attributed and 2 more credits if a flashtalk is performed.

For researchers working in France, the Summer school will also count as 12 hours of continuous training on animal experimentation.


The Summer School’s LiCEND will take place at the:

Faculté de Médecine de Lille – “Pôle Formation”
2 Avenue Eugène Avinée, 59120 Loos, France

How to get to the Summer School venue ?

During morning and late afternoon rush hour, it can be very difficult to come or leave the University Hospital Campus by car or taxi. However, the campus is very well connected to the Lille town center by the Subway Line 1 (10 minutes connection):

By Subway from Lille city center

To go to the University Hospital Campus, take the subway ILEVIA Line 1 toward CHU-Eurasanté terminus station. Stop at the CHU-Eurasanté terminus station.

By walk: from the terminus station « CHU-Eurasante » toward the Faculty of Medecine «Pôle Formation»: 11 minutes walk  See map

 By BUS from CHU- Eurasanté Station (roughly one bus every 10 minutes )

Bus station Terminus “CHU-Eurasanté” and take the Bus L2 toward “Loos Les Oliveaux. Stop at the Faculté de Médecine bus stop
Bus station : Arrêt “CHU-Eurasanté”  and take the Bus 58  toward “Sante Marais” and Stop at : Faculté de Médecine bus stop

Return from the Faculty of Medicine  to “CHU Eurasanté” station

By bus, take the bus “CO2” toward “CHU- Eurasanté”  or the L2 Bus toward “Loos-Les Oliveaux “ at the station :  “Faculté de Médecine” in front of the faculty and stop at : “CHU-Eurasanté” bus stop.

Come and enjoy Lille, the capital of French Flanders

Rich cultural environment

The Palais des Beaux Arts de Lille, the most rich art Museum in France outside Paris

The Lille Art Museum, modern art museum of teh Lilel metropole

The old town of Lille  and the ‘Grand’ Place (general de Gaulle) : a mixture of Flemish and French style architecture

Rich and welcoming gastronomy (mussels & french fries, welsh, Potjevlesch, waffles, many beers …to drink with moderation!)

Coordination team

  • Dr Sophie Halliez, Lille University, Alzheimer & Tauopathies team, JPArc – UMR-S-1172, pedagogic coordinator;
  • Pr Kathy Dujardin, Neuropsychologist-Lille University Hospital, “Training” coordinator for the FHU VASCOG and LiCEND Centers of Excellence;
  • Dr Maximilien Vanleene, LiCEND – FHU VasCog projects manager;
  • Ms Charlotte Caillot, LiCEND – FHU VasCog projects attachée;

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