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A series of Neurotalk-2023 work meetings: The final meeting of the event

A series of Neurotalk-2023  work meetings: The final meeting of the event

The closing session of Neurotalks-2023 “Bridging, Synapses, Connecting Minds” event took place on October 2, in YSMU “COBRAIN” Scientific -Educational Center for Fundamental Brain Research.
The leading scientists of this field continued their discussions about contemporary topics in neuroscience. Those were the modeling of neurodegenerative diseases, stem cell therapy and the potential role of heavy water in case of neuropsychiatric diseases. The presentation of the reports was initiated in hybrid format.
Daniel Anthony, Professor of University of Oxford and Johannes de Munter, CEO of “Neuroplast” biotechnological company presented the stem cell therapy sessions tested on experimental animals in case of spinal cord damages. After the report, attendees were able to ask questions, which they were curious about.

The next report was presented by Anna Gorlova from Maastricht University. She talked about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The modeling of diseases on animals, pathophysiological cycles and questions regarding pharmacotherapy were discussed.

Tatyana Strekalova, a medical scientist at I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University and Maastricht University, who is engaged in experimental and behavioral neuropharmacology and who was not the first time at our University, talked about the role of hard water in the process of neuropsychiatric disorders and also about the results of epidemiological and preclinical studies in this field.
She is currently involved in the modeling of human neurological and neuromedical pathologies on animals, as well as in the discovery of new medicinal and other alternative approaches towards treatment of these diseases.
“Fortunately, for more than 20 years, I have had close contacts with my colleagues from Yerevan State Medical University. I think that the Medical University offers the best opportunities both in terms of experimentation and personnel. Cooperation with the University for me as a person who works both in the Netherlands and Germany, is very promising in every aspect, especially in the area of pre-clinical research,” emphasized Tatiana Strekalova.

According to her, the cooperation with the Medical University is carried out specifically within the framework of studying the mechanism of Alzheimer’s disease. “We provide transgenic mice that produce a protein called amyloid, which is responsible for the cause of Alzheimer’s disease. Our employees are active both at Sechenov University in Moscow and Maastricht University in the Netherlands. So, we can talk about tripartite cooperation,” Tatiana Strekalova mentioned, adding that further joint work with the University of Porto in Portugal is also being discussed.

The Vice-Rector for Science Konstantin Yenkoyan, reminded that for more than 10 years, they have been working on the connection between brain and bone marrow and its features at the “COBRAIN” Center of YSMU. “Thanks to the research of the valuable transgenic animal models provided to us, we have already recorded clear correlations and will soon have exact results,” the Vice-Rector informed, stressing on the point that at the moment the cooperation of the Medical University in the scientific field is underway with several leading universities within the framework of the project.

The Neurotalks-2023 “Bridging Synapses, Connecting Minds” event is held within the framework of the “PhytoAPP” project of the EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action RISE grant project and the “Brain Visualization Laboratory” grant project implemented in frames of the “Additional Financing for the Education Improvement Program” loan program implemented in cooperation with the World Bank