2018 Nordmann Award Meeting Louvain-la-Neuve

ESBRA- Nordmann Award Meeting, 2018

Time : October 11-12th 2018




Location: Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium (near Brussels)


Organization: Roberta WARD and Henriette WALTER

Roberta.ward@ic.ac.uk and Henriette.walter@meduniwien.ac.at

Alcohol can disrupt many immune pathways in complex ways, thereby impeding the body’s ability to defend against infection, contribute to organ damage associated with alcohol consumption, and impede recovery from tissue injury.

The effects of alcohol on the immune system involve various types of immune cells and their interactions which are partly mediated by cytokines, chemokines and other chemical messengers.

Alcohol–immune interactions may affect the development and progression of certain types of cancers, communication between the gut microbiota and the intestinal immune system, hepatic hepatitis and cirrhosis, as well as being involved in microglial activation with the resultant brain damage.

Abstracts for either oral or poster presentation are invited from interested participants which cover any of these subjects for the ESBRA Nordmann Meeting at Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, from Thursday 11th-12th October 2018.

Abstract Deadline: 25th of June 2018

Abstracts are limited to 1000 characters and no more than two references (see example below). Brain Topics should be submitted to Roberta.ward@ic.ac.uk and other/liver Topics to Henriette.walter@meduniwien.ac.at.

The cost of the Meeting will be 375,- Euros which will include registration as well as 2 nights’ accommodation at the IBIS Hotel at Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. After 25th June 2018 the registration fee registration as well as 2 nights’ accommodation at the IBIS Hotel atLouvain-la-Neuve, Belgium will be 425,- Euros .

Download Registration form here: REGISTRATION FORM ESBRA


The programme will cover the topis:

  • Liver and the Immune system—Organizer: Henriette Walter (Austria) email: Henriette.walter@meduniwien.ac.at
  • Brain and the Immune system Organizer: Roberta Ward (Belgium) email: Roberta.ward@imperial.ac.uk
  • Free presentations





Ricardo O. Louro1, Roberta J Ward2, Robert R Crichton3

1Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica António Xavier da Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Av. Da República (EAN), 2780-156 Oeiras, Portugal

2Centre for Neuroinflammation & Neurodegeneration, Division of Brain Sciences, Imperial College London, Hammersmith Hospital Campus, Du Cane Road,London. UK.

3 Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgium


Despite their minor abundance in Biology versus hydrogen, oxygen, carbon and nitrogen, metals are essential for life. The elements that make up living organisms are likely to have been subjected to a process of natural selection that balanced the required reactivity with environmental availability and with toxicity. Here, we will travel across the periodic table highlighting some of the major minor elements in biology, and aspects of their chemistry that favour their current role in Biology. We will then discuss the homeostatic dysregulation of some of the same and other elements can be toxic. Finally, on a third passage we will highlight some of the same and other elements and how they have been used for the benefit of human health. This will highlight the need of a multidisciplinary mind set to study the role of metals in Biology.

Ward RJ, Zucca FA, Crichton RR, et al., Lancet Neurol. 2014 13(10):1045-60.

Martin-Bastida A, Ward RJ, Newbould R, et el..Sci Rep. 2017:1398


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