Workshop on Biomarkers for Epilepsies and Neurodegenerative Diseases

Event Details

Date and Time: March 13, 2024, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Location: Kuopio City Theatre, Maria-stage, Niiralankatu 2, 70600 Kuopio

Participation: Free

Registration Deadline: March 06, 2024

To register for the event, please click HERE.

During this workshop we will discuss shared and distinctive characteristics of changes in neuronal markers in various neurological disorders and consider the emerging opportunities and challenges for their future research and diagnostic use. Lessons learned from other therapeutic areas as well as diversity of perspectives are expected to result in the generation of fresh ideas and innovative solutions.

Our guest speaker, professor Johan Zelano, introduces us to the topic with his remote talk on “Blood based biomarkers in epilepsies and neurodegenerative diseases”. Johan Zelano is a professor of neurology at Sahlgrenska academy and a consultant neurologist at Sahlgrenska university hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden.

The event is intended for companies from start-ups and health tech to pharma, investors, researchers, and clinicians. The purpose of the event is to stimulate creativity and promote future collaboration.

UEF Brain Research Unit 2.0 ERDF project organizes this group discussion as a free pre-symposium event in connection with Kuopio Epilepsy Symposium 2024. Sanna-Kaisa Herukka, PhD, leader of the UEF Biomarker laboratory, hosts and moderates the event.

Come to share your ideas and perspectives with others. Register for the group discussion event!

Need more information? Contact:
Maria Pikkarainen


10:00     Welcome words, Reetta Kälviäinen
10:05     Introduction to the workshop & introduction of the speaker Johan Zelano, Sanna-Kaisa Herukka
10:15     Blood based biomarkers in epilepsies and neurodegenerative diseases, Johan Zelano (remote)
10:40     Discussion and some engaging questions for the participants
10:50     Biomarkers in neurodegenerative diseases, Sanna-Kaisa Herukka
11:05     Biomarker discovery in preclinical research, Susanne Bäck (Charles River)
11:20     Neuro Toolkit, Joana Amorim Freire (Roche, remote)
11:35     Coffee and networking
12:05     Accelerating selective patient recruitment in clinical studies – FinnGen and the TWINGEN study, Valtteri Julkunen
12:20     Panel discussion (Mikko Hiltunen (UEF), Susanne Bäck (Charles River), Reetta Kälviäinen (UEF), and Valtteri Julkunen (UEF).
12:45     Discussion, feedback questions, wrapping up the workshop
13:00     End of the workshop