Weill Neurosciences Symposium

The inaugural UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences Symposium, held on May 25, 2017, brought together leaders in science and medicine, showcasing innovative research, inspiring ideas, and ways to pave new paths toward discovery.

The annual symposium will take on a different theme, offering a renewed focus on key issues and disease areas across the neurosciences. Featuring a truly exciting panel of speakers, this inaugural event focused on neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and ALS.

signage for the Weill Neurosciences Symposium 2017

a crowded auditorium at the Weill Neurosciences Symposium 2017


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9:00AM | Welcome & Opening Remarks
Stephen Hauser; Sandy and Joan Weill

9:15AM | Don W. Cleveland, PhD (University of California, San Diego)
Gene Silencing Therapy for Human Neurodegenerative Disease

10:00AM | M. Elizabeth Ross, MD, PhD (Weill Cornell Medicine)
Fetal Development Genes Repurposed in Brain Plasticity and Aging

11:00AM | Thomas C. Südhof, MD (Stanford University)
Synaptic and Non-Synaptic Signaling by ApoE: Implications for Alzheimer's Disease

11:45AM | Beth Stevens, PhD (Harvard University)
Immune Mechanisms of Synapse Loss in Health & Disease

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12:30 – 1:30PM | Lunch Break
There will be a break in the broadcast. Please tune back in at 1:30pm.


1:30PM | Kristine Yaffe, MD (University of California, San Francisco)
Neurodegeneration: A Population Health Perspective

2:00PM | Bruce L. Miller, MD (University of California, San Francisco)
The Landscape of Neurodegenerative Diseases

2:30PM | Lennart Mucke, MD (University of California, San Francisco)
Addressing the Multifactoriality of Neurodegenerative Diseases in Research and Therapeutic Development

3:00PM | Stanley B. Prusiner, MD (University of California, San Francisco)
Therapeutic Challenges and Opportunities

3:30PM | Roundtable Discussion

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Live Broadcast

Morning Session (9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.):

Afternoon Sessions (1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.):