2nd Symposium on Lipids in Brain Diseases


2nd Symposium on Lipids in Brain Diseases were succesfully held in September 13 - 15, 2023 at Boerhaave Museum, Leiden, NL

Organizers would like to thank all the speakers and attendees as well as the sponsors for making this meeting a success.


Registration deadline: September 1, 2023

Deadline for abstracts: August 1, 2023

We are proud to present the 2nd Symposium on Lipids in Brain Diseases: Technologies and Pathomechanisms to be held in Boerhaave Museum in Leiden, Netherlands. Registration is now open.


Click on the link to register to the symposium. The registration fee of €150.- will be asked during registration. The fee includes lunch, reception and conference dinner (limited seats, please register quick to claim your seat). After registration a verification link will be sent to you, please make sure to complete your registration by clicking this verification link.

In the registration form we ask you to authorize Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) to have the registration fee debited from your bank account. LUMC will use the following reference: "Lipids In Brain 2023" and your name. Important to note: this only works for European bank accounts. People outside Europe will be contacted by the organizers for an alternative payment option.

Register here!

Note that registration form will request your IBAN number (for EU bank accounts only).

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Attending from outside the EU? Or want to pay by invoice? In that case, please fill in this registration form and return to b.cabukusta@lumc.nl. Make sure you get a confirmation email.


A preliminary version of the programme can be found here.

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Invited speakers:

Gesine Saher (Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences,  DE)

  • Different roles of CNS lipid metabolism in neurodegenerative disease

Adrian Isaacs (University College London, UK)

  • A protective neuronal lipid homeostasis pathway in FTD/ALS

Arthur Liesz (Institute for Stroke and Dementia Research, LMU Munich, DE)

  • Lipid overload of microglia in chronic post- stroke neuroinflammation

Tiago Gil Oliveira (Life and Health Sciences Research Institute, University of Minho, PT)

  • The role of the phospholipase D pathway in brain functioning and Alzheimer’s disease

Niamh McNamara (Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, NL)

  • Microglia regulate central nervous system myelin growth and integrity

Oliver Werz (Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, DE)

  • Manipulation of lipid mediator pathways to promote inflammation resolution

Priyanka Narayan (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, USA)

  • Deciphering how APOE genotype impacts lipids and disease risk

Florian Merkle (University of Cambridge, UK)

  • High fat diet selectively elevates brain triglycerides in mouse models of neurodegeneration

Saranna Fanning (Harvard University, USA)

  • Lipid metabolism dyshomeostasis pinpoints Parkinson’s Disease therapeutic targets and strategies



Rijksmuseum Boerhaave is the winner of the European Museum of the Year Award 2019. Your registration will include a free visit to the museum.

Boerhaave Museum | Google Maps


Boerhaave Museum is a 10 minute walk from Leiden Central Train Station.

From Amsterdam - Schiphol Airport to Leiden Central Train Station:

Trains run frequently from Schiphol airport to Leiden Central train station. This takes 16-21 minutes. Tickets can be purchased at local vending machines.

Taxis are located just outside the airport and they bring you in 25 minutes to Leiden.

From Rotterdam – The Hague Airport to Leiden Central Train Station:

Take Bus 33 to Rotterdam Central train station. From there take the train to Leiden central train station. Traveling time is ~1 hour.


You are expected to make your own travel and accommodation arrangements for the meeting in Leiden. In order to ensure that your stay is comfortable, the list below includes hotels which are close to Leiden central train station. Please book in advance so that you can be sure that you have a hotel room.

  • Fletcher Hotel (https://www.wellnesshotelleiden.nl/en/).
  • Ibis Hotel (ibis Leiden Centre - Guest Reservations).
  • Hotel VIC (https://www.hotelvic.nl/en/).
  • Best Western City Hotel Leiden (http://www.bestwesterncityhotelleiden.nl/en/).


For your questions you can contact the organizers:

Martin Giera (Leiden University Medical Center, m.a.giera@lumc.nl)

Birol Cabukusta (Leiden University Medical Center, b.cabukusta@lumc.nl)

Gijs Kooij (Amsterdam University Medical Center, g.kooij@amsterdamumc.nl)

Rik van der Kant (Free University Amsterdam, r.h.n.vander.kant@vu.nl)

Jerome Hendriks (Hasselt University, jerome.hendriks@uhasselt.be)






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