Speakers & Chairs

Sandra Amor PhD
Professor and Head of Multiple Sclerosis Research
in the Pathology Department
VU University Medical Centre
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Jack Antel MD
Coordinator
MS/Neuroimmunology Program
Montreal Neurologic Institute
McGill University
Montreal, Canada

David Baker BSC, PhD
BartsMS
Blizard Institute
Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry
Queen Mary University of London

Amit Bar-Or MD, FRCP, FAAN, FANA
Presidential Endowed Professor
Department of Neurology
Director, Center for Neuroinflammation and Experimental Neurotherapeutics
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania (UPenn)
Philadelphia (PA), USA

Sergio Baranzini PhD
Department of Neurology
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco (CA), USA

Dan Barouch MD, PhD
Center for Virology and Vaccine Research
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Harvard Medical School
Boston (MA), USA

Perry Bartlett PhD, FAA
Professor in Molecular Neuroscience
Queensland Brain Institute
University of Queensland
Brisbane, Australia

Anirban Basu PhD
National Brain Research Centre
Manesar
Haryana, India

Luca Battistini MD, PhD
Neuroimmunology Unit
Santa Lucia Foundation
Rome, Italy

Burkhard Becher PhD
Institute of Experimental Immunology
University of Zürich
Zürich, Switzerland

Stefan Blum MD, FRACP
Princess Alexandra Hospital
School of Medicine University of Queensland
Mater Centre for Neuroscience
Brisbane, Australia

Karin Borges PhD
School of Biomedical Sciences
Faculty of Medicine
University of Queensland
Brisbane, Australia

Fabienne Brilot PhD
Principal Research Fellow
Applied Medical Sciences and Discipline of Child & Adolescent Health
Brain Autoimmunity Group
Institute for Neuroscience and Muscle Research (INMR)
Kids Research at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead
Brain and Mind Centre
University of Sydney
Westmead, Australia

Simon Broadley BSc, MBChB, PhD, FRACP
Professor of Neurology
School of Medicine
Gold Coast Campus
Griffith University
Nathan, Australia

David Brown MBBS (Hons), PhD, FRACP, FRCPA
Department of Immunology and Immunopathology
NSW Health Pathology
ICPMR
Westmead Hospital
Group leader, Centre for Allergy and Immunology Research
Westmead Institute for Medical Research
University of Sydney
Sydney, Australia

Anne Brüstle PhD
Fellow and Group Leader
Inflammatory T cell Responses Group
Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases
John Curtin School of Medical Research
The Australian National University
Canberra, Australia

Iain Campbell PhD
Emeritus Professor
Faculty of Science
University of Sydney
Camperdown, Australia

Iain Comerford PhD
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
School of Biological Sciences
University of Adelaide
Adelaide, Australia

Jorge Correale MD
Department of Neurology
Institute for Neurological Research Dr Raul Carrea, FLENI
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Russell Dale MBChB, MRCP, MSc, PhD
NHMRC Practioner Fellow
Professor of Paediatric Neurology
Petre Professor of Paediatric Neurology Research
Sub Dean Research
Clinical School
Discipline of Paediatrics & Child Health
University of Sydney
the Children’s Hospital at Westmead
Westmead, Australia

Jerome De Seze MD, PhD
University Hospital of Strasbourg
Strasbourg, France

Britta Engelhardt Dr.rer.physiol
Professor for Immunology, Director
Theodor Kocher Institute
University of Bern
Bern, Switzerland

Cinthia Farina PhD
Head, Immunobiology of Neurological Disorders Lab
Institute of Experimental Neurology (INSpe) and Division of Neuroscience
San Raffaele Scientific Institute
Milan, Italy

Roberto Furlan MD, PhD
Head of Clinical Neuroimmunology Unit
Institute of Experimental Neurology – INSpe
Division of Neuroscience
San Raffaele Scientific Institute
Milan, Italy

Matteo Gastaldi MD
IRCCS Mondino Foundation
and
University of Pavia
Pavia, Italy

Georges Grau MD, Privat-Docent
Chair of Vascular Immunology
Department of Pathology
Sydney Medical School
University of Sydney
Camperdown, Australia

Judith Greer PhD
Principal Research Fellow
UQ Centre for Clinical Research
Faculty of Medicine
University of Queensland
Brisbane, Australia

Todd Hardy MD, PhD
Concord Hospital and the Brain and Mind Centre
University of Sydney
Concord West, Australia

Richard Idro MBChB, MMED, PhD
Makerere University
Kampala, Uganda

Zsolt Illés MD, PhD, DSc
University of Southern Denmark
Odense University Hospital
Department of Neurology
Odense, Denmark

Shohreh Issazadeh-Navikas PhD
Head of Neuroinflammation Unit
Biotech Research & Inovation Centre (BRIC)
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
University of Copenhagen
Copenhagen, Denmark

Michael Jackson MD
Director of Research and Bachelor of Clinical Sciences/Doctor of Medicine
Autoimmunity Research Laboratory
Department of Immunology
Flinder University
Adelaide, Australia

Misty Jenkins PhD
Laboratory Head
Division of Immunology
The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
Parkville, Australia

Margaret Jordan PhD
Senior Research Fellow
Immunogenomics
Director of Research (Molecular & Cell Biology)
Honours’ co-ordinator (Molecular & Cell Biology)
James Cook University
Townsville, Australia

Rana Karabudak MD
Hacettepe University Hospitals
Department of Neurology
Neuroimmunology & MS Unit
Ankara, Turkey

Matthew Kiernan PhD, DSc, FRACP, FAHMS
Bushell Chair of Neurology
Sydney Medical School
University of Sydney
President, Australian & New Zealand Association of Neurologist
Camperdown, Australia

Trevor Kilpatrick MBBS, PhD, FRACP
Melbourne Neuroscience Institute
University of Melbourne
Parkville, Australia

Nicholas King MB, ChB, PhD, FRCPA (Hon)
Director, Sydney Cytometry
Professor of Immunopathology and Head Discipline of Pathology
Bosch Institute and
Marie Bashir Institue for Infectious Disease and Biosecurity, School of Medical Sciences, Sydney Medical School
Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology
University of Sydney
Camperdown, Australia

Jonathan Kipnis PhD
Harrison Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Neuroscience
Director, Center for Brain Immunology and Glia (BIG)
School of Medicine, University of Virginia
Charlottesville (VA), USA

Jun-ichi Kira MD, PhD
Professor and Chairman
Department of Neurology
Neurological Institute
Graduate School of Medical Sciences
Kyushu University
Fukuoka, Japan

Robyn Klein MD, PhD
Associate Dean, Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences
Vice Provost, Washington University
Professor
Departments of Internal Medicine, Pathology & Immunology, Neuroscience
Director, Center for Neuroimmunology and Neuroinfectious Diseases
Associate Director, Medical Scientist Training Program
Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis (MO), USA

Thomas Korn MD, PhD
Klinkum rechts Der Isar
Head of Experimental Neuroimmunology
Deputy Clinical director, Neurological Clinic
Munich, Germany

Vijay Kuchroo DVM, PhD
Evergrande Center for Immunologic Diseases
Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women’s Hospital
Boston (MA), USA

Susumu Kusunoki MD, PhD
Professor and Chairman
Department of Neurology
Kindai University Faculty of Medicine
Osaka, Japan

Anne La Flamme BS(MIT), MS, PhD
Professor of Immunology
School of Biological Sciences
Victoria University of Wellington and
Head, Multiple Sclerosis Research Programme
Malaghan Institute of Medical Research
Wellington, New Zealand

Jeannette Lechner-Scott MD
Department of Neurology
John Hunter Hospital
Hunter Medical Research Institute
University of Newcastle
Newcastle, Australia

Vanda Lennon MD, PhD
Neuroimmunology Laboratory
Departments of Neurology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine/Pathology
Mayo Clinic
Rochester (MN), USA

Belinda Lennox DM, FRCPsych
Department of Psychiatry
University of Oxford
Oxford, UK

Roland Liblau MD, PhD
Directeur du Centre de Phsyiopathologie Toulouse Purpan (CPTP)
INSERM UMR1043 – CNRS UMR5282
Université Toulouse III
Toulouse, France

Shane Liddelow PhD
Neuroscience Institute
Department of Neuroscience and Physiology
NYU Langone Medical Center
New York City (NY), USA

Ashutosh Mangalam PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Pathology
University of Iowa
Iowa City (IA), USA

Roland Martin MD
Principal Investigator and Director CRPP MS and Leading Physician
Department of Neurology
University Hospital Zürich
Zürich, Switzerland

Gianvito Martino MD
Scientific Director
San Raffaele Scientific Institute
Professor of Experimental Biology
Vita Salute San Raffaele University
Milan, Italy

Emily Mathey PhD
Neuroinflammation Laboratory
Brain and Mind Centre
University of Sydney
Camperdown, Australia

Roberta Mazzieri PhD
Diamantina Institute
Faculty of Medicine
University of Queensland
Brisbane, Australia

Pamela McCombe FRACP, PhD, BSc, MBBS
UQ Centre for Clinical Research
Faculty of Medicine
Royal Brisbane Clinical Unit
Faculty of Medicine
University of Queensland
Brisbane, Australia

Fiona McKay PhD
Centre for Immunology and Allergy Research
Westmead Institute for Medical Research
University of Sydney
Westmead, Australia

Sachiko Miyake MD, PhD
Professor
Department of Immunology
Juentendo University Graduate School of Medicine
Tokyo, Japan

Gila Moalem-Taylor PhD
School of Medical Sciences
The University of New South Wales
UNSW Sydney
Sydney, Australia

Mastura Monif MBBS, BSc, PhD
Neurologist/Post Doctoral Research Fellow
Alfred Health and Melbourne Health
Head, Neuroimmunology and Neurological Diseases Lab.
Monash University
Honorary Post Doctoral Fellow
Department of Physiology
University of Melbourne
Melbourne, Australia

Shalina Ousman PhD
Associate Professor
Departments of Clinical Neurosciences and,
Cell Biology & Anatomy
Hotchkiss Brain Institute
University of Calgary
Calgary, Canada

Trevor Owens PhD
Professor
IMM – Department of Neurobiology Research
President, Scandinavian Society for Immunology
University of Southern Denmark
Odense, Denmark

Friedemann Paul MD
Head of the Clinical Neuroimmunology Research Group
NeuroCure clinical Research Center
Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Campus Mitte
Berlin, Germany

Michael Pender MBBS (Hons I), MD, PhD, FRACP
Faculty of Medicine
University of Queensland
Roayl Brisbane and Women’s Hospital
Brisbane, Australia

Phillip Popovich PhD
Professor, The Ohio State University
Ray W. Poppelton Research Designated Chair
Department of Neuroscience
Director – Center for Brain and Spinal Cord Repair
Columbus (OH), USA

Anne-Katrin Pröbstel MD
Department of Neurology & Weill Institute for Neurosciences
University of California San Francisco
San Francisco (CA), USA

Francisco Quintana PhD
Associate Professor of Neurology
Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Harvard Medical School
Boston (MA), USA

Cedric Raine PhD, DSc
Professor Emeritus
Departments of Pathology (Neuropathology)
Neurology and Neuroscience
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Bronx (NY), USA

Richard Ransohoff MD
Entrepreneur-in-Residence
Third Rock Ventures
Boston (MA), USA

Stephen Reddel MBBS, FRACP, PhD
Department of Neurology
Concord Reparation General Hospital
University of Sydney
Concord, Australia

Joanne Reed PhD
Group Leader – Rheumatology and Autoimmunity
Garvan Institute of Medical Research
Sydney, Australia

Marc Ruitenberg PhD, GCHEd
Read in Neuroanatomy & Neuroscience
Honorary SpinalCure Australia Research Fellow
School of Biomedical Sciences
Faculty of Medicine
The University of Queensland
St Lucia, Australia

Michal Schwartz PhD
Department of Neurobiology Weizmann Institute of Science
Rehovot, Israel

Fu-Dong Shi MD, PhD
China National Clinical Research Center for Neuroinflammatory Disease &
BNI-China CVD
Collaborative Program
Beijing Tiantan Hospital
Capital Medical University
Beijing, China

Bruno Stankoff MD, PhD
ICM, Brain and Spinal Cord Institute, Pitié Salpêtrière Hospital
Sorbonne Universités
UPMC Univ Paris 06
UMR S 1127
CNRS UMR 7225
Paris, France

Akio Suzumura MD, PhD
Director
Kaikokai-Josai Hospital
Professor Emeritus
Nagoya University
Nagoya, Japan

Bert ‘t Hart PhD
Department of Immunobiology
Biomedical Primate Research Centre (BPRC)
and
Department of Neuroscience
University of Groningen
Rijswijk, Netherlands

Jenny Ting PhD
Distinguished Professor
Department of Genetics
UNC School of Medicine
Chapel Hill (NC), USA

Antonio Uccelli MD
Dipartimento di Neuroscience, Riabilitazione, Oftamologia,
Genetica e Scienze Materno-Infantili (DINOGMI)
Genoa, Italy

Angela Vincent MBBS, FRCPath, FMedSci, FRS
Emeritus Professor
Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences
University of Oxford
Oxford, UK

Carola Vinuesa MD, MBBS, PhD, FAA
The Vinuesa Group – Humoral Immunity and Autoimmunity
The Centre for Personalised Immunology
The John Curtin School of Medical Research
ANU College of Health and Medicine
Acton, Australia

Jana Vukovic PhD
The University of Queensland
St. Lucia, Australia

Ari Waisman PhD
Institute of Molecular Medicine
University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg University
Mainz, Germany

Howard Weiner MD
Robert L. Kroc Professor of Neurology
Harvard Medical School
Director, Partners Multiple Sclerosis Center
Co-Director, Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Boston (MA), USA

Hartmut Wekerle MD
Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology
Director Emeritus
Hertie Senior Professor
Martinsried, Germany

Heinz Wiendl MD
Department of Neurology
University of Münster
Münster, Germany

Nicola Woodroofe BSc, PhD
Head, Biomolecular Sciences Research Centre
Sheffield Hallam University
Sheffield, UK

Takashi Yamamura MD, PhD
Department of Immunology
National Institute of Neuroscience
NCNP
Tokyo, Japan

Yoshihisa Yamano MD, PhD
Professor
Department of Advanced Medical Innovation
Director
Department of Rare Diseases Research
Institute of Medical Science
St. Marianna University Graduate School of Medicine
Kanagawa, Japan

V. Wee Yong PhD
Hotchkiss Brain Institute
Departments of Clinical Neuroscience and Oncology
University of Calgary
Calgary, Canada

Deborah Young PhD
Dept. of Pharmacology & Clinical Pharmacology &
Centre for Brain Research, FMHS
University of Auckland
Auckland, New Zealand

Kaylene Young PhD
The Menzies Institute for Medical Research
University of Tasmania
Hobart, Australia

Scott Zamvil MD, PhD
Donnie Smith Chair in Multiple Sclerosis Research
Professor of Neurology and Faculty, Program in Immunology
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco (CA), USA