2017 KI Conference “Developing Brains”

How can a single cell give rise to complex structures such as the central (brain/spinal cord) and enteric (brain in the gut) nervous systems? This is the overarching question in neural development; knowing how such intricate structures are assembled gives not only crucial knowledge about these nervous systems, but also important insight to the etiology of some of our most common diseases.

The 4th edition of the KI Conference “Developing Brains” gathered some of the leading scientists working on critical questions ranging from heterogeneity of neural cell types, their specification, to myelination and creation of mature neural circuits.

Date:     1 September 2017

Venue:  The Nobel Forum, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden


Scientific Organizers

Goncalo Castelo-Branco

Jens Hjerling-Leffler

Sten Linnarsson

Ulrika Marklund



Danny Leung (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong)

Elsa Rossignol (Université de Montréal, Canada)

Jessica Cardin (Yale University, USA)

Marlene Hao (University of Melbourne, Australia)

Mikael Simons (Technische Universität München, Germany)

Paula Arlotta (Harvard University, USA)

Vassilis Pachnis (Francis Crick Institute, UK)

Vittorio Gallo (George Washington University School of Medicine, USA)


This conference was supported by the Ming Wai Lau Centre for Reparative Medicine and Frontier Courses in Neuroscience.


Content reviewer:
Molly Yang