2018 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 5th 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:     6 September 2018

Venue:  The Nobel Forum, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden


Scientific Organizers

Goncalo Castelo-Branco

Jens Hjerling-Leffler

Ulrika Marklund

Francois Lallemend



Ido Amit (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel)

Renata Batista-Brito (Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NY, USA)

Nadege Bondurand (INSERM, Paris, France)

Edouard Hannezo (IST, Austria)

Irene Miguel-Aliaga (Imperial College, London, UK)

Klaus Armin Nave (Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine, Göttingen, Germany)

Laurent Nguyen (Liege University, Belgium)

Yimin Zou (UCSD, CA, USA)


This conference was supported by the Ming Wai Lau Centre for Reparative Medicine, Strategic Research Area in Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine, and Frontier Courses in Neuroscience.


Content reviewer:
Molly Yang