2019 KI Conference “Developing Brains”

How can a single cell give rise to complex structures such as the central (brain/spinal cord) and peripheral (including the 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 6th edition of the KI Conference “Developing Brains” gathered some of the leading scientists working on critical questions ranging from transcriptional and functional heterogeneity of neural cell types, patterning during their specification, emerging roles of glia and creation of mature neural circuits.

Date:     5 September 2019

Venue:  Biomedicum, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden


Scientific Organizers

Goncalo Castelo-Branco

Jens Hjerling-Leffler

Ulrika Marklund

Francois Lallemend



Shernaz X. Bamji (University of British Columbia, Canada)

Jean-François Brunet (IBENS, Paris, France)

Çağla Eroğlu (Duke University Medical Center, USA)

Julia Kaltschmidt (Stanford University School of Medicine, USA)

Anna Kicheva (IST, Austria)

Shane Liddelow (NYU Langone Medical Center, USA)

Ivo Spiegel (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel)

Ludovic Telley (University of Lausanne, Switzerland)


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