2020 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; understanding 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.

Image by Hugo Castelo-Branco, built in Minecraft.
Image by Hugo Castelo-Branco, built in Minecraft Photo: Hugo Castelo-Branco

The 7th edition of the KI Conference “Developing Brains" gathered some of the leading scientists working on critical questions ranging from transcriptional heterogeneity of neural cell types, their specification, to myelination and creation of mature neural circuits.

Given the Covid-19 pandemic, for the first time the conference took place online. Lectures were scheduled during 1-3 September between 16:00-18:00 CET (Stockholm).  

Scientific Organizers

Goncalo Castelo-Branco

Jens Hjerling-Leffler

Francois Lallemend

Ulrika Marklund


Claude Desplan (New York University, USA)

Chinfei Chen (Harvard Medical School, USA)

Sten Linnarsson (Karolinska Institutet, Sweden)

Ethan Hughes (University of Colorado School of Medicine, USA)

Michelle Southard-Smith (Vanderbilt University Medical Center, USA)

Renata Batista-Brito (Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 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