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NANOBRAIN Kick-off Meeting - Pisa Nest, February 14-15, 2013


Brain tumors and neurodegenerative pathologies such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD) represent the major disorders of the central nervous system (CNS). The lack of reliable diagnostic markers and pharmacological therapies for these diseases is mainly ascribable to the blood-brain-barrier (BBB) that isolates the brain from the rest of the body. Consequently, most CNS-active agents are unable to reach the brain tissue in therapeutically active concentrations, and biomarkers of disease penetrate in very tiny amounts outside the BBB.

Our project will deliver novel sensors for diagnosis and nano-sized carriers for drug delivery to the brain. Our goal is to foster the collaboration of three Institutes devoted to development of nanotechnology with the top CNR institute devoted to neuroscience research The NanoBrain partnership is strongly interdisciplinary and the program of the meeting is tailored to promote convergence and synergy between nanotechnology and living matter.

The talks will be divided in two different typologies: each session will include background talks (title in bold face) that will cover the basic neurophysiology and physics involved in the project.

These will be followed by talks specific to the aims: these talk may take the form of a multiple speaker talk followed by a general discussion (Workshop talks). The interdisciplinarity of our partnership is remarkable and each speaker should make the best possible effort to reach across to the colleagues of the other side.



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The meeting will occur in the seminar room of NEST, Piazza San Silvestro 12, Pisa. The lab is at a very short ride from either the airport and the train station.

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A number of (single and double) rooms have been boked for this conference at a special rate at Hotel Verdi, Pisa.

Deadline for reservation is February 3, 2013.

Please contact Luisa Neri ( for info and reservation.



Dr. Gianmichele Ratto

t 050 509470


Secretariat: Luisa Neri

t 059 2055629

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