The CSHA/NGF 2014 joint meeting on “Nerve Growth Factor and Related Neurotrophic Factors: Emerging Concepts, New Mechanisms, Novel Technologies” will be held in Suzhou, China, located approximately 60 miles west of Shanghai.

June 23-27, 2014


One of the key objectives of the joint CSHA/NGF 2014 Conference is to highlight novel concepts, mechanisms and technological approaches for the study of neurotrophic factor action both at the level of a single cell and through highly parallel processing of data to correlate with overall physiological responses. This, while offering the forum to discuss integration of this knowledge with global brain projects and vice versa. Indeed, the unique opportunity offered by the presence of, and presentations by, key representatives of the brain projects of China, Japan, Europe, USA, is expected to foster exciting exchange. 

The high quality NGF meetings have been held since 1986, the year Rita Levi-Montalcini received the Nobel Prize for the discovery of Nerve growth factor with Stanley Cohen. Organized in locations mainly outside of the US, in alternate years to the Neurotrophin Gordon conferences, these conferences offer an international forum for rich and stimulating exchange. Further, they allow scientists and students from the region to meet with tenors in the field, while presenting their work in the form of posters and, for some, short talks and hot topics.

The 2014 edition will be the first to be held in China and the first in an Asian country. We expect approximately 20 – 30% of the speakers overall to come from the Pacific rim. The conference will include eight oral sessions and one poster session covering the latest findings across many topics in neuroscience. Many talks will be selected from the openly submitted abstracts on the basis of scientific merit and relevance. Social events throughout the conference provide ample opportunity for informal interactions. It is the shared objective of the organizing committee of NGF 2014 and of CSHA, to compose a program which truly reflects the state of the art in neuroscience by bringing together a group of scientific leaders, whose expertise encompasses seminal themes, including, but not limited to, those listed below.

Major Topics:
1. Brain Projects
2. Emerging concepts I
3. Emerging concepts II
4. New mechanisms: Signaling and function
5. Plasticity, Circuit, Behavior
6. Novel technologies
7. Blood brain barrier (BBB)
8. Neurological and psychiatric diseases

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