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11th Symposium ATP1A3 in Disease
October 27-28, 2023 Chicago, Illinois, USA

  Letter from the Organsers : 
We are pleased to announce that the 11th ATP1A3 in Disease Symposium will take place on Friday October 27th through Saturday October 28th in Chicago, IL, USA. The meeting will be held on the campus of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, located in a beautiful and safe area of downtown Chicago. The conference will be hosted by the AHC Foundation, the Cure AHC Foundation, Hope for Anabel, and For Henry AHC.
The symposium will feature an international panel of speakers addressing:
• Disease Natural History
• Basic Mechanisms and Neurophysiology
• Quantifying Phenotypes and Clinical Trial Readiness
• Therapeutic Advances
There will be a poster session and free time for discussion during the meeting, and a dinner event on Saturday evening after conclusion of the conference.
Important dates regarding the 11th ATP1A3 in Disease Symposium:
June 5, 2023: Online Registration site opens
September 29, 2023: Deadline for early registration at reduced fee
June 5, 2023: Abstract Submission site opens
October 6, 2023: Deadline for abstract submission
For further inquiries or other information about the Symposium, please contact: atp1a3@northwestern.edu
2023 Scientific Program Committee
Alfred L. George, Jr., Kathleen Sweadner, Arn van den Maagdenberg

Our Mission and Vision

The start of the ATP1A3 in disease Symposia was made in 2012 after the ATP1A3 gene discovery for Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood. ATP1A3 mutations were already found in 2004 to be associated with a very rare neurological disease rapid-onset dystonia-parkinsonism (RDP) and are now implicated in a growing number of neurological conditions.
NEW Read The story of the start of the Symposium 

The ATP1A3 in disease Symposia bring together prominent scientists, clinicians and family foundations to:
  • discuss the role of the ATP1A3 gene in rare neurological diseases.
  • present the further progress of the research on AHC, RDP, CA(P)OS and other ATP1A3-related diseases.
  • discuss various symptomology and how to address them to improve quality of life for patients now and in respect to clinical trials.
  • include new research and clinical teams in the work ongoing.

Standing Committee (SC)

The Standing Committee's Main tasks include:
  • select the Organisers of each annual meeting;
  • review and advising the Organisers(committee) on the meeting program, budget and organisation, according to the developed Guidelines.
  • ensure that dedicated funds are gathered and passed from one annual host to the next;
  • maintain and update a dedicated web site;
  • collect, store and publish information on the meetings;
  • communicate the outcomes of the meeting and promote and advertise the meeting and the cause of ATP1A3-related diseases community.

Alfred L. George, Jr.

Dr. George is the Alfred Newton Richards Professor and Chair of the Department of Pharmacology, and Director of the Center for Pharmacogenomics at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He has more than 30 years of experience investigating the structure, function, molecular genetics and pharmacology of human ion channels and transporters. As an internationally regarded leader in the field of channelopathies, Dr. George’s research represents a unique blend of human molecular genetics, ion channel biology and pharmacology.
Work in his laboratory strives to elucidate the molecular and cellular mechanisms responsible for alternating hemiplegia of childhood (AHC) and related developmental neurological disorders caused by mutations in ATP1A3. Dr. George has also been closely aligned with parent-led AHC Foundations as well as the international AHC community. He hosted the 2018 international ATP1A3 in Disease symposium held in Chicago.

Contact information: Alfred L. George, Jr., M.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmacology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL USA 60611, Phone: 312-503-4892, al.george@northwestern.edu

Kevin C. Ess

Dr. Ess graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a B.M. in Music Performance (1989). He then earned a PhD in Developmental Biology (1996) and a M.D. degree (1998) from the University of Cincinnati. After an internship in Pediatrics at Denver Children's Hospital, then did a Child Neurology residency at Washington University, St. Louis Children's Hospital. Dr. Ess then completed fellowship training in Pediatric Neurophysiology at Washington University, St. Louis Children's Hospital as well as post-doctoral research in Dr. David Gutmann's laboratory. He was an Instructor of Neurology and Pediatrics at Washington University in St. Louis from 2004-2006.

Dr. Ess joined the faculty at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 2006 and is currently Associate Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Neurology. He is the Division Director of Pediatric neurology and Neurologist-in-Chief of Monroe Carrell Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt where he holds the Gerald M. Fenichel Chair in Neurology. He is also a member of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development. His research interests are on mechanisms of normal cortical development and how genetic aberrations result in brain malformations, epilepsy, and autism. His clinical activities focus on the management of intractable epilepsy in children. This includes medical therapies as well as diet and surgical management. He has a special interest in the diagnosis, treatment, and the basic science of the genetic disorders Tuberous Sclerosis Complex and Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood.

Contact Information: Kevin C. Ess M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology, Chief, Pediatric Neurology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN USA 37232, Phone: 615-936-5536, kevin.ess@vanderbilt.edu.

Karin Lykke-Hartmann

Karin Lykke-Hartmann, associate professor in Biomedine. Educated as a molecular scientist. Main interest is working on Atp1a3 mouse model, with particular interest in drug screening, neurotransmitter signaling, and cellular mechanisms for Atp1a3-related pathologies (e.g Holm et al, Scientific Reports, 2016).

Contact info:
Department of Biomedicine and Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University. kly@biomed.au.dk ::: www.biomed.au.dk

Hendrik Rosewich

Dr. Rosewich, MD is an associate Professor, pediatric neurologist, senior physician and Assistant Medical Director in the Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Division of Pediatric Neurology at the University Medical Center Göttingen at Georg August University in Göttingen, Germany.

From the very beginning his clinical and basic research interests focused on the etiology and pathogenesis of rare neurometabolic diseases including peroxisomal disorders like Zellweger-Syndrome and X-linked Adrenoleukodytrophy as well as rare Movement Disorders like Alternating hemiplegia of childhood. Besides primary care for affected children with these disorders he is especially interested in the investigation of the pathogenesis of Alternating hemiplegia of childhood and X-linked Adrenoleukodystrophy to answer essential questions for the development of therapeutic options.

Contact info: Hendrik Rosewich, MD, Associate Professor and Assistant Medical Director, Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Division of Pediatric Neurology, University Medical Center Göttingen, Georg August University, Faculty of Medicine, Office Postal Address: Robert-Koch-Strasse 40, D-37075 Göttingen, Germany, Phone:+49 551-39 67019 Fax: +49 551-39 13068899, hendrik.rosewich@med.uni-goettingen.de

Tsveta Schyns

Tsveta Schyns-Liharska is the co-founder the ATP1A3 Disease Symposia and has taken active part in the Organising Committees of  Brussels (2012), Lunteren (2014), Bethesda (2015) and London (2016) meetings.

She has both, professional and personal, long standing interest in researching Alternating Hemiplegia (AH) in Childhood: founded the European Network for Research on AH (www.enrah.net) in 2003 and received competitive European funding and conducted the ENRAH for SMEs and nEUroped projects from 2005 till 2011.

Tsveta is molecular geneticist, based in Brussels, Belgium. She works as expert in evaluating scientific projects at the European Commission and at the European Medicines Agency's Paediatric Committee. Email: ts@enrah.net.

Previous meetings

The programms of the previous meetings:

1. Brussels 2012
2. Rome 2013
3. Lunteren 2014
4. Bethesda 2015
5. London 2016
6. Tokyo 2017
7. Chicago 2018
8. Reykjavik 2019
9. Stockholm 2021
10, Edinburgh 2022

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