28th September 2018 – Behavior symposium, Campus Hassel


This symposium focuses on animal behavior and its translation to humans. Different animal models will be discussed, including models for stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and dopamine research.


  • Arthur Liesz | LMU Munich, Germany
  • Robin Lemmens | VIB Leuven, Belgium
  • Andrew Knight | University of Winchester, UK
  • Debby Van Dam | UAntwerpen, Belgium
  • Carlos Saura Antolín | UAB, Spain
  • Mark Ungless | Imperial College London, UK
  • Wim Vanduffel | KU Leuven, Belgium

Program September 28th

08.30 – 09.30 Registration and coffee
09.30 – 09.45 Opening
09.45 – 11.15 Keynote session 1: “Stroke research”

  • Dr. Arthur Liesz – LMU Munich, Germany
    The immunology of stroke: bench-to-bed translation and back
  • Prof. Dr. Robin Lemmens – VIB Leuven, Belgium
    Translating stroke recovery from mouse to man
11.15 – 11.45 Coffee break
11.45 – 12.30 Plenary lecture: “Ethical issues”

  • Prof. Dr. Andrew Knight – University of Winchester, UK
    Systematic reviews of animal experiments demonstrate poor contributions to human healthcare
12.30 – 14.00 Lunch break and poster session
14.00 – 15.30 Keynote session 2: “Alzheimer research”

  • Dr. Debby Van Dam – UAntwerpen, Belgium
    The correlation between behavioral and neurochemical alterations in neurodegenerative diseases
  • Prof. Dr. Carlos Saura Antolín -UAB, Spain
    Molecular aspects of brain function and neurodegeneration
15.30 – 16.00 Coffee break
16.00 – 17.30 Keynote session 3: “Dopamine research”

  • Dr. Mark Ungless – Imperial College London, UK
    Dopamine related behavior in rodents combined with state-of- the-art techniques
  • Prof. Dr. Wim Vanduffel – KU Leuven, Belgium
    Dopaminergic control of adult cortical plasticity and perceptual learning in nonhuman primates
 17.30 Closing

This symposium is organised in the context of ‘the German Year’ and is partially supported by the Flemish government