The blood-brain barrier (BBB) is the wall that protects our brain from foreign invaders but, at the same time, the gate that allows a myriad of metabolites to enter our central nervous system (CNS). An increasing number of molecular, cellular, and physiological details about how this intriguing duality is achieved are being discovered thanks to the efforts of many laboratories worldwide. Gaining insight into these transport mechanisms is expected open the door to new general and efficient approaches to facilitate the delivery of new drugs into the brain for the treatment of CNS disorders.
This Barcelona BioMed conference on the “Blood-Brain Barrier” will gather scientists working at the interface between chemistry, biology, biophysics, and medicine. This event will bring together scientists who generate knowledge with those devoted to the application of this knowledge in a clinical setting. Special attention will be given to novel approaches to deliver therapeutic agents to the brain, including the use of BBB-peptide shuttles and monoclonal antibodies.
Extensive discussion, the disclosure of unpublished results, and a highly interactive atmosphere will be the signature of this Barcelona BioMed Conference.
Organized in colaboration with:
Extended registration deadline: September 25, 2015
There is no registration fee for this conference, but the number of participants is limited.
Participants are invited to submit abstracts, a number of which will be selected for short talk and poster presentations. Abstracts should include a title, authors, affiliations, summary (max 250 words) and references.
The BARCELONA BIOMED CONFERENCE on Brain Blood Barrier will be hosted by the Institut d'Estudis Catalans (IEC) in the heart of downtown Barcelona. Talks will take place in the Sala Prat de Riba.
Institut d'Estudis Catalans
C. del Carme, 47
Tel +34 932 701 620
Fax +34 932 701 180
How to reach the IEC:
From Barcelona El Prat airport:
A taxi from the airport to the IEC should take about 25 minutes and cost around 25-30 euros depending on traffic and luggage.
The RENFE train leaves the airport every half an hour and will take you to Passeig de Gracia station, in about 25 mins and costs 2.80 Euros for a single ticket. Change here for the Green Line metro to Liceu. The IEC is a 10-minute walk from the metro station (see map).
A transfer service called "Aerobus" will also take you from the airport to Plaça Catalunya and costs 4.25 Euros. The journey time is around 30 minutes. The IEC is a 10-minute walk from the Plaça Catalunya (see map).
From Girona airport:
The "Barcelona bus" runs a transfer service between Girona Airport and Barcelona's city centre, scheduled to coincide with Ryan Air flights. The bus stops right outside the airport and will take you to Estacio d'Autobusos Barcelona Nord (Barcelona's main bus terminal), with a journey time of about 1 hr 10 min. The nearest Metro stop to the bus station is Arc De Triomf, which is a 5-10 minute walk from the bus station (exit the bus station Sortida Nàpols). Take the Red Line (L1) to Plaça Catalunya. The IEC is a 10-minute walk from the Plaça Catalunya (see map).
From Sants train station:
Transfer to the metro Red Line (L1), and get off at laça Catalunya. The IEC is a 10-minute walk from the Plaça Catalunya (see map).
If you are arriving locally:
Plaça Catalunya (lines 1 and 3)
Liceu (line 3)
Plaça Catalunya (train from Sarrià)
41, 55, 141 (Plaça Catalunya stop)
14, 18, 59, 91 (Rambla stop)
Barcelona Metropolitan Transport webiste (with metro and bus maps)
Speakers will be lodged at the Hotel Catalonia Ramblas
c/ Pelayo, 28
Telephone: +34 93 316 84 00
Fax: +34 93 316 84 01
A list of additional hotels within walking distance of the IEC can be found at: http://www.barcelona-tourist-guide.com/en/hotels/hotelmaps/ramblas-hotel-barcelona.html (The IEC is located near the blue point 08/5 star). Rates will vary depending on choice of hotel and season. Please check with the hotel of your choice directly for the best offer.
Another possibility is the Residencia dels Investigadors (Investigators Residence Hall), which has an agreement with the CSIC (Spanish National Research Council) and the Catalan Government. It is located just behind the IEC, and is available for short-term stays. Rates range between 70 euros for a single room, to 99 euros for a double room.
Residencia dels Investigadors
C/ Hospital, 64
Telephone: +34 93 443 86 10
Fax: +34 93 442 82 02
Participants registered for events in the Barcelona BioMed series should contact the hotels and residences directly to arrange bookings and payment.
- Ernest Giralt, IRB Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain)
- Tetsuya Terasaki, Tohoku University (Sendai, Japan)
- William A. Banks, University of Washington (Seattle, WA, USA)
- Rómeo Cecchelli, Université d'Artois (Lens, France)
- Britta Engelhardt, University of Bern (Bern, Switzerland)
- Gert Fricker, Heidelberg University (Heidelberg, Germany)
- Abba J. Kastin, The BBB Group (Baton Rouge, LA, USA)
- Andrej Kovac, Slovak Academy of Sciences (Bratislava, Slovakia)
- Jörg Kreuter, Institute for Pharmaceutical Technology (Frankfurt, Germany)
- Jaume Mora, Hospital Sant Joan de Déu (Barcelona, Spain)
- Dao Pan, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (Cincinnati, Ohio, USA)
- Weihong Pan, The BBB Group (Baton Rouge, LA, USA)
- William M. Pardridge, Brain Research Institute (UCLA) (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
- Renata Pasqualini, The University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM, USA)
- Nikolaus Plesnila, Institute for Stroke and Dementia Research (Munich, Germany)
- Danica B. Stanimirovic, National Research Council of Canada and University of Ottawa (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)
- Meritxell Teixidó, IRB Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain)