Thanks to Eu-Brain we are delighted to inform you about the 3 PRIZES that you may win at BraYn conference:

-Best Oral presentation: 500 €
-Best Poster presentation: 250 €
-Best oral/poster presentation on PERINATAL NEUROLOGY: 250 €




Best oral presentation

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Nicola Mattugini

I obtained a Bachelor's degree in Molecular Biology at the University of Pisa and afterward I moved to Rome where I obtained a master's degree in Neurobiology at La Sapienza University in 2012. During my master I won a summer fellowship from the Giovanni Armenise Foundation to join a lab at the Harvard Medical School. There I started to work with glia cells and I decided to continue in this field for the next step of my career. Indeed, after a short period at the European Brain Institute in Rome to complete my thesis work on microRNA and NGF, I joined the lab of Magdalena Götz at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. Since 2013 I am PhD student at the Graduate School of Systemic Neurosciences and I investigate how glia cells react to brain injury and how we can turn them into neurons in order to regenerate the brain after injury.

Eubrain special prize: perinatal neurology.

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marina boido


I have obtained a master's degree in Biology (2005) and a PhD in “Biomedical Sciences and Human Oncology: Functional genomics applied to translational research” (2011) at the University of Turin, Italy. I am currently working as Assistant Professor in tenure track (RTD-B) in Human Anatomy at Neuroscience Institute Cavalieri Ottolenghi (Dept. of Neuroscience, University of Turin;

My research is focused on neurodegenerative diseases and CNS traumatic pathologies: I am interested in motor neuron diseases (SMA and ALS) and spinal cord injuries (SCI), in order to deepen the knowledge on their pathophysiology and to identify new therapeutic targets. In particular, my studies aim at: 1) understanding the mechanisms of neuronal death (apoptosis and autophagy) in order to clarify the causes of neurodegeneration and to pharmacologically prevent motor neuron loss; 2) identifying specific molecules, receptors or miRNAs, able i) to delay the disease progression, and to counteract muscular atrophy and neuroinflammation (in SMA and ALS), and ii) to induce axonal regeneration (in SCI); 3) studying the effects of stem cell transplantation in order to replace the lost cells or to release beneficial trophic factors, in combination with functionalized scaffolds.


Best poster presentation

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Clarissa Catale

I have a bachelor degree in Biology and a master's degree in Neurobiology at Sapienza, University of Rome. Now, I am a first-year PhD student of Behavioural Neuroscience at Sapienza, University of Rome and I work in the Neurobiology of Behaviour laboratory at the Santa Lucia Foundation in Rome. My research interest concerns the study of the biological bases of behaviour and mental functions. My focus is on how environmental factors can shape neural activity and connectivity in a long-lasting manner, influencing numerous aspects of mental health. I am currently working on the relationship between early-life stressful experiences and susceptibility to develop psychopathologies, in particular substance use disorders. I am aiming my attention at the immune system as a possible mediator of this link. My future experiments will involve the study of neuron-microglia communication in the context of early life stress to unravel possible etiological mechanisms for the development of psychopathologies.