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Three opportunities for researchers interested in developing neurotherapeutics

Are you interested in developing Neurotherapeutics? Do you want an opportunity to network with leading experts in academia, industry, advocacy, and government? Do you just want to know more about the current state of therapeutics in several neurological disease areas? Here are several opportunities to take your career to the next level:


1. Training in Neurotherapeutics Discovery and Development for Academic Scientists


Course Dates: February 8-12, 2021

Course Format: Virtual

Course Fees: FREE to apply, FREE to participate for accepted applicants (fees covered by NIH Grant)

​This 3½-day course is designed to introduce academic researchers to the principles of neurotherapeutic drug discovery and development, including the identification of a lead compound and IND enabling studies. The course considers the discovery and development of small molecule therapies and also includes considerations that apply to biological therapies, such as antibodies, antisense oligonucleotides, gene therapies and cell therapies. The course will also address the unique challenges inherent in developing treatments for nervous system disorders and will address the particular challenges that academic neuroscientists are likely to face in planning and conducting drug discovery research.

You will find the course useful if you would like to learn how molecules to treat disorders of the nervous system are identified and evaluated prior to entering clinical trials. The course will be especially relevant if you conduct basic neuroscience research and would like to compete for the many translational grant opportunities that are available.

The application period for the 2021 course offering is now open. The final deadline for applications is December 14, 2020. Course Directors expect to notify applicants of the status of their application in January 2021. A maximum of 45 students can be accommodated.



2. ASENT2021 Annual Meeting

Event Dates: February 22-25, 2021

Event Format: Virtual

Event Fees: FREE to attend

The ASENT2021 Annual Meeting is the only unique forum in American Neurology which brings together divergent areas of effort from industry, academia, advocacy and government on one platform with open dialogue.

ASENT is pleased to welcome our faculty who include executive-level biohealth industry leaders, chairs of neurology and clinician scientists from leading academic institutions from around the world, chief scientific officers from advocacy organizations leading the way in funding neurotherapeutics and leaders from NIH, FDA, NINDS and many other agencies.

The meeting will take place virtually from Mon. Feb. 22 to Thurs. Feb. 25 2021 and the registration fee for graduate students, medical students and postdocs is FREE (yes, free!)!

Symposia Topics

  • COVID-19 and the nervous system as a therapeutic challenge
  • RNA editing and CRISPR technology: basic approaches and treatment implications for neurologic disease
  • New and Emerging Therapeutics for Epilepsy
  • Dystonia: Genetics, pathophysiology, new targets and treatment
  • Obstacles and Opportunities in Alzheimer’s Disease Neurotherapeutics
  • Epigenetics in Neurodegenerative Disorders
  • Emerging therapeutics in NeuroOncology
  • Brain Organoids as Models of Neurological Disorders and Treatment
  • Parkinson’s Disease New Approaches

Learn more

Click the link below to register and find more information about the conference.



3. Present Your Science


Event Dates: February 22-25, 2021

Event Format: Virtual

Event Fees: $25 for standard abstracts; $50 for late breaking abstracts

ASENT2021 offers several pipeline (rapid 5 min talks highlighting your research) and virtual poster presentations. So if you have some exciting data to share on your neurotherapeutic research, even if you have already presented it at another scientific meeting, ASENT encourages you to submit an abstract (only $25.00!).

Presenting your work will provide an opportunity to interact with experts to gain experience and increase your network! And potentially get more citations if your work is published in peer reviewed journals!



4. Extras!

In addition to the opportunity to present leading-edge scientific content, participation in any of these opportunities also comes with several perks!

  • Access to full interactive virtual event
  • Exclusive Neurotherapeutics Pipeline presentations
  • Interactive Q&A, polling and roundtables
  • Live discussion boards
  • Virtual poster presentations
  • 1 Year ASENT Membership

For more information on any of these opportunities feel free to email Caroline Foote at caroline@asent.org.


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