Elsa Brandström Haus

Blankenese Conference 2024

Synaptopathies - Molecular Mechanisms of Brain Disease

June 22 - 25, 2024


Poster Blankesese 2024

About the Conference

Brain disorders are frequently associated with dysfunction of chemical synapses – either causally due to functional impairment of specific synaptic elements or as a consequence of other disease mechanisms that disturb the functionality of these highly complex molecular machines for neuronal communication. In many cases, it is difficult to distinguish which of the two possibilities applies, although this information may be very important for potential treatment strategies. The term “Synaptopathies” has been coined for this highly diverse group of diseases. They can have acquired or genetic causes and can be due to malfunctions in neurodevelopment, neurodegenerative processes or abnormal interactions with other body organs such as the immune system. At the 41st Blankenese Conference, experts dealing with these different aspects of the impairment of brain synapses will meet to discuss current and future strategies to discover disease mechanisms and ways to combat Synaptopathies.

Preliminary Program Schedule

Tentative Program


Tobias Böckers | Ulm
Thomas Bourgeron | Paris
Nils Brose | Göttingen
Cecile Charrier | Paris
Mike Cousin | Edinburgh
Kasia Grochowska | Hamburg
Anna-Sophie Hafner | Nijmegen
Torben Hausrat | Hamburg
Etienne Herzog | Bordeaux
Cordelia Imig | Copenhaven
Reinhard Jahn | Göttingen
Thomas Jentsch | Berlin
Eunjoon Kim | Daejeon
Josef Kittler | London
Natalia Kononenko | Cologne
Noa Lipstein | Berlin
Michela Matteoli | Milan
Marina Mikhaylova | Berlin
Peter Penzes | Evanston
Isabel Perez Otaño | Alicante
Harald Prüss | Berlin
Gerhard Schratt | Zurich
Morgan Sheng | Boston
Sandra Soukup | Bordeaux
Matthijs Verhage | Amsterdam

Chair Persons

Dietmar Richter, UKE/ZMNH Hamburg
Eckart Gundelfinger, Leibniz-Institute for Neurobiology (LIN) Magdeburg

Organizing Committee

Matthias Kneussel, Hamburg
Michael Kreutz, Magdeburg/Hamburg
Manuel Friese, Hamburg
Anna Karpova, Magdeburg
Dietmar Kuhl, Hamburg
Ora Ohana, Hamburg
Constanze Seidenbecher, Magdeburg


The deadline for registration and submission of abstracts is April 30, 2024.

To register for the Blankenese Conference please use the following regestration form and send it via E-mail to jennifer.radwitz@zmnh.uni-hamburg.de.

We were able to reserve a room contingent at the "Elb Lounge - Das Gästehaus" . The rooms must be booked independently via E-Mail (info@dasgaestehaus.de) with the keyword "41. Blankenese Conference" by 01.05.24, while stocks last.

Further possible accomodations in Blankenese:

Abstract Submission

The deadline for registration and submission of abstracts is April 30, 2024.

To submit a poster abstract please use the following abstract submission form and sent it via E-mail to jennifer.radwitz@zmnh.uni-hamburg.de

The size of the posterbard is: Height 147 cm, width 118 cm.