As the attendees trickled into the brand new cafeteria building of Calico labs, they were welcomed with an impressive buffet of food and drinks and neatly laid out pens and notepads on alternating blue/green chairs. The “Novel Neurotherapeutics: The Next Frontier In Treating Neuropsychiatric Disorders” event organized WIB-San Francisco Chapter on September 12, 2018 had kicked off!
It was a panel discussion led by moderator, Kathleen Martin of Calico Labs and three experts from the neuroscience industry – Tina Schwabe of Alector, Barbara Nguyen-Vu of Circuit Therapeutics, and Sarah DeVos of Denali Therapeutics. The event focused on emerging strategies being used to address the ever- increasing burden of treating neurological disorders. The presentation commenced with a brief introduction of the moderator and panelists, following which the panelists delved into the unique approaches their companies employ to tackle CNS (mostly neurodegenerative) diseases.
Kathleen led an energy-packed and informative panel discussion that touched upon various aspects of devising viable neurotherapeutics, ranging from current challenges to treating neurological diseases to identifying biomarkers for earlier diagnoses or disease progression and different forms of treatment including large/small molecules, cell therapy and gene therapy. The panelists concurred on the importance of using big data for neuroscience research. Emerging trends pointed towards harnessing the potential of immune molecules, altering dysregulated neural circuits using optogenetics and improving drug delivery systems to target the brain.
The discussion must have struck a chord with the audience as it was followed by thoughtful questions that were answered by the panelists and moderator as they continued to deliberate on how we can improve the current state of neurotherapeutics research. The evening continued into a lively, informal networking session where the attendees could personally interact with the panelists and moderator and also mingle with each other. Overall, the evening was very memorable, thanks to the efforts of our event host and sponsor Calico Labs, a very professional moderator and expert panelists. A special shout out to Samantha Luo for helping organize the event! Many thanks to all volunteers of Women In Bio who worked in the background and to all our attendees for a successful event!
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