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- Join us at the ERI-W Workshop in Helsinki, Finland. For more info, please click here.

- Join us at the 3rd Nordic Neuroscience Meeting in Helsinki, Finland. For more info, please click here.

- Join us at the 5th World Parkinson congress in Kyoto, Japan. For more info, please click here.

- Join us at the Portuguese glia Network in Lisboa, Portugal. For more info, please click here.

Welcome to the course "Pathogenesis of Neurodegenerative diseases: finding a common ground" - 3rd edition. This one week course is organized by leaders of the Neuroscience field at the University of Minho, Braga, Portugal, and supported by FENS and IBRO-PERC. The programme can be found here.

photo neuroscience course in Braga, portugal
photo neuroscience course in Braga, portugal


CSC participated to the annual BrainStem consortium symposium, hosted by coordinator Prof. Poul Hyttel, at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Dr. Kaspar Russ (picture below) and Docent Laurent Roybon presented new data on astrocyte reactivity. The meeting concluded with a nice diner in Copenhagen city. Thank you Poul for this wonderful meeting and see you all in Lund next year.

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Docent Laurent Roybon gives inspirational lecture at the 2nd Nordic PhD summit, at the University of Helsinki, in Finland. The meeting was organized by PhD students from Nordic Universities, and under the theme "Think Open". For more information, please see Nordoc website.

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New study published in PNAS reveals developmental changes in Huntington's disease, raising the possibility that like Huntington's disease, neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis may also be neurodevelopmental disease, if inherited. The study is led by Prof. Stephan Von Hörsten.

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CSC Team building 2018: CSC team brings food on the table! congratulation to Tessa and Margarita who won the fishing contest! A great sunny day full of activities which concluded with a familial BBQ; this year with fish! 

CSC team building 2018

Congratulation Margarita! Candidate PhD student Margarita Chumarina successfully defended her halftime seminar! A big thank you to Prof. Edgar Pera and Ass/Prof. Marco Ledri who gave a great opposition to Margarita.

Margarita halftime

CSC out for lunch, preparing for well-deserved holidays!

CSC lab lunch down town

BAGADILICO final event took place at Ystad Saltsjöbad. Dr. Kaspar Russ and PhD students Carla Azevedo and Margarita Chumarina presented posters during the event, which was finalized by an empowering lecture by Patrik Brundin, founder of BAGADILICO, and Professor and Director of the Center for Neurodegenerative Science at the Jay Van Andel Research Institute in Grand Rapids, USA.

bagadilico retreat

PhD student Carla Azevedo awarded best poster at the Neuroscience day in Lund: The Segerfalk Foundation generously awarded 8,000 SEK to Carla for travel to conference. Congratulation Carla!

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Congratulation Carla ! Candidate PhD student Carla Azevedo successfully defended her halftime seminar! A big thank you to Ass/Prof. Iben Lundgaard and Ass/Prof. Philipe Pereira who gave a great opposition to Carla.

Carla photo halftime seminar

CSC awarded a new grant from the MJFF. Great support can only lead to great discoveries with major impact for patients. thank you MJFF

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CSC PhD students Margarita Chumarina and Carla Azevedo participated to the UniStem day on March 16th. High school students had the opportunity to learn more about stem cells and talk to scientists of the CSC lab. Congrats to Margarita and Carla for their great performance in teaching!

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The CSC is thankful to Prof. Dr. Jürgen Winkler and Prof. Dr. Beate Winner for their invitation to give a lecture on our work, at the ForIPS International symposium. Great speakers, great symposium.

Human astrocytes transfer aggregated alpha-synuclein via tunneling nanotubes by J. Rostami, S. Holmqvist, V. Lindström, J. Sigvardson, G. Westermark, M. Ingelsson, J. Bergström, L. Roybon, and A. Erlandsson. The study raised awareness at the Society for Neuroscience and in Science magazine, and is now in press in The Journal of Neuroscience. Congratulation to Jinar from Senior Author Prof. Anna Erlandsson from Uppsala University and Staffan from the CSC lab.

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Welcome Agnès, gymnasium student. Agnès will train on generating motor neuron reporter lines for drug screening.

Dr Yuriy Pomeshchik awarded one of the best scientific image by the Ragna Söderbergs Stiftelse. Congratulation Yuriy!

The image taken by Yuriy has been selected to be part of ''The invisible body’’ exhibition, a unique exhibition of photos from medical research labs, shown at Sven-Harry's Art Museum in Vasaparken, Stockholm, November 1, 2017 - January 7, 2018.

The picture, which resembles the head of a phantom, represents an organoid-like structure cut transversally and immunostained for astrocytes (green) and neurons (purple).

EB stained Yuriy

Dr. Kaspar Russ gives a talk on the effect of alpha-synuclein on astrocytes in Parkinson's disease, at the University of Aahrus, In Denmark!

CSC Team building 2017: climbing, clay shooting, and CSC BBQ; time to enjoy and prepare for summer holidays!

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Docent Laurent Roybon speaks at the 5th Venusberg meeting on NeuroInflammation, in Bonn, Germany.

We are grateful to our hosts Professors Pierluigi Nicotera and Michael Heneka for inviting us to this memorable meeting which regroups some of the world best experts working on neuroinflammation. We look forward to the next meeting!

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Docent Laurent Roybon receiving prestigious award for project using patient derived cellular models, together with Docent Tarja Malm (University of Eastern Finland), and Professor Mahmood Reza Amiri Moghadam (University of Oslo). The prizes are awarded at a ceremony in the University of Oslo Aula, with a subsequent gala dinner at the Hotel Bristol to honour the winners. From left to right: L. Roybon, T. Malm, M. R. A. Moghadam, and Sir Olav Thon, honorable founder of the foundation.

Olav Thon ceremony

CSC lab represented by Docent Laurent Roybon and Dr. Yuriy Pomeshchik participated, together with JPND consortium, to minisymposium on Neurodegenerative diseases organized by Professor Dora Brites, at the University of Lisbon, in Portugal.

New grant awarded to Docent Laurent Roybon and colleagues by prestigious Norwegian foundation Olav Thon (10 million NOK for 4 years).

The Olav Thon foundation is one of the most prestigious foundation in Norway, support excellent researchers working on neurodegenerative diseases. This year, only 3 grants supporting consortia were awarded. Read more about the award here.


New press release: collaborative research highlighted in Alzforum and Science. The CSC lab and the Erlandsson lab in Uppsala have teamed up to study the role of astrocytes in the propagation of toxic aSYN protein.

Grant awarded by Prestigious Michael J. Fox Foundation to CSC lab. The MJFF is based in the city of New York, USA, and has the mission to support excellent researchers worldwide. Read more about the award here.

The work of the CSC lab investigators was presented by Laurent Roybon at the Danish Stem Cell Society on the 11th of November, at Rungstedgaard, Copenhagen.

Read more about the DASCS here

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Welcome Max, eighth grade student who wants to learn more about pre-clinical studies and how the brain works!

Max' first immunostaining showing embryoid bodies differentiated into hb9::GFP motor neurons (green) expressing the pan-neuronal marker b-III-tubulin (red). Cell nuclei are stained with DAPI (blue).

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The CSC lab is proud to have participated in the co-organization of the outreaching event with Parkinson-Skåne on September, 7th. Patients and their family members could interact with researchers at Lund University.

This event was an enriching experience for both sides at it allowed researchers to expose their latest discoveries and explain their pre-clinical investigations and the patients to better gain an understanding of the work conducted in Lund in the area of Parkinson's disease research.

talk to Parkinson patient skane

Congratulation to Staffan Holmqvist who brilliantly defended his PhD.

The PhD defense took place at the Medical Faculty in Lund, on September 6th, 2016. We are thankful to the PhD thesis committee members Prof. Georg Kuhn (Gothenburg University), Ass. Prof. Eva Hedlund (Karolinska Institute), and Madeleine Durbeej-Hjalt and thesis opponent Prof. Kwang-Soo Kim (Harvard Medical School & McLean Hospital) for being part of this event.

We wish all the best to Dr. Staffan and look forward to his next achievements.

photo Staffan PhD defense

A Nordic Initiative: the first library of iPSC to model and study Parkinson's Disease and associated synucleinopathy MSA published by the CSC laboratory in collaboration with the Koistinaho laboratory at UEF, in Finland. By Staffan Holmqvist, Šarka Lehtonen and colleagues.

Published in Nature Press Journal NPJ Parkinson's Disease

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Article featured in European Parkinson's Disease association EPDA

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CSC laboratory now supported by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet).

Congratulation to all members of the CSC for their hard work; and congratulation also to those who relentlessly supported the CSC.

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MADGIC, consortium regrouping 8 internationally renowned groups, including the CSC, was awarded a JPND grant.

In total, 21 consortia were funded, in this European call.

The consortium is coordinated by Prof. Jari Koistinaho and co-coordinated by Ass. Prof. Laurent Roybon.  

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Group Leader Laurent Roybon appointed Docent

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CSC 2015 publications featured by the Parkinsonfonden

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Enigma finally resolved: Yes, oligodendrocytes do express alpha-synuclein during their development, By Dr. Mehdi Djelloul, Ph.D.

Published in Cell Press Journal Stem Cell Reports

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Generation of Pluripotent stem cell reporter lines for the reporting and isolation of human astrocytes, By Staffan Holmqvist, M.Sc.

Published in Stem Cell Research

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Visit from the French Ambassador

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New Study Sheds Light on the Role of Astrocytes in Brain Disease, By Laurent Roybon, Ph.D.

Published in Cell Press Journal Cell Reports

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Nobel price co-winner, Prof. Mario Capecchi gave an inspiring talk at Lund's Hospital, followed by insights to young researcher about grants, science and how his career evolved. Importantly, he reminded us that if we do what we like in Science, we will do it to its best, which in the end will make a difference. Thank you, Mario for the inspiring meeting.

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Skin Cells From Parkinson Patients Become Stem Cells

Staffan Holmqvist generating the first CSC iPSCs!

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Stem Cell Laboratory for CNS Disease Modeling
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