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Fluids and Barriers of the CNS Travel Bursary Awards

FBCNS was proud to award two journal-sponsored travel bursaries during the Barriers of the CNS Gordon Research Conference, New London, NH, USA. June 17-22, 2018.

The bursaries were awarded for best poster presentations to:

  • Amaia Dominguez-Belloso, for her poster: The role of the blood-brain barrier in Amyloid-ß biology: contribution to Alzheimer’s disease
  • Brynna Wilken-Resman  for her poster: Distribution of intrathecal antisense oligonucleotides in the CNS and implications for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases

About the winners

Amaia Dominguez-Belloso, Institute of Neurology, University of Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

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I am a PhD student working with Stefan Liebner in Frankfurt (Germany) thanks to the Marie-Curie Training Network “BtRAIN” (H2020-MSCA-ITN-2015 675619) and I study the role of the blood-brain barrier in Alzheimer’s disease. I went to the GRC, Barriers of the CNS, with the excitement of my first international conference. My expectations were not only met but out-topped since I could learn the latest advances of the field from the most important researchers and I received very good feed-back for my own work. Moreover, I enjoyed discussing science a lot and I met very interesting people with outstanding posters, making receiving a poster prize a complete honour. I am very happy that my work has been recognized, this gives me an additional boost of motivation to continue with my project and pursue a career in science. I would like to thank everyone involved in the conference and poster sessions, my team members and the “BtRAINers”; it was a wonderful experience!

Brynna Wilken-Resman, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison USA.

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I greatly enjoyed my time at the Gordon Research Conference on Barriers of the Central Nervous System. The opportunity to present my work to researchers involved in the forefront of the field was invaluable and I was honored to receive a poster presentation award from FBCNS. I am a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the laboratory of Robert Thorne and my work focuses on delivery of large molecule therapeutics, antisense oligonucleotides, directly into the cerebrospinal fluid and investigating how and where they distribute in the brain and spinal cord. This was my first time attending a GRC and I was appreciative of the welcoming environment to share my data and have engaging discussions both at my poster and at all the other sessions. I learned a lot from the science that was presented at this meeting from groups that traveled from around the world to attend. Between sessions there was still time for some outdoors adventure! I got the chance to go kayaking and try out paddle boarding. Overall, I had a memorable experience at the 2018 Barriers of the CNS GRC!