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The 4th International Research Conference on Neurodegenerative Diseases (IRCND 2024) invites scientists around the world to share the newest research findings and exchange the most innovative ideas on neurodegenerative diseases. Keynote lectures, oral presentations, posters as well as professional development workshops are planned for the worldwide research community.

Chair: Zixu Mao, Ph.D.
Emory University
Co-Chair: Gemma Casadeus, Ph.D.
University of Florida

IRCND 2024

We cordially invite participants from all over the world to attend the 4th International Research Conference on Neurodegenerative Diseases (IRCND 2024) sponsored by the Global Association for the Study of Neurodegenerative Diseases (GASND) on July 12-16, 2024 on the Emory University campus in Atlanta, Georgia. IRCND 2024 will be in-person and virtual. The conference will offer opportunities to researchers in the neurodegenerative disease field to discuss recent findings, exchange ideas, network, and foster collaborations. Attendees will receive the discounted rates for conference registration and abstract submission by joining the GASND.

Target Audience

Basic Researchers
Students & Fellows
Clinic Researchers & Physicians
Pharmaceutical and Biotech Companies
Foundations of Neurodegenerative Diseases and Other Related Disorders
Federal and Private Grant Funding Agencies

Research & Education Lifetime Achievement Award Receipts

Allan Levey, MD, PhD
The Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Neurology
Director, Emory Goizueta Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center
Director, Goizueta Institute @ Emory Brain Health
Emory University

David Borchelt, PhD
Professor of Neuroscience, University of Florida
Director SantaFe Health Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center

Keynote Speakers

Myriam Gorospe, PhD
Chief, Laboratory of Genetics and Genomics
National Institute on Aging, NIH
Title: Senescent Cells in Alzheimer’s Pathogenesis

Todd Golde, MD, PhD
Professor of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology & Neurology
Director of Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases
Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar
Goizueta Institute @ Emory Brain Health
Emory University

Program Overview

Neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and other related disorders, are characterized by the loss of function and eventual death of nerve cells in the brain, spinal cord, or peripheral nervous system. Millions of people in the US and worldwide suffer from neurodegenerative diseases. Currently, there is no cure for these conditions. The underlying mechanisms of the pathogenesis and progression of neurodegenerative diseases are not fully understood. The purpose of IRCND 2024 is to highlight important findings in the field and to promote exchange of information across different neurodegenerative diseases. The program committee has planned multiple themes for the conference and welcomes all participants to submit abstracts including, but not limited to, the thematic areas below. We look forward to meeting with and learning the exciting new findings from you!

Program Themes:
senescence, neuroinflammation, epigenetics, mechanisms and pathology of AD, PD, and other neurodegenerative diseases, organelles, multi-omics, AI, and new technologies


Young Investigator Award
Young Investigator Awards are available for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and scientists based on the scientific merit and quality of abstract and presentation as assessed by the IRCND Awards Committee. Applications for this award must be made online at the time of abstract submission in the IRCND website. Applicants submitting more than one abstract for presentation during the conference must specify which one they wish to be considered for the Award. Only one abstract from each participant is eligible for the Award consideration. Award winners will be selected to present their work for a short talk at the conference and be recognized in the conference program with an award certificate.

Research & Education Lifetime Achievement Award
All members in GASND have received training, guidance and advice from their mentors during different stages of their careers. The Lifetime Achievement Awards are to recognize senior investigators in the neurodegeneration field for their contributions as a mentor in training young investigators and as a renowned scientist in advancing our understanding and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. The Conference Chair and the Organizing Committee will select the awardees from the GASND community.

Registration and Abstract submission (Click here)

• All IRCND 2024 participants require registration and all presenters must submit an abstract by clicking on the above link, "Registration and Abstract submission", and signing up for an account to proceed.
• Attendees joining or renewing the GASND membership will receive discounted rates for the conference registration fee.
• When submitting an abstract, please strictly follow instructions indicated in the “abstract template” and declare whether you wish to be considered for oral presentation or poster.
• All trainees (students, postdoctoral fellows and residents) are eligible for the Young Investigator Award competition. Please indicate in your abstract whether you wish to participate in the award competition.
• The program committee will select oral presentations from the submitted abstracts. Those who are selected for oral presentation will be notified two-weeks before IRCND 2024.

Important dates

Abstract submission extended to: May 31, 2024
Conference registration extended to: June 30, 2024
Conference dates: July 12 - 16, 2024
July 12, Registration and Welcome mix
July 13 - 15, Full programs
Night of July 15, Award ceremony
Morning of July 16, Workshops

GASND annual membership fee
Young investigator or Associate member fee $75
Regular member fee $150

Registration fee


Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International airport (ATL) is about 16 miles south of Emory Conference Center Hotel.


Chair: Zixu Mao, Emory University
Co-chair: Gemma Casadesus, University of Florida
Member: Bobby Thomas, Medical University of South Carolina
Gorazd Bernard Stokin, Palacky University Olomouc
Wanli Smith, Johns Hopkins University
Xiongwei Zhu, Case Western Reserve University
Xinglong Wang, University of Arizona
Haining Zhu, University of Arizona
Mali Jiang, Johns Hopkins University
Anumantha Gounder Kanthasamy, University of Georgia
Michael Lee, University of Minnesota
Ying Xu, Rutgers University

Steering Committee
Chair: Allan Levey, director of The Goizueta Institute at Emory Brain Health
Haian Fu, chair, Department of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology, Emory University
Todd Golde, director of Emory ADRC and Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases
Walter Royal III, chair of Department of Neurobiology, Morehouse School of Medicine
Cassie Mitchell, Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
Daniele Fallin, dean of Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
Paul Johnson, director of Emory National Primate Research Center

Program Committee
Chair, Bobby Thomas, Medical University of South Carolina
Co-chair, Gorazd Bernard Stokin, Palacky University Olomouc
Michael Lee, University of Minnesota
Jungsu kim, Indiana University
Jae-Kyung Lee, University of Georgia
Yulan Xiong, University of Connecticut
Yidong Bai, University of Texas Health San Antonio
Huaibin Cai, NIA-NIH
David Kang, Case Western Reserve University
Junmin Peng, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Chair, Jae-Kyung (Jamise) Lee, University of Georgia in Athens

Junior Investigator Development Committee
Chair, JungA Alexa Woo, Case Western Reserve University
Co-chair, Kathleen Schoch, Washington University in St. Louis

Academia-Industry Partnership and Sponsorship Committee
Chair, Ying Xu, Rutgers University
Co-Chair, George Kong, President, Precisionary Instruments LLC
Co-Chair, Darrin Liang, PhD, President and CEO, TribioScience, Inc.

Awards committee
Chair, Huaibin Cai, NIA-NIH

Chair, Zachary McEachin, Emory University

Local Organization Committee
Chair, Nicholas Varvel, Emory University
Shanping Yu, Emory University
Wenming Li, Emory University
Bo Meng, Emory University
Weicheng Xu, Emory University
Anan Xu, Emory University

Previous IRCND
IRCND 2021
IRCND 2022
IRCND 2023

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