31st Annual Network for European CNS Transplantation and Restoration (NECTAR) and 16th International Symposium on Neural Transplantation and Repair (INTR) Meeting

November 8, 2021 to November 10, 2021
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

08 – 10 November 2021, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

The 31st Annual Meeting of the Network for European CNS Transplantation and Restoration (NECTAR) and 16th International Symposium on Neural Transplantation and Repair (INTR) is an event which brings together scientists, clinicians, patient advocates and industry partners from across Europe and the international community to share the latest research in repairing the damage to the central nervous system as a result of degenerative diseases.

NECTAR 2021 will be hosted by Dr Tilo Kunath, Centre for Regenerative Medicine, University of Edinburgh.

More Information about the meeting can be found at these pages:


NECTAR 2021 Podcasts

Running up to our 2021 meeting we have some podcasts to whet your appetite!

  • Podcast 1 (released 04 Aug 21): Anders Björklund and Stephen Dunnett, founders of the network for European CNS transplantation and restoration (NECTAR). Podcast,  Transcript
  • Podcast 2 (released 09 Sept 21): Tilo Kunath, Reader in Regenerative Neurobiology and host of this year’s NECTAR 2021 conference talks about his research journey from developmental biology to Parkinson’s disease and his involvement with NECTAR.  Podcast, Transcript
  • Podcast 3 (released 05 Nov 2021):  Lana Zholudeva, a Postdoctoral Scholar at Gladstone Institutes in San Francisco and Michael Lane, an associate professor in the Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia talk to about their work on spinal cord injury repair.  Podcast, Transcript


Our speakers are (full programme can be found here)

  • Akitsu Hotta, CiRA, Kyoto University

  • Alasdair Coles, University of Cambridge

  • Andras Nagy, University of Toronto

  • Asuka Morizane, Kobe City Medical Center General Hospital
  • Bernhard Landwehrmeyer, Ulm University

  • Brendon Boot, BlueRock Therapeutics

  • Catherina Becker, Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden, TU Dresden 
  • Claire Durrant, University of Edinburgh

  • Clare Parish, University of Melbourne

  • Craig van Horne, University of Kentucky
  • Daisuke Doi, CiRA, University of Kyoto 
  • David Rowitch, University of Cambridge

  • Emma Lane, University of Cardiff

  • Ernest Arenas, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm 

  • Hideyuki Okano, Keio University, Tokyo
  • Jeff Kordower, Arizona State University

  • José Obeso, CINAC, Madrid
  • Jun Takahashi, CiRA, University of Kyoto

  • Krystof Bankiewicz, Ohio State University 

  • Lorenz Studer, Memorial Sloan Kettering, New York

  • Lyandysha Zholudeva, Gladstone Institutes, San Francisco

  • Malin Parmar, Lund University 

  • Mart Saarma, Institute of Biotechnology, University of Helsinki

  • Mati Karelson, University of Tartu, Estonia
  • Nisha Iyer, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery
  • Roger Barker, University of Cambridge

  • Sally Temple, Neural Stem Cell Institute, New York

  • Sarah Jaekel, Institute for Stroke and Dementia Research, LMU Hospital, Münich

  • Stuart Cobb, University of Edinburgh
  • Su-Chun Zhang, University of Wisconsin

  • Victoria Moreno-Manzano, Centro de Investigación Principe Felipe, Valencia
  • Viviane Tabar, Memorial Sloan Kettering, New York