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Gene-based Therapeutics for Neurological Disorders

From Basic Science to Clinical Applications


08 Feb 2014 - 11 Feb 2014

Cancun, Mexico

Chairs

Mimoun Azzouz
The University of Sheffield
Nicholas Mazarakis
Imperial College London

Synopsis

This is a great opportunity to assemble a rich programme of international speakers to address the latest advances in gene therapy, from basic research of vector design, modelling and pre-clinical testing to clinical applications in CNS disorders such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, motor neuron diseases and eye diseases.

The conference will bring together basic and clinical scientists to discuss recent discoveries in genetics and mechanisms of disease (e.g. the role of RNA metabolism and processing in neurological diseases, including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), frontotemporal dementia (FTD), spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), and repeat expansion disorders) and how these discoveries could help develop novel gene based therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases. Further topics such as challenges in vector manufacturing and views of regulatory agencies on gene therapy clinical applications will be discussed.

Confirmed Plenary Speakers

Professor Richard Jude Samulski
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Professor Jeffrey H. Kordower
Rush University, Chicago

Professor Ronald G Crystal
Weill Cornell Medical College

Dr Krystof Bankiewicz University of California, San Francisco

 

Confirmed Invited Speakers

Dr Fraser Wright
Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia

Dr Maria Kinali
Imperial College, London

Bernard Schneider
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Professor Alberto Auricchio
TIGEM

Dr. Hicham Fenniri
QBRI

Prof. Giuseppe Battagli
University College London

Bas Blits
uniQure B.V.

Dr Howard Federoff
Georgetown University

Dr Daniel Lipinsky
University of Oxford

Joost Verhaagen
Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience

Dr Brian Kaspar
Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gene-based Therapeutics for Neurological Disorders

From Basic Science to Clinical Applications


08 Feb 2014 - 11 Feb 2014

Cancun, Mexico

Chairs

Mimoun Azzouz
The University of Sheffield
Nicholas Mazarakis
Imperial College London

Speakers

Plenary Speakers

R. Jude Samulski

Director, Gene Therapy Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Ronald Crystal

Chairman, Department of Genetic Medicine, Weill Medical College of Cornell University

Krystof Bankiewicz

Professor, University of California San Francisco

Jeffrey Kordower

Professor, Rush University Medical Center

Invited Speakers

Bernard Schneider

Research and Teaching Associate, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne

Alberto Auricchio

Director of the Molecular Therapy (MT) Research Programme, TIGETelethon Institute of Genetics and Medicine (TIGEM)

J Fraser Wright

Associate Professor, Director Clinical Gene Therapy Core Facility, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Maria Kinali

Consultant paediatric Neurologist and Honorary Senior clinical Lecturer , Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

Howard Federoff

Executive Vice President for Health Sciences and Executive Dean , Georgetown University Medical Center

Olivier Danos

Senior Vice President, Kadmon

Martine Barkats

"Biotherapy of Motor Neuron Disorders" Team Leader, Centre de Myologie, Inserm UMR974, Paris

Brian Kaspar

Associate Professor, The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital

Nicholas Boulis

Associate Professo rof Neurological Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Hicham Fenniri

Director, Biomedical Engineering Research Center, Qatar Biomedical Research Institute

Mark Tuszynski

Professor, University of California, San Diego

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Gene-based Therapeutics for Neurological Disorders

From Basic Science to Clinical Applications


08 Feb 2014 - 11 Feb 2014

Cancun, Mexico

Chairs

Mimoun Azzouz
The University of Sheffield
Nicholas Mazarakis
Imperial College London

Programme

Saturday 8th February 2014

08:15 - 10:15

Registration & Reception

 

10:15 - 10:30

Opening  Comments

 

Session Title: Gene Therapy Approaches for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Session Chair Ronald Crystal & Nicholas Mazarakis

10:30 – 11:15

Plenary: Ronald Crystal
Weill Cornell Medical College

Gene Therapy For CNS Disorders

11:15 – 11:50

Brian Kaspar
The Research Institute at Nationwide Childrens Hospital

AAV9-mediated SOD1 downregulation as a Future Therapy for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

11:50 – 12:20

Bernard Schneider

Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne

SOD1 Silencing in Motoneurons or Glia Rescues Neuromuscular Function in ALS Mice

12:20 – 12:45

Maria Grazia Biferi

Centre de Myologie, Paris

Modeling of UBIQUILIN2-Related ALS Using AAV10 Vectors

12:45 – 13:00

Discussion and Q & A

13:00 – 14:15

Welcome Reception/Lunch

14:15 – 17:30

Free Time

Session Title:  GMP Manufacturing For Clinical Gene Therapy
Session Chair Jude Samulski

17:30 – 18:10

J Fraser Wright

Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia

Manufacturing And Characterizing Recombinant AAV For Parkinson’s Disease Clinical Trials

 

18:10 – 18:40

Bas Blitz
uniQure

The Use Of AAV Vectors Produced By A GMP-Compliant And Scalable Production Platform For The Treatment Of Neurodegenerative Diseases

18:40 – 19:10

Refreshments

19:10 – 20:30

Debate: GMP Manufacturing, Progress and Challenges

Moderator: Ronald Crystal

Panel: J Fraser Wright, Bas Blits, Jude Samulski

20:30 – 21:15

Cocktails and Networking

21:15 – 22:30

Dinner & Free Time

Sunday 9th February 2014

08:20 -08:30

Chair Opening

Session Title: Gene Therapy For Spinal Muscular Atrophy
Session Chairs: Brian Kaspar and Mimoun Azzouz

08:30 – 09:10

Maria Kinali

Imperial College London

Spinal Muscular Atrophy: a clinicians perspective on the diagnostic and management challenges

 

09:10 -09:40

Brian Kaspar
The Research Institute at Nationwide Childrens Hospital

AAV9-Mediated systemic gene therapy for SMA

 

09:40 – 10:10

Martine Barkats
Centre de Myologie, Paris

Comparaison of Central and Peripheral scAAV9-SMN Gene Delivery for the Treatment of Spinal Muscular Atrophy

10:10 – 10:40

Ravindra Singh

Iowa State University

The Evolving Structural Map Of Therapeutic Targets For Splicing Correction In Spinal Muscular Atrophy

10:40 – 11:10

Refreshments

11:10 – 13:00

Round Table Debate: Clinical Gene Therapy for SMA: Hype or Hope?

Moderator: Jeffrey Kordower

13:00 – 18:00

Group Tour: Tulum (To be Confirmed)

19:00 – 22:00

Dinner & Free Time

Monday 10th February 2014

08:20 – 08:30

Chair Opening

Session Title: Parkinson’s Disease
Session Chair Krystof Bankiewicz

08:30 – 09:15

Jeffrey  Kordower
Rush University

Trophic Factor Gene Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease: Promises and Challenges

09:15 – 09:50

Krystof Bankiewicz
UCSF

Trophic or Dopamine replacement Gene Transfer in PD; Pros and Cons

09:50 – 10:25

Howard Federoff
Georgetown University

In vitro and in vivo evaluation of a LRRK2G2019S allele-specific shRNA as potential gene therapy for human Parkinson’s disease

10:25 – 11:00

Refreshments

Session Title: Gene Therapy Vector Delivery & Emerging Non-Viral Technologies
Session Chair Alberto Auricchio & Mimoun Azzouz

 

 

11:00 – 11:45

Krystof Bankiewicz
UCSF

Influence of Viral Vector Delivery on Outcome of CNS Gene Therapy Trials

11:45 – 12:20

Nicholas Boulis
Emory University

Delivery of Genes That Control Neural Activity in Functional Disorders

12:20 – 12:40

Denis Cecchin
UCL London

Polymer Nanaparticles Mediated Gene Delivery

12:40 – 16:15

Lunch & Free Time

16:15 – 17:00

Mark Tuszynski

University of California, San Diego

Discussion with Q&A –

Growth Factor Gene Therapy for Alzheimer’s Disease

17:00 – 17:30

Refreshments

17:30 – 18:15

Jude Samulski

University of North Carolina

AAV: Progress and Challenges

Session Title: Other Gene Therapy Applications for CNS Disorders
Session Chair Jeffrey Kordower & Jude Samulski

18:15 – 18:45

Olivier Danos

Kadmon

Intracerebral Administration of AAVrh.10 Carrying Human SGSH And SUMF1 cDNAS In Children With MPSIIIA Disease: Results Of A Phase I/II Trial

18:45 – 19:15

Joost Verhaagen

Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience

Gene Therapy To Promote Repair Of The Traumatically Injured Peripheral Nerve

19:15 – 19:45

Joseph C Glorioso

University of Pittsburgh

HSV Vectors and the Treatment of Chronic Pain

19:45 – 20:00

Discussion and Q&A

   

21:00 – 00:00

*Gala Night & Group Photo*

Tuesday 11th February 2014

09:30 - 9:45

Chair Opening

Session Title: New Gene Delivery Methods And Emerging Technologies
Session Chair Nicholas Boulis

09:45 – 10:30

Nicholas Mazarakis
Imperial College London

Lentiviral Vectors: Prospect for Clinical Gene Therapy

10:30 – 11:00

Luis Pereira de Almeida

University of Coimbra Portugal

Gene Silencing Strategy for MJD

11:00 – 11:20

Refreshments

11:20 – 11:55

Alberto Auricchio

TIGEM, Italy

Eye: An Attractive Target for Gene Therapeutics

11:55 – 12:30

Nicholas Boulis

Emory University School of Medicine

General Review

12:30 – 12:45

Closing Remarks (Chairs)

12:45 – 13:00

Farewell & Goodbye (Fusion)


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Gene-based Therapeutics for Neurological Disorders

From Basic Science to Clinical Applications


08 Feb 2014 - 11 Feb 2014

Cancun, Mexico

Chairs

Mimoun Azzouz
The University of Sheffield
Nicholas Mazarakis
Imperial College London

Prices

Early Bird Full Price Additional Adult Additional Child Extra Night Adult Extra Night Child
Academic $1270 $1390 $670 $230 $220 $75
Industry $1270 $1390 $670 $230 $220 $75
Student $999 $1250 $670 $230 $220 $75

All registration fees include 3 nights accomodation and meals during the conference period. Exact inclusions are details below.

Our Registration Package: What's Included?

The Fiesta Americana Condesa, Cancun is a fully inclusive property. Our registration and accompanying person fees are inclusive of the following;

  • Accommodation for 3 Nights
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner – available at all restaurants according to operational hours or programmed events.
  • International Bar available by the glass in restaurants and bars according to operational hours.
  • Pool snacks and International Bar available by the glass at Pool Area
  • Minibar including: soft drinks, domestic beer, bottled water and coffee. Refreshed daily
  • 24 Hour Room Service
  • In Room amenity – Bottle of wine, per room, per stay
  • Complimentary WI-FI in Conference Room
  • Complimentary WI-FI in Guest Room
  • Gala Night Entry (includes an open bar)

Please Note: Accompanying persons are not permitted access to the conference. 

Additional nights (per person) are inclusive of the following;

  • Accommodation for 1 Night
  • Lunch on day of arrival
  • Dinner on day of arrival
  • Breakfast on day of departure
  • International bar available by the glass in restaurants and bars from lunch on day of arrival until breakfast on day of departure.

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Gene-based Therapeutics for Neurological Disorders

From Basic Science to Clinical Applications


08 Feb 2014 - 11 Feb 2014

Cancun, Mexico

Chairs

Mimoun Azzouz
The University of Sheffield
Nicholas Mazarakis
Imperial College London

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Gene-based Therapeutics for Neurological Disorders

From Basic Science to Clinical Applications


08 Feb 2014 - 11 Feb 2014

Cancun, Mexico

Chairs

Mimoun Azzouz
The University of Sheffield
Nicholas Mazarakis
Imperial College London

Venue

Fiesta Americana Condesa

Venue Rating
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Address
Fiesta Americana Condesa, Blvd.Kukulkán km 16.5 Zona Hotelera, Cancun, 77500 Mexico
Nearest Airport
Cancun International Airport

This stylish hotel features contemporary Mexican architecture, including one of the largest and most impressive thatched-roof "palapas" in the entire country. There are cultural activities, arts and crafts and sports programs to keep you constantly entertained, plus time to relax and enjoy the Mayan culture, soak up the Caribbean sunshine and revel in the international ambiance that settles in after the sun goes down.

Throughout your stay delegates will enjoy a full meal plan, inclusive of beverages. Take your pick from the aromatic Asian delights at Kaumbu, traditional fare at El Mexicano, delicious international cuisine at Kalmia Buffet or perhaps sample the sumptuous Italian dishes at Rosato. There are also several other dining opportunities such as the Cevichería, Pizzeria, Sushi Corner, pool and lounge bar areas. The Gala Night with either a Mayan or Caribbean theme takes place on the third evening of the conference with a mouth-watering feast of local cuisine, an open bar and amazing local entertainment.  We welcome all delegates and their accompanying persons to the Gala Night – a truly fun filled night not to be missed!

Hotel Facilities

  • Lagoon Pool
  • Extensive Health Club and Spa
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms and throughout hotel and conference areas

The Fiesta Americana Condesa, Cancun is the 2015 Winner of the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence and also received the Travellers Choice Award in 2014. 

The remains of ancient Mayan cities are scattered throughout the Yucatan Peninsula and no trip to Cancun would be complete without a visit to these majestic temples and pyramids set amongst lush tropical vegetation. We will be working very closely with a reputable tour company who will be organising trips to Tulum, Chichen Itza, Coba and Xcaret  to name a few, some of which may require a full day. Full day excursions will be arranged pre or post conference and may be on an individual or group booking so we would recommend booking extra nights to extend your stay as early as possible to avoid disappointment should these excursions be of interest to you and/or your party. For further information please contact us.

Location

Cancun is a delightful combination of natural beauty, islands, ecological reserves and white sandy beaches. However, besides sun, sand and sea, this destination also offers an infinite variety of underwater activities to choose from: the diving, snorkelling and fishing here are outstanding and you will find an undersea world packed with tropical fish that live on the second largest barrier reef in the world. Sports enthusiasts might choose one of the many eco-tourism activities, such as cycling or hiking through the tropical forest or kayaking through mangroves, or something a little more adventuresome, like zip lining through the treetops.

Apart from the more well-known ancient Mayan archealogical sites such as Tulum, Cobá and Chichén Itzá you may like to visit the Aktun Chen caverns, voted one of the Top 10 underwater walks by National Geographic described as a truly magical experience.

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Gene-based Therapeutics for Neurological Disorders

From Basic Science to Clinical Applications


08 Feb 2014 - 11 Feb 2014

Cancun, Mexico

Chairs

Mimoun Azzouz
The University of Sheffield
Nicholas Mazarakis
Imperial College London

Transportation

Travel Details

Cancun International airport is just a short 15 minute journey from the Fiesta Americana Condesa and is easily accessible from almost every country in the world with many major international airlines providing direct or interconnecting flights on a daily basis. 

Airport Transfers

Tropical Incentives are a reputable and trustworthy DMC based in Cancun. The Tropical Incentives team will be on hand to provide a seamless transfer service to and from Cancun International Airport. Tropical Incentives will manage and confirm all transportation bookings. To arrange transportation please contact Tropical Incentives directly via email, phone or the online booking facility (see link below).  

http://www.tropicalincentives.com/form_gpos/sales/cancun/2016/fusion-conference/

Conference Shuttle Service

Tropical Incentives have arranged a conference shuttle service which will run at scheduled times surrounding the conference. The conference shuttle schedule can be found below.

Arrivals (Cancun Airport – Fiesta Americana Condesa)

Sunday 21st February – Available at 1pm, 3pm, 5pm and 6:30pm
Monday 22nd February – Available at 1pm, 3pm, 5pm and 6:30pm
Wednesday 24th February – Available at 1pm, 3pm, 5pm and 6:30pm
Thursday 25th February – Available at 1pm, 3pm, 5pm and 6:30pm
Saturday 27th February – Available at 1pm, 3pm, 5pm and 6:30pm
Sunday 28th February – Available at 1pm, 3pm, 5pm and 6:30pm
Tuesday 1st March – Available at 1pm, 3pm, 5pm and 6:30pm
Wednesday 2nd March – Available at 1pm, 3pm, 5pm and 6:30pm
Friday 4th March – Available at 1pm, 3pm, 5pm and 6:30pm
Saturday 5th March – Available at 1pm, 3pm, 5pm and 6:30pm

Departures (Fiesta Americana Condesa – Cancun Airport)

Thursday 25th February – Available at 9am, 11am, 1pm and 3pm
Friday 26th February – Available at 9am, 11am, 1pm and 3pm
Sunday 28th February – Available at 9am, 11am, 1pm and 3pm
Monday 29th February – Available at 9am, 11am, 1pm and 3pm
Wednesday 2nd March – Available at 9am, 11am, 1pm and 3pm
Thursday 3rd March – Available at 9am, 11am, 1pm and 3pm
Saturday 5th March – Available at 9am, 11am, 1pm and 3pm
Sunday 6th March – Available at 9am, 11am, 1pm and 3pm
Tuesday 8th March – Available at 9am, 11am, 1pm and 3pm
Wednesday 9th March – Available at 9am, 11am, 1pm and 3pm

$25 per person, each way (includes taxes)

Please allow at least 45minutes from your flight landing time to the shuttle departure time. In the event of any delays or cancellations, please ensure you contact Tropical Incentives at least 24hours in advance; if Tropical Incentives are not informed within 24hours full cancellation charges will apply.

Upon arrival at the airport, please exit the terminal building and look for ‘Fusion Conferences’ signage where a member of Tropical Incentives team will greet you and escort you to the group transportation.

Please contact Tropical Incentives directly to enquire or make a booking.

Group booking Code: Fusion
Contact: Francisco Mora
Telephone: 998-193-3940 ext 158
Email: guestservices@ticancun.com

Private Transportation

Tropical Incentives also offer a private transfer service for those travelling outside of the available shuttle dates/times mentioned above. The private transfer service vehicles can accommodate a maximum of 6 persons, plus luggage.

$75 per vehicle, each way (includes taxes)

In the event of any delays or cancellations, please ensure you contact Tropical Incentives at least 24hours in advance; if Tropical Incentives are not informed within 24hours full cancellation charges will apply.

Upon arrival at the airport, please exit the terminal building and look for ‘Fusion Conferences’ signage where a member of Tropical Incentives team will greet you and escort you to your transportation.

Please contact Tropical Incentives directly to enquire or make a booking.

Group booking Code: Fusion
Contact: Francisco Mora
Telephone: 998-193-3940 ext 158
Email: guestservices@ticancun.com

** Please note that Fusion Conferences is not responsible for any bookings made with Tropical Incentives as transportation is not included in the registration package **

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Gene-based Therapeutics for Neurological Disorders

From Basic Science to Clinical Applications


08 Feb 2014 - 11 Feb 2014

Cancun, Mexico

Chairs

Mimoun Azzouz
The University of Sheffield
Nicholas Mazarakis
Imperial College London

Local Activities

Half Day Activities 

Tropical Incentives are a reputable and reliable company offering a variety of fascinating trips and excursions for either a half or full day. To make an enquiry please contact Francisco Mora at Tropical Incentives or alternatively, if you would like to proceed with a booking (individual/group) please follow the link below which will take you directly to an online booking facility giving details of tours available.

Contact: Francisco Mora
Email: guestservices@ticancun.com

http://www.tropicalincentives.com/form_gpos/sales/cancun/2016/fusion-conference/

Our half day tours can be booked during the conference period between the available free times scheduled in the programme. The half day tours are available to both individual and group bookings.

The following activities are available at Aquaworld which is based in the Marina directly opposite the Fiesta Americana Condesa hotel and therefore no transportation is necessary.

Aquatwister

Experience Aquaworld’s ultimate tour adventure on board a high speed jet boat ride, Aquatwister. This is a roller coaster of manoeuvres orchestrated by a highly skilled captain and drivers on board and provides an amazing combination of nature, emotion, fun and adrenaline in one adventure.

Duration: 30 minutes
Please be at the marina 30 minutes in advance of activity.
Capacity: 20 persons per boat
Price: $69.60 per person
Dock fee: $8 (cash)
Gratuity: $5

Inclusive of:
Lockers, Life jackets and bottled water

Sky Ridder

Live this exciting experience flying in couples over the Caribbean Sea and experiencing an amazing aerial view.

Duration: 30-40 minutes includes 10 minute flying time at an altitude of 100mtrs
Please be at the Aquaworld hut (located by the hotel pool) 15 minutes in advance of activity.
Capacity: Maximum 8 person per boat
Price: $63.80 per couple
Gratuity: $5

Inclusive of:
10 minutes flying time, life jackets and bottled water

*Bathing suit, towel, shorts, T-shirts, sandals or wet shoes, sunglasses and water camera recommended.
*Service charge of $5 for any lost locker keys
*Biodegradable suntan lotion is only permitted on the reef

Jungle Tour

Enjoy this fascinating adventure, driving a Jet Ski boat for 2 persons through the mangroves of Nichupte Lagoon, explore the wonders of Cancun’s jungle and the exotic wild life and admire the colourful sea life while you snorkel at one of the greatest coral reefs in Punta Nizuc.

Duration: 2:30 hrs. (45 minutes each way driving and 40 minutes for snorkelling)
Please be at the marina 30 minutes in advance of activity.
Capacity: 2 persons per boat
Price: $69.60 (Single persons would pay full boat rate)
Dock Fee and Reef tax: $11 (cash)
Gratuity: $5

Inclusive of:
1x Guide per 10 persons
Aquaray speed boat for 2 persons
Snorkel Equipment (new snorkelling gear, life vest, mask, fins)
Jungle Tour
Dressing Room, Showers and Lockers
Bottled water
TI Staff present

*Bathing suit, towel, shorts, T-shirts, sandals or wet shoes, sunglasses and water camera recommended.
*Biodegradable suntan lotion is only permitted on the reef

Wave Runner

Drive and Speed on board of a 700 Yamaha wave runner across the Caribbean Sea.

Duration: 30 minutes
Please be at the Aquaworld hut (located by the hotel pool) 15 minutes in advance of activity.
Price: $63.80 (Single persons would pay full boat rate)
Gratuity: $5

Inclusive of:
1 Guide per 10 persons
Life jackets and lockers
Bottled water

*Bathing suit, towel, shorts, T-shirts, sandals or wet shoes, sunglasses and water camera recommended.
**Biodegradable suntan lotion is only permitted on the reef**

Sub See

An extraordinary way to admire the marine life and the reef’s ecosystem without getting wet! Be part of this unique adventure on board The Sub See Explorer, a glass bottom boat like a yellow submarine with huge glass panels on the sides, from where you will be able to watch the multi-coloured species of the Scorpion´s coral reef.

Duration: 2 hrs.
Please be at the marina 30 minutes in advance of activity
Capacity: Boat can hold 66 passengers
Price: $46.40 per person
Dock Fee and Reef tax: $10
Gratuity: $5

Inclusive of:
Boat transportation on board of Reef Express
Specialized Guides
Beverages (Beer, Soft Drinks and water)
Bottled Water
TI Staff present

*Bathing suit, towel, shorts, T-shirts, sandals or wet shoes, sunglasses and water camera recommended.
**Biodegradable suntan lotion is only permitted on the reef**

Full Day Activities

To make an enquiry or booking (individual/group), please contact Francisco Mora at Tropical Incentives.

Francisco Mora
Email: guestservices@ticancun.com

A Tropical Incentive representative will also be available during the conference period at the hotel, so should you have any questions about a booked tour you can always ask upon arrival or at any time during your stay.

Our full day tours are offered pre and post conference dates. If you require any additional nights at the Fiesta Americana Condesa due to a full day excursion, please ensure you book these in advance to avoid disappointment. The full days tours are available to both individual and group bookings.

Tulum And Playa Del Carmen Shopping Tour

Our journey begins in the magical ancient Tulum Archaeological Zone, discovered by John L. Stephens in 1842. Perched on top of a cliff facing the Caribbean Sea, it is the only entire walled in-group of Mayan Ruins ever discovered. Under the advice of an official English speaking tour guide, the group will go around the structures getting the history and spirit of the Mayans. Afterwards we head Playa del Carmen, an authentic Mexican town, popular because of its beautiful beaches with turquoise water colour and the famous 5th Avenue where the participants will browse around the shops aside to explore. All kind of typical items, handcrafts, pottery, typical rugs most of them hand made by top artisans, fine boutiques selling everything imaginable. A unique experience! A group lunch can be arranged in one of the restaurants or it can be at leisure.

Ek Balam and Cenote

Visit the archaeological site of Ek-Balam. Ek Balam means Bright Star Jaguar in Maya language. This ancient Maya city had its glory before Chichen Itza. This archaeological site is one of the latest attractions because of its most recent restoration. Discover the mysterious Maya Cenote, enjoy its beautiful natural formations and great natural pool of 80m diameter. During the tour you will see different Maya communities. Take home your memories with the beautiful photographs taken by native photographers during the activities.

Sea Passion Catamaran

Isla Mujeres (Island of Women) is one of the Mexican Caribbean’s favourite destinations. Sail the beautiful turquoise bay from Cancun to Isla Mujeres aboard the Sea Passion I or Sea Passion III, a one-of-a-kind 75 & 60 foot maxi-catamarans, designed for passenger comfort. Enjoy a sail and snorkelling in the National Marine Park. Relax. In the full day activity the participants will have the opportunity to disembark in the Island. You can enjoy exquisite dining at the Beach Club “ElPescador” and the overwhelming views of the turquoise ocean decorated by coconut palm trees and hammocks.

Selvatica Extreme Canopy Tour

Located between Cancun and Playa del Carmen, only 35 minutes form Cancun’s International Airport. Over 250 acres of Tropical Jungle, in Selvatica you will be able to experience a unique adventure in the longest zip-line circuit  in North America, recognized by Travel & Leisure magazine as one of the 35 great adventures in the World, divided in 12 zip lines varying in lengths and heights from 270 ft. to over 2,000 ft, it will make you fly over the jungle. Take a ride on a military vehicle through the jungle to get to the millenary natural cenote. With crystal and pristine waters you will be able to swim choosing between a water zip line or the diving platform. Live this unique and exciting adventure and feel the emotion and adrenaline running through your body.

Coba

Deep in the heart of the Quintana Roo jungle and only 24 miles from southwest of Tulum, approximately 2 1/2 south of Cancun is COBA, an archaeological site that dates from the Classis period. Unlike other Mayan sites in Quintana Roo, Coba was still occupied after the Spanish Conquest. 
This incredible Site once occupied an area of almost 100 square kilometers (60 st. miles). The pyramid of Nohoch Mul-43 meters (130  ft.) high-is the tallest pre-Hispanic structure in the Yucatan peninsula. The main pyramids are the Coba Group, near the entrance, Las Pinturas (The Paintings), named because of the colour still visible on the arches; the Macanxoc, located next to Macanxoc Lake; and Chumuc Mul, the main stucco pyramid which still contains its original colour. 
After a very cultural tour, be prepared to enjoy a delicious lunch in one of the magic restaurants of the area.

For further details on the above and other tours available please contact Tropical Incentives where Francisco Mora or an alternative representative will be happy to assist you.

Contact: Francisco Mora
Email: guestservices@ticancun.com

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Gene-based Therapeutics for Neurological Disorders

From Basic Science to Clinical Applications


08 Feb 2014 - 11 Feb 2014

Cancun, Mexico

Chairs

Mimoun Azzouz
The University of Sheffield
Nicholas Mazarakis
Imperial College London

Group Activities

The group tour to Tulum has been jointly organised by Fusion and the conference chairs and we welcome everyone to participate. The group tour is optional so if you wish to join us, please RSVP to sarah@fusion-conferences.com in advance of the conference. This will help us to organise appropriate transportation.

Group Tour to Tulum – Wednesday 12th Feb
Price: $52 per person
Gratuity: $5
Includes air conditioned vehicle, individual bags of dry snacks, soft drinks and bottled water, official tourism guide English/Spanish, admission fee in Tulum, round train transportation from Tulum to archaeological zone, TI Escorts and Tax.

Schedule: Depart from hotel around 8:30 am
Arrival in Tulum: 10:15
Depart from Tulum: 11:45
Arrival at Hotel: 13.30
*Comfortable clothing is recommended, lunch is not included and wine, coolers, juice, imported beer etc. available upon request.

The conference chairs would like to invite you to join them on a group tour to Tulum. The activity will take place Wednesday 12th February, the day after the conference concludes. This is a great opportunity to socialise with fellow colleagues outside of the conference whilst taking in the beautiful natural sights of the Mayan ruins.

Tulum is located 78 miles south of Cancun, approximately 1:45 hour driving time; It was discovered by John L Stephens in 1842. Perched on top of a cliff facing the beautiful Caribbean Sea, it is the only entirely walled-in group of Mayan ruins ever discovered.

Under the advice of an official English speaking tour guide, the group will walk around the structures absorbing the history and spirit of the Mayan culture.

Please RSVP to sarah@fusion-conferences.com if you wish to join us on the tour to Tulum!

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Gene-based Therapeutics for Neurological Disorders

From Basic Science to Clinical Applications


08 Feb 2014 - 11 Feb 2014

Cancun, Mexico

Chairs

Mimoun Azzouz
The University of Sheffield
Nicholas Mazarakis
Imperial College London

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Gene-based Therapeutics for Neurological Disorders

From Basic Science to Clinical Applications


08 Feb 2014 - 11 Feb 2014

Cancun, Mexico

Chairs

Mimoun Azzouz
The University of Sheffield
Nicholas Mazarakis
Imperial College London

Oral Presenters

A Fusion Conference offers all participants the opportunity to present their current research and findings in a number of different ways. Once registered for the conference you will be able to submit your abstract online and monitor the status through your Fusion account. Please use the abstract template provided and ensure your abstract is no longer than one page in length. Any abstracts exceeding this size may be cut short during print.

Oral Presentations

We have a number of oral opportunities available at this meeting. To be considered for an oral presentation, please submit your abstract within the 'Talk Deadline'. Please check the conference programme carefully to note your presentation time (inclusive of Q&A) should you be accepted for an oral presentation.

We recommend you check our website regularly as the conference approaches as regular programme updates will be released under the ‘Programme’ tab on the conference page.

If you have prepared some slides to compliment your presentation please ensure you bring these with you on a USB or portable file saving device.

Those presenting on the first day, please email your slides to us so we can have everything prepared and ready for the first session. Please email your slides to:powerpoint@fusion-conferences.com

Flash Presentations

The Flash Session lasts up to 45minutes. This time is evenly divided between all the Flash Presentations that are accepted so your allocated time can range from 3-5 minutes, depending on popularity. The flash session is an extension of the Poster Session and is designed to offer a select few the opportunity to present orally their poster in a more formal, group setting. To be considered for a flash presentation, please submit your abstract within the 'Talk Deadline'. Abstracts submitted after the 'Talk Deadline' may not be accepted.

Please note, the exact length of your presentation will be noted on the conference programme under the ‘Flash Session’.

At the Conference

On the day of your presentation please make yourself known to the AV team who will be available in the conference room. They will ensure they have everything they need, including your presentation slides or aides. If you have any animations or videos we do advise to run through the presentation with the AV tech just to make sure everything is compatible. We also advise that all speakers make themselves known to the AV tech in the conference room immediately before your session beings. The AV tech will apply your microphone and provide a laser pointer should you have a complimenting presentation. Please note, speakers are not permitted to use their individual laptops, our AV tech will have a master laptop for you to run your presentation from. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to approach our AV tech or a member of the Fusion team. We are here to help!

We would like to ask all speakers to adhere to their time slots and respect their fellow presenters. A visual traffic light aide will be available to warn presenters as their time slot decreases. 

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Gene-based Therapeutics for Neurological Disorders

From Basic Science to Clinical Applications


08 Feb 2014 - 11 Feb 2014

Cancun, Mexico

Chairs

Mimoun Azzouz
The University of Sheffield
Nicholas Mazarakis
Imperial College London

Posters

A Fusion Conference offers all participants the opportunity to present their current research and findings in a number of different ways. Once registered for the conference you will be able to submit your abstract online and monitor the status through your Fusion account. Please use the abstract template provided and ensure your abstract is no longer than one page in length. Any abstracts exceeding this size may be cut short during print.

Poster Presentations

To be considered to present a poster, please submit your abstract within the ‘Poster Deadline’. Please check the conference programme carefully to note the poster session date and time.
Our poster boards can accommodate a maximum poster size of A0 (1189H x 841W mm), portrait in orientation only. Posters exceeding this size may not fit on the poster boards provided and therefore you will be unable to present your poster, so please kindly keep to these measurements.
During registration at the conference, if you are presenting a poster please request a poster number from the registration desk. Please do not put up your poster without notifying a member of the Fusion team. Certain adhesive agents are not permitted at some venues therefore; Fusion will be the sole provider of all poster fixings.

POSTER PRIZES FOR STUDENTS AND POST DOCS

At the Conference

Upon arrival at the conference you can put up your poster from registration with the help of the Fusion team. Your poster can remain on display for the entire duration of the conference and we ask that you take down your poster on the final day of the meeting. The poster sessions is usually scheduled on Day 2, but please check the official programme for exact timings. Refreshments will be provided and awards will be given to the best poster displays.

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