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Meeting report: 2009 international conference on molecular neurodegeneration May 18-20, 2009, Xiamen, China

DOI: 10.1186/1750-1326-4-43

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As life expectancy continues to increase and a growing number of people enter the aged population, neurodegenerative diseases have increasingly become a major problem for which treatments are critically needed. Although much progress has been made in the past 20 years on understanding the mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases and on developing novel therapeutic strategies, most of these achievements are from the United Stated and European countries. Neurodegeneration research in Asian countries, most of which are very populated and also suffered severely with the spread of neurodegenerative diseases, is lagged far behind. The 2009 International Conference on Molecular Neurodegeneration is designed to bridge this gap. The major aim of this meeting is to provide a unique platform for Asian researchers and scientists from Western countries to exchange information and ideas, to share their most recent research advances, and to establish future collaborations in neurodegeneration studies.This conference is jointly sponsored by Molecular Neurodegeneration webcite, an open access, peer-reviewed online journal that publishes all aspects of neurodegeneration research, and Institute for Biomedical Research, Xiamen University webcite, which is dedicated to revealing the fundamental molecular causes of diseases and devising the innovative therapies of tomorrow. Finacial supports of this meeting come from both foundations and pharmaceutical companies including Alzheimer's Association, Ellison Medical Foundation, National Natural Science Foundation of China, Science and Technology Bureau of Xiamen City, Raptor Pharmaceutical, GlaxoSmithKline, Beckman Coulter, Zeiss, Perkin Elmer, Millipore, Applied Biosystems, and Genetimes Techonolgoy, Inc. Drs. Guojun Bu from Washington University School of Medicine and Huaxi Xu from Burnham Institute for Medical Research, Editors-in-Chief of Molecular Neurodegeneration, ar


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