The MAGNEURON H2020 EU-project consortium organizes its Final Meeting as a GBM/DGZ Satellite workshop entitled “Remote Manipulation of Cellular Functions on Neurodegenerative Diseases”, which will take place at the Interfaculty Institute for Cell Biology (IFZ), from Monday, September 23rd to Tuesday, September 24th at the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen, Germany.  

MAGNEURON is a project introducing fundamentally new concepts of remote control of cellular functions by means of magnetic manipulation for treatment of neurodegenerative disorders. This Meeting bridges interdisciplinary aspects including the

  • preparation of synthetic and recombinant magnetic nanoparticles,
  • biofunctionalization and intracellular delivery of magnetic nanoparticles,
  • development of tools for magnetic nanoparticle manipulation in single-cell assays,
  • biomagnetic control of stem cell differentiation,
  • directed fiber outgrowth of neuronal cells
  • magnetic manipulation of cellular signalling in organotypic brain slices and in vivo models of Parkinson’s disease.

Above listed topics are discussed with oral presentations by leaders of the MAGNEURON consortium and by invited scientists specialized in the field. Short lecture speakers will be selected form submitted abstracts and are included in the sessions. There is no poster session but students and young scientists are strongly encouraged to submit their abstracts because most of them will be invited for presentation as short talk in a “Pecha Kucha” session. There will be a plenary lecture on “Applications of magnetic nanoparticles in biomedical research and nanomedicine”, presented by Jon Dobson/USA on Monday evening.

After the plenary lecture, we will organize a Dinner at each individual’s expense. You are cordially invited to sign into the list for Dinner participation in the registration sheet.  

Finally, you are most welcome to participate and register in addition at the highly interesting Fall Conference of the GBM/DGZ on “Age-related Human Diseases – Special Focus Autophagy’, which will take place after the Satellite workshop starting on Tuesday evening, September 24th and ending in Friday, September 27th, 2019 at the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen, Germany.

Mathieu Coppey
MAGNEURON coordinator

Program of the satellite workshop

Monday, Sept. 23
09:30 - 11:00
Session 1
(Chair: Christine Ménager)
09:30 - 10:00 Christine Ménager /Paris [FR]
Synthetic magnetic nanoparticles for maniulation of cells
10:00 - 10:30 Jean-François Berret /Paris [FR]
Magnetic wires for active micro-rheology: applications to intra- and extra-cellular body fluids
10:30 - 11:00 Orit Shefi /Ramat-Gan [IL]
Magnetic nanoparticles as actuators and growth factors carriers in neural network formation
11:00 - 11:15 Coffee Break
Monday, Sept. 23
11:15 - 12:55
Session 2
(Chair: Jacob Piehler)
11:15 - 11:45 Jacob Piehler /Osnabrück [DE]
Nanoparticle biofunctionalization for intracellular manipulation
11:45 - 12:15 Dirk Schüler /Bayreuth [DE]
Making magnets by microbes: Biosynthesis, genetic engineering and functionalization of bacterial magnetosome nanoparticles
12:15 - 14:00 Lunch break
Monday, Sept. 23
14:00 - 15:40
Session 3
(Chair: Mathieu Coppey)
14:00 - 14:30 Mathieu Coppey /Paris [FR]
Intracellular signaling actuation with magnetic nanoparticles
14:30 - 15:00 Vittoria Raffa/Pisa [IT]
Extremely low mechanical forces induce extreme axonal growth
15:00 - 15:30 Koceila Aizel/Paris [FR]
Magnetic control of cellular behavior using micromagnetic arrays
15:30 - 15:45 Coffee Break
Monday, Sept. 23
15:45 - 16:55
Session 4
(Chair: Hareklea Markides)
15:45 - 16:15 Hareklea Markides /Birmingham [UK]
16:15 - 16:35 Michael Rotherham/Keele [UK]
Remote mechano-activation of Wnt signalling for neural tissue engineering
16:35 - 16:55 Julien Heuvingh /Paris [FR]
Studying the cytoskeleton with the magnetic pincher
17:00 - 17:10 Rahul Goyal /Stuttgart [DE]
Magnetic Nanopropellers for Delivery in Biological Media
19:30 Dinner
(Historische Weinstube Forelle)


Tuesday, Sept. 24
09:00 - 10:40
Session 5
(Chair: Rolf Heumann)
09:00 - 09:30 Rolf Heumann /Bochum [DE]
Directed fibre outgrowth of neuronal cells
09:30 - 10:00 Nicola Simola /Monserrato [IT]
Dopaminergic and non dopaminergic mechanisms in dyskinesia: role of movement and effects of pharmacological treatment
10:00 - 10:30 Peter Blümler /Mainz [DE]
Mag-Guider: permanent magnet systems to steer and image superparamagnetic nanoparticles
10:30 - 10:40 Michael G. Christiansen /Zürich [CH]
Magnetothermal Multiplexing for Selective Stimulation of Neurons
10:40 - 11:00 Coffee Break
Tuesday, Sept. 24
11:00 - 12:30
Session 6
(Chair: Monte A. Gates)
11:00 - 11:30 Tim Goodman/Keele [UK]
Remote control of axonal growth
11:30 - 12:00 Máté D Döbrössy /Freiburg [DE]
Deep Brain Stimulation in Depression: Clinical and Pre-clinical studies
12:00 - 12:30 Jian Zhong /Cornell [USA]
rTMS promotes regeneration in the spinal cord after injury
12:30 End of the Satellite Meeting

Registration for the satellite workshop

Venue of the satellite workshop

Interfaculty Institute for Cell Biology
Auf der Morgenstelle 15
2nd floor, Room 2.033/2.034
72076 Tübingen / Germany

Information on the satellite workshop

Dr. Monte Gates
Keele University
School of Medicine
David Weatherall building
Keele, ST5 5BG

Rolf Heumann, Domenik Liße

Responsible Organisation:
MAGNEURON consortium:

Dr. Mathieu Coppey ( MAGNEURON project manager)
Dr. Christine Ménager
Dr. Neil Telling
Dr. Alicia El Haj
Dr. Monte Gates
Dr. Jacob Piehler
Dr. Rolf Heumann


Registration: August 15, 2019
Abstract submission: August 15, 2019

Abstract submission deadline postponed: September 12, 2019

Dinner (Sept. 23)
The dinner will be at each individual’s expense.

Abstracts should be sent to the following e-mail address:
The format of the abstract should be according to the following example. The abstract must be shorter than one page