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Welcome Message

We cordially invite you to attend the next Symposium on Alzheimer's Disease (2nd AD Symposium). After the success of the 1st edition (online), which had over 400 participants, the 2nd Symposium on Alzheimer's Disease will attract international scientists and young students from all over the world. The AD Symposium continues to be at the vanguard of understanding the mechanisms and improving the therapy of Alzheimer’s disease. The next AD Symposium in 2023 will be held in the charming city of Porto, Portugal, from February 10-11, 2023.

This is a Hybrid Symposium, so if it is difficult for you to attend onsite, virtual presentations will also be available by zoom.

On the first day of the event, several oral and poster presentations will take place, which will allow the presentation and discussion of recent scientific progress. On the second day, there will be a workshop on the manufacture and characterization of nanoparticles, providing the opportunity to learn about innovative nanoparticle production and characterization methods, biocompatible materials, commercial nanoparticles, and their current trends in the market. There will be an engaging round table to wrap up the session.

The best oral presentation and poster will be awarded.

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Submit your paper in our Special Issue "Alzheimer's Disease: An Update on Novel Therapeutics"

We invite you to submit a research or review article in our Special Issue in Pharmaceutics (Q1, IF: 6.525) (ISSN 1999-4923).

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Registration is free and mandatory.

Registration for ONSITE participation closed on January, 31st, 2023.

Registration for ONLINE participation closed on February, 8th, 2023.

NOTE: The number of places for the workshop has already been filled.

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Abstract Submission

Abstract Submission for oral presentations closed on January 25th, 2023.

Abstract Submission for poster communications closed on January 31st, 2023.

Instructions to Authors:

  • Each participant may present a maximum of 1 poster or oral presentation.

  • The presenting author is required to ensure that all co-authors are aware of the content of the abstract before submission.

  • All abstracts should be submitted and presented in clear English with accurate grammar and spelling.

  • All abstracts accepted for presentation will be published on the website prior to Symposium.

  • Please note that the submitting author will receive all correspondence about the abstract.

  • An e-mail confirming the successful abstract submission will be sent within 24h. If you do not receive the email, please contact us.

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Scientific Program

February 10th, 2023





Opening Session

Maria do Carmo Pereira | LEPABE, Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, Portugal


Hélio Albuquerque | University of Aveiro, Portugal


Blood-brain barrier in Alzheimer's disease and in CNS drug delivery

Fabien Gosselet | Artois University, France

Invited Speaker


Mechanisms of aging in Health and Neurodegenerative Disorders as revealed by brain imaging approaches

Miguel Castelo Branco | University of Coimbra, Portugal

Invited Speaker


Early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease using MRI: a machine-learning approach

 Vasco Sá Diogo | University of Lisbon, Portugal

11:15 - 11:30

Coffee break



Mónica Almeida Vieira | School of Health Sciences - Polytechnic of Porto, Portugal


Tau aggregates in dementia. Role in risk, disease and therapy

Ines Moreno Gonzalez | University of Malaga, Spain

Invited Speaker


Involvement of the PI3K/AKT Pathway in the Mechanism of Angiotensin I Receptor Blockers Against Cognitive Decline

Filipa Gouveia | University of Coimbra, Portugal


Explore novel compounds to prevent TrkB-FL cleavage

Sara Inteiro-Oliveira | University of Lisbon, Portugal

12:30 - 14:00

Poster Session / Lunch*



Odete da Cruz e Silva | University of Aveiro, Portugal


Exosomes and Alzheimer’s disease in the novel era of Precision Medicine

John-Ioannis Sotiropoulos | IBA, NCSR Demokritos, Greece & ICVS, University of Minho, Portugal

Invited Speaker


The late-onset Alzheimer's disease risk factor CD2AP may impact synapses independently of beta-amyloid

Cláudia Guimas Almeida | NOVA Medical School, NOVA University Lisbon, Portugal

Invited Speaker


Analyzing Neuroimmune-associated miRNA dysregulation in Alzheimer´s disease

Gonçalo Garcia | University of Lisbon, Portugal


The role of tau in the regulation of translational stress response and its importance for brain pathology

Joana Silva | University of Minho, Portugal

15:30 - 16:00

Coffee break



João Bettencourt Relvas | i3S, Portugal


RNA biopharmaceuticals: from recombinant production to the cellular application – The case study of miRNAs for Alzheimer’s disease

Fani Sousa | University Beira Interior, Portugal

Invited Speaker


Beating the blood-brain barrier to target Alzheimer's and other brain diseases

Miguel Castanho | Institute of Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Lisbon, Portugal

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Studies on the role of Transthyretin in amyloid-β peptide elimination: Impact on the expression of amyloid-β transporters at the BCSFB

 Tiago Gião | University of Porto, Portugal


Detection of amyloid-beta oligomers in early Alzheimer´s disease

Alexandre Lima | University of Minho, Portugal


Influence of materials and process parameters on the development of lipid nanoparticles formulations for nose-to-brain drug delivery

Carmo Correia | University of Porto, Portugal


Walking city tour (optional)

February 11th, 2023


9:30 - 12:30

Workshop on Nanoparticle Production and Characterization for Biomedical Applications


12:30 - 14:00



14:00 - 15:30

Round Table

Chair: Maria do Carmo Pereira | LEPABE, Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, Portugal

Ana Catarina Silva | University Fernando Pessoa, Portugal | UCIBIO, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Porto, Portugal

Bárbara Gomes | CEO of AccelBio's, Portugal

Paula Sampaio | CSO of iLof, Portugal

Luísa Alves | Neurologist, Egas Moniz Hospital - West Lisbon Hospital Center, Portugal


Closing Session and Awards Ceremony

Joana A. Loureiro | LEPABE, Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, Portugal

* There are several restaurants available at FEUP's facilities

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Nanoparticle Production and Characterization for Biomedical Applications

Learn from experts in the field of nanotechnology for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. This immersive learning experience, which is intended for students, postdoctoral fellows, and other early-career scientists, will increase your knowledge, expertise, and visibility in this fascinating topic. The workshop on nanoparticle manufacturing and characterization will give participants a chance to learn new things about biocompatible materials, nanoparticles currently on the market, and other topics.
The workshop will be held on Saturday, February 11th, 2023, at FEUP. A limited number of participants will be selected in order to ensure an interactive and engaging workshop experience.

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Invited Speakers

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Cláudia Guimas Almeida

NOVA Medical School, NOVA University, Portugal


Fabien Gosselet

Artois University, France

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Fani Sousa

University Beira Interior, Portugal


Ines Moreno Gonzalez

University of Malaga, Spain

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John-Ioannis Sotiropoulos

IBA, NCSR Demokritos, Greece & ICVS, University of Minho, Portugal

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Miguel Castanho

IMM, Faculty of Medicine, University of Lisbon, Portugal

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Miguel Castelo Branco

University of Coimbra, Portugal

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The 2nd symposium on AD will be held at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP)

Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, s/n 4200-465 Porto, Portugal
Coordinates: 41.1780, -8.5980 (41º 10’ 40.8’’ N, 8º 35’ 52.8’’ W)

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Travel information

By plane (Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport): The quickest way of getting to FEUP from the airport (if you do not have transport waiting for you or do not intend to catch a taxi) is to take Metro Line E (purple) into Porto. You will need to change at Trindade station and take Line D (yellow). Then follow the directions given in the option “By Metro”.

By train: If you are coming to Porto by train, there are two main ways to the Faculty, depending on which station you arrive at: If you are arriving from Campanhã station, you should catch the Metro and choose any one of the following lines: A (blue), B (red), C (green) or E (purple). You will have to change at Trindade station to catch Line D (yellow). You should then follow the directions given in the option “By Metro”. If you are arriving from S. Bento station, you should take Metro Line D (yellow) and then follow the directions given in the option “By Metro”.

By bus: There are 4 bus lines in the Faculty’s zone: 204, 300, 301, and 803. There are other STCP bus lines from Hospital de S.João, as well as regular bus routes to other cities.

By metro: FEUP is served by three Metro stations on line D (yellow) in zone C6.

  • Line D connects the University Campus station Polo Universitário to Gaia City Hall in about 15 minutes, via Trindade, where it connects to line A (blue), line B (red), and line C (green). Leaving the Polo Universitário station, you should turn left into Rua Dr. Manuel Pereira da Silva and then, after passing Paranhos cemetery, turn left into Rua Dr. Roberto Frias. Go straight on, and you will find FEUP on your right.

  • Leaving the IPO station, you should go on down to the end of Rua Dr. Plácido da Costa and cross Rua Dr. Roberto Frias. You will then be in front of FEUP.

  • Leaving the Hospital de São João station, follow the Circunvalação ring road until you come to the junction with Rua Dr. Roberto Frias. Go down that road until the junction with Rua Dr. Plácido da Costa. FEUP will now be on your left.

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Near to FEUP

Rua Dr. Plácido Costa | 4200-450 Porto
Telephone: (+351) 225 513 100

Rua do Mestre Guilherme Camarinha, 212 | 4200-537 Porto
Phone: (+351) 225 072 090

Rua Maria Feliciana, 100 – São Mamede de Infesta | 4465-283 Matosinhos – Porto
Phone: (+351) 229 052 000

Near downtown Porto

Rua Sá de Noronha, 70, Porto, Porto 4050-526 Portugal
Phone: (+351) 222 081 875

Rua de Camões, nº 129 / 131 | 4000-144 Porto
Telephone: (+351) 222 061 520

Praça da Batalha 32, 4000-101 Porto
Telephone: (+351) 220 407 000

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Organizing Committee


Maria do Carmo Pereira

Associate Professor

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Manuel A. N. Coelho

Assistant professor

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Joana A. Loureiro


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Maria João Ramalho



Stéphanie Andrade



Pedro Carneiro

PhD candidate

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Meghna Dabur

PhD candidate

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Débora Nunes

PhD candidate

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This event was financially supported by LA/P/0045/2020 (ALiCE), UIDB/00511/2020, and UIDP/00511/2020 (LEPABE), funded by national funds through FCT/MCTES (PIDDAC); Project 2SMART - engineered Smart materials for Smart citizens, with reference NORTE-01-0145-FEDER-000054, supported by Norte Portugal Regional Operational Program (NORTE 2020), under the PORTUGAL 2020 Partnership Agreement, through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF); National funds through the FCT/MCTES (PIDDAC) under the project EXPL/NAN-MAT/0209/2021; European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 958174; National funds through FCT (M-ERA-NET3/0001/2021); Prize Maratona da Saúde for Cancer Research; and Santa Casa da Misericórdia (MB-35-2021). FCT supported S.A. (EXPL/NAN-MAT/0209/2021), D.N. (UI/BD/150946/2021), M.D. (SFRH/BD/040932/2020), and M.J.R. under the Scientific Employment Stimulus - Individual Call – (CEEC-IND/01741/2021).

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