2016 Midkine Symposium Program

  9:00-10:15am            SESSION 1: Welcome and midkine overview

 Session Moderator:     Associate Professor Graham Robertson



Marton Schoberl, Director General, Institute of Foreign Affairs & Trade, Hungary


Welcome to Budapest 

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Maria HalaszCEO & Managing Director, Cellmid Limited, Sydney, Australia

Welcome and introduction from Symposium sponsor, Cellmid Limited 

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Professor Kenji Kadomatsu, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan

Welcome from Symposium Patrons

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Emeritus Professor Takashi Muramatsu, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan

PLENARY 1: Midkine: Journey to Budapest 

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 10:15am-11:00am       Morning tea and poster viewing

 11:00am-12:30pm       SESSION 2: Midkine in Kidney disorders                                   

 Session Moderator:     Maria Halasz



Associate Professor Graham RobertsonHead of Research & Development, Cellmid Limited, Sydney, Australia

Targeting midkine in murine models of kidney disease

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 11:30am -12:00pm


Dr Vicki Campbell, Nambour General Hospotal, Sunshine Coast, Australia

Circulating and urinary midkine levels in kidney disease

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Dr Pete SmithAmala Therapeutics, Brisbane, Australia

Therapeutic opportunities for midkine in renal and fibrotic diseases

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12:30pm-2:00pm         Lunch and networking

 2:00pm-3:30pm         SESSION 3:  MK and PTN structure and GAG interactions

 Session Moderator:     Joseph Haklani



Professor Xu WangArizona State University, Tempe, USA

Structural studies into Pleiotrophin interactions with Chondroitin Sulfate

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Dr Pedro NietoCSIC & Universidad de Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain

Chondroitin Sulfate tetrasaccharides interaction with Midkine

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Professor Kenji KadomatsuNagoya University, Nagoya, Japan

Mechanisms of Axon Regeneration and its Inhibition

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 3:30pm-4:00pm          Afternoon tea and poster viewing

 4:00pm-5:30pm         SESSION 4: Midkine in addiction and neurotoxicity                                                                   

 Session Moderator:     Dr Fintan Walton



Professor Gonzalo HerradonUniversidad CEU San Pablo, Madrid, Spain

Pleiotrophin & Midkine in drugs of abuse-induced reward and neurotoxicity

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Assistant Professor Amy LasekUniversity of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, USA

Midkine and ALK signalling in response to ethanol

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Dr Esther GramageUniversidad CEU San Pablo, Madrid, Spain

Exploring the roles of Pleiotrophin and Midkine in Neuroinflammation

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 5:30pm - 7:30pm        Welcome reception, Hungarian Institute of Foreign Affairs & Trade