EJP RD – ERN Workshop: The Blood-Brain Barrier: current research and novel therapeutic crossing approaches

  • 8 juin 2023 - 14:30
  • Padua, Italy
ERN Workshops (2)

The normal functioning of the brain and the central nervous system is protected by the blood-brain barrier (BBB), which tightly regulates the brain homeostasis. Built to protect and preserve the correct functioning of the brain by avoiding the entrance of potentially damaging molecules, the BBB also prevents small and large therapeutic compounds from efficiently reaching the brain in case of disease. Indeed, the delivery of therapeutics to the brain cells faces many challenges that hinder the development and testing of novel therapies for brain and neurological disorders. Despite this, various strategies are currently being developed to improve the delivery of small and large molecules to the brain.

The workshop will provide an overview of recent research and key issues regarding neurodegenerative disorders and the blood-brain barrier (BBB), as a starting point to stimulate discussion on these topics and identify novel opportunities for basic, clinical, and translational research activities on the BBB. As an outcome, the workshop aims to foster new collaborations between participants and other scientists to generate working groups for the development of BBB-crossing therapies for rare diseases.

PhD students, researchers, and clinicians of all levels who are involved in brain and neurological diseases and/or in vascular biology.

Oral presentations followed by discussion.

To register please fill the application form here until 16 April 2023. 

The training workshop is free of charge.  

Affiliated to an ERN-Full Member or Affiliated Partner institution.

The organizer together with one member of the WP17 Scientific Evaluation Committee will select the most appropriate workshop participants based on their qualification, experience and interest in brain diseases and the BBB.
All registered participants will be informed if they are selected to attend this training course by the end of March 2023.  

At the end of the training workshop a Certificate of Attendance will be sent to the participants who attended the entire workshop. 
No credits of Continuing Education in Medicine will be issued. 

Workshops will run in English. 

University of Padua, Padua, Italy.

For specific questions concerning the organization of the workshop, travelling, accommodation please write to the workshop organization responsible:
Dr. Laura Paneghetti

For general inquiries about the workshops in the ERN RD Support and Training Program please write to:


  • Start Date:8 juin 2023
  • Start Time:14:30
  • End Date:9 juin 2023
  • End Time:13:00
  • Location:Padua, Italy