Master Class: Autoimmunity in neuropsychiatric disorders

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017,
UNS 50 Rode zaal, 0.480, Maastricht University, The Netherlands

Organizers: Dr. Pilar Martinez and Carolin Hoffmann, PhD
Little is known about the etiology of psychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and psychosis, but patients have been shown to have immunological abnormalities. The identification of autoantibodies targeting the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDA-R), which causes neurological and psychiatric symptoms, has reinvigorated the hypothesis that other patient subgroups may also suffer from an underlying autoimmune condition. Recently NMDA receptor autoantibodies have been cloned and shown to cause neuronal surface receptor downregulation and subsequent impairment of NMDAR-mediated currents. In psychotic patients, intrathecal immunoglobulin synthesis, elevated white cell counts, albumin quotient and high prevalence of CSF and autoantibody abnormalities have been observed in a subgroup of patients. In the same cohort, the autoantibodies of the CSF have been found in 3.2 % of the psychotic patients to target neuronal surface antigens. Next research goals should focus on discovering undiagnosed autoimmune cases, the identification of the antigens “membrane proteins and ion channels” targeted by the autoantibodies and to understand how the autoantibodies can cause neuropsychiatric symptoms.


Fee: 25 euro
Registration: Maximum of 60 participants | Registration deadline: June 9th, 2017
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This workshop qualifies for 0.5 European credits.