The 6th Iberian Congress on Prions will be organized this year by the Prion laboratory of the Centro de Investigación en Sanidad Animal (CISA-INIA) and it will take place in Cordoba, Spain, the 26th and 27th of October 2017.

The main purpose of the conferences is for us to discuss the latest research being carried out in prion diseases and the broader field of neurodegenerative diseases. One important topic of the conference will be to examine the commonalities and differences between prion diseases and other neuro-degenerations, such as Alzheimer’s disease. We aim to provide an opportunity to hear the latest international research in a diverse range of subject areas within the field. There will be invited speakers internationally recognized and selected speakers including young scientists at the start of their careers.

We expect around 100 participants mainly from Spain and Portugal but also from other European countries at this international conference; people from academia and scientific institutes. This annual event provides a unique opportunity for scientists and PhD students to share their last findings and progress in an attractive and interesting setting. The meeting will take place in the government building of the University of Cordoba, a beautiful construction of “neomudéjar” style. The city of Cordoba, ancient capital of the Caliphate of Cordoba, has the largest urban area in the world declared World Heritage by UNESCO. You all are cordially invited to visit Cordoba and fully enjoy this vibrating city.

We welcome all participants and attendees to the congress and hope that the meeting results in a wonderful opportunity to exchange knowledge and new insights between the prion scientific community.

Juan María Torres – Congress chairman.


The University Rector Residence is on Avenida Medina Azahara, in the former Veterinary Faculty building. It is an impressive, tastefully decorated building that was finished between 1921 and 1926 in neo-mudejar style. There is an attractive front garden where water runs between small ponds under the refreshing shade of an interesting variety of trees.



Avda. Medina Azahara, 5
14071 Cordoba
Te. (+34) 957 218 035

Location map




Cordoba is a city with an impressive cultural and monumental patrimony. Its strategic position, near the River Guadalquivir, which was formerly navigable, and the legacy of the different peoples who settled on its rich farming lands meant that Cordoba was always considered a privileged place.

The UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) recognised in 1994 the universal importance of Cordoba’s historic legacy, and extended the title of World Heritage Site not only to the Mosque-Cathedral, but also to all the streets and buildings around it. In addition, in December 2012, Cordoba was awarded a further accolade: The Festival of the Patios (Courtyards) was added to the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity sites.

Therefore, Cordoba now holds 3 inscriptions in the World Heritage List granted by the UNESCOthe Mosque-Cathedral (1984), the historical quarter surrounding it (1994) and the Festival of the Patios (Courtyards) (2012). In addition, with the rest of Spain, it shares the titles of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity awarded to Flamenco (2010) and the Mediterranean Diet (2013).

The World Heritage Site award aims to help protect, identify and conserve elements of our cultural or natural inheritance which are considered particularly valuable. Holding the title involves a set of rights and obligations, which this city has justly deserved.

The UNESCO defines the word Heritage as “the legacy we receive from the past, in which we live in the present and which we hand on to the future”. The political and cultural leaders in Cordoba, as well as each and every citizen, have been entrusted with the task of keeping watch over, conserving, protecting and encouraging interest in our History, so that we ourselves, as well as other peoples and cultures, can learn more about it and feel enriched by it.

The origins of Cordoba are lost in the mists of time. Its position by the river and the fertile farming land of the Campiña made it a perfect place for the first prehistoric settlements. However, it was not until the late Bronze Age (8th/9th century B.C.) when the first proper settlement was established. After the arrival of the Phoenicians and Greeks on the peninsula, the city became known as an important mining and commercial centre, since the River Guadalquivir was then navigable as far as Cordoba. This facilitated the spread of artistic and commercial products and made for easier communication with the main cities of the period.



Organizing Committee

Juan María Torres Trillo – Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria, Madrid. Spain.

Juan Carlos Espinosa Martín – Instituto Nacional De Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria. Madrid, Spain.

Natalia Fernández-Borges – Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria, Madrid. Spain.

Alba Marín Moreno – Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria, Madrid. Spain.

Contact: prion@inia.es

Scientific Committee

Eduardo Pinho Melo – Centre for Biomedical Research. Universidade do Algarve. Portugal.

Enric Vidal – IRTA, Centre de Recerca en Sanitat Animal (CReSA, IRTA-UAB), Campus de la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Spain.

Giuseppe Legname – Associate Professor, Coordinator and Faculty PhD Program in Molecular Biology (JUMBO). Faculty PhD Program In Functional and Structural Genomics SISSA, Trieste. Italy.

Inês Baldeiras – Laboratory of Neurochemistry, University Hospital of Coimbra (HUC), Neurology Service, Faculty of Medicine, University of Coimbra, Coimbra. Portugal.

Isidro Ferrer Abizanda – Departament of Pathology and Experimental Therapeutics, and Institute of Neurosciences, University of Barcelona; Bellvitge University Hospital, CIBERNED, Centro Investigación Biomédica En Red Enfermedades Neurodegenerativas, Spain.

Jesús Rodríguez Requena – CIMUS Biomedical Research Institute & Departament of Biomedical Sciences, University of Santiago de Compostela-IDIS, Spain.

Joaquín Castilla Castrillón – Centro de Investigación Cooperativa en Biociencias – CIC bioGUNE, Spain. IKERBASQUE, Basque Foundation for Science, Bilbao, Spain.

José Antonio del Río Fernández – Departament of Cell Biology, Physiology and Inmunology Faculty of Biology University of Barcelona. Molecular and Cellular Neurobiotechnology Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC), Spain.

Juan Carlos Espinosa Martín – Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria, Madrid. Spain.

Juan José Badiola Díez – Departamento de Patología Animal, área de Sanidad Animal. Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain.

Juan María Torres Trillo – Instituto Nacional De Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria, Madrid. Spain.

Leonor Orgue – Instituto Nacional de Investigação Agrária e Veterinária, I.P. Unidade Estratégica de Investigação e Seriços de Produção e Saúde Animal Laboratório Nacional de Referência de Saúde Animal Laboratório de Patologia, Sector Diagnóstico EETs, Portugal.

Miguel Calero Lara – Unidad Funcional de Investigación de Enfermedades Crónicas (UFIEC). Instituto de Salud Carlos III de Madrid. Spain.

Natalia Fernández-Borges – Instituto Nacional De Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria. Madrid. Spain.

Raquel Sánchez-Valle – Hospital Clínic – IDIBAPS. Barcelona. Spain.

Salvador Ventura Zamora – Protein Folding and Conformational Diseases Lab. Institute of Biotechnology and Biomedicine Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain.

Invited Speakers

Bloque: “Prion structure and biology”

Ponente: Dr Sophie Mouillet-Richard.

Título: “Lessons from PrPC function in stem cells”.

Biografía: Sophie Mouillet-Richard graduated from Ecole Polytechnique in 1996 and she received her PhD in Cell Biology in 2001 from the Ecole Polytechnique. She is a full-time researcher at Inserm and Paris Descartes University. Her research interest is mainly focused on the physiological role exerted by the cellular prion protein PrPC, with a view to understand how the disruption of this function in pathological conditions can be detrimental to cell homeostasis. She has notably developed cell biology approaches to study the involvement of PrPC in cell signalling. She more recently started to investigate PrPC function in stem cells in collaboration with JL Vilotte and V Beringue from INRA (Jouy en Josas). This led to identify unexpected links between PrPC and two major developmental signalling pathways, namely Hedgehog and Notch. She is currently addressing the implications of these observations in pathological settings. She is Associate Editor at Scientific Reports and PLoS One. She is co-author of 47 publications; her H index is 18 with average citations per item of 33.6



Bloque: “Prion diseases in animals”

Ponente: Dr. Vincent Beringue.

Título: “Dispersity of prion protein assemblies and strain phenomenon”.

Biografía: Dr. Vincent Beringue obtained his PhD in 1998 from the AgroParisTech Institute in Paris, in the laboratory of late Dr. Dominique Dormont. After a MRC funded postdoctoral position in the laboratory of Prof. John Collinge and Dr. Simon Hawke at Imperial College School of Medicine in London, he joined Dr. Hubert Laude’s laboratory at INRA (National Institute for Agricultural Research) in Jouy-en-Josas in 2001, as permanent staff scientist. Dr. Vincent Beringue is now Research Director and Co-Head of Laboratory with Dr Human Rezaei in the Molecular Virology Immunology Department at INRA. His research interests are focused on mammalian prion diseases. Particular emphasis is placed on studying prion diversity and evolution under selective pressure, identifying the physical structure of prion infectious particles, and characterizing the cell biology and neurotoxicity of prions.



Bloque: “Prion diseases and prion-like diseases in humans”

Ponente: Dr. Erdem Tamgüney.

Título: “Alpha-synuclein prionoids cause CNS disease in transgenic mice after peripheral transmission”.

Biografía: Erdem Gültekin Tamgüney studied biochemistry at the University of Bayreuth, at Imperial College in London, and at the Université Paris Diderot in Paris. In 1997 he received his diploma in biochemistry at the University of Bayreuth. In 2001 he received his doctorate from the Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, where he had worked on the viral growth-transformation of human T-cells. In 2002 he went to work as a postdoc with the Nobel Laureate Stanley Prusiner at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in the USA. There his research focused on prions that cause neurodegenerative conditions such as the so called ‘mad cow disease’ in cattle and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans. From 2008 on he worked as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology and the Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases at UCSF, where his research focused on transmission mechanisms of prions and the imaging, measurement, and detection of prions. Since 2011, he is a group leader researcher at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) in Bonn, Germany. His research is focused on the study of protein misfolding, the ‘invasive’ nature of aberrantly folded proteins, and their toxic effect on neurons and neuronal plasticity aiming to understand the common underlying mechanisms that lead to different neurodegenerative diseases such as prion diseases, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.




Thursday, 26th October

  • 08:30 – 09:30 h. Registration
  • 09:30 – 09:45 h. Welcome

Prion structure and biology

  • 09:45 – 11:00 h. Invited speaker: Dr. Sophie Moulliet-Richard. “Lessons from PrPC function in stem cells”
    Chairs: José Antonio del Río and Jesús Requena
  • 11:00 – 11:30 h. Coffe break and poster discussion
  • 11:30 – 13:00 h. Oral communications:
    Chairs: José Antonio del Río and Jesús Requena
    Cécile Voisset – Protein Folding Activity of the Ribosome: Key Player in Yeast Prion Propagation
    Holger Wille – Insights into the PrPC to PrPScconversion mechanism based on structural data and theoretical considerations
    Jesús Requena – The architecture of PrPSc : Threading secondary structure elements into the 4-rung β -solenoid scaffold
    Cristina Fernández – Artificial lipid membranes to investigate the aggregation of the bacterial prion-like protein RepA-WH1
  • 13:00 – 14:30 h. Lunch
  • 14:30 – 15:30 h. Short oral communications
    Chairs: José Antonio del Río and Jesús Requena
    Salvador Ventura – Evaluation of mutational impact on prion-like proteins aggregation propensity
    Hasier Eraña – Generation of a variety of different infectious recombinant prion strains
    Ilaria Vanni – The infectivity of atypical PrPSc is not affected by Protease K treatment
  • 15:30 – 16:00 h. Coffe break and poster discussion

Prion diseases in animals

  • 16:00 – 17:15 h. Invited speaker: Dr. Vicent Beringue. “Dispersity of prion protein assemblies and strain phenomenon”
    Chairs: Leonor Orge and Juan José Badiola
  • 17:15 – 18:00 h. Oral communications
    Chairs: Leonor Orge and Juan José Badiola
    José Luis Pitarch – Comparative study between caprine BSE and bovine BSE in experimentally inoculated goats with different mutations at codon 222 of PRNP gene
    Juan Carlos Espinosa – Role of polymorphic variants of the prion protein in the differential susceptibility to prion strain infection

Friday, 27th October

Prion diseases in animals

  • 09:00 – 10:00 h. Oral communications
    Chairs: Leonor Orge and Juan José Badiola
    Alvina Hour – Detecting BSE agent in Scrapie BSE co-infected sheep
    Pedro Fernández-Funez – The prion protein zoo: identification of protective residues from prion-resistant animals
    Tomás Barrio – Studying the role of PrPC glycosylation in the strain properties and the pathobiological features of BSE

Prion diseases and prion-like diseases in humans

  • 10:00 – 11:15 h. Invited speaker: Dr. Erdem Tamgüney. “”Alpha-synuclein prionoids cause CNS disease in transgenic mice after peripheral transmission”
    Chairs: Isidro Ferrer and Raquel Sánchez
  • 11:15 – 11:45 h. Coffe break and poster discussion
  • 11:45 – 13:00 h. Oral communications
    Chairs: Isidro Ferrer and Raquel Sánchez
    Katrin Thüne – YKL-40 in the brain and cerebrospinal fluid of neurodegenerative dementias
    Franc Llorens – Cerebrospinal fluid Neurofilament Light in neurodegenerative dementia: Diagnostic accuracy in the differential diagnosis of prion diseases
    Raymond Bujdoso – Drosophila model of genetic human prion disease
  • 13:00 – 14:30 h. Lunch
  • 14:30 – 16:00 h. Oral communications
    Chairs: Isidro Ferrer and Raquel Sánchez
    Alba Marín – Deep assessment of the zoonotic potential of atypical BSE prions
    Samuel Peña Díaz – Towards a cure for Parkinson’s disease: inhibition of α-synuclein aggregation
    Isidro Ferrer – Intracerebral inoculation of pure ARTAG brain homogenates in wild type mice and tau transgenic mouse models
  • 16:00 – 16:30 h. Meeting closure
  • 16:30 – 17:30 h. PrioNet Spain meeting



In order to register for the Congress, please fill the REGISTRATION ON LINE FORM.

The registration is currently open following the next rules:

  • Early registration:
    Registration fee: 175€
    Deadline: 15th September 2017
  • Late registration:
    Registration fee: 250€
    From 15th September 2017

The registration fee includes:

  • Participation in all scientific sessions
  • Access to the scientific poster exhibition
  • Certificate of attendance
  • Conference bag
  • Meals: coffee breaks and meals

The Registration fee should be paid by wire transfer to the following bank account:

Office Address: Avda. Gran Capitán, 8. 14001 Córdoba
IBAN: ES86 0049 1874 00 2010098501
Account Number: 0049 1874 00 2010098501

Please, specify in the details of the bank transfer:
“Registration Iberian Prion 2017: name and surname”


The abstract submission deadline is September 25th, 2017. Abstracts should be submitted online via the congress website (do not send by email) following these instructions:

  • The presenting author has to be registered for the conference
  • All abstracts must be submitted in English
  • The maximum size of the poster is 120cm (height) x 90cm (weidth)

Presentation Format

Select your preferred presentation format: poster or oral communication. The scientific committee will review the abstracts and acceptance/rejection will be notified in due time. Due to time limitations, some of the accepted abstracts might be reallocated to poster presentations, as decided by the scientific committee.

Thematic area: select the area in which your work is included

  • Prion diseases in animals
  • Prion diseases and Prion-like diseases in humans
  • Prion structure and biology


Author who will present the paper should be registered


Should not exceed 300 words






79’50 € 90’00 €


107’80 € 116’60 €


Hotels located close to the venue. Price per room and per night. All taxes included.

Rooms available from October 25th to 28th 2017 (3 nights). Please check availability if you want to expand your booking.

16/11/17 Deadline for booking accommodation.

IMPORTANT: After this date reservations are subject to availability.


– Before October 1st, 2017: free of charge (excluding bank charges if any).

– Between October 2nd and 11st, 2017: charge of 30€.

– After October 11th, 2017: one night charge.


Bank transfer to the following bank account:


Office Adress: Avda. Gran Capitán, 8. 14001 Córdoba

Swift Bank Code: BSCHESMM

Iban Bank Code: ES86 0049 1874 00 2010098501

Account Number: 0049 1874 00 2010098501

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Please be sure that both your name and the code “HOTEL 6TH PRION IBERIAN CORDOBA 2017” are included in the bank transfer document.

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Please fill this form and send it to the Technical Secretariat before October 11st , 2017.


Sponsorship Opportunities

The 6th Iberian Congress on Prions covers internationally relevants scientific topics with outstanding scientists participating in the different sessions.

The Congress hosts around 100 scientists from universities and research organizations. Thus, it provides an ideal platform for the advertising and diffusion of products. Additional advantages are the presence of young scientists who could become available for recruiting and the crosstalk with consolidated team leaders to engage in new joint R+D endeavors.

If you are interested in sponsorship options or if you would like more information, please contact with the Organizing Committee at:

e-mail: prion@inia.es
Telephone: +34 916 202 300




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