Luxembourg 15th-16th May 2023

This workshop, funded by the Joint Programme on Neurodegenerative Disease Research, is intended to bring together a wide multidisciplinary community to discuss links between Coronavirus, Amyloid Disease, and Inflammatory Disease. Conference attendees should include, but not be limited to, COVAMINF workgroup members.

Medical practitioners, social and political actors, and scientists of all fields are welcome.

Conference attendees will be invited to contribute to two outputs, firstly a jointly authored review article presenting the broadest and most complete “atoms to societies” multiscale view of Cov-Am-Inf, addressing if possible the questions:

  • A: How does SARS-CoV2 interact with any ongoing ‘typical’ neurodegenerative and/or chronic inflammatory disease etiology?
  • B: Can SARS-CoV2 cross-seed or otherwise initiate progressive amyloid and/or inflammatory disease?
  • If A or B, what risk-management strategies or potential treatments are relevant to SARS-CoV2 in relation to amyloid and/or chronic inflammatory disease?

Following the submission of the review article, the COVAMINF workgroup coordinator will prepare and disseminate a report on best practice and best policy giving the view of the COVAMINF workgroup as representing the JPND, with inputs again solicited from the COVAMINF workgroup and workshop attendees, on a voluntary basis.

The COVAMINF workshop has been arranged to follow directly from the 7th VENUSBERG MEETING ON NEUROINFLAMMATION, which will not be in Venusberg but in Luxembourg. The V7 meeting will run from Thursday May 11th to Saturday May 13th inclusive, with an opening dinner on May 10th. No sessions are planned for either meeting on the Sunday, however enrichment and relaxation activities will be arranged. Sessions for both meetings will be held at Belval campus in Southern Luxembourg.


The abstract deadline for contributed talks is March 31st. Final registration deadline is May 1st.

Cost to register is €200 for non-COVAMINF members, unless invited as a speaker. A limited number of non-paying places are available, students or other financially disadvantaged persons in particular may request exemption from registration fees. Payment details will be supplied following registration, and registration will be cancelled if payment or exemption from payment is not confirmed before the date of the workshop.

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Rooms at Ibis Belval can be reserved at a 10% discount (book early) until Jan 31st 2023. Accomodation at Ibis Belval (only) will be reimbursed for COVAMINF members and for invited speakers. It is the responsibility of individual attendees to reserve accommodation and to verify the reduced rate. The code to secure the 10% discount will be provided following registration.

Hybrid / Online Acess

If you wish to present online please note this in your abstract submission. If you wish to attend the meeting entirely virtually please also note this at registration time. Fully online registration has no fee, but please do not register unless you intend to take part as fully as possible in the sessions.


Luxembourg airport is served by free bus links to Luxembourg city. To get from Luxembourg city to Belval it is normal to take the train (also free) which runs four times per hour for most of the day and night. CFL (Chemins de Fer Luxembourg) provides an online journey planner.

Getting here and parking – BELVAL

Brussels Charleroi and Frankfurt Hahn airports are both fairly close to Luxembourg. These budget travel hubs are connected to Luxembourg by coach services but not by convenient rail links.

It is also possible to take a high-speed train between Luxembourg and Paris, however the journey between the major Paris airports (either Orly or Charles de Gaulle) and the rail station Gâre de l’Est can be more trouble than seems reasonable for the distance.


Sunday May 14th

Arrival (or rest day following Venusberg neuroinflammation meeting), with guided tour of Luxembourg medieval city at 16:00.

Monday May 15th

09:00 – 12:30Session: etiologies for neurodegenerative disease
13:30 – 17:00 Session: etiologies for neurological harm by SARS-CoV2
18:00Conference Opening Dinner

Tuesday May 16th

09:00 – 12:30Session: peptide self-assembly and neurodegenerative disease
13:30 – 17:00WORKSHOP: New priorities in policy and research
17:00Closing remarks



Michael Heneka, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Jean-Charles Lambert, University of Lille, France


Abdul Mannan Baig, Agha Khan University, Pakistan

Maria Stefanatou, National And Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece


Nicholas P Reynolds, Latrobe University, Australia

Sofie Nyström, Linköping University, Sweden


Sally Witcher OBE, Former Chairperson of Scottish Commision on Social Security, Scotland