Synuclein Meeting 2019: where we are and where we need to go

J Neurochem. 2019 Sep;150(5):462-466. doi: 10.1111/jnc.14825.


The Synuclein Meetings are a series that has been taking place every 2 years for about 12 years. The Synuclein Meetings bring together leading experts in the field of synuclein and related human conditions with the goal of discussing and advancing the research. In 2019, the Synuclein Meeting is taking place in Ofir, a city in the outskirts of Porto, Portugal. The meeting is entitled 'Synuclein Meeting 2019: Where we are and where we need to go'. It has now been 22 years since the initial report of the genetic and pathological association between alpha-synuclein and Parkinson's disease (PD). The field has grown and matured, and major advances have been made. We are witnessing exciting times, with the first clinical trials being conducted that target synuclein, and bring the hope of novel therapies for patients with PD and their families. However, we still face many challenges and need to address fundamental questions for the field to progress to where we need to go: having biomarkers and effective therapies for PD and other synucleinopathies. In this context, we have designed the Synuclein Meeting 2019 with a different format. The program will include sessions in the format of a round-table discussion, to break away from the more rigid format of regular scientific meetings based on oral presentations. Our goal was to create opportunities for discussing the major questions in the field of synuclein and related human disorders, and challenge dogmatic ideas that require a critical revision in light of the most recent knowledge. In this issue, we assembled a series of comprehensive overviews of major topics, questions, and challenges in the field, that will be discussed in the meeting. We are confident that this special issue will be an instrumental reference for inspiring novel paths for future discoveries in the synuclein field and generate other discussions in the scientific community. This is the Preface for the Special Issue "Synuclein". Cover Image for this issue: doi: 10.1111/jnc.14520.

Publication types

  • Introductory Journal Article
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Forecasting
  • Humans
  • Parkinson Disease / genetics
  • Parkinson Disease / metabolism
  • Parkinson Disease / therapy
  • Synucleinopathies* / genetics
  • Synucleinopathies* / therapy
  • alpha-Synuclein* / genetics
  • alpha-Synuclein* / physiology


  • alpha-Synuclein