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Dear friends and colleagues,

On behalf of NECTAR, the European Network for CNS Transplantation and Restoration, as well as the organizing and program committees, we are looking forward to welcoming you in Athens for the 32nd Annual NECTAR Meeting on 24-26 October 2022.

After a very successful hybrid meeting in 2021 in Edinburgh, we very much hope that we can come back to normal in 2022 and meet again in person. However, taking into consideration all possible scenarios due to unforeseen evolvements in the COVID-19 pandemic and related travel restrictions, we decided to hold a hybrid meeting once again that gives you the option of physical or virtual participation.

Nectar – athens.2022 has assembled an excellent line-up of speakers from Europe: France, Sweden, Luxembourg, Finland, Switzerland, Greece, and the UK, Israel, the US and more, to share their latest research with us. We have planned 3 plenary lectures on hot topics as well as sessions on the most recent developments in cell transplantation clinical trials for neurodegenerative diseases, immune system and brain cross-talk, advances in CNS disease modeling, mechanisms of neurodegeneration, neuroinflammation and glial cells, and preclinical cell therapies for brain disorders.

As always at NECTAR meetings, we will also have significant input into the scientific program from young researchers through the data-blitz oral presentations and a focus session from Industry partners.

Athens, the vibrant and cosmopolitan capital city of Greece, offers exquisite culture, events, night life and food for all tastes. The Acropolis museum and the renovated National Gallery are just two among the numerous museums that may attract your interest. Thanks to the mild and dry weather in October, you will still be able to enjoy the many open air coffee shops, bars and restaurants.

The meeting will take place at Cotsen Hall, in the premises of the American School of Classical Studies http://www.cotsenhall.gr/ which is located at a quiet but central spot in Athens, at walking distance from most recommended hotels and at close reach of Athens’ main sites.

We are all eager to meet again in person and hope that the scientific program and venue will incite enriching interactions and discussion we have had to sacrifice over the last two years.

Looking forward to welcoming you in Athens!

Rebecca Matsas
President of the Organizing Committee

Romina Aron Badin
President of NECTAR