Neurodevelopmental disorders

Wednesday 7 until Friday 9 September 2022

Location: University of Antwerp - Stadscampus - Prinsstraat 13 - Room S.R.014 - Antwerp

Many genetic causes of neurodevelopmental disorders have been elucidated in the last decade. A substantial proportion of the causative genes cluster in the chromatin remodeling pathway. The aim of this conference is to highlight the common pathways involved in multiple chromatin remodeling disorders as well as to provide participants with an overview of the methodologies in this rapidly expanding field of epigenetic research. This meeting will bring together scientists and clinicians involved in genetic disease identification, characterization and treatment, as well as those involved in the development of epigenetic methodology. The scientific conference will be completed by a patient community gathering of families with the Helsmoortel - Van der Aa syndrome, a leading cause of  syndromic autism due to mutations in ADNP.

Register here: Registration Form

The scientific conference:

  • Wednesday 7 & Thursday 8 September 2022
  • The program consists of lectures by invited speakers and short talks selected from abstracts by young investigators. 

The patient community day:

  •  Friday 9 September 2022 

An informal social programme:

Not to miss: a reception including catering with typical Belgian fingerfood and drinks for parents and scientists is scheduled at the City hall (Grote Markt 1, Antwerp) from 18.30-20.30h on Thursday 8 September. This includes a welcome by Samuel Markowitz, "districtsschepen" from the city of Antwerp. This event is sponsored by the Belgian ADNP kids foundation.


  • Conference organizers: Frank Kooy, Kelly Verbruggen, Anke Van Dijck, Hans Van Bokhoven, Wim Vanden Berghe, Nathalie Van der Aa
  • Scientific committee: Illana Gozes, Christopher Pearson, Hans Van Bokhoven, Wim Vanden Berghe