The symposium is not only an opportunity to present research results, but the highly inspiring atmosphere also provides the basis for new ideas, for establishing joint projects and networks and for finding new scientific partners and friends.

The involvement of young scientists has always been a major motivation of the conference organizers, and prizes are regularly awarded for outstanding oral and poster contributions by junior and early career scientists. 

In this regard we are grateful to the support of the International Blood-Brain Barrier Society (IBBS) that regularly sponsors some of the prizes.