2013 Milano

The 4th Annual NISALS Meeting convened in Milano, Italy, on December 9 & 10 in 2013 after the yearly International Scientific Symposium on ALS/MND in Milano. It was hosted by Massimo Filippi.

NHOW Hotel, Via Tortona 35, 20144 Milano


4th Annual NeuroImaging Symposium in ALS

Monday, December 9th 
09.00-9.15 Welcome – Massimo Filippi, Milan, Italy
Chair: Martin Turner, Oxford, UK
09.15-10.00 Neuroimaging biomarkers in multiple sclerosis. Maria Assunta Rocca, Milan, Italy
10.00-10.45 What can ALS learn from neuroimaging biomarkers in other neurodegenerative disorders? Massimo Filippi, Milan, Italy
10.45-11.00 Discussion
11.00-11.30 Coffee Break
Chair: Julian Grosskreutz, Jena, Germany
11.30-12.00 The clinical correlation gap in ALS neuroimaging – Why? Does it matter? Esther Verstraete, Utrecht, The Netherlands
12.00-12.20 Are we on the verge of an MRS Renaissance? Sanjay Kalra, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
12.20-12.45 Discussion
12.45-14.00 Light lunch
Chair: Jan Kassubek, Ulm, Germany
14.00-14.20 Basal ganlia changes in ALS. Peter Bede, Dublin, Ireland
14.20-14.40 MTR – a forgotten sequence in ALS? Nicola De Stefano, Siena, Italy
14.40-15.00 Task-dependent versus task-free FMRI in ALS. Federica Agosta, Milan, Italy
15.00-15.20 Can MEG add value to ALS neuroimaging? Malcolm Proudfoot, Oxford, UK
15.20-15.40 What is new in ALS PET? Flavio Nobili, Genoa, Italy
15.40-16.00 Discussion
16.00-16.30 Afternoon tea
16.30-18.15 Selected oral communications (each 10 minute +5).
Chair: Michael Benatar, Miami, Florida, USA 
16.30-16.45 Diagnostic and prognostic value of FDG PET in ALS. K Van Laere, A Vanhee, J Verschueren, L De Coster, A Driesen, P Dupont, W Robberecht, P Van Damme.
16.45-17.00 The diagnostic value of diffusion tensor MRI metrics in relation to the MND phenotype heterogeneity. EG Spinelli, F Agosta, N Riva, M Copetti, S Galantucci, A Chiò, S Messina, S Iannaccone, A Calvo, V Silani, A Falini, G Comi, M Filippi.
17.00-17.15 Using DTI to explore circuits for pseudobulbar affect in motor neuron disorders. A Meoded, R Katipally, M Pasmantier, MK Floeter.
17.15-17.30 DTI and Tractography of the Cervical Spinal Cord in PLS and HSP Patients. A Meoded, O Schanz, J Sarlls, R Roda, C Blackstone, C Pierpaoli, MK Floeter.
17.30-17.45 Can we pool DTI metrics from different MR-protocols? A methodological approach in ALS. HP Müller, J Rosskopf, M Gorges, AC Ludolph, J Kassubek.
17.45-18.00 Magnetic resonance imaging brachial plexus alterations in ALS patients. S Gerevini, F Agosta, EG Spinelli, N Riva, E Pagani, A Falini, G Comi, M Filippi.
18:00-18:15 Additional resources and the default mode network in intrinsic functional connectivity fMRI: evidence of increased connectivity and decreased white matter integrity in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. J Heimrath, M Gorges, J Kassubek, H-P Müller, N Birbaumer, AC Ludolph, D Lulé
20.00  Dinner
Tuesday, December 10th 
Chair: Massimo Filippi, Milan, Italy
09.00-10.30 NiSALS Governance Discussion
10.30-11.00 Coffee Break
11.00-12.30 NiSALS Ongoing Projects
11:00-11:10 The Edinburgh Cognitive and Behavioural ALS Screen: European Study. Sharon Abrahams, Edinburgh, UK
11:10-11:20 The Italian validation of the Edinburgh Cognitive and Behavioural ALS Screen (ECAS). B Poletti, F Solca, L Carelli, A Lafronza, N Ticozzi, A Ratti, C Tiloca, D Calini, C Morelli, S Messina, A Doretti, S Abrahams, V Silani, Milan, Italy
11:20-11:30 Functionality and requirements for the NISALS website and repository. Julian Großkreutz, Jena, Germany
11:30-11:40 ALS-specific factors in imaging multicenter studies. Jan Kassubek, Ulm, Germany
11:40-11:50 Longitudinal DTI changes in an ALS cohort. Robert Welsh, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Other projects
12.30-13.00 Closing Remarks