3rd NISALS 2012 Miami

The 3rd Annual NISALS Meeting convened on Dec8-9 2012 in Miami, Florida, after the yearly International Scientific Symposium on ALS/MND in Chicago. It was hosted by Michael Benatar and attended by 38 people from all over the world.


Saturday Dec 8th

9:00 am – 9:45 am       BREAKFAST
9:45 am – 10:00am      Welcome
                                   Michael Benatar
10:00 am – 10:30 am    NiSALS progress and prospects.
                                   Martin Turner
10:30 am – 11:00 am    Network dysfunction in ALS: structural +
                                   functional studies.
                                   Martijn van den Heuvel
11:00 am – 12:00 pm    Multi-Center Projects.
                                   Sanjay Kalra, Julian Grosskreutz, Michael Benatar
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm     LUNCH
1:00 pm – 1:15 pm      Microglial activation in ALS –a PET study.
                                  Nazem Atassi
1:15 pm – 1:30 pm      MRI and cognition in motor neuron diseases.
                                  Federica Agosta
1:30 pm – 1:45 pm      Face perfection in ALS - news from the fMRI front.
                                  Dorothee Lule
1:45 pm – 2:00 pm      The neuroimaging signature of C9orf72 hexanecleotide
                                   repeat in ALS - a multimodal MRI study.
                                   Peter Bede
2:00 pm – 2:15 pm       DTI correlates of executive dysfunction in ALS.
                                   Sharon Abrahams
2:15 pm – 2:30 pm       Action understanding and emption recognition in
                                   ALS: a preliminary study examining mirror neuron
                                   Laura Swain
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm      COFFEE BREAK
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm       NiSALS Governance Discussion.
                                   Michael Benatar, Martin Turner, Julian Grosskreutz

Sunday, December 9th

7:45 am – 8:30 am          BREAKFAST
8:30 am – 8:45am          GABA Spectroscopy in ALS
                                     Bradley Foerester
8:45 am – 9:00 am         Biomarker potential of multi-parametric MRI
                                     protocols in MND: Aspects of data acquisition
                                     and post– processing.
                                    Jan Kassubek & Hans Peter Mueller
9:00am – 9:15 am         Retrospective quality assurance of MR Images.
                                    Robert Dhanke
9:15 am – 9:30 am        Machine learning and utility for MR based biomarker
                                    discovery in ALS.
                                    Robert Welsh
9:30 am – 9:45 am        A prospective pilot study measuring muscle
                                    volumetric changes in ALS.
                                    Tom Jenkins
9:45 am– 10:00 am       Spinal cord cross-sectional area on MR in diabetic
                                   peripheral neuropathy.
                                   Iain Wilkinson
10:00 am – 10:30 am    COFFEE BREAK
10:30 am – 10:45 am    Diagnostic utility of DTI in ALS: results of a
                                   Bradley Foerester
10:45 am – 11:00 am    ALS patient subgroups differentiated by clinical 1.5T
                                   Erik Pioro
11:00 am – 11:15 am    7T MRI in ALS
                                   Nazem Atassi
11:15 am – 11:30 am    Correlating pre and post-mortem 7T MRI with
                                   histological findings.
                                   Mary Kay Floeter
11:30 am – 12:15 pm    Wrap up and Future Directions
                                   Michael Benatar, Martin Turner, Julian Grosskreutz

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