The ENCALS meeting 2017 started in a sunny Ljubljana. Prof. Leonard van den Berg, chair of ENCALS and dr. Blaz Koritnik, neurologist at the Ljubljana University Medical Centre opened the meeting. Leonard van den Berg emphasized the informal setting of this conference with a long standing no tie policy. The aim of the conference is to share results, think of new research approaches, strengthen international collaborative projects and start new international collaborations to work towards a cure for ALS/ MND.
Dr. Tanja Mate, Director – General of the Health Care Directorate of Slovenia welcomed the 300+ ENCALS participants to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. She emphasized the importance of international collaboration in scientific research. The president of the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Slovenia, Mr. Boris Šuštaršič, stressed the importance of high quality care and state of the art research towards better treatments for ALS/ MND.
Prof. Jernej Ule from University College London started off with the Dr. Janez Faganel memorial lecture lecture elaborating about his work on Protein-RNA complexes & ALS. The subsequent Thierry Latran Foundation lecture was held by Dr. Jesus Mora, Prof. Luis Barbeito and Prof. Olivier Hermine concerning the results of the phase 3 Masitinib trial.
Many interesting platform presentations followed. Amongst others, results were presented from international collaborative projects such as the FP7 EuroMOTOR project on environmental risk factors for ALS and the genetic project MinE.
ENCALS has 37 European ALS centres involved and all ALS/ MND centres are welcome to join!
[Photo’s by Tina Roš]