Dear Colleagues,

The ESNR Diagnostic Committee’s Working Group on Dementia has the great pleasure to invite you to this first edition of the ESNR Advanced Course on Imaging in Neurodegenerative Diseases.

Imaging is becoming increasingly important in the exploration of neurodegenerative diseases, in particular magnetic resonance imaging and its new technical advances as well as positron emission tomography with its new tracer developments. The development of new imaging biomarkers of neurodegeneration has greatly changed and improved the management of patients with dementias, parkinsonism and other neurodegenerative diseases. These imaging biomarkers have contributed to transform the diagnostic approach and the follow-up of the patients, and will continue to do so in the near future. In view of aging of populations worldwide and the associated rise in neurodegenerative diseases, the ESNR deems the time right to provide neuroradiologists with an advanced training in Imaging in Neurodegenerative Diseases.

This course will address the important new developments of imaging in neurodegenerative disease and the impact on the early and differential diagnosis, monitoring of disease progression, clinical trials and experimental therapies. The program of this first edition is organized over three and half days, and comprises a faculty of renowned experts and fabulous speakers in the field. Two days will be dedicated to cognitive impairment and dementias, one day to parkinsonism and half a day to other neurodegenerative diseases including Huntington’s disease, spinocerebellar ataxias, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, neurodegeneration with brain iron accumulation, and prion diseases. Morning sessions will be dedicated to lectures covering the different aspects of the disease including pathological, pathophysiological and clinical aspects and imaging diagnosis in current clinical practice and new imaging biomarkers. Afternoon workshops will allow time for discussion, interactive clinical case sessions and hands-on access to the main systems commercially available for data post-processing using workstations.

The course will be held at the Brain and Spine Institute (Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle épinière - ICM) in Paris (France). The ICM is an international-level innovative research center dedicated to neuroscience of the brain and spinal cord. ICM was established in 2010 located in the heart of the Pitié Salpêtrière hospital.

The course is located in Paris, the capital of France, city of history, art and art of living, rich in monuments that will provide an ideal place to combine teaching, visiting, relaxation and social events. Together with the top-level faculty from all over Europe, ICM and Paris will contribute to creating the proper context for a successful and rewarding course.

We look forward to welcoming you to Paris next November for this course!

Prof. Stéphane Lehericy (Local Organiser) Prof. Meike Vernooij (Lead of the Dementia Working Group) and Prof. Tarek Yousry (Chairman of the ESNR Diagnostic Committee)