The EFNS Scientist Panels and ENS Sub-committees aim at coordinating different facets of clinical research and good neurological practice at the European level. They will play a very important role in the European Academy of Neurology – EAN. We invited the chairpersons of the EFNS Scientist Panels and ENS Subcommittees for their view on the future role of these panels/subcommittees within the EAN.
Interview with Massimo Filippi
Gian Luigi Lenzi: Briefly outline the future role you see for your scientist panel/subcommittee within the European Academy of Neurology.
Massimo Filippi: Neuroimaging and neurosonology are important tools in neurology. The main objective of this panel/ subcommittee is to foster their correct use in Europe. As a field of knowledge, imaging of the nervous system is experiencing a tremendous expansion because of the complexity of the central nervous system and the rapid advances in imaging technology. Thus, the clinician needs updated information on the appropriate and economical use of these tools. To this purpose, the panel/subcommittee will contribute to draft guidelines on training and the use of these tools in the main neurological conditions in an attempt to develop a standardised approach in Europe not only for the diagnosis of the different neurological conditions, but also for the application of advanced imaging tools for improving our understanding of disease pathophysiology and evolution. Such an effort will ultimately result in the identification of novel biomarkers to be applied in the context of treatment monitoring.
Teaching is another important task of the panel. This will be achieved through the organisation of teaching courses and workshops at the annual congresses based on selected topics, which will be defined on annual basis.
Gian Luigi Lenzi: How can Neuropenews contribute and enhance the work of your panel/ subcommittee?
Massimo Filippi: These are the main strategies I can foresee:
– providing an update of the published guidelines and the link to their abstracts;
– advertising for future teaching courses and workshops planned for the annual congress;
– ad hoc interviews with experts in the field
– forum on selected topics.
Gian Luigi Lenzi: Thank you for your time!
Massimo Filippi is Professor of Neurology at the Division of Neuroscience, Neuroimaging Research Unit, Ospedale San Raffaele – Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan, Italy and Chair of the EFNS Scientist Panel / ENS Sub-committee on Neuroimaging and -sonology.