Elena Moro (EM): As incoming co-chair of the Scientific Panel “Dementia and cognitive disorders” can you briefly introduce yourself and your specific field of expertise to the EANpages readers?
Sandro Sorbi (SS): I am a neurologist and psychiatrist by training, professor of Neurology and Chair of the First Neurology Clinic University of Florence, Careggi Hospital, Florence, and the scientific coordinator of the IRCSS Don Gnocchi, Florence, Italy. My clinical and research interests are focused on:
• Dementia (clinical, neuropsychology, biology, imaging)
• Molecular genetics of neurological and psychiatric disorders
• Cellular and molecular biology of aging
• Biochemistry, neurochemistry, cellular and molecular biology of hereditary ataxias
and movement disorders
EM: Could you outline the strategic work plan that you foresee for the Scientific Panel that you co-chair?
SS: The main goal of the panel would be to increase the knowledge and awareness of dementia among the neurological community throughout European countries; this goal may be achieved by promoting the dissemination of good neurological practice in dementia and promoting the participation of neurologist from the different European countries to the development and publications of dementia guidelines and recommendations. A further plan is to promote the participation of neurologists from all the European countries to the Network on the subtypes of dementia. This may help research on dementia and clinical trials.
EM: What is the main “deliverable” that you want to achieve for the work that the Scientific Panel will address during your term of office?
SS: In my vision it would be the development and publication of evidence-based guidelines and disseminate good clinical practice on dementia among the different European countries.