Wednesday 22 May 2013

18.00–20.00 Registration


Thursday 23 May 2013

8.00 Registration

9.00–9.15 Opening words
Inger Nennesmo, President of the Scandinavian Neuropathological Society
Matias Röyttä, President of the Symposium

9.15–10.15 Session I: General Immunology
Matias Röyttä

Sirpa Jalkanen, University of Turku, Finland:
General immunological mechanisms (25 min)
Roxana Carare, University of Southampton, UK:
Immunology of the brain (35 min)

10.15–10.45 Coffee, posters and exhibition

10.45–12.45 Session II: Demyelinating diseases
Chair: Irina Elovaara

Irina Elovaara, University of Tampere, Finland:
Towards personalized therapy of multiple sclerosis(25 min)
Claudia Lucchinetti, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA:
Pathogenesis of MS-lesions (45 min)
Tomas Olsson, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden:
Genes and lifestyle/environmental factors in MS (25 min)
Veijo Hukkanen, University of Turku, Finland:
Treatment of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis by virus vector therapy (25 min)

12.45–14.00 Lunch, posters and exhibition

14.00–15.45 Session III: Neurodegeneration
Chair: Irina Alafuzoff

Juha Rinne, University of Turku, Finland:
PET imaging in  neurodegenerative diseases (30 min)
Ville Leinonen, University of Kuopio, Finland:
Brain biopsies in neurodegenerative diseases (20 min)
Irina Alafuzoff , Uppsala University, Sweden:
Neuropathology of neurodegenerative diseases, update (30 min)
Laura Airas, University of Turku, Finland:
Role of microglia in neuroinflammation (25min)

15.45–16.15 Coffee, posters and exhibition

16.15–17.45 Oral presentations from selected abstracts
Chair: Anders Oldfors

Sven Grutzmeier, Sweden:
CMV encephalitis in AIDS patients

Hedberg Carola, Sweden:
B3GALNT2 is a novel gene associated with congenital muscular dystrophy with brain malformations

Kalimo Hannu, Finland:
Neutrophil infiltration into ischemic infarctions: myth or truth?

Kero Mia, Finland:
Hippocampal sclerosis in the very old: A population based neuropathological study

19.00 Get-together party


Friday 24 May 2013

9.00–10.30 Session I: Neuroinflammation in connective tissue diseases
Chair: Maria Gardberg

Claire Rice, Bristol, UK:
CNS vasculitis: the diagnosis and management (40min)
Magnus Andersson, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden:
Neurological complications in connective tissue diseases; especially epilepsy in SLE and neuroinflammation after TNFa blocking therapies   (25 min)
Laura Pirilä, University of Turku, Finland:
The classification of vasculitis (25 min)

10.30–11.00 Coffee, posters and exhibition

11.00–12.30 Session II: PML course
Chair: Matti Karvonen

Hans Lindå, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden:
Neurological findings in PML (30 min)
Nancy Richert, Biogen Idec, Cambridge, MA, USA (sponsored by Biogen Idec Finland):
Neuroradiological findings in PML (40 min)

12.15–13.40 Lunch, posters and exhibition

13.40–14.30 Session II  PML course continued
Chair: Matti Karvonen

Gabor Kovacs, Medical University of Vienna, Austria:
Spectrum of neuropathological alterations in PML: novel aspects (30 min)
Merja Soilu-Hänninen, University of Turku, Finland:
A clinical case of PML (20min)

14.30–15.00 Coffee, posters and exhibition

15.00–16.00 Patrick Sourander Memorial Lecture
Chair: Matias Röyttä

Esko Valtaoja, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Turku, Finland

17.00   Cruise and Banquet at the Turku Castle
            Return by bus


Saturday 25 May 2013

9.15–10.45 BrainNet Europe: Mystery Cases
Chairs: Irina Alafuzoff and Gabor Kovacs

10.45–11.15 Coffee

11.15–12.45 BrainNet Europe: Mystery Cases continued

12.45–13.45 Lunch

13.45–14.45 General Assembly of the Scandinavian Neuropathological Society

To view the scanned slides from the mystery cases presented in this workshop, use this link:

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Images 1, 3 & 4 © Mika Elmeranta
Image 2 © by Arto Takala
Header image by Naantalin matkailu