2.1 Dysimmune Nodo-Paranodopathies
8:55 AM – 9:30 AM Speaker: Dr Luis Querol
Neurologist, Hospital De La Santa Creu I Sant Pau Biography
Luis Querol (Valencia, 1980) graduated in Medicine at the University of Oviedo. He completed his residency in Neurology at the Santa Creu i Sant Pau Hospital in Barcelona. In 2009 he was awarded a Rio-Hortega grant in Neuroimmunology in the group of Prof. Isabel Illa where he developed his doctoral thesis on the role of autoantibodies in immune-mediated neuropathies. During his last year of contract Rio Hortega, in 2012, he worked as an associate researcher in the group of Dr. Kevin O’Connor, Department of Neurology, Yale University (USA), where he developed projects related to autoantibodies in multiple sclerosis and myasthenia gravis. Directed by Prof. Illa, he completed his PhD in Medicine at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona in 2013 thanks tostudies that identified clinically useful antibodies in autoimmune neuropathies. In particular, these studies describe anti-contactin antibodies in a specific subgroup of patients with CIDP, in what is the first clinically useful marker detected in CIDP. On returning from the United States, he continued to work in the Neuromuscular Diseases Unit of the Santa Creu i Sant Pau Hospital, where he combined clinical care, with special interest in autoimmune pathology of the peripheral nervous system, with laboratory and translational research in the field of autoantibodies and immune-mediated neuropathies. He is currently appointed principal investigator for the Autoimmune Neurology Program of the ERN-NMD Neuromuscular Sant Pau, including the coordination of the Multiple Sclerosis Unit. Luis Querol received the Best Young Clinical Researcher 2013 Award from CIBERNED, the PK Thomas Award for best presentation in the field of neuropathies of the European Federation of Neurological Societies in 2014, the Grifols Institute’s SPIN Award (2016), the Oscar award of the AQuAS agency of Catalonia (2017) and 2019 Award of the Spanish Society of Neurology in Neuromuscular Diseases, all of them for his work with autoantibodies in CIDP.
2.3 Charcot-Marie-Tooth and Related Neuropathies
10:05 AM – 10:40 AM Speaker: Prof Mary Reilly
Professor Of Clinical Neurology, Ucl Queen Square Institute Of Neurology Biography
Professor Mary M. Reilly graduated from University College Dublin in 1986, received her MD in 1996, FRCP in 2002 and her FRCPI in 2003. She was appointed a consultant neurologist at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square in 1998 and a Professor of Clinical Neurology at UCL in 2010. She leads the peripheral nerve clinical service in the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, leads a research group in the MRC centre for Neuromuscular Diseases in UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology (ION) and is head of the Division of Clinical Neurology in ION. She has a longstanding interest in the clinical management and research in the inherited peripheral neuropathies and runs a research program encompassing gene identification, pathogenetic studies, natural history studies, development of outcome measures and conducting clinical trials in inherited neuropathies. Professor Reilly is a co-director of both the UCL MRC Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases and the NIH Inherited Neuropathy Consortium. She is the immediate Past President of the Association of British Neurologist (ABN), a past President of the British Peripheral Nerve Society (BPNS), and a past President of the international Peripheral Nerve Society (PNS).