Our Mission

This year the International School of Clinical Neuroanatomy aims to provide a broad platform to clinical neuroscientists interested in the neuroanatomy of the limbic system. We intend to capitalise on animal experimental evidence and new methods for brain mapping to provide a comprehensive overview of the neural basis of memory, emotion and behaviour in neurological and psychiatric disorders. The International School offers a unique opportunity for neurologists, neuroradiologists, psychologists, neurosurgeons and psychiatrists to share their knowledge and integrate complementary approaches to clinical neuroanatomy. The conference is a blend of lectures, keynotes and oral presentations with many opportunities for young clinicians and researchers to meet the experts and discuss specific topics. Contact us for information.

Hands-on workshop

A limited number of participants will have the possibility to attend hands-on sessions on diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) tractography. The objective of these sessions is to introduce basic commands of Trackvis and describe the principles of white matter organization of the occipital lobes. The number of participants is limited to a maximum of 50. 


We recommend you to contact the two following the SAVOY Beach Hotel and SPA to book a room for the conference. Specify that you are coming for the International School of Clinical Neuroanatomy to obtain a special discount. 




Chairs: Marco Catani & Edmund Rolls

Wednesday 29th May 2013 - Afternoon

1. An historical overview of the limbic system from Thomas Willis

to the default network (Marco Catani, London)

2. The circuit of Papez and beyond (John Aggleton, Cardiff)

3. The functional anatomy of the orbitofrontal cortex (Edmund Rolls, Oxford)

4. Neuroradiological aspects of limbic disorders (Alberto Bizzi, Milan)

Keynote lecture: The insula (Rudolph Nieuwenhuys, Amsterdam)

Thursday 30th May 2013 - Morning

5. Cortical effective connectivity during wakefulness, NREM sleep, dreaming, anesthesia and coma. (Marcello Massimini, Madison and Milan TBC)

6. The functional anatomy of the anterior cingulate cortex (Tim Behrens, Oxford TBC)

7. Neuronal bases of the non-conscious perception of emotional signals (Marco Tamietto, Torino and Tilburg)

8. Creativity and the limbic system (Valeria Drago, Siracusa TBC)

9. Reality confusion and the orbitofrontal cortex (Armin Schnider, Geneve)

Friday 31st May 2013 - Morning

10. Neuropsychological assessment of patients with frontal lobe damage (Giuseppe Zappala’, Catania)

11. Phineas Gage and H.M. revisited (Michel Thiebaut de Schotten, Paris)

12. Network damage in traumatic brain injury (David Sharp, London TBC)

13. Assessment of early memory deficits (Stefano Cappa, Milan)

14. Psychosurgical approaches to neuropsychiatric disorders (Andres Lozano, Toronto)

DTI tractography Workshop:   

(Thursday 30th may, 16:00-18:00 pm). This is for learning how to use TrackVis software to define regions of interest, upload FA images, extract tract specific measurements, etc. If you are already familiar with TrackVis you may skip this first day of the workshop. 

(Friday 1st june, 16:00-18:00 pm). This second day is dedicated to hands-on virtual dissections of the limbic pathways. These include: short intralobar fibres and long association (uncinate, Cingulum), projection (fornix). Participants are expected to be familiar with TrackVis commands.

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