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 occipital lobes. We intend to capitalize on novel methods for brain mapping to provide a comprehensive overview of the correlation between brain lesions and disorders as applied to neurological and psychiatric disorders. The International school offers a unique opportunity for neurologists, neuroradiologists, psychologists, neurosurgeons and psychiatrists to share knowledge and integrate complementary approaches to neuroanatomy. The format of the conference is a blend of lectures, keynotes and single case presentations with many opportunities for young clinicians and researchers to meet the experts and discuss specific topics.

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. 

Booking forms for the conference and hands-on workshop can be downloaded from the website.

Special issue of Cortex Clinical Neuroanatomy on the occipital lobes

An editorial initiative is linked to the international school. Marco Catani and Mortimer Mishkin are co-editing a special issue of Cortex dedicated to the clinical neuroanatomy of the occipital lobes. The main outcome of the special issue will be a better understanding of the functional anatomy of the occipital lobes as derived from mapping symptoms to localised cortical areas and extended occipital networks. We invite case series, literature reviews, and structural imaging data related to occipital motor, cognitive, emotional, and integrative functions and its disorders. Our aim is to capitalise on the important insights from classical clinical-anatomical correlation and promote a forward-looking network approach to occipital lobe syndromes. 

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We recommend you to contact the two following B&B to book a room for the conference.

A shuttle will link the B&B with the conference site




30 May - 1st June 2012 - Golf Resort Donna Fugata, Marina di Ragusa, Sicily

Chairs: Marco Catani & Mortimer Mishkin

Wednesday 30th May

1.    Neuroradiological anatomy of the occipital lobes (Alberto Bizzi, Milan) 

2.    Callosal connections of the occipital lobe (Giovanni Berlucchi, Verona)

3.    Comparative anatomy of the occipital lobe connections (Michel Thiebaut de Schotten, London)

4.    U-shaped short connections of the occipital lobe in humans (Marco Catani, London)

5. Keynote lecture: The dual visual pathway system revisited (Mortimer Mishkin, Bethesda)

Thursday 31st May

1.    Early attempts to distinguish functional organization of the visual cortex (Malcom Macmillian, Melbourne)

2.    Imaging functional organization of the human visual cortex (Rainer Goebel, Maastricht)  

3.    Plasticity of the adult visual cortex (Frans W. Cornelissen).

4.    Individual differences in visual imagery (Sergio Della Sala, Edinburgh)

Friday 1st June

1.    The clinical neuroanatomy of visual hallucinations (Dominic ffytche, London) 

2.    Alexia, dyslexia and the reading brain (Laurent Cohen, Paris)

3.    Disorders of the dorsal pathways (Stephen Jackson, Nottingham)

4.    Visual agnosias and disorders of visual imagery (Paolo Bartolomeo, Paris)

DTI tractography Workshop:   

(Day 1, 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. 

(Day 2, 16:00-18:00 pm). This second day is dedicated to hands-on virtual dissections of the occipital pathways. These include: short intralobar fibres and long association (ILF, IFOF, Cingulum), projection (Optic Radiations), and commissural (Splenium) pathways. Participants are expected to be familiar with TrackVis commands. 

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