Catania, IT

Organiser: Other


Attendance type(s): In Person

Event Dates: 18—22 Jul 2022

Registration Deadline: 20 Jul 2022


(July 18-22, 2022)


Rare Diseases and Neurosciences

Hotel Mercure Catania Excelsior, Piazza Giovanni Verga, 39, 95129 Catania, Italy

A Rare Disease (RD) is defined as one that affects fewer than five per 10,000 persons in the European Union (EU) or fewer than 200,000 persons in the United States. Despite their relative rarity, about 7000 RDs have been identified worldwide, affecting approximately 7% of the general population (almost 30 million people in the EU). Rare Neurological Diseases (RNDs) constitute a significant proportion of RDs. Almost 80% of the RDs are caused by genetic anomalies, and over half of the cases affect the central and/or peripheral nervous system, either isolated or in combination with other systems, and may start in childhood. These are all good reasons why young generations of scientists and physicians should be aware of RNDs. The University of Catania organizes the XIX Catania International Summer School of Neuroscience, CISSN (July 18-22, 2022), focused on “Rare Diseases and Neurosciences”. The main aim of the CISSN 2022 is to bring together junior European fellows and expert investigators, working on different aspects of Rare Diseases in Neurosciences, from clinical perspectives to multiomics’ approaches, and to provide a forum for new directions and ideas in the Rare Neurogical Diseases field. The meeting will combine research lectures by leading neuroscientists from Europe and aims to encourage active discussions and exchange of information and ideas between seniors and young fellows. The event is organized in harmony with the purposes of the PNRR – PE12, Neuropharmacology and Neuroscience post-graduate training project.


The Catania International Summer School of Neuroscience has always attracted attendees from Europe interested in the most appealing topics in Neuroscience and Neuropsychopharmacology. The CISSN 2022 is entitled “Rare Diseases and Neurosciences”. The CISSN is characterized by two 90-min sessions per day (one in the morning and one in the afternoon), followed by a 60-min open discussion between the lecturer and the attendees. At the end of the day there will be a 60-min general discussion, involving attendees and all Lecturers.



The CISSN is addressed to PhD students, Post-Doctoral fellows, Residency Students in Genetics, Pharmacology, Psychiatry and Neurology, interested in Neurosciences.



Kailash Bhatia – FRCP, Professor of Clinical Neurology, Institute of Neurology, UCL Queen Square, London, UK.Filippo Drago – Full Professor of Pharmacology, President of the Research and Consulting Center in HTA and Drug Regulatory Disciplines (CERD), University of Catania, Catania, Italy.

Massimiliano Filosto – MD, PhD, FEAN Associate Professor of Neurology, Department of Clinical and Experimental Sciences, University of Brescia, Italy. Clinical Director of NeMO-Brescia Clinical Center for Neuromuscular Diseases, Brescia, Italy.

Holm Graessner – Managing Director of the ZSE Tübingen and Head of the Research Management Unit of the Institute of Medical Genetics and Applied Genomics at the University Hospital Tübingen, Germany

Thomas Klopstock –  MD, FEAN, Friedrich-Baur-Institute, Department of Neurology, LMU University Hospital, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany.

Michelangelo Mancuso  – MD, PhD, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Neurological Institute University of Pisa & AOUP, Italy

Holger Prokisch  – PhD, Head of the Research Group “Genetics of Mitochondrial Disorders” at the Institute of Human Genetics of the Technical University Munich and of the Helmholtz Zentrum München, Neuherberg, Germany.

Rebecca Schüle-Freyer – PD. Dr., Department of Neurodegenerative Diseases, Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research (HIH), Center of Neurology, University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany. German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE), Tübingen, Germany.

Valeria Tiranti – DHead of Molecular Pathology of Mitochondrial Diseases, Unit of Medical Genetics and Neurogenetics, Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Neurologico Carlo Besta, Milano, Italy.

Deadlines for students (40 students)


  • Registration by 17 June 2022
  • Fee payment (€ 550,00) by 20 June 2022
  • 6 travel grants of € 500,00 will be assigned on the basis of CV/project evaluation

The winner of the travel grants will be announced at the end of the CISSN. Applications are open from March to June 17, 2022. To process your application, you must fill out the online form on the application page or by clicking on the link https://form.jotform.com/SCF_Academy/registration-form-cissn-2022





Prof. Filippo Drago – BIOMETEC, University of Catania, (Italy)


Scientific Director:

Prof. Michelangelo Mancuso – University of Pisa & AOUP, (Italy)

Contact Details

Name: SCF Academy

Phone: 00393914150755

Email: academy@essecieffe.it

URL: https://www.studioconsulenzafarmacologica.com/


Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, 93, 95029 Viagrande CT, Italy