Montreal hosts 2nd Quebec-France ALS/FTD conference


Dr. Heather Durham, PhD, researcher and professor at the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI) of McGill University is co-organizer of the 2nd Quebec-France ALS/FTD conference to be held at the MNI, March 20-21, 2014. The inaugural conference was held in 2012 at the Institute du cerveau et de la moelle épinière (ICM) in Paris.

Sponsored in part by the ALS Society of Quebec, the conference brings together over 35 ALS researchers and clinicians from Quebec and France to discuss the latest research findings and ways to collaborate to address important questions concerning disease origins and effects and therapeutic advances.  In addition, Dr. Michael Strong from Western University will be updating the group on the proceedings of the international ALS/FTD workshop he hosted last year in London, Ontario.

The title of the conference (ALS/FTD) reflects the landmark discovery that mutations in some of the same genes that cause ALS can also cause a form of dementia called FTD (frontotemporal dementia). Since then, there has been more collaboration between scientists studying these two disorders as well as more attention on how cognitive processes can be affected in ALS.


Special event for members of the ALS Society of Quebec

The ALS Society of Quebec is hosting a special lecture for patients, caregivers and other community members. Dr. Strong will give the keynote address entitled Cognition in ALS: a 20-year journey. Dr. Strong, a clinician scientist and ALS Clinic Director at Western University, was among the first investigators to study and draw attention to cognition in ALS. Following Dr. Strong’s talk, a panel of ALS researchers will answer questions from members of the audience. The panel will include Dr. Strong, Heather Durham, Ph.D. professor at the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI) of McGill University, Edor Kabashi, Ph.D., Brain and Spinal Cord Institute (ICM), Paris, France and Jean-Pierre Julien, Ph.D. and Jasna Kritz, Ph.D., Laval University.

Date: March 19, 2014 at 7:00pm
Location: Hôtel Ruby Foo’s (2655 Boul. Décarie à Montréal), room Shanghai AB


To attend the free lecture please register by March 10 by calling reception at 514 725-2653 / 1 877-725-7725, extension 105 or by email : [email protected]