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The EFAS 2018 meeting will have two parts: The first part is the annual EFAS School. The school trains autonomic skills on clinical evaluation and testing. The EFAS meeting on the second day is a full day scientific meeting focusing on the advances of the autonomic field as including translation into clinical practice. See below for the detailed program:

EFAS School Program (Friday, July 6, 13:00 – 17:00)

I) Health and disease

  • Chair: Walter Struhal (Austria)
  • ANS: the interface between outer and inner world – I. Rocha (Portugal)
  • Autonomic disorders: what goes wrong – H. Lahrmann (Austria)

II) Diagnostic tools

  • Chair: Anne Pavy-Le Traon (France)
  • Cardiovascular autonomic function tests and ABPM – G. Calandra-Buonaura (Italy)
  • Neuroendocrine and nuclear autonomic function tests – C. Rocchi (Italy)
  • Practical session: how to perform a cardiovascular autonomic function test, Part I – W. Struhal (Austria)

III) Bedside approach to ANS disorders

  • Chair: J.G. Van Dijk (Netherlands)
  • Autonomic history taking: you need to know what you’re looking for – R. Thijs (Netherlands)
  • Syncope, pseudosyncope and other orthostatic intolerance syndromes – A. Pavy-Le Traon (France)
  • Autonomic syndromes: how to put the pieces of the jigsaw together – E. Lenzenweger (Austria)

IV) Management of ANS disorders

  • Chair: G. K. Wenning (Austria)
  • Syncope and pseudosyncope – J.G. Van Dijk (Netherlands)
  • EBM treatment of orthostatic hypotension and related symptoms – G.K. Wenning (Austria)
  • Evaluation forms and concluding remarks

(Updated February 5, 2018)

EFAS Annual Meeting 2018 Agenda (Saturday, July 7, 07:00 – 18:30)

I) Peripheral autonomic neuropathies

  • Diabetic autonomic neuropathy – R. Freeman (USA)
  • Autonomic Dysfunction in GBS- M. Hilz (Germany)
  • Autonomic autoantibodies: What are they doing, which need to be assessed, how do we treat – TBD
  • ANS and Amyloid – I. Rocha (Portugal)

II) Neurodegeneration & ANS

  • PAF-MSA-Parkinson how to differentiate, how to confuse, similarities and specifics – G. Wenning (Austria)
  • Links from periphery to the brain – A. Fanciulli (Austria)
  • Sleep disorders & ANS – P. Cortelli (Italy)
  • Autonomic Dysfunction in Dementia – W. Struhal (Austria)

III) TLOC, Brain injury and ANS sequelae

  • Differential diagnosis – J.G. van Dijk (Netherlands)
  • Autonomic Dysfunction in epilepsy – R. Thijs (Netherlands)
  • Stroke and ANS – M. Hilz (Germany)
  • Syncopedia training a new generation of syncope specialist – J de Jong (Netherlands)

IV) Autonomic Nervous system and Fatigue Background and Management

  • Autonomic nervous system in simulated and real weightlessness – A. Pavy-Le Traon (France)
  • Prognostic autonomic biomarkers – J.M. Senard (France)
  • Fatigue and autonomic nervous system dysfunction in people with multiple sclerosis – M. Habek (Croatia)
  • Gastric dysfunction – H. Zoller (Austria)

(Updated January 9, 2018)



EFAS 2018 Registration


Congress president

Walter Struhal, MD Tulln

Scientific committee

P. Cortelli, MD Bologna

A. Fanciulli, MD, PhD Innsbruck

M. Hilz, MD Erlangen

A. Pavy Le Traon, MD Toulouse

I. Rocha, MD Lisbon

J.M. Senard, MD Toulouse

W. Struhal, MD Tulln
R. Thijs, MD

G. Van Dijk, MD Leiden

G.K. Wenning, MD PhD MSc Innsbruck

Congress secretary

B. Riemer MD

Congress Organizer