This year’s ENCALS meeting took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia from the 18th-20th May. ENCALS, (European Network to Cure ALS), is a network of ALS centres in Europe. The annual ENCALS meeting is an important forum for the European MND community. This meeting is aimed at getting younger researchers in the area to present their data and meet with more established researchers in the field.

ENCALS 2017 provided an excellent cross-section of ongoing work into MND across Europe and, indeed, further afield. The MND Research Group from Trinity College, Dublin was well represented with a plenary talk entitled, ‘The Panorama of ALS Genetics’, delivered by Dr. Russell McLaughlin. Oral presentations were also given by Dr. James Rooney, (‘Euro-MOTOR: a multi-centre population-based case-control study of metals and solvents exposure as risk factors for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis’), and Marta Pinto Grau, (‘Assessing behaviour in ALS: the importance of using disease-specific tools’), from the Irish group. A summary of the contents of these and all of the other talks and posters presented at ENCALS 2017 can be viewed at ENCALS 2017: Book of Abstracts.

Lots of photos from this year’s ENCALS meeting can also be found by clicking here.