Innsbruck, 16 th -17 th February 2017

Medizin Zentrum Anichstraße –Anichstraße 35, Innsbruck, Austria

EFAS warmly welcomes you to the EFAS School and Meeting 2017!



endorsed by:

American Autonomic Society

International Parkinson‘s Disease and Movement Disorders Society

International Neuro-Urology Society

European MSA Study Group (EMSA-SG)

NeuroSPIN – Signal Processing in Neurons

Innsbruck Medical University



Congress president

G. K. Wenning, MD, PhD, MSc

Scientific committee

P. Cortelli, MD Bologna

A. Fanciulli, MD, PhD Innsbruck

M. Hilz, MD Erlangen

J. Jordan, MD, PhD Hannover

H. Kaufmann, MD New York

L. Norcliffe-Kaufmann, PhD New York

A. Pavy Le Traon, MD Toulouse

I. Rocha, MD Lisbon

J.M. Senard, MD Toulouse

W. Struhal, MD Linz
R. Thijs, MD

G. Van Dijk, MD Leiden

G.K. Wenning, MD PhD MSc Innsbruck

Congress Organizer

R. Kerschbaumer

Congress secretary

A. Fanciulli MD, PhD

Local organizing committee

Mag. G. Schobesberger

S. Eschlböck, MD


Kongress 2017



 from left to right: Congress secretary A. Fanciulli (Innsbruck), Congress president GK Wenning (Innsbruck), N. Quinn (London) giving the Otto Loewi Memorial Lecture, H. Kaufmann (New York), EFAS president W. Struhal (Austria) 


EFAS 2017 warmly welcomes poster submissions. The best poster will be awarded by a special EFAS poster prize.


Extended deadline for abstract submissions is Jan. 22nd, 2017



Submit your abstract to

Please submit your abstracts applying the following structure:

1) Title
2) Author(s) (with affiliation)
3) Objective
4) Background
5) Methods
6) Results
7) Conclusion
8) Acknowledgment
9) Correspondence

The abstract should not exceed 200 words, spaces included.
Abbreviations should be defined by being placed in parentheses immediately after the full word or phrase has been typed for the first time. Generic (nonproprietary) names should be used for drugs and substances.



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Innsbruck is a marvelous town inbetween the Austrian alps. The following link provides you with travel information:

Innsbruck travel information



famous Tyrolian cuisine - drive your parasympathetic system to its best

downtown inbetween the alps

Tyrolian masks

Skiing at its best

mountain pastures

sympathetic provocations

traditional trades

picturesque traditional city center

finally getting fit again

cross country slopes - less sympathetic drive but still nice

wonderful hotels

fantastic perspectives and modern architecture

alpine fauna a stones throw away from Innsbruck

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slideshow images: copyright Tirol Werbung



Have a look at Innbruck at the very moment:

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Fly directly into Innsbruck:

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Endorsed by:

  • American Autonomic Society
  • International Parkinson‘s Disease and Movement Disorders Society
  • International Neuro-Urology Society
  • European MSA Study Group (EMSA-SG)
  • NeuroSPIN – Signal Processing in Neurons
  • Innsbruck Medical University



Thursday, 16th February 2017


EFAS School



Welcome –G. K. Wenning, Innsbruck and W. Struhal, Linz


A Physiologist`s view on ANS function

I. Rocha, Lisbon


A Neurologist`s view on ANS function

H. Lahrmann, Vienna

Autonomic work stations

(2 groups, max n=10, 45 minutes)

Background/case presentations


Rotation: 10.15-10.25

Tilt table testing

A. Fanciulli, Innsbruck / A. Pavy Le Traon, Toulouse


Rotation: 10.15-10.25

Unclassified TLOC: history taking in the emergency room and in the syncope clinic

M. Sojer, Innsbruck / J. G. Van Dijk , Leiden


Coffee break


Rotation: 12.25-12.35

Seizure or syncope: role of Video-EEG monitoring

I. Unterberger, Innsbruck / R. Thijs, Leiden


Rotation: 12.25-12.35

Urogenital function testing

G. Kiss, Innsbruck / D.B. Vodusek, Ljubljana




Rotation: 14.45-14.55

Gastrointestinal dysfunction

H. Zoller, Innsbruck / A. Finkenstedt, Innsbruck


Rotation: 14.45-14.55

Sleep disorders

B. Högl, Innsbruck / G. Calandra-Buonaura, Bologna

15.40 – 16.00

Coffee break


Round Table discussion: Diagnosis and management of supine hypertension

A. Fanciulli, Innsbruck / G. Calandra-Buonaura, Bologna /S. Eschlboeck, Innsbruck / M. Hilz, London / J. Jordan, Hannover / H. Kaufmann, New York / L. Norcliffe-Kaufmann, New York / A. Pavy Le Traon, Toulouse/ D. Robertson, Nashville / W. Struhal, Linz / R. Thijs, Leiden /J. G. Van Dijk , Leiden / G.K. Wenning, Innsbruck, on behalf of the EFAS/AAS Joint Taskforce on supine hypertension

(EFAS/AAS Position Statement to be submitted to CAR)


Friday, 17th February 2017


EFAS Meeting


08.30 -08.40

Opening ceremony:

W. Struhal, Linz – EFAS President

G. K. Wenning, Innsbruck – EFAS 2017 Congress President


Session I

Primary autonomic failure


G.K. Wenning, Innsbruck and G. Ransmayr, Linz


Otto Loewi Memorial Lecture – The many faces of multiple system atrophy

N. Quinn, London


Biomarkers in α-synucleinopathies: an update – I. Stankovic, Belgrade


Cardiovascular autonomic failure: diagnosis and prognosis –A. Fanciulli, Innsbruck


Cardiovascular autonomic failure: therapeutic advances – H. Kaufmann, New York


Neurogenic bladder in MSA and PD: new insights – H. Madersbacher, Innsbruck


Preclinical MSA testbeds: what is in the pipeline – N. Stefanova, Innsbruck


Interventional MSA trials: why have they failed so far? – F. Krismer, Innsbruck



Coffee break


Session II

Sleep and epilepsy


B. Högl, Innsbruck and G. Calandra-Buonaura, Bologna


RBD in neurodegenerative diseases – F. Provini, Bologna


IGLON 5: REM Parasomnia with autonomic involvement – B. Högl, Innsbruck


Narcolepsy: translational evidence – A.Silvani, Bologna


Ictal asystole: life threatening vagal storm or a benign seizure self-termination? – R. Thijs, Leiden


Sudden death in familial dysautonomia: Mechanisms and risk factors – Horacio Kaufmann, New York



Lunch and poster session

Chairs: G.K. Wenning, Innsbruck/ A. Pavy Le Traon, Toulouse


Session III

Syncope and Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS)


J. G. Van Dijk, Leiden and G.K. Wenning, Innsbruck


Vasovagal syncope with asystole: to pace or not to pace? M. Brignole, Lavagna


Psychogenic pseudosyncope: diagnosis and follow-up– J.G. Van Dijk, Leiden


POTS or POTSs? Critical reappraisal of the pathophysiology – W. Struhal, Linz


Session IV

Genetic autonomic disorders


H. Kaufmann, New York and M. T. Pellecchia, Salerno


Hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathies – L. Norcliffe-Kaufmann, New York


Autonomic dysfunction in LAARK 2 Parkinson cases – B. Tijero, Bilbao


Contursi Parkinson disease cohort – M. T. Pellecchia, Salerno


Interventional therapies in Fabry`s disease – M. Hilz, London



Coffee break


Session V

Botulinum-Toxin in autonomic disorders


S. Bösch, Innsbruck and G.K. Wenning, Innsbruck


Hyperhidrosis – S. Bösch, Innsbruck


Esophageal motility disorders – H. Zoller, Innsbruck


Detrusor hyperreflexia – D. Vodusek, Ljubljana



Oral presentations of selected abstracts incl. EFAS Best Poster Award


Concluding remarks


EFAS Board meeting