The 2021 NA Symposium was the 10th International Meeting on Neuroacanthocytosis Syndromes, held online on March 10th–12th, 2021. The COVID19 pandemic situation made our planned meeting in Barcelona on March 2020 to be suspended by one year, and finally took place online. The meeting followed the previous nine international symposia, the last of which was held in Dresden, Germany in March, 2018.
The setting of the meeting encouraged interactions, exchange of ideas and networking opportunities among the high number of participants from around the globe, including scientists, neurologists and specially patients and caregivers. A total of 27 oral communications were distributed in 8 sessions with topics ranging from molecular and cellular functions of VPS13 genes and proteins, their involvement in Neuroacanthocytosis Syndromes and finally clinical aspects and patients care. In addition, 5 posters were presented. Altogether, scientists and neurologists discussed recent advances and set the bases for next steps, action points, and future studies in close collaboration with the patient’s associations, which are always actively involved in the whole process. See a full article on the proceedings by Merce Masana , Manuel J. Rodriguez, Jordi Alberch here.
For a summary of the symposium from the perspective of patients and caregivers, see the article elsewhere in this issue.