Dear Colleagues,

It is my pleasure to announce the Fourth Biennial Workshop on Dystonia, entitled
“Circuits and Pathways in Dystonia and Parkinsonism”, which will be held at Villa Mondragone, Monte Porzio Catone, very close to the city of Rome, next May 31 – June 1, 2013.

Over the past two decades, an enormous effort has been prompted in attempt to elucidate the pathogenesis of Dystonia, and to facilitate the discovery of potential novel treatments.

This fourth edition will explore the close pathogenic features between Dystonia and Parkinson’s disease, with emphasis on the role of the dopaminergic nigrostriatal pathway. As you will see from the scientific program, the lectures will be focused on different areas at the intersection between neurobiology and human disease, and are intended to provide an overview of the advances obtained in the recent past.

Villa Mondragone is a magnificent Renaissance Palace on the hills overlooking Rome, built between 1573 and 1577 on commission of Cardinal Altemps, in order to host the Papal court and the new Pope, Gregory XIII. The Villa was called Mondragone (Mount Dragon) referring to the coat of arms of Gregory XIII who issued in the Villa itself, in 1582, the revision of the Julian calendar.

In the 1800’s Villa Mondragone underwent a period of slow decline until it was finally abandoned. In 1981 it was sold by the Order of the Jesuits to the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, and since then it has been continuously renewed.

I look forward to meeting you in May.

Antonio Pisani

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