Prof. Vincenzo Silani is the director of the Department of Neurology-Stoke Unit and of the Laboratory of Neuroscience since 2002 and is Professor of Neurology. After having graduated in Medicine, he completed the Residency program in both Neurology and Neurosurgery at the University of Milan Medical School cum laude. He spent a long formative period in the U.S. , at first at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, then at Columbia University in New York gaining also the ECFMG-USA examination. Being an expert of in vitro human neural cell models, he widely engaged in staminology, transplantology and, more lately, genetics related to neurodegerative disorders. He founded a group (SLAGEN) for the genetic study of ALS/FTD and coordinated different research groups becoming also Co-Chairman of the ALS and Frontotemporal dementia Subspeciality Scientific Panel (SSPs) of the European Academy of Neurology (EAN).