The NeMO Clinical Center Brescia is an integrated clinical structure dedicated to diagnosis, treatment and research in the field of neuromuscular diseases. The Center was born following a tender of ATS Brescia, it is based in Gussago (BS) a few kilometers from the center of Brescia and covers an area of about 1,500 square meters.
The Clinical and Scientific Direction is entrusted to Prof. Massimiliano Filosto, Associate Professor of Neurology at the Department of Clinical and Experimental Sciences of the University of Brescia, who employs a clinical team of 36 professionals.
The agreement with the Azienda Socio Sanitaria Territoriale (ASST) “Spedali Civili” of Brescia and the close relationship between the two bodies represent important elements that ensure high standards in clinical activity from diagnosis, to therapy, to taking charge of the patient.
The Serena Onlus Foundation (managing body of the NeMO Centers), the University of Brescia and the ASST Spedali Civili have signed a memorandum of understanding for the establishment of a Technical-Scientific Committee for Neuromuscular Diseases (CTS) whose President is Prof. Alessandro Padovani, Full Professor of the University of Brescia.
At the NeMO Clinical Center Brescia there are the ambulatories of Neurology, Developmental Neurology, Pneumology, Physiatry, Psychology and Neuropsychology.
At the Center we take care of patients suffering from:
Motor neuron diseases
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA)
Limb-girdle muscular dystrophies
Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Becker’s muscular dystrophy
Congenital myopathies, distal myopathies, congenital muscular dystrophies, congenital myasthenic syndromes, non-dystrophic myotonias
Genetically determined neuropathies
Neuropathies in internal diseases
Also in collaboration with the ASST Spedali Civili, NeMO Brescia ensures its patients the following services:
The CTS (Technical Scientific Committee – president Prof. Alessandro Padovani) has advisory tasks on the clinical-scientific activity in the field of neuromuscular diseases that takes place at the NeMO Clinical Center Brescia, the University of Brescia and the ASST Spedali Civili of Brescia. In particular, the CTS:
Promotes the integration and harmonization of research activities carried out at the three institutions;
Expresses its opinion on the research plans, with a view to promoting consistency with previously identified guidelines and integration with diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation activities;
Evaluates the results, with a view to the constant quantitative and qualitative improvement of scientific activities;
It promotes the development of educational and training courses in the field of neuromuscular diseases that take place at the three institutions;
Expresses its opinion on the aforementioned training and educational activities;
It promotes the integration and harmonization of clinical pathways involving staff and own resources of the constituent parts;
NeMO Brescia is the Presidium of the Regional Network of Rare Diseases belonging to the National Network for the prevention, surveillance, diagnosis and treatment of rare diseases.
The Centre, run by the university, is the teaching and research centre of the University of Brescia and has among its objectives that of enhancing the “know-how” in the field of neuromuscular diseases in order to put it at the service of the medical-scientific community in terms of training, teaching activities and clinical research.
NeMO Clinical Center Brescia belongs to the HCP ASST Spedali Civili in the European network for rare diseases ERN EURO-NMD. The person in charge of the HCP ASST Spedali Civili for ERN Euro-NMD is Prof. Massimiliano Filosto.
NeMO Clinical Center Brescia is a reference center for the Italian Association of Myology and for Patient Associations (Italian Glycogenosis Association, Italian Association of Mitochondrial Diseases-MITOCON, Italian Association of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis-AISLA, Italian Union for the Fight against Muscular Dystrophies-UILDM, SMA Families, Viva La Vita Italia ONLUS).
NeMO Clinical Center Brescia is a center belonging to the Department of Clinical and Experimental Sciences of the University of Brescia and to the Department of Continuity of Care and Fragility ASST Spedali Civili and has an agreement for teaching activities with:
Prof. Massimiliano Filosto graduated in Medicine and Surgery at Catania University and got his specialization in Neurology and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Verona University. After a period of research in the USA at Columbia University in New York, he returned to Italy and became the head of the Center for the Study of Neuromuscular Diseases at the Neurology Department of ASST Spedali Civili in Brescia.
Today, he is an Associate Professor of Neurology at the Department of Clinical and Experimental Sciences at Brescia University and the Clinical Director of the NeMO Clinical Center Brescia. Prof. Filosto has always dealt with neuromuscular diseases, combining his passion for patient care with that for clinical research. His primary research areas are related to the clinical, genetic, and therapeutic aspects of metabolic myopathies, mitochondrial diseases, inflammatory neuropathies, and Motor Neuron Disease. In the field of muscular dystrophies, his interest is focused on facioscapulohumeral dystrophy.
He is the regional coordinator of the Italian Myology Association (AIM) for the Lombardy region and is a member of the European Academy of Neurology (EAN), where he is part of the board of the "Muscle and NMJ disorders" panel and a member of the "Scientific Panels" dedicated to Peripheral Neuropathies, Motor Neuron Disease, and Neurogenetics. He is the Coordinator of the Clinical Neurogenetics Study Group and Rare Diseases and a member of the Study Group for Motor Neuron Disease of the Italian Society of Neurology (SIN) and a member of the Board of Directors of the Italian Association for the Study of the Peripheral Nervous System (ASNP).
He is a member of the European Joint Education Board EAN, UEMS SN/EBN, and the Head of HCP ASST Spedali Civili for the European Reference Network for Rare Diseases (ERN) EURO-NMD.
He is a member of the national of the Italian Union for the Fight Against Muscular Dystrophy (UILDM) medical-scientific commission, he’s responsible for the scientific oversight of the association's official national magazine (DM), the Italian Association of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (AISLA) national medical-scientific commission and the MITOCON Onlus - mitochondrial diseases national medical-scientific commission.
Describing the NeMO Clinical Center Brescia, Prof. Filosto emphasizes: "The challenge we face at the NeMO Clinical Center Brescia is to combine clinical knowledge, clinical research activities and dedication to the patient to meet their evolving need for care, a need that changes over time and requires prompt and concrete actions from us."