TOXIC NEUROPATHY CONSORTIUM (TNC) MISSION AND VISION

Neuropathies are common diseases of the peripheral nervous system affecting and limiting the quality of life of millions of people worldwide. Despite their frequency, the prevalence of peripheral neuropathies is frequently underestimated and, in most cases, they are untreatable. Exposure to toxic agents (including anticancer and other drugs, alcohol, environmental and industrial pollutants) is among the most frequent causes of peripheral nerve damage, requiring a multi-disciplinary collaboration for proper investigation and assessment.

WHO ARE THE TNC MEMBERS?

We are preclinical and clinical experts in toxic peripheral neuropathies from all continents belonging to the Peripheral Nerve Society (PNS) who created the TNC as a Special Interest Group at the 2018 PNS meeting in Baltimore. The PNS is an international organization of physicians and scientists working together to develop and provide the best treatments for people who have peripheral nerve diseases. This goal is realized by cooperation, supporting preclinical and clinical research, training scientists and healthcare professionals, revising and setting standards of care, investigating new treatments, and facilitating clinical trials.

The TNC is a not-for-profit group governed by an elected Board and acting according to by-laws approved by the PNS Board (https://www.pnsociety.com/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3389)

WHAT IS THE TNC MISSION?

We aim to increase the engagement of all the relevant stakeholders (i.e., basic researchers, physicians, nurses, patients, health organizations and agencies, and pharmaceutical companies), in order to improve knowledge and find solutions for the scientific, medical, and social problems related to toxic neuropathies and to develop a combined database incorporating the participating centers of the TNC using a standardized protocol for clinical practice and research.

HOW TO JOIN THE TNC.

PNS membership is required for participation to the TNC (follow this link for more information on PNS membership). PNS membership includes subscription to the Journal of the Peripheral Nervous System, voting rights, networking opportunities, and discounted PNS meeting rates. Collaboration between the TNC and other relevant organizations is strongly supported by the TNC Board, who will facilitate networking to reach the aims of the consortium.


For any information email: guido.cavaletti@unimib.it