Fostering New Directions in Parkinson's Research

Fostering new directions in Parkinson's Research: A movement disorders course for graduate students, post docs and junior neurologists

White Plains, NY, USA - May 4-8, 2015

Course Overview

This course is aimed to confront the next generation of basic scientists with clinical realities and young clinicians with the latest advances of preclinical disciplines in movement disorders. The aim is to create a common language and generate ideas that will allow development of new translational projects developed by the next generation of researchers in movement disorders.

This course is a five day program, which will include lectures on topics related to research in the field of Movement Disorders as well as hands on group work, during which participants will draft a grant application related to Movement Disorders. 

Throughout the course there are evening discussions aimed at teaching the students to be successful in their research endeavors and grant writing. Day one focuses on how to write a grant, day two examines ethics and misconduct and how to use statistics, and day three introduces how to write, review and submit a paper and how to make a good oral presentation. On day 4 of the program the groups will submit their grant applications and begin presenting their applications using PowerPoint. The work groups will apply what they are learning as the course progresses. As an incentive, first, second, and third place prizes will be awarded to the top three groups.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, you should be able to accomplish the following:

  • Describe the etiology, pathophysiology and mechanisms of neurodegeneration  of movement disorders
  • Interact with basic scientists and movement disorders specialists
  • Apply for grants in the field of movement disorders
  • Analyze research articles in the field of movement disorders
Recommended Audience

The course is intended for the following participants:

  • Post doctoral students in neuroscience or PhD students with at least 1 paper published or accepted as first author.
  • Young neurologists within 8 years of completion of their thesis (MD or PhD) who are interested in neurosciences with at least 1 paper published or accepted as first author.

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Application submissions for this program are now closed.

Registration Rates:
Members: $200 USD
Non-Members: $275 USD

Registration includes participant lodging in a shared hotel room, all meals, and 1-year associate membership for eligible non-members. To find out more about associate membership or eligibility, please visit the Associate Membership Webpage.

In order to attend the course, participants must apply and submit their CV as well as a letter of recommendation from their supervisor.  The top 28 applicants will be selected to attend the course, with an equal number of each of the intended participant populations.

Refund Policy:  For cancellation 2 weeks in advance of a course the registration fee will be 100% refunded, minus a $25 administrative fee.  For cancellation within 2 weeks of a course, the registration fee is non-refundable.