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 scientists

White Plains, NY - Spring, 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 3 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:

  • Post doctoral students in neuroscience or 3rd year PhD students with at least 1 paper published or accepted as first author.
  • Young neurologists less than 35 years old interested in neurosciences with a least 1 paper published or accepted as first author.
     
Support 

The course is co-sponsored by the Burke Research Institute and Parkinson Disease Foundation, NY. 
Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.

Registration Opens Soon
 

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

Registration includes participant lodging in a shared hotel room and all meals.

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 above populations.

Associate Membership


Attendees at this course will qualify to apply for a complimentary 1-year MDS membership that includes:

  • Access to the “members only” website resources and online journals
  • Reduced registration rate for future courses and International Congress
  • Quarterly Newsletter, Moving Along
  • Access to online MDS Membership Directory
     

Following the course all those who qualify for this offer will be emailed a link to apply for associate membership.  Once approved, benefits will begin immediately.

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