Huntington Disease Clinical Research Symposium is October 24, 2015 in Tampa, Florida, USA

Call for Abstracts

Deadline for Receipt of Abstracts: July 13, 2015
Late Breaking Research Deadline: August 17, 2015

The Huntington Study Group (HSG) is organizing the Ninth Annual Huntington Disease Clinical Research Symposium (HDCRS) on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay in Tampa, Florida. In recognition of the focus on patient-oriented research, the HSG convened the first annual Clinical Research Symposium in 2007 to present valuable research and information to both clinicians and HD patients and family members. The Symposium Committee will review and accept a limited number of abstracts for either platform or poster presentations. Eligible abstracts may include data that have been presented previously, but please ensure they will still be of public, as well as scientific, interest.

Accepted abstracts will be published in the journal Neurotherapeutics, and the primary presenting author will receive a night of lodging at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay. Additional information and the Abstract Form available online at or contact Liz McCarthy, HSG Director, Programs & Communications, via e-mail:

Greenville Neuromodulation Center (GNC) Announces Expanded IONM Course

GNC Medical Director Dr. Erwin B. Montgomery Jr. will present Intensive Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring (IONM) for DBS May 11-19, 2015. The three-module course offers introductory to sophisticated understanding of IONM and hands-on training with advanced automated technology.

Neurosurgeons, neurologists, neurophysiologists and industry professionals new to DBS or interested in honing their expertise benefit from the hands-on, case-based educational modules covering a range of DBS surgical techniques for optimal lead placement, including image-based navigation, microelectrode recording/stimulation and lead test stimulation. Didactics and demonstrations focus on identifying the optimal target, principles of electricity, electronics, neuroelectrophysiology, intraoperative clinical assessment and regional anatomy. Cases illustrate the application of practical approaches and principles to targeting.

A newly developed third module introduces the principles and practice of automated intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring (demonstrations based on Distance Expert®–Neurophysiology* [FHC, Inc., USA], the only such system commercially available in the United States). Knowledge and experience gained for generalization to current and future systems.

*Distance Expert®–Neurophysiology is FDA approved only in the U.S. To register, call +1 724-588-1324 or visit

Tourettes Action Offers Non-Financial Support to Researchers and Students for Studies

Interested in conducting Tourette Syndrome research? Tourettes Action (UK) offers non-financial support to researchers/research students wishing to recruit people for their research studies.

Tourette Syndrome is an inherited neurological condition causing involuntary and uncontrollable motor and vocal tics which can be painful, disabling and affect the quality of life of over 300,000 people in the UK.

There are many ways we can help to publicize your research project (newsletter, Facebook, Twitter, forums, email etc). Please contact Tourettes Action Research Manager Seonaid Anderson at for more information.


Call for papers: J-BHI Special Issue
Enabling Technologies in Parkinson's Disease Management

Early diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is clinically challenging due to the lack of a gold-standard test for the condition. Impaired motor function and behavior are the key clinical manifestations of the disease. The recent years have witnessed intense growth in the development of engineering solutions for both the assessment and management of patients with PD. real-time monitoring of locomotion and biosignals, signal processing and machine learning provide an excellent non-invasive basis for detecting normal and abnormal motor function. The purpose of this special issue is to address key topics in wearable sensor development, sensor data processing and novel analytical tools relevant to the diagnosis, prognosis and long-term quality of life assessment of PD patients. Our focus centers on the employment of synergistic approaches including engineering, mathematics, physics, medicine and biology.

The following topics are covered in this Special Issue of IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics:

  • Novel approaches in real-time machine learning with wearable and home monitoring technologies for the assessment of Parkinson’s disease progression.
  • Advances in minimally invasive and less intrusive technologies for continuous monitoring.
  • New assistive devices and systems for self-management.
  • Novel predictive strategies for early detection of prodromal PD based on the analysis of fine motor changes.
  • Advances in sensor-based gait assessment of Parkinson’s Disease.
  • Telemedicine systems.
  • Novel approaches in Machine-Machine interaction applied to diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson’s Disease.
  • Biobanking of large samples of clinically annotated movements from everyday activities.

The deadline to submit manuscripts for this special issue is March 27, 2015.

For more information, please visit the website.


Announcing Sixth Annual Competition for the Annemarie Opprecht Parkinson Award - Deadline is March 31, 2015

We are happy to announce the 6th competition for the prestigious international award for research in Parkinson’s disease which is sponsored by the Annemarie Opprecht-Foundation (Switzerland).

The award will be presented in 2015 with a sum of 100,000 Swiss francs. Deadline for submission is March 31, 2015. All papers presenting significant results or findings in all areas of research in the field of Parkinson's disease (e.g. Basic Sciences, Epidemiology, Treatment, Social Impact, Economical Aspects) should be considered for application.

All researchers in the field of Parkinson’s disease should learn about this ambitious award. Therefore, please inform all interested members of your Department/Hospital/Clinic/Laboratory, your co-workers and research teams active and interested in the field of Parkinson’s disease about this unique opportunity.

All details regarding the award such as conditions for submission, addresses, contacts and
deadlines can be found on the Foundation’s website.

M. Sturzenegger, MD
Professor of Neurology
President of the Prize Committee