European Section

2009 MDS-ES Movement Disorders Summer School for Young Neurologists

Marburg10-12 July 2009
Philipps University Marburg
Marburg, Germany

The second MDS-ES Summer School for Young Neurologists was held July 10-12, 2009 in Marburg, Germany. Course Directors Wolfgang Oertel and Niall Quinn led 11 additional faculty and 47 participants from 20 countries through an interactive three-day course.

The Summer School began on Friday with a half-day of “Ten Minute Topics,” presented by expert faculty from throughout Europe. Participants were presented with a basic overview of the epidemiology and phenomenology of a wide range of Movement Disorder cases.

“In my opinion [Summer School] contributes to the springboard from a specialty (Neurology) to the subspecialty of Movement
Disorders. Such springboards are rare opportunities in an area of fast development where knowledge has to be acquired while you are
both trying to accumulate clinical experience in general neurology as well as crystallizing the future into a subspecialty.”

Migena Papingji, Bergen, Norway, 2009 Summer School participant

On Saturday, participants had the opportunity to examine 20 Movement Disorder patients under the supervision of one of the 13
faculty members. Small groups of participants rotated among 12 examination rooms. Participants had the opportunity to ask
questions of each patient’s case history, perform clinical examinations to determine the diagnosis unknown to them and discuss treatment options. The patient volunteers found the Summer School to be beneficial to them as well. A patient with Wilson’s disease noted, “This event is unbelievable. I have never seen so many doctors interested in my disease. I volunteer to participate in any such events in the years to come.”

On Saturday afternoon, 32 participants presented their own videos of Movement Disorder patients to their peers and faculty. Faculty
then selected six participants to present their videos on Sunday. Saturday concluded with a Video Dinner, in which Niall Quinn,
Angelo Antonini, Evzen Ruzicka and Bastiaan Bloem shared their most unusual cases with the participants, describing the importance of certain characteristics and clues in diagnosing Movement Disorder patients.

“I thought the course was an excellent learning experience in Movement Disorders, to fit so much patient contact into such a
short space of time was brilliant - to get that hands on clinical experience is what makes the course stand out from others.”

— Karen Doherty, Belfast, United Kingdom, 2009 Summer School Participant

Sunday began with an overview of treatment strategies. Following the lectures, participants had the opportunity to view the top six
instructional videos from Saturday and vote for their favorite. The top six videos were presented by Milica Jecmenica Lukic, Serbia;
Migena Papingji, Norway; Vladana Spica, Serbia; Anabela Valadas, Portugal; Christian Dresel, Germany; and Grzegorz Chabik, Poland. The top four presenters received complimentary registration to the MDS 14th International Congress in Buenos Aires.

“The course offered me an unique opportunity to learn not only from experienced professionals, but also from my peers.”
— Tomas Kalincik, Prague, Czech Republic, 2009 Summer School Participant

Prof. Oertel’s team in Marburg provided warm hospitality to the visiting doctors and faculty. His team is to be congratulated for their
excellent planning and organization. The faculty and participants were grateful to the patient volunteers for their generous
participation and their positive appreciation of the Summer School. Alumni of both the 2008 and 2009 MDS-ES Summer School can
look forward to a reunion at the MDS 14th International Congress in Buenos Aires.

MDS-ES would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support: Boehringer Ingelheim, Desitin, Novartis, Roche,
Solvay, UCB.