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MDS-ES Summer School for Young Neurologists

5th Annual MDS-ES Summer School for Young Neurologists

The fifth annual MDS-ES Summer School for Young Neurologists was held in Paris, France, on July 6-8, 2012.  This course received over 150 applications for less than 50 available spaces. There was a lot of competition, but those who could not attend this time are most welcome for a future course and invited to apply again.  The Summer School course was attended by 47 participants from 46 countries, including Western European, Eastern European and African regions. Three delegates from Sub-Saharan Africa were supported through funding from the Task Force on Africa, and 19 travel grants were distributed to those residing in Northern Africa and Eastern Europe.

The course was held at the Hôpital Pitié Salpêtrière and was directed by Marie Vidailhet (Paris, France), Joaquim Ferreira (Lisbon, Portugal), and Bastiaan Bloem (Nijmegen, Netherlands).  A further 17 faculty participated in the course: Alberto Albanese (Milan, Italy), Mathieu Anheim (Paris, France), Isabelle Arnulf (Paris, France), Paolo Barone (Naples, Italy), Kailash Bhatia (London, UK), Alexandra Durr (Paris, France), Gilles Fénelon (Paris, France), David Grabli (Paris, France), Andreas Hartmann (Paris, France), Marie Hélène Marion (London, UK), Werner Poewe (Innsbruck, Austria), Niall Quinn (London, UK), Olivier Rascol (Toulouse, France), Evzen Růzička (Prague, Czech Republic), Pille Taba (Tartu, Estonia), Stéphane Thobois (Paris, France), and Gregor Wenning (Innsbruck, Austria).

Day 1 of the course focused on hypokinetic disorders and included 7 plenary lectures  on Parkison’s disease from phenomenology (including impulse control disorders and cognitive disturbances) to treatments (pharmacology and deep brain stimulation). Other parkinsonian syndromes such as PSP and MSA were also covered. In addition, and in relation with the morning lectures, the young neurologists attended, in the afternoon a skills workshop of expert guided patient examinations.  During the patient examinations, participants were able to see 9 different live patients with expert faculty members. Frequent and rare disorders were presented including DBS in Parkinson’s disease, FXTAS, essential tremor, orthostatic tremor, PSP, MSA and various types of ataxias including AOA1 and Friedreich.

Day 2 focused on hyperkinetic disorders and included 7 plenary lectures on dystonia, botulinum toxin, tremor, myoclonus, tics, and ataxias.  There was a “bring your own patient” session where each student presented a video case of their own, and a skills workshop with 9 guided patient examinations, with disorders related to the lectures of the day (various types of dystonia including rare genetic forms and metabolic disorders, Wilson’s disease etc). This was completed by an evening video session with didactic cases presented by various faculty.

Day 3 addressed simple and complex patient management issues and included 6 plenary lectures (sleep, treatments) and the 10 chosen student case presentations from the previous day.  Of the ten presentations, three were voted as the winners by the other participants and were awarded free registration to the 17th International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders in Sydney, Australia. 

The young neurologists were very enthusiastic with the course and especially with the patient examination sessions. The 3 days were very intense, no time to go sightseeing (it was raining)!  Overall the Summer School program was a great success for the MDS-ES. We are already looking forward to the next Winter School course in Tartu, Estonia, in 2013!


The 2012 MDS-ES Summer School for Young Neurologists was supported in part by educational grants from the following:

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