European Section
1st Annual European Winter School for Young Neurologists

1st Annual European Winter School for Young Neurologists

February 24-26, 2012
Innsbruck, Austria

The first annual MDS-ES Winter School for Young Neurologists was held in Innsbruck, Austria, February 24-26, 2012.  The Winter School course was created in a response to the resounding success of the MDS-ES Summer School program and there was indeed an overwhelming interest with a record of 128 applications for participation received. Following the standard selection procedure of MDS-ES 47 partcipants from 27 countries all across western and eastern Europe but also including African countries like Nigeria and Tunisia as well as a single participant from Iran were selected for participation . An eminent international faculty provided state of the art plenary lectures and handsome skill training over an intensive 2.5 day period.

The course was held at the Innsbruck Medical University under the directorship of Werner Poewe (Innsbruck, Austria), Joaquim Ferreira (Lisbon, Portugal), and Olivier Rascol (Toulouse, France) and faculty included Angelo Antonini (Venice, Italy), Paolo Barone (Naples, Italy), Kailash Bhatia (London, UK), Bastiaan Bloem (Nijmegen, Netherlands), Sylvia Boesch (Innsbruck, Austria), David Burn (Newcastle, UK), Birgit Högl (Innsbruck, Austria), Niall Quinn (London, UK), Susanne Schneider (Lübeck, Germany), Klaus Seppi (Innsbruck, Austria), Marie Vidailhet (Paris, France), Jens Volkmann (Kiel, Germany) and Gregor Wenning (Innsbruck, Austria). A highly motivated team of movement disorder fellows of the Department of Neurology (led by Fabienne Sprenger and Philipp Mahlknecht) assisted in patient examinations and case studies, provided technical support as well as translation between patients and faculty and participants.

The course format followed previous summer school standards with plenary lectures in the mornings and expert guided patient examinations in the afternoon. On day one 10 live patients with a spectrum of interesting and educational movement disorders were seen during a total of 10 group rotations with 2 expert faculty members guiding small groups of 4 or 5 participants while, on day two, groups rotated between 5 interactive discussion rounds of challenging diagnostic and therapeutic video cases.

One of the highlights of the event again was the “bring your own patient” session where each young neurologist presented a video case of their own under the guidance of faculty members. The 10 most interesting cases were then presented to the auditorium of all participants and faculty on the third day of the meeting. Led by Niall Quinn, Kailash Bhatia and Marie Vidailhet this final round of video cases turned into a major course highlight with truly exceptional presentations of movement disorder pearls.  Winners of the day were Peter Vanacker of Belgium, Adam Cassidy of the UK and Tiago Teodoro of Portugal who were all awarded free registration to the 16th International Congress of Parkinson’s disease and Movement Disorders, June 17-21, 2012, in Dublin, Ireland.

Overall the Winter School program was a similar success as the previous Summer Schools. MDS-ES now invites applications for the hosting of further Winter Schools. Meanwhile the planning of the 5th MDS-ES Summer School to be held in Paris, July 06-08, 2012 (course directors: Marie Vidailhet (France), Joaquim Ferreira (Portugal) and Bastiaan Bloem (Netherlands) is well underway. 


The Winter School Course was supported by unrestricted educational grants from:





Additional local support from: