MDS-AOS Symposium for Young Neurologists and Emerging Researchers Grooming for Interaction and Excellence in Science (SYNERGIES)

Sydney, Australia – May 19-20, 2017


Course Director: Carolyn Sue MBBS, PhD, FRACP
Junior Faculty Reviewer

Prof. Alan Mackay-SimRecently named Australian of the Year 2017, Professor Alan Mackay-Sim is an inspirational scientist and international leader in stem cell research. He has given hope to thousands of Australians with spinal cord injuries. A global authority on the human sense of smell and the biology of nasal cells, Prof. Mackay-Sim led the world’s first clinical trial using these cells in spinal cord injury. In 2014, his research helped play a central role in proving the safety of science that was a precursor to Dr. Tabakow in Poland undertaking the first successful restoration of mobility in a quadriplegic man.

  SYNERGIES 2017 takes place in Sydney, Australia. As the director of the National Centre for Adult Stem Cell Research for a decade, Prof. Mackay-Sim’s research has championed the use of stem cells to understand the biological bases of brain disorders and diseases such as schizophrenia, Parkinson's disease and Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia. His pioneering work has led to collaborations with teams of health professionals who are translating his research into clinical practice. He has laid the foundation for the next generation of researchers and demonstrated the value of inquiry, persistence and empathy.

Course Description

This course is designed to promote international collaboration between emerging leaders in clinical and scientific research aspects of movement disorders. A series of short lectures that will cover that latest approach to the clinical practice and evaluation of patients with Parkinson's disease or other movement disorders, use of clinical rating scales, basic scientific methods and electrophysiology will be presented by invited faculty. The course will be designed to assist in career building for talented young clinicians and scientists who are beginning their careers in Movement Disorders.

Recommended Audience

Young or early career clinicians and scientists with an interest in movement disorders and movement disorder research.

Learning Objectives
  • To educate clinicians about basic science techniques used in movement disorder research
  • To educate basic science researchers about clinical practice in movement disorders
  • To foster international collaboration between emerging clinical and scientific leaders
Physician Competencies
  • Work in interdisciplinary teams
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Professionalism
  • Teams and teamwork
  • Inter-professional communication



Radisson Hotel and Suites Sydney
72 Liverpool Street
Sydney NSW
Australia 2000

Hotel Reservations Information

Please call or email to our Radisson Reservations Team at +61 2 8268 8887 or email Please ask for Susannah or Louisa in Reservations to acquire the special discounted rate (subject to availability at the time of booking), mentioning Movement Disorder Society.

Junior Faculty Applications Now Closed

Junior Faculty for this course will be determined through an application process*.  Applicants should be from the MDS-AOS region. 

Applicants will be asked to submit an abstract and a letter of recommendation.  Chosen Junior Faculty will received an honorarium, accommodations, and travel assistance.

*The priority date for applications was March 15. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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