Fostering New Directions in Parkinson's Research

Fostering new directions in Parkinson's Research: A movement disorders course for graduate students, post docs and junior neurologists

White Plains, NY, USA - May 4-8, 2015

Course participants gather in White Plains, NY.This five-day course was developed to confront the next generation of basic scientists with clinical realities and young clinicians with the latest advances of preclinical disciplines in movement disorders and to create a common language and generate ideas that allow development of new translational projects developed by the next generation of researchers in movement disorders.

The course included lectures on topics related to research in the field of Movement Disorders as well as hands-on group work, during which participants drafted a grant application related to Movement Disorders. 

There were 23 participants in attendance from: Brazil, Canada, China, Poland, Slovakia, the United Kingdom, and the US. The number of participants was kept low intentionally to create an intimate interactive learning environment for the participants. 

Thanks to the course directors and the course faculty for their participation and commitment in making this a successful course.

Course Directors

Etienne C. Hirsch, PhD - Paris, France
Hopital De La Salpetriere

Serge Przedborski, MD, PhD - New York, NY
Columbia University Neurological Institute

Rajiv R. Ratan, MD, PhD - New York, NY
Burke Medical Research Institute


Course Faculty

James Beck, PhD - New York, NY          
Parkinson's Disease Foundation

Jason B. Carmel, MD, PhD - New York, NY
Burke Medical Research Institute

Mark R. Cookson, PhD - Bethesda, MD
National Institute on Aging, NIH

Stanley Fahn, MD - New York, NY
Movement Disorders Group Neurological Institute

Christopher G. Goetz, MD - Chicago, IL
Rush University Medical Center

Claire Henchcliffe, MD, DPhil - New York, NY
Weill Medical College of Cornell University

C. Warren Olanow, MD, FRCPC - New York, NY
The Mount Sinai Hospital

Jean Paul Gerard Vonsattel, MD - New York, NY
Columbia University of New York City

Sameer A. Sheth, MD, PhD - New York, NY
Columbia University Medical Center Neurological Institute

Andrew B. Singleton, PhD - Bethesda, MD
National Institutes of Health

Yoland Smith, PhD - Atlanta, GA
Emory University

David Sulzer PhD - New York, NY
Columbia University Medical Center

Caroline M. Tanner, MD, PhD - San Francisco, CA
PADRECC, SFVAMC & Dept. Neurology, UCSF


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Application submissions for this program are now closed.

Registration Rates:
Members: $200 USD
Non-Members: $275 USD

Registration includes participant lodging in a shared hotel room, all meals, and 1-year associate membership for eligible non-members. To find out more about associate membership or eligibility, please visit the Associate Membership Webpage.

In order to attend the course, participants must apply and submit their CV as well as a letter of recommendation from their supervisor.  The top 28 applicants will be selected to attend the course, with an equal number of each of the intended participant populations.

Refund Policy:  For cancellation 2 weeks in advance of a course the registration fee will be 100% refunded, minus a $25 administrative fee.  For cancellation within 2 weeks of a course, the registration fee is non-refundable.