Summer School 10th Anniversary

MDS Celebrates 10th Anniversary of the Summer School

Wolfgang OertelWolfgang Oertel, MD (left) and Niall Quinn, MD (left, below) founded the MDS Summer School program in Marburg, Germany, in 2008. The school has since been in cities all over Europe and has been overseen by various course directors who are active within the Society. The most recent Summer School took place on July 21-23, 2017, also in Marburg, marking the 10-year anniversary of the event.

Prof. Wolfgang Oertel (left) poses with Prof. Evžen Růžička.Prof. Oertel was presented with a plaque during the course (at right) to honor his achievements and recognize the program’s huge success. 

Niall QuinnOther faculty present in Marburg included eight of the original 12 faculty members from the first summer school, providing further reason to celebrate the anniversary occasion.

One of the participants from the first Summer School, Joana Damasio, MD, stated that the course was “crucial” in defining her career as a movement disorder specialist. Furthermore, she recommends the Summer School to her colleagues and residents as “it is one of the most complete Summer Schools in neurology.”

Another participant from the first school, Aliaksandr Boika, MD, PhD, believes that the course was a great experience, as it provided a unique opportunity for “personal communication with colleagues from many European countries.”

Evžen Růžička, MD, DSc, reflects on his participation in 2008; “Summer School meant the beginning of a career as a movement disorders specialist, and for me, participation also meant the beginning of active work in MDS.” Prof. Růžička is now chair of the European Section.

To view photos from this course, please visit the MDS Facebook album.

If you are interested in attending a future summer or winter school for young neurologists, make sure to visit the Education webpage for more information.

If you have any questions, please email the International Secretariat at