Course Report: 2nd Annual Winter School for Young Neurologists

March 1-3, 2013, Tartu, Estonia
Contributed by Pille Taba, Tartu University, Tartu, Estonia

Winter School participants

The second MDS-ES Winter School for Young Neurologists was held in the beginning of March in Tartu, Estonia, at the Hospital of Tartu University, one of the oldest universities in the Nordic countries. Tartu welcomed the participants with moody winter weather including sunshine in a bright frost followed by scenic snowfall.

The course format followed the previous Winter and Summer Schools, including lectures and practical patient demonstrations but additionally, an innovative session on neuropathology. Lectures on the first day focused on parkinsonism, on the second day – hyperkinetic disorders, and the third day featured complex issues in movement disorders such as gait, sleep disorders, and psychogenic movement disorders. On both days, there were practical patient examinations in groups, providing the opportunity to see patients with conventional movement disorders but also with rare diseases. On the second day, there was a session on neuropathology that started with a lecture, followed by practical sessions of brain sectioning performed by Professor Tamas Revesz from the Queen Square Brain Bank in London.

At the end of the first day, there was a video dinner chaired by Professors Niall Quinn and Kailash Bhatia, with a demonstration of cases by the faculty. Young neurologists had an opportunity to demonstrate their cases in the “Bring your own case” session, with the best ones selected for the final session of the course. At this point, winners were selected by vote and awarded with free registration to the 18th Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders in 2014 in Stockholm. The best cases were presented by Hanene Benrhouma-Hafdhellaoui (Tunisia), Kamila Peterova (Czech Republic) and Ana Castro Caldas (Portugal).

The faculty included European top experts on movement disorders: Joaquim Ferreira (Lisbon, Portugal), Marie Vidailhet (Paris, France), Andrew Lees (London, UK), Susanne Schneider (Kiel, Germany), Eduardo Tolosa (Barcelona, Spain), Paolo Barone (Naples, Italy), Toomas Asser (Tartu, Estonia); Vladimir Kostic (Belgrade, Serbia), Carlo Colosimo (Rome, Italy), Angelo Antonini (Milan, Italy), Tamas Revesz (London, UK), Evzen Ruzicka (Prague, Czech Republic), Kailash Bhatia (London, UK), Niall Quinn (London, UK), Markku Partinen (Helsinki, Finland), and Pille Taba (Tartu, Estonia). During patient examination and brain section sessions, they were assisted by the team of fellows guided by Karin Rallmann and Kati Toom.

The Winter School in Tartu was a great success, and we look forward to the next Summer School in London in 2013.

- Course directors Kailash Bhatia, Werner Poewe and Niall Quinn.