MDS-ES Summer School July 2013 London, UK

Course Report

Sixth Annual MDS European Summer School for Young Neurologists, July 26-28, 2013

Kailash P. Bhatia, MD, DM, FRCP, Professor, Institute of Neurology, London, United Kingdom
Werner Poewe, MD, Director, Innsbruck Medical University, Innsbruck, Austria
Niall P. Quinn, MD, Professor Emeritus, Institute of Neurology, London, United Kingdom

The Sixth Annual MDS European Summer School for Young Neurologists – Participants and Faculty

6th Annual Summer School in London, United KingdomThe sixth annual MDS-ES Summer School for Young Neurologists was held in London, United Kingdom, on July 26-28, 2013. Forty-six participants from 26 countries attended the School, including four delegates from Sub-Saharan Africa who were supported through funding from the Task Force on Africa. An additional 17 travel grants were distributed to those residing in North Africa and Eastern Europe. Overwhelming interest in the course resulted in over 150 applications for fewer than 50 available spaces.

The course was held at the University College London’s Institute of Neurology in Queen Square and the course directors were Prof. Kailash Bhatia, Prof. Werner Poewe, and Prof. Niall Quinn.

Other participating faculty were Prof. Bastiaan Bloem (Nijmegen, Netherlands), Prof. David Brooks (London, United Kingdom), Dr. Santiago Catania (London, United Kingdom), Dr. Carla Cordivari (London, United Kingdom), Prof. Marina de Koning-Tijssen (Groningen, Netherlands), Dr. Thomas Foltynie (London, United Kingdom), Dr. Fina Martí (Barcelona, Spain), Dr. Susanne Schneider (Kiel, Germany), Dr. Maria Stamelou (Athens, Greece), Prof. Marie Vidailhet (Paris, France), and Prof. Nicholas Wood (London, United Kingdom).

There was also a special presentation by veterinary neurologist Dr. Julien Guevar (Glasgow, Scotland).

The Bring Your Own Patient Winners with Faculty, from left to right, Prof. Kailash Bhatia, Dr. Jesús Pérez-Pérez, Dr. Marcello Moccia, Dr. Søren Elmgreen, and Prof. Niall QuinnThe first day of the course included 12 plenary lectures covering topics such as Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, tremor, ataxia, myoclonus, and dyskinesia. This was followed by a course dinner with a presentation by Dr. Julien Guevar on movement disorders in animals. The second day began with patient examinations in which participants were able to examine eight live patients guided by expert faculty members. Following the examinations, students participated in the “Bring Your Own Patient” session where each student presented a video case of their own to individual faculty in small groups. Following their presentations, faculty presented their own cases to the students. The faculty then met privately to discuss the student presentations. The evening concluded with canapés and champagne and the top ten student presentations were announced. These students then gave their presentations to the entire group the next day.

The third day addressed psychogenic movement disorders, botulinum toxin therapy, and imaging techniques in movement disorders. The ten student finalists then presented their cases to the other participants, who chose their top three presentations. The winners were awarded free registration to the 18th International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders in Stockholm, Sweden. Congratulations to Dr. Marcello Moccia, Dr. Jesús Pérez-Pérez, and Dr. Søren Elmgreen who received first, second, and third place, respectively.

Evaluations showed marked improvement in participants’ confidence in examining a patient with a movement disorder, reaching a diagnosis on straightforward movement disorders cases, and presenting a movement disorders case history. One hundred percent of the participants agreed that the course was relevant to their practice, would enhance their professional effectiveness and their care of patients. Overall, the course was a great success. Thank you to all who participated!


This course was supported in part by unrestricted educational grants from: