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        VOLUME 27, ISSUE 3 • October, 2023.  Full issue »

Renown experts train nearly 100 young neurologists at the latest prestigious School for Young Neurologists 

Students enjoyed masterclasses with top experts, as well as illuminating video case rounds.  

The MDS-AOS 5th School for Young Neurologists was May 27-28, 2023 at Ashoka Hotel, New Delhi, and Amrita Hospital, Faridabad, India.  

International (Mark Hallett, Raymond Rosales, Tim Anderson, Prachaya Srivanitchapoomand, and Shivam Mittal( and national (Pramod Pal, U Meenakshisundaram, Hrishikesh Kumar, Charu Sankhala, Mohit Bhatt, Prashant LK, Achal Srivastava, Roopa Rajan, Vinay Goyal and Sanjay Pandey) faculty members interacted with the young neurologists through didactic lectures and workshops. This provided a great learning platform for young movement disorders specialists, and the event was attended by nearly 100 participants from several countries in the Asian and Oceanian region including India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and Thailand. 

The event started with Mark Hallett presenting his masterclass on the basal ganglia. He made the intricacies of the basal ganglia circuitry fathomable for the young audience with his lucid deliberation.  

In the subsequent lecture, Tim Anderson described the various aspects of eye movements, which provided a clear concept of the clinical evaluation and the abnormalities encountered in different diseases. It was followed by a detailed discussion on the treatment of Parkinson’s disease by Raymond Rosales. 

The rest of the day comprised lectures by eminent movement disorders specialists, covering a wide range of topics including atypical parkinsonism, hyperkinetic movement disorders, gait disorders, spinocerebellar ataxia, paroxysmal movement disorders, and the various acquired and potentially treatable movement disorders. In this session, Mark Hallett discussed the clinical nuances of the common, yet often misdiagnosed, functional movement disorders. The audience was captivated by the learning experience, and keenly participated in every session.

The day concluded with the video rounds, with several fascinating cases from the various participating countries. The in-depth analysis by the expert panelists provided a practical approach to the rather difficult clinical presentations. 

The school was conducted on its second day at Amrita Hospital Faridabad. It started with interactive case discussions involving patients of dystonia, and disorders of eye movements. The audience got the opportunity to learn from the faculty as they analyzed each case and provided a rational clinical approach.  

The next session on the neurophysiology of tremor comprised of an overview by Prof. Hallett, followed by the demonstration of surface electromyography in patients with tremor, delineating the various electrophysiological parameters. The subsequent workshop on botulinum toxin injection included the clinical evaluation of cases such as cervical dystonia, oromandibular dystonia, and writer’s cramp, along with a discussion on the selection of muscles and dosage for injection. The injection techniques were then demonstrated by the expert faculty using both electromyography and ultrasound guidance. The concluding workshop incorporated the essential aspects of deep brain stimulation (DBS) programming, as the panelists explained all the steps, including useful tips and tricks, for successful programming. 

Throughout the sessions, the audience actively interacted with the faculty, as their doubts were resolved and they gained a better understanding of the subject. The overwhelming response from the attendees was truly encouraging, as this school proved to be a great opportunity for young neurologists to learn from renowned movement disorders experts. Hopefully, this will generate interest and inspire the young audience to pursue a career in movement disorders.  


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