by Valeria Caso
The National Education Science Forum «Neurology Update in Kazakhstan» was held on September 7 -8, 2015. This event was organised by the Asfendiyarov Kazakh National Medical University, the Kazakh National Association of Stroke, Kazakhstan National Association of Neurologists «Neuroscience», and endorsed by World Federation of Neurology (WFN), European Academy of Neurology (EAN), the Asian Oceanic Association of Neurology (AOAN), and the International Association For Parkinsonism and Related Disorders (IAPRD). The meeting was co-organized by Prof. Daniel Truong (Parkinson’s & Movement Disorder Institute – Fountain Valley, Long Beach, California).
The organising committee was composed by:
- Prof. A.A, Akanov Rector of Asfendiyarov Kazakh National Medical University
- Prof. B.A Ramazanova, Vice-rector for Research and Innovation
- Prof. K.A. Tulebaev, Vice-rector for Educational and Methodical Work
- Prof. A.V Balmuhanova, Dean of the Faculty of Vocational Training
- Prof. S.U. Kamenova, President of Kazakhstan National Association of Neurologists «Neuroscience»
- Prof. E. Wolters Dept. of Neurology, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Prof. W. Grisold Department of Neurology, KFJ Hospital in Vienna, Austria
- Eveline Sipido Liaison Officer of EAN
The number of participants was about 500, composed by people coming from the Atyrau region, Aktau, Semey, North-Kazakhstan region, Kostanay, Shymkent, Karaganda, Taraz, Astana, and Almaty.
During the opening ceremony, on behalf of the “Kazakhstan National Association of Neurologists” Prof. Kamenova received the certificate of EAN-membership handled by Prof. Caso.
The first part of the programme was focused on movement disorders. Prof. Wolters explained the “Behavioral Dysfunctions in Parkinson’s disease”, Prof. Truong hold a lecture on “Management of hypokinetic disorders”, while Prof. Bhatia (National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery UCL, Queen Square, London) reviewed the “Management of hyperkinetic disorders”. In the afternoon Prof. Lewis (Rush University Medical Center (USA)) gave an “Update on the neurologic manifestations of systemic disease”, followed by a lecture of Prof. Levin O.S. (Russian Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education) on the “Current guidelines of Parkinson’s disease”. The session was concluded with a lecture on “Neurosurgical treatment of Parkinson’s disease” hold by Prof. Shashkin (National Center for Neurosurgery (Astana, Kazakhstan).
The afternoon was dedicated to the “Masterclass on Stroke. The first lecture entitled “Challenging Stroke Cases” was presented by Prof. Caso. This was an opportunity to have a relevant discussion on complex clinical cases including diagnosis and therapies of acute stroke patients. This presentation was followed by a lecture by prof. Kamenova entitled “Safe and effective Stroke prevention in patient with non-valvular atrial fibrillation”.
The social dinner was organised in “Dostyk Restaurant” where students of the Medical faculty were dressed in traditional costumes and enchanted the faculty with their beautiful local kazakhstan dancing.
On September 8, Prof. Grisold talked about “Neuromuscular complications in Cancer», , followed by a lecture on “Stroke in the young” by Prof. Caso. Further, Prof. Rha reported on the the SITS-thrombolysis data in Korea.
The second part of the morning was focused on Multiple Sclerosis, and Prof Bajenaru (University of Medicine and Pharmacy «Carol Davila» Bucharest (Romania)) hold a lecture on “Differential diagnosis in multiple sclerosis”, while Prof. Klipitskaya N.K. (Asfendiyarov Kazakh National Medical University) highlighted the “Innovative methods of treatment of multiple sclerosis”. Moreover, Prof. Donoghue (UK) reported on “Neuroprotection in the treatment of CNS diseases, the evaluation from the perspective of evidence-based medicine»
Prof . Yoruk (Turkey)gave a lecture on “ Modern tactics of treatment of multiple sclerosis», while a lecture entitled «Features of pathogenetic treatment of patients with multiple sclerosis” was presented by Prof. Popova E.V. from Pirogov RNRMU (Russia).
Finally, Prof. Akanova (Kazakhstan) concluded on “Regionals features of Parkinson disease”.
In the afternoon a “Workshop on Differential Diagnosis of Movement Disorders” was hold by Prof. Bhatia where challenging cases on Parkinson disease’s were discussed.
At the end of the meeting certificates were handed over to each participant.
As a stroke-neurologist and President-elect of the European Stroke Organisation I would like to thank the EAN to give me the possibility to represent the EAN during this meeting. This has been a great honour and pleasure. Moreover, I would like to thank the whole “Neuro-team” from Almaty who are not only excellent neurologists but also great women.
Dr. Valeria Caso works at the Stroke Unit, Hospital San Andrea delle Fratte, in Perugia,