Staré Splavy, Hotel Bezděz, Czech Republic
May, 12-15, 2016
Early in the morning you could have seen a singing bird on a birch branch, projected by horizontal sun beams onto your room wall. During the day you could have followed the up-to-date expertise in neurological diseases projected onto the screen in 3 different rooms of the venue. Late evening you could have sang particular national songs, projected on the screen for colleagues of many countries. All these projections had a high level of quality, art and mutual understanding.
Such was the atmosphere of our traditional EAN Spring School of young neurological residents. Deep in the forest, in a quiet Hotel Bezděz, 103 enthusiastic young colleagues met their teachers, met other colleagues from 30 countries and had the opportunity to compare how neurology is practiced in different parts of the world. Out of the original 150 applications 114 were accepted, but some losses followed during the administrative and visa processes. Traditionally the highest interest was from Romania – 19, Uzbekistan – 16, Russia – 14.
Similarly as in the previous 16 courses 3 speakers gave their 50 minutes presentation first as its general point of view – in the morning session. In the afternoon they repeated a complementary topic in an interactive seminar three times – for smaller rotating groups of participants. This enabled everybody to put questions and comments.
As usually, each second run of the EAN Spring School included Movement disorders, which were also this year handled by the Movement Disorders Society. Our lecturers came from 7 countries – Austria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and United Kingdom. We were delighted that the president of the EAN – Prof. Günther Deuschl – was among our lecturers and also the high ranking officials of the Education committee, Dr Hannah Cock and Prof. Landis were with us. See the programme below.
The general atmosphere was quite vivid. On the last day we could listen also to some organizational aspects of neurosciences. Dr Hannah Cock gave a review of the European Board certifications – conditions, performance, usefulness. Up to now more than 100 colleagues have already passed this exam. Representatives of WHO and of the Lundbeck International Neuroscience Foundation presented their materials on the priorities in Health politics and on Educational projects in neurosciences.
The first point of the recreational design was an athletic one. Both participants and teachers climbed up the hill of Bezděz (638 m a.s.l.) to visite the ruin of an ancient castle. See them on the photo overlooking the lowlands of northern Bohemia. The second point was more social, when we tasted white and red wines in deep cellars of the Mělník castle and had a pleasant dinner together. On the closing Sunday 3 buses drove the participants to Prague to make a walk around the city.
We were happy, that all participants expressed their satisfaction with the friendly surroundings, with the kind personell of the hotel and mainly with their mutual contacts to other colleagues and teachers. The merits of our close collaborators, Jiří Keller, MD and Kryštof Pohl in technical and social/musical/sporting services were much appreciated.
Prof. Pavel Kalvach
EAN Spring School participants 2016
EAN Spring School – Educational Programme
THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2016 – EPILEPSY
Hannah R. Cock, UK
Status epilepticus – start to finish
Planning and managing pregnancy in women with epilepsy
Ivan Rektor, CZECH REPUBLIC
Treatment options in pharmacoresistent epilepsy
Neurostimulation in epilepsy
Jan Novy, SWITZERLAND
Epilepsy: more than seizures, the overall burden of the disease
Management of chronic epilepsy
FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2016 – MOVEMENT DISORDERS
Günther Deuschl, GERMANY
Advanced therapies of Parkinson´s disease
Elena Moro, FRANCE
Non-motor aspects of Parkinson´s disease
Phenomenology of hyperkinetic movement disorders
Carlo Colosimo, ITALY
Movement disorders emergencies
Differential diagnosis of atypical parkinsonism
SATURDAY, MAY 14, 2016 – PALLIATIVE CARE IN NEUROLOGY
FROM MENTAL STATUS TO BRAIN DEATH
Theodor Landis, SWITZERLAND
Mental status in Neurology
A tour around the brain
David Oliver, UK
The consensus report on palliative care and neurology
Palliative care and neurology – collaboration and communication
Stefan Lorenzl, AUSTRIA
Discussing palliative and end of life care with patients and families
Palliative care in movement disorders
SUNDAY, MAY 15, 2016 – NEUROLOGY IN THE WORLD, present state and perspectives
Hannah R. Cock, UK, EAN EDUCATION COMMITTEE CHAIR
European Board Examination in Neurology
Alena Šteflová, WHO PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
WHO priorities in brain and nerve diseases
Helena Rösslerová, LUNDBECK, CZECH REPUBLIC
Lundbeck Institute -educational systems in neurosciences
Panagiotis Zis, RESIDENTS & RESEARCH FELLOWS REPRESENTATIVE
Postgraduate education in neurology, opportunities and organizations for neurologists in training
How to apply for a grant
At the opening ceremony in the presidium are sitting from the left: Dr. Hannah Cock, Chair of the Education Committee, Prof. Günther Deuschl, EAN president, Prof. Theodor Landis, chair, TCsC, Dr. Jan Novy, speaker on Epilepsy, Magda Dohnalova and Gabriela Vyslouzilova
On the top of the Bezdez tower
Social dinner in Melnik Castle