by Prof. Vitalie Lisnic (Past President of the Society of Neurologists of the Republic of Moldova), Assoc. Prof. Oxana Grosu, and Assist. Prof. Elena Costru-Tasnic
On 16 September, 2021 the Virtual EAN-Day took place in Chisinau, the Republic of Moldova, organised under the auspices of the EAN and the Society of Neurologists of the Republic of Moldova. The history of the EAN-Day within Moldovan national conferences started in October 2017 in Chisinau. The initiative to hold such events came from the Society of Neurologists of the Republic of Moldova. After a successful and interesting first EAN-Day in 2017, the 2nd EAN-Day was an eagerly awaited event by our neurological community. More than 200 medical professionals from the Republic of Moldova and Romania participated in the online event, including neurologists, neurosurgeons, students and residents. It was followed by the 7th Congress of the Society of Neurologists of the Republic of Moldova on 17-18 September, 2021.
An inauguration speech was given by the president of the Congress, Professor Vitalie Lisnic, including a welcome for the invited speakers – Professor Dafin Muresanu (Romania), Ludwig Kappos (Switzerland), Alexandre Bisdorff (Luxemburg), Academician Stanislav Groppa, Professor Mihail Gavriliuc, from Moldova and Teaching Course sub-Committee Chair, Professor Irena Rektorova (Czech Republic). Professor Muresanu, chair of the EAN Communication Committee conveyed greetings from Professor Claudio Bassetti, President of the EAN, and told participants about the mission and vision of the EAN, as well as its clinical, research and educational opportunities for practicing neurologists.
The morning programme included plenary sessions presented by the renowned faculty of prominent specialists in different neurological areas, including Challenges and opportunities in stroke recovery, by Professor Dafin Muresanu (Romania); Updates on diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, by Ludwig Kappos (Switzerland), and Update on vestibular disorders and how to approach them, by Alexandre Bisdorff (Luxemburg).
The Resident and Research Fellow Section (former EAYNT) was represented by Dr. Alina Ivaniuk (Ukraine) who presented news on available educational activities and grants from the EAN for young neurologists and resident doctors in training.
The afternoon programme included three very dynamic and interactive workshops on Rare cases of stroke (Prof. Dafin Muresanu – Romania); Switching of therapies in multiple sclerosis (Prof. Ludwig Kappos – Switzerland); and Targeted clinical vestibular examination on positional vertigo and head impulse testing (Prof. Alexandre Bisdorff – Luxemburg). Given the topicality of these talks, with practical approaches to diagnosis and treatment, the sessions were highly appreciated and generated many questions. Local participants were also given an opportunity to share their unclear clinical cases.
As a virtual scientific event, the EAN-Day in Moldova, succeeded in connecting local neurologists with well-known specialists from other European countries who provided interesting, and practical information on very current topics in the neurological field.