by Prof. Pille Taba, President of the Estonian Ludvig Puusepp Society of Neurologists and Neurosurgeons
The EAN Regional Teaching Day of the Estonian Ludvig Puusepp Society of Neurologists and Neurosurgeons was held on 2 June, in the Rakvere Conference Centre, adjacent to the society’s annual congress. The meeting gave us an opportunity to invite top experts from European countries with the support of the EAN, to present theoretical lectures and case-based workshops with a practical approach to diagnosis and therapeutic aspects.
Prof. Irena Rektorova from Brno, made a meeting introduction on behalf of the EAN as Chair of the EAN Education Committee, focusing on the aims of educational activities, and the new format of the EAN Regional Teaching Day. In her lecture on dementias of Lewy bodies, she gave an overview on molecular mechanisms of dementias, diagnostics including imaging, and therapeutic approaches for cognitive decline. The workshop focused on MRI as a marker for neurodegenerative dementias, including Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy body dementia, primary progressive aphasia, progressive supranuclear palsy, Wilson’s disease, and disorders with brain metal accumulation.
Prof. Evzen Ruzicka’s lecture included clinical phenomenology and management of a broad spectrum of different tremor syndromes. The new classification of tremors was introduced and illustrated with many video examples. The workshop on functional movement disorders covered a complex and multifaceted area of neurology. The case demonstrations were accompanied by lively discussions, and useful suggestions given to recognise and treat the psychogenic disorders.
Dr Kristiina Juhkami, a representative of Estonia in the EAN Residents and Research Fellows Section, presented news on available educational activities in Europe for young neurologists and resident doctors in training.
At the EAN Regional Training Day meeting, 83 neurologists and resident doctors in training in neurology participated; the format of the meeting was highly appreciated as it included both scientific news in the lectures, and issues of management in clinical practice in workshops. The Estonian Ludvig Puusepp Estonian Society of Neurologists and Neurosurgeons is grateful to the EAN for the opportunity to organise the event. The EAN RTD meeting was a great success, and the sessions were highly appreciated.