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Parkinson’s Disease Masterclass

A Masterclass Expert Day for Parkinson’s Disease was held on 18th November 2016 in the Catherine McAuley Education Centre, Mater University Hospital.

Pictured above (left to right) are expert speakers:

Dr Timothy Counihan, Consultant Neurologist, Galway University Hospital
Prof Elan D Louis, Professor of Neurology & Epidemiology, Yale University, USA
Prof Timothy Lynch, Consultant Neurologist & Clinical Director, Dublin Neurological Institute, Mater University Hospital
Prof Angelo Antonini, Director Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorders Unit, Padua University Hospital, Italy
Dr John McKinley, Consultant Neurologist, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, N. Ireland


Also participating were (left to right) Ms Yvonne McNelis, Dublin Neurological Institute, Mater University Hospital, (Speaker) Dr Joanne Shanahan PhD Physio, UL Limerick & Dr Diane Olszewska, Dublin Neurological Institute, Mater University Hospital

In his invitation to attendees Prof Tim Lynch wrote:

“With Parkinson’s disease the focus of this event you can see from the agenda our faculty for the day are all experts in their field who will cover various “hot topics”, the latest clinical data, practical aspects relevant to your practice, with the opportunity to hear new insights into Movement Disorders and to review case studies with your peers. Attendees are welcome to participate and interact with the speakers. We expect our panel of excellent local and international speakers to cover many different aspects of Parkinson’s disease but also other movement disorders including Young Onset Parkinson’s, Basal Gangila Disease & the Mind, River Dance & PD, Continuous Drug Service can Impact Motor & Non-Motor Symptoms, A,B, C & Zs of recognising & diagnosing Tremors, Sorting out the inherited Ataxais.”

The event drew a very large attendance.



Pictured above is Prof Elan D Louis presenting his lecture titled “The A, B, Cs and Zs of Recognising and Diagnosing Tremors”.

The full agenda for the day was as follows:

Time Session Speakers
10:50 – 11:00 Welcome & Introduction Chairpersons:
Dr Timothy Counihan
Consultant Neurologist
Galway University Hospital, Galway
Professor Timothy Lynch
Consultant Neurologist
Dublin Neurological Institute, Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Dublin 7
11:00 – 11:30 “Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease and Therapeutic challenges” Dr John McKinley
Consultant Neurologist
Royal Victoria Hospital
Grosvenor Road
Belfast, Northern Ireland
11:30 – 12:00 “Basal Ganglia Disease and the Mind” Dr Niall Pender
Principal Clinical
Psychologist and
Head of Department
Beaumont Hospital
Dublin 9
12:00 – 12:30 “River Dance and Parkinson’s Disease” Dr Joanne Shanahan PhD Phyiso UL Limerick,
Limerick City &
Ms Yvonne McNelis
Dublin Neurological Institute, Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Dublin 7
12:30 – 13:20 “Continuous Drug Service can impact motor and
non-motor features in PD”
Professor Angelo Antonini
Parkinson’s disease and
Movement Disorders Unit
IRCCS Hospital San Camillo Venice, 1st Neurology Clinic, Padua University Hospital, Italy
13:50 – 14:40 “The A, B, Cs and Zs of Recognizing and Diagnosing Tremors” Elan D. Louis, MD, MS Chief, Division of Movement Disorders Professor of Neurology and Epidemiology Departments of Neurology and Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Yale School of Medicine and Yale School of Public Health, Yale University, New Haven, CT, America
14:40 – 16:00 2 x Patient cases Expert Panel
16:00 – 16:30 “Sorting out the Inherited Ataxias” Dr Richard Walsh Consultant Neurologist Neurology Department Adelaide & Meath Hospital,Tallaght, Dublin 24
16:30 – 17:45 “Movement Video Cases” Dr Timothy Counihan
Consultant Neurologist
University Hospital Galway
Galway City
Co Galway
17:45 Close of day Dr Timothy Counihan and Professor Timothy Lynch

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