EFNS Spring School (former Academy)  
  Staré Splavy, Czech Republic 2013
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EFNS Spring School for Young Neurologists, 14th Course
Staré Splavy, Hotel Bezděz, Czech Republic
May, 9-12, 2013

Final Report

Our 14th course took place during the month of May, which was dedicated by the European Union as “Month of the Brain” to raise awareness of the importance of brain-related health care and research. Thus we were happy, that the European Commission has listed also the EFNS Spring School among the official events of the “European Month of the Brain”. In fact also our topics were much in concert with some especially supported themes of the European initiatives. The joint action for "Alzheimer Cooperative Valuation in Europe," set up in 2010, delivered already concrete recommendations on issues such as the early diagnosis of dementia. One of the course days, dedicated to Dementia, presented this topic namely from the histo-pathological point of view (Constantin Bouras), from the complicated view of differential diagnosis (Amos Korczyn) and in an approach of vascular cognitive deterioration (Pavel Kalvach).
Prof. Claudio Bassetti (ENS President) and Prof. Heinz Reichmann (ENS Past President) enriched our faculty concurrently as honorary guests from the European Neurological Society. In their lectures they profoundly described neuropsychological and behavioral deficits accompanying neurodegeneration in Parkinson’s disease.
The topic of Headache, delivered on day one, was represented by three speakers lead by Prof. Jes Olesen. He, so meritorious in the bloom of the EFNS as its past president, and also being the founder of the European Brain Council, has been awarded at the opening ceremony with a Medal of the Third Medical Faculty, Charles University in Prague. He lectured on „Genetics and pathophysiology of headache disorders“ and in the afternoon on „Migraine“. Jon Anker Zwart from Oslo and Steffan Evers from Münster clarified the topics of „Medication overuse headache“ and „Classification and Tension type headache“ respectively.
One day was devoted to Gait disorders. These were demonstrated in different diagnoses indicated by surgery. Denis Kaech from Chur presented surgical effectivity in operating on hydrocephalus, spinal cord compressions and various tumors and malformations. Josef Opara from Katowice has reviewed possibilities of rehabilitation in improving gait disorders. In total, speakers came from Denmark, Germany, Israel, Norway, Poland, Switzerland and the Czech Republic.

This year, the course was attended by 118 neurologists from 31 countries: Armenia, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Finland, Georgia, Croatia, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Germany, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. In cooperation with Mediterranean countries neurologists also came from Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia.

We were happy to welcome our EFNS Head Office team, led by the Executive Director, Elisabeth Müller together with Anja Sander and Julia Scheidl, plus Eveline Sipido, manager of our branch office in Florence.
Distinguished guests of our course on the last day were Dr. Alena Šteflová, director of the WHO office in Prague, lecturing on "WHO Priorities in brain and nerve diseases" and Ing. Martin Pospíšil, Lundbeck, who familiarized the students with a time-proven educational system used in a Neuroscience Foundation. Dr. Orsolya Györfi, representing the European Association of Young Neurologists and Trainees, informed our participants about available grants and programmes for continuing education. Prof. Kalvach remembered in his review "Prominent neurologists and neurological eponyms."

In the cultural programme the participants visited the castle of Mnichovo Hradiště. After a guided tour the dinner was accompanied by a jazz concert of the Swiss group Rollin’ Fifties, directed by Denis Kaech. Very joyful evening on the wings of music and dancing! The afternoon of the last day was devoted to a trip to Prague.
Both from the educational point of view as well as in regards to the organisation, the Spring School has been evaluated by the majority of attendees as excellent. We were also proud, that our speakers expressed their admiration to an active audience in the workshops, often astonished at witty questions and comments of our eager participants. Just in the sense of the introductory motto, used at the opening of the course: “Venerate doctos, homines, aeternitatis vasa!”

Ing Magda Dohnalová
Prof. Pavel Kalvach, MD