Neurology Update Meeting Friday, 15th October 2021
The 20th Annual Neurology Update Meeting will take place on Friday, October 15th as a virtual event under the directorship of Dr John McConville.
Prof Andreas Zwergal
Andreas Zwergal is the Director of the German Center for Vertigo and Balance Disorders (DSGZ) and Associate Professor for Neuro-otology at the Department of Neurology at the University of Munich.
Since 2014 he is the scientific coordinator of a European Network Initiative for interdisciplinary research in vestibular disorders called DIZZYNET.
This network includes 80 member from 22 European countries and has started common projects on standardization of methods and databanking.
His research activity is committed to translational research on the pathophysiology and treatment of vestibular disorders using a variety of methods from neurophysiology, neuropsychology and multimodal imaging in vestibular animal models and patient cohort with acute and chronic peripheral and central vestibulopathies. His group has further delineated processes of vestibular compensation and plasticity after acute vestibular damage, the structure of ascending vestibular projections, the consequences
of bilateral vestibular damage for higher vestibular function. The group has received funding from the BMBF and several national and international agencies. His education includes a degree in Medicine (2000-2006), PhD dissertation on the molecular mechanisms of immunological tolerance (Technical University Munich, 2005), a postgraduate training at the Cornell University, New York (2006). Later he continued his training as a resident of Neurology at the University of Munich (2006-2014) and received his specialization in Neurology in 2014. He has been clinical supervisor in neurotology and vascular neurology in the DSGZ from 2014. In the DSGZ, he has led a Young Scientist Group (2009-2014) and Senior Scientist Group (2014-2019). He has a specific expertise in clinical neuro-otology, movement disorders and cognitive neurology. He contributed scientifically to a wide-range of studies in translational and clinical neurotology and neurology. He is author of 95 papers at PubMed with a cumulative impact factor of > 300 and a H-index of 28 (Google Scholar). He has received several research prizes (including the European Investigator Ward by the EAN and young scientist award from the Barany-Society) and is listed in the top 10 experts worldwide in the field of vestibular disease by the Expertscape platform.
Dr Stefen Brady
Dr Stefen Brady joined the Oxford Rare Mitochodrial Disorders Service 2019. He studied Medicine at Trinity Medical School in Dublin and trained as a Neurology Specialist in Yorkshire.
Stefen was awarded a Muscular Dystophy UK clinical fellowship in 2010. He went on to senior clinical research fellowship funded by Myositis in 2013. He trained in muscle disease with Dr David Hilton-Jones at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford and with Professors Mike Hanna and Janice Holton at MRC centre for Neuromuscular Diseases and the Institute of Neurology London.
Stefen was awarded DPhil by the University of Oxford for his thesis, A Clinicalpathalogical Study of Inclusion Body Myositis (IBM), in 2014. During his DPhil, Stefen spent time working with mitochondrial specialist Professor Jo Poulton.
Stefen has worked as a Specialist Neuromuscular Consultant since 2016.
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|8.30||Meeting opens for logging in|
|9.00||Welcome & Introduction||Dr. John McConville
Ulster Hospital, Dundonald, Belfast.
|Dr. Eavan McGovern and
Dr. Mark McCarron
|9.10 - 10.00||Update in Neurophysiology||Dr. John McHugh Consultant and Clinical Lead in Clinical Neurophysiology, CHI - Crumlin
|10.00 - 10.50||Sporadic Inclusion Body Myopathy||Dr. Stefen Brady, Specialist Neuromuscular Consultant, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford|
|11.00 - 11.50||Update in Epilepsy||Dr. Danny Costello, Consultant Neurologist, Department of Neurology, Cork University Hospital.|
|11.50 - 12.30||Postural abnormalities in Parkinson’s disease||Dr. Karen Doherty, Consultant Neurologist, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast|
|Dr. Siobhan Hutchinson and Dr. Justin Kinsella|
|14.00 - 15.00||Acute vertigo and dizziness - diagnostic workup and therapeutic decisions.||Professor Andreas Zwergal, Director of the German Center for Vertigo and Balance Disorders, University of Munich.|
|15.00 - 15.40||Acute Central Nervous System Vasculopathies||Dr. Ferghal McVerry, Consultant Neurologist, Altnagelvin Hospital|
|15.50 - 16.30||The Advent of Disease Modifying Therapies for Alzheimer’s Disease||Dr. Seán O’Dowd, Consultant Neurologist, Tallaght University Hospital|
|16.40||Closing Remarks||Dr. John McConville|
Dr. Karen Doherty
Dr Karen Doherty is a consultant in the RVH Belfast. She undertook her research in NHNN, Queen Square under the mentorship of Professor Andrew Lees.
Her publications include papers on Parkin related PD, movement disorder clinicopathological cases and postural abnormalities in Parkinson’s. She is an Honorary lecturer Neurosciences Queens University Belfast. Dr Doherty’s talk on ‘Postural abnormalities in Parkinson’s disease’ was the focus of her MD thesis in UCL.
Dr. Sean O Dowd
Dr. Seán O’Dowd is a Consultant Neurologist and Co-Director of the Institute of Memory and Cognition at Tallaght University Hospital (TUH).
He developed an interest in cognition during his MD studies in the Mater Hospital and UCD in CSF biomarkers of the tauopathies. He subsequently went onto to a Fellowship in Newcastle upon Tyne, where he was involved in clinical, research and clinical trial work in the Movement Disorders Research Unit and the Lewy Body Dementia Clinic. He also worked at the Cambridge Memory Clinic at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, before returning to Dublin to take up his current post at TUH.
Dr. Ferghal McVerry
Dr Ferghal McVerry is a Consultant Neurologist at Altnagelvin Hospital, a district general hospital providing general neurology and some subspecialty outpatient clinics and ward liaison services in Northern Ireland.
His areas of interest are Acute Neurology, Cerebrovascular Diseases and Stroke Imaging.
Dr. Danny Costello
Dr. Danny Costello is a Consultant Neurologist & Adult Epileptologist in Cork University Hospital and a Clinical Senior Lecturer in the College of Medicine and Health, University College Cork.
He is also president of the Irish Chapter of the International League Against Epilepsy.
Dr. John McHugh
Dr John McHugh is a Consultant in Clinical Neurophysiology, at CHI – Crumlin and Tallaght University Hospital.
John combines practice in both adult and paediatric Clinical Neurophysiology. He has a special interest in paediatric EEG and EMG. His MD thesis focused on the effects of age and chemotherapy on peripheral nerve excitability.