Field-specific information

The section “field-specific information” was implemented to provide information on some important aspects of academia and education within different neurological subspecialties. It should serve as a supportive and orientation guide for young neurologists. Various members of the SAYN contributed to this overview, which is a product of our own experience. This section is intended to be subject to on-going development and will be updated regularly and extended in the future.  

 

Sub-specialities covered so far:


  • Movement disorders
  • Sleep-Wake disorders
  • Cerebrovascular diseases
  • Neurorehabilitation
  • Epilepsy
  • Neuromuscular disorders


Movement disorders

Organisations/Societies

 

International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society

 

  • Description: The International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society (MDS) is a professional society of clinicians, scientists, and other healthcare professionals who are interested in Parkinson’s disease, related neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental disorders, hyperkinetic movement disorders, and abnormalities in muscle tone and motor control.

 

  • Comment: One of the most important societies within the field of movement disorders. Information on movement disorders, education, (online-) workshops, networking with other neurologists, membership, international congresses, development of workshops.

 

 

Dystonia Europe

 

  • Description: Dystonia Europe is a non-profit organisation registered in Belgium that serves the needs of people interested in dystonia.

 

  • Comment: This organisation arranges congresses and high-quality workshops with experts in the field. We especially recommend this for educational and networking purposes.

 

 

Parkinson Schweiz

 

  • Description: A local organisation that provides information and support especially for patients and relatives and to the general public. Possibilities of membership and donation; Involved in education and supports research.  

 

  • Comment: An important source that should be recommended to patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease and to their relatives. This organisation further provides funding for basic and clinical science (application once a year).

 

 

 

Recommended Journals


 

 

 

 

Recommended books

 

  • Marsden’s Book of Movement Disorders, 2012 (Prof. Ivan Donaldson, the late C. David Marsden, DSc, FRS, Kailash P. Bhatia, MD, Susanne A. Schneider, MD)

 

  • Common Movement Disorders Pitfalls: 2012 Case-Based Learning (Alberto Espay and Anthony E.Lang)


  • Handbook of Atypical Parkinsonism, 2011 (Carlo Colosimo, MD, David E. Riley, MD, Gregor K. Wenning, MD)

 


  • Principles and Practice of Movement Disorders, 2011 (Stanley Fahn, MD; Joseph Jankovic; Mark Hallett)

 

 

Further information

 

Useful links for research funding


 


 

Sleep-Wake disorders

Organisations/Societies

 

Swiss Society for Sleep Research, Sleep Medicine and Chronobiology (SSSSC)


  • Description: The SSSSC (or SGSSC in German) consists of physicians specialising or specialised in Neurology, Pneumology, and Psychiatry, Paediatrics as well as of other neuroscientists and biologists active in the sleep-wake field. The SSSSC is responsible for certification processes within Switzerland.


  • Comment: The most important society in the field in Switzerland with an annual meeting. The SSSSC is also a member of the ESRS. Since 2016 the SSSSC also has a “young” section (Swiss Young Sleep Wake Chronobiology Network; SYSWCN), further information can be found on the SSSSC website.



European Sleep Research Society (ESRS)


  • Description: The European Sleep and Research Society is an international scientific non-profit organisation and promotes all aspects of sleep research and sleep medicine. These include the publication of the ‘Journal of Sleep Research (JSR)’, the organisation of scientific meetings, and the promotion of training and education, the dissemination of information, and the establishment of fellowships and awards.

 

  • Comment: The most important society of European Sleep-Wake Researchers. However, the biannual meeting also attracts many researchers from outside Europe. The ESRS is also Member of the WSF. The ESRS also has a “young” section, the Early Career Researcher Network (ECRN), further information can be found on the ESRS website.



American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM)


  • Description: The AASM has a combined membership of 11,000 accredited member sleep centres and individual members, including physicians, scientists and other healthcare professionals. The AASM develops clinical guidelines for the sleep field such as the International Classification of Sleep Disorders and the AASM Manual for the Scoring of Sleep and Associated Events. The AASM publishes the ‘Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine’ and as a joint publication together with the Sleep Research Society ‘SLEEP’.


  • Comment: The AASM especially influences Sleep Medicine through their classification and scoring manuals, and their Journals. As a Clinician or Researcher within Switzerland, the AASM as a society itself is probably less relevant than the SSSSC or ESRS.


 

World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM)


  • Description: The mission of the WASM is to advance sleep health worldwide, particularly in those parts of the world where the practice of sleep medicine is less developed. WASM aims to act as a bridge between different sleep societies and cultures, supporting and encouraging worldwide exchange of clinical information and scientific studies related to sleep medicine.



World Sleep Federation (WSF)


  • Description: The World Sleep Federation (WSF) is an international organisation that was founded in 1988 and is currently comprised of seven Charter members (American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Asian Sleep Research Society, Australasian Sleep Association, Canadian Sleep Society, European Sleep Research Society, Federation of Latin American Sleep Societies, and Sleep Research Society) representing about 53 sleep societies and organisations, and over 12,000 individual members.


 

Recommended journals


 

 

 

 

 

Recommended books

 

  • Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine, 5th Edition, 2011.
    By Meir H. Kryger, MD, Thomas Roth, PhD and William C. Dement, MD, PhD
  • Sleep Medicine Textbook, 2014.
    C. Bassetti, Z. Dogas, P. Peigneux for the European Sleep Research Society (ESRS)
  • International Classification of Sleep Disorders – Third Edition (ICSD-3), 2014. American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM)

 

Further information


  • Young researchers can profit from grants and awards from the above-listed societies.
  • General funding opportunities
  • For more specialised research topics, consult the subspecialised societies or foundations (e.g. Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation)

 

 

Neurorehabilitation

Organisations/Societies

 

The World Federation for NeuroRehabilitation

 

  • The World Federation for NeuroRehabilitation (WFNR) is a multidisciplinary organisation open to any professional with an interest in neurological rehabilitation. The organisation exists to act as a forum of communication between those with an interest in the subject. The WFNR produces a regular newsletter (WFNR Update) that is produced twice a year. The WFNR organises a World Congress in NeuroRehabilitation every two years.

 

 

Die Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Neurorehabilitation

 

  • Die Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Neurorehabilitation (SGNR) wurde am 18.11.1996 gegründet. Als Ziele wurden unter anderem die Untermauerung der gesundheitspolitischen Bedeutung der Neurorehabilitation durch eine eigene Fachgesellschaft und die Erarbeitung von Qualitätskriterien für die Neurorehabilitation in enger Kooperation mit bestehenden Fachgesellschaften und Arbeitsgemeinschaften definiert. Die SGNR steht unter der Schirmherrschaft der Schweizerischen Neurologischen Gesellschaft (SNG).

 


 

Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Verhaltensneurologie

 

  • Behavioural neurology is a subspecialty of neurology. It covers the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders – that means dysfunctions of cognition, behaviour and emotions. The main topics are:

-       clinical measurement of functional mental disorders caused by brain injury

-       investigation of the anatomical and biological foundation of mental disorders

-       analysis of the pathogenesis of mental disorders

-       delivery of evidence concerning the aetiology

-       statements to the course and prognosis of mental disorders

-       proposals concerning therapy and rehabilitation if advisable

 

 

Recommended journals


 

 

 

 

Recommended books

 

  • Textbook of Neural Repair and Rehabilitation: Volume 1, Neural Repair and Plasticity and Volume 2, Medical Neurorehabilitation, by Michael Selzer, Stephanie Clarke, Leonardo Cohen, Gert Kwakkel, Robert Miller, Cambridge University Press, 2nd ed., 2014

 

  • Cognitive Neurorehabilitation: Evidence and Application, by  Donald T. Stuss, Gordon Winocur, Ian H. Robertson,  Cambridge University Press, 2010

 

  • Oxford Textbook of Neurorehabilitation by Volker Dietz, Nick Ward, Oxford University Press, 2015

 

  • Neurorehabilitation Technology, by Volker Dietz, Tobias Nef, William Zev Rymer, Springer 2012

 

  • Localization of Clinical Syndromes in Neuropsychology and Neuroscience: Antonio E. Puente, Joseph M. Tonkonogy, Springer Publishing Company, 2009

 

Further information

Useful links for research funding


 

 


Cerebrovascular diseases

Organisations/Societies


World Stroke Organisation

 

  • Description: The World Stroke Organization (WSO) provides stroke information on an online e-learning platform for healthcare professionals.


  • Comment: An important website in the field of cerebrovascular disorders, especially stroke. It provides information on upcoming conferences, workshops, clinical practice guidelines and lectures of excellence; updated regularly.


 

European Stroke Organisation


  • Description: The European Stroke Organisation (ESO) is a pan-European society of stroke researchers and physicians, national and regional stroke societies and lay organisations.

 

  • Comment: A good website with regularly updated lectures from major international meetings and also information/educational support especially information regarding the European Master in Stroke Medicine and the European Stroke Journal. Also has an ESO job platform.

 

 

Swiss Stroke Society


  • Description: A local organisation that provides information and local points of contact for different cerebrovascular disorders and also information on the Swiss stroke registry and Stroke units/centres in Switzerland

 

  • Comment: Important source of local information and also relevant information on the Swiss Stroke societies guidelines

 

 

American Stroke Association (ASA)


  • Description: Portal with good educational resources/teaching tools for both professionals and patients, including toolkits for acute ischemic stroke, cryptogenic stroke and improving stroke care and outcomes

 

  • Comment: Interactive portal with up-to-date guidelines/instructions.

 

 


Recommended journals


 

  • International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the World Stroke Organisation
    • Website:http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1747-4949/homepage

 

  • American Journal of Neuroradiology (AJNR): Internationally recognized as the primary source of information regarding all aspects of neuroimaging, including head and neck and spine imaging.

 

  • Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular diseases: Publishes original papers on basic and clinical science related to the fields of stroke and cerebrovascular diseases

 

 

Recommended books

 

  • Stroke syndromes, 3rd Edition, 2012 (Prof Louis Caplan, Jan Van Gijn)

 

  • Uncommon Causes of Stroke, 3rd Edition, 2016 (Prof Louis Caplan, José Biller)

 

  • Localisation in Clinical neurology, 6th Edition, 2011 (Paul W Brazis, Joseph C Masdeu, José
  • Biller)

 

  • Diagnostic Imaging: Brain, 3rd Edition, 2016 (Anne G Osborn, MD, Karen L Salzman MD, Miral D Jhaveri MD)

 

 

Further information

 

Useful links for research funding

 

  • The Internet Stroke Centre:
    • Comment: An independent web resource for information about stroke care and research worldwide

 


  • European Stroke Research Foundation
    • Comment: Information on ongoing clinical trials/ grants in both basic and clinical sciences in the spectrum of and cerebrovascular diseases in Europe and worldwide

 

 

Learning Portals

 

  • World Stroke Academy (WSA)

 

  • Description: An e-learning portal for the World Stroke Organization (WSO). It provides stroke information on an online, e-learning platform for healthcare professionals.


  • Comment: Good source for various e-learning modules/podcasts

 

 

 

Epilepsy

Organisations/Societies


Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für klinische Neurophysiologie (SGKN)

 

  • Description: The SGKN is an association that is part of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology. It promotes and regulates the neurophysiology in Switzerland and offers educational programs and exams for EEG, ENMG and Neurosonology.

 

  • Comment: The main neurophysiology society in Switzerland. Organizes basic annual courses in Neurophysiology, as well as interesting meetings of experts. The association promotes networking among Neurologists working in neurophysiology for clinical and research purposes.

 

  • Homepage: http://www.sgkn.ch/home/sgkn/leitbild.html

 

 International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE)

 

  • Description: The ILAE is an international society founded in 1909 that aims at advancing and disseminating knowledge about epilepsy, promoting research, education and training and improving services and care for epileptic patients.

 

  • Comment: Interesting international meeting every two years promoting networking, especially for young neurologists-epileptologists. On the website links for guidelines, manuals and recent papers can be found.

 

 

American Epilepsy Society

 

  • Description: The American Epilepsy Society (AES) is one of the oldest American neurological professional organizations. The society promotes interdisciplinary communications, scientific investigation and exchange of clinical information about epilepsy

 

  • Comment Important for international networking. Interesting annual meeting in the USA, as well as different award opportunities, and research funding

 

 

Recommended journals


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recommended books:

  • Epilepsy: A Comprehensive Textbook, Jerome Engel, Timothy A. Pedley, Jean Aicardi - Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2008

 

  • EEG Pearls and Pitfalls, A.O. Rossetti, Hippocampus-Verlag, 2008

 

  • Berg AT. et al. Revised terminology and concepts for organization of seizures and epilepsies: report of the ILAE Commission on Classification and Terminology, 2005-2009. Epilepsia. 2010 Apr;51(4):676-85. doi: 10.1111/j.1528-1167.2010.02522.x. Epub 2010 Feb 26.

 

  • Hirsch LJ. et al. American Clinical Neurophysiology Society’s Standardized Critical Care EEG Terminology: 2012 version. J Clin Neurophysiol. 2013 Feb;30(1):1-27. doi: 10.1097/WNP.0b013e3182784729.

 

 

Further information

 

Useful links for research funding:


 

 

 

Neuromuscular disorders

Organisations/Societies

 

Treat NMD network

 

  • Description: This is a professional society of clinicians, scientists, and other healthcare professionals interested in neuromuscular disorders

 

  • Comment: One of the most important societies within the neuromuscular field. Here you can get information on different centres, education, workshops, networking with other neurologists, membership, international congresses, development of workshops.

 

 

Myosuisse Schweiz (Muskelgesellschaft and Asrimm)

 

  • Description: a local organisation that provides information and support especially for patients and relatives and to the general public. Possibilities of membership and donation; involved in education and research support.  

 

  • Comment: An important source that should be recommended to patients suffering from neuromuscular diseases and to their relatives.

 


ALS Schweiz


  • Description: A local organisation that provides information and support especially for patients with ALS. Possibilities of membership and donation; involved in education and research support

 

 

  • Associazione “Malattie genetiche rare”
    • Description: Local organisation in the Italian part of Switzerland that provides information and support for patients with rare diseases (especially genetic and neuromuscular disorders)

 

 

 

Useful links for research funding:


Telethon: http://www.telethon.ch

Fsrmm: http://www.fsrmm.ch/for-researchers/for-you

Muskelgesellschaft: www.muskelgesellschaft.ch

ProRaris: www.proraris.ch

Orphanet: http://www.orpha.net/consor/cgi-bin/index.php

ALS Schweiz: http://www.als-stiftung.ch

Other grants and fellowships can be found according to disease subtype (e.g., GBS, CIDP etc.)

 

 

Recommended journals

 

 

 

Recommended literature:

  • Electromyography and Neuromuscular Disorders, 3rd Edition. Clinical-Electrophysiologic Correlations

Authors: David C. Preston; Barbara E. Shapiro

Editor: Saunders. ISBN: 978-1-4557-2672-1

  • Electrodiagnosis in Diseases of Nerve and Muscle: Principles and Practice

Author: Jun Kimura

Editor: Oxford University Press.  ISBN-13: 9780199738687

  • Aids to the Examination of the Peripheral Nervous System 5th edition.

Author: Michael O‘ Brien

Editor: Saunders. ISBN-13: 978-0702034473

 

Recommended congresses