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Newsletter No. 1. November, 2000.


University of Szeged, Department of Neurology * 6725 Szeged, Semmelweis u. 6., Hungary
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The publication is supported by an education grant from Gedeon Richter Ltd.




1. The 32nd International Danube Symposium for Neurological Sciences and Continuing Education, Baja (Hungary), August 31-September 2, 2000

2. Future conference in Lublin, 2001

3. Danube Symposium Meeting, Copenhagen, 17th October, 2000

4. Danube Neurology Fellowship

5. New structure and activities of the Danube Group


1. The 32nd International Danube Symposium for Neurological Sciences and Continuing Education, Baja (Hungary), August 31-September 2, 2000

The 32nd International Danube Symposium for Neurological Sciences and Continuing Education was held in the beautiful South-Hungarian city Baja, between 31st August-2nd September 2000.

Some statistics in connection with the Danube Symposium: the meeting was attended by 144 participants, and 20 renowed speakers from allover the world were invited with a wide range of topics introduced by them. Through the participation of these outstanding scientists, this symposium has again become attention far beyond its regional importance offered by the representative so-called "Danube countries".

To give an idea of the scientific spectrum of the meeting, here are the main topics of the symposium:

  • Neuroethics -- Clinical drug research -- Ethical and regulatory issues -- General outline of current Euroepan recommendations and regulations;
  • Epilepsy: receptors, transmitters and therapy;
  • Stroke: diagnostics, therapy, stroke units;
  • Extrapyramidal disorders, rehabilitation;
  • Reinnervation -- Growth hormones -- Gene therapy.

The Danube Lecture, held by Professor Ransmayr (Innsbruck, Austria) on Rehabilitaion of parkinsonism made evident, that apart from basic research and new clinical therapies, the rehabilitation procedures of different diseases are of extraordinary importance as well. Another outstanding lecture, The Miskoczy Memorial Lecture by Professor Vizi with the title Far from Cajal-Sherringtons galaxy, nonsynaptic chemical interaction in the CNS and periphery enabled to cover perfectly this special topic as well. More than 50 posters were prepared and published in the abstract booklet of the symposium.

The overall objective of the symposium was well expressed and stated in the speeches of the opening ceremony, rendered by Professor Gerstenbrand, Secretary General of Danube Symposium Curatorium, Professor Czopf, Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee, Professor Fischer, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Pécs, and Zs. Horváth, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Health, P. Széll, Major of Baja. It was stressed, that in addition to the international importance of the meeting, the DS is a visible Hungarian scientific event, which is also proved by the fact that both the 31st and the 32nd symposia were held in a Hungarian city.

Also an important event within this symposium was the official dedication of the Memorial Tablet of Dezső Miskolczy, an outstanding Hungarian neurologist born in Baja in 1894.

It should not be forgotten to mention the unforgettable and perfectly organized social programmes as well, with sightseeing programmes in Baja and visit to the city of Kalocsa famous for its folk art.

2. Future meeting in Lublin, 2001

Concerning future meetings and organisations of the DS, the main event will be the 33rd International Danube Symposium for Neurological Sciences and Continuing Education to be held in Lublin, Poland, from August 29-September 1, 2001. The Organizing Committee is the Department of Neurology, University School of Medicine, Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee is Professor Stelmasiak.

Main topics according to the preliminary scientific program: Presymposium Teaching Course on CVA, on Involuntary Movement Treatment, on Evoked Potentials, on Neurosonology. Donau Lecture by Professor James Toole.

Plenary sessions: Cerebrovascular Dieseases; Dementia; Progress in Treatment of Parkinson Disease; Progress in Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis; Epilepsy – Diagnosis and Treatment; Progress in Neuroimaging; Neuroethics.

3. Danube Meeting in Copenhagen, 17th October, 2000

The Danube Symposium had a meeting on 17th October, in Copenhagen. After the introduction by Professor Gerstenbrand, honorary president of the DS, Professor Vécsei, Secretary General informed about the activities of the symposium. First, the report of the 32nd Danube Symposium, and then the future activities of the DS were presented: the edition of the Danube Symposium Newsletter is planned, an exchange program of neurologists under the name Danube Neurology Fellowship has already been introduced, and moreover different types of Training Courses could be implemented.

Also, the financial background of the Danube Symposium was discussed, and the venues of the future symposia were decided. Symposium venues: 2001 Lublin (Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee: Professor Stelmasiak), 2002 Bratislava, 2003 Lvav, 2004 Ljubljana; suggestions for 2005: Brno or Bucuresti, 2006 Brno or Bucuresti.

The closing remarks of the Meeting were held by Professor Gerstenbrand.

4. Danube Neurology Fellowship

In the framework of the Danube Neurology Fellowship, a colleague from Novi Sad, Dr. Marija Semnic, M.D. spends 4 weeks at the Department of Neurology, University of Szeged.

Dr. Marija Semnic graduated at the Faculty of Medical Sciences at the Medical University of Novi Sad with general medical doctorate, and participated at several teaching courses (e.g. teaching course in neurology, Tirgu-Mures, Rumania, educatinal program in neuropsychology and behaviour neurology, University of Belgrade, Centar for multidisciplinar studies, Neurosciences, Belgrade). Since 1993, she works at the Department of Neurology, Institute of Neurology, Psychiatry and Mental Health, Clinical Centar Novi Sad, Jugoslavia. Dr. Semnic’s research field is the correlation between neuropsychological assessment and MRI in patients with multiple sclerosis.

It is planned to have similar fellowship organizations for neurologists in the future and to extend the program activity of the DS in other Neurological Departments of this region.

5. Further activities of the Danube Symposium Group in the future:

5.1. To deepen the mutual contact with the EFNS;

5.2. Neurology residency program;

5.3. Continuing education;

5.4. Mutual description and harmonization of PhD-programs, presentation of PhD-criteria;

5.5. Drug research education programs, accreditation.