Newsletter No. 5. October, 2002.


Collaborating Society of the EFNS
Central and East-European Association for Neurology (CEEAN)

Honorary President: Prof. Dr.Dr.h.c. Franz Gerstenbrand (Vienna);
Secretary General: Prof. Dr. László Vécsei (Szeged);
Deputy Secretary General: Prof. Dr. Zbigniew Stelmasiak (Lublin);
Scientific Secretary: Prof. Dr. Gerhard Ransmayr (Linz);
Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Dr. János Tajti (Szeged);
Head of Office: Erika Grossmann (Szeged)

Head Office:

University of Szeged, Department of Neurology * H-6725 Szeged, Semmelweis u. 6., Hungary
Tel.: + 36 62 545-348 * Fax: + 36 62 545-597 * E-mail:vecsei@nepsy.szote.u-szeged.hu

The publication is supported by an education grant from Gedeon Richter Ltd.


1. 34th International Danube Symposium (28-31 August 2002, Bratislava, Slovakia)

2. Activities of the International Danube Symposium (Szeged, Hungary)

3. Danube Neurology Fellowship

4. Preliminary Scientific Programme of the 35th International Danube Symposium (11-14 September, 2003, Belgrade, Yugoslavia)

5. Future Meetings of Danube Symposium

6. Impact factor, Citation rate, PhD-studies, DSc.

7. FRONTIERS IN CLINICAL NEUROSCIENCE: 24th-25th October, 2002 (Budapest, Hungary). Neurodegeneration and neuroprotection.

8. 3rd International Congress on VASCULAR DEMENTIA: 23-26 October 2003, Prague, Czech Republic

9. In memoriam Prof. Miroslaw Mossakowski, Prof. Vlad Voiculescu and Dr. Ilona Jelencsik

10. Web-site of the International Danube Symposium

1. The 34th International Danube Symposium for Neurological Sciences and Continuing Education
(28-31 August 2002, Bratislava, Slovakia)

The 34th International Danube Symposium for Neurological Sciences and Continuing Education was held in Bratislava, Slovakia between August 28-31, 2002, on the soil of the beautiful city on the Danube, being also Capital of Slovakia. The Symposium was a vast achievement of the Local Organizing Committee; we would again like to express our cordial thanks to Professor Pavel Traubner (Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee), and to all colleagues involved in the successful meeting for their perfect organisation! The scientific programme of the Symposium consisted of plenary sessions, educational lectures, teaching courses and poster presentations. New pieces of information in the area of vascular diseases of the brain, in the field of epilepsy, in the sphere of ultrasound diagnosis, in dementias and headache issues, in the field of neuromuscular diseases, as well as neuroethics, problems of multiple sclerosis and natural course of diseases and their treatment were presented. To present some statistics in connection with the Danube Symposium: there were 180 active participants, and more than 200 participants with 68 lectures, 19 teaching courses and 4 scientific presentations of the YNT. 29 posters were presented. All abstracts will be published in the Neuro Endocrinology Letters. -- Visit also under: www.nel.edu
Danube Lecture: J.Olesen (Denmark):
Neurology in the New Millenium
Main topics of the Symposium:
  • Dementia - Therapy; Unethical aspects of evidence based medicine; Cerebrovascular Disease I-II; Stroke; Epilepsy; Ultrasound Diagnostics and Treatment; Neuromuscular Diseases and Neurooncology; Headache; Multiple Sclerosis.
Satellite Symposia:
  • Teaching courses I-II-III-IV: Cerebrovascular Disease -- Epilepsy -- Dementia -- Ultrasound in Neurology.
  • Young Neurologists’ Meeting (The European Association of Young Neurologists and Trainees -- YNT).

2. Activities of the International Danube Symposium (Szeged, Hungary)

  • The Danube Symposium fosters fellowship programs for young neurologists (see Danube Neurology Fellowship).
  • Coordination of future Danube Symposia.
  • The Danube Neurology Newsletter is posted to more than 600 addresses, and the electronic version is available free of charge on Internet as well. We also consider as our task to help with the activity of the EFNS in the Danube- countries, therefore it is very important to strengthen our contact with the EFNS.

3. Danube Neurology Fellowship

Continuing the tradition of the Danube Neurology Fellowship, Dr. Sharlota Mesaros (Institute of Neurology, Clinical Center of Serbia, Belgrade) is spending a period of 4-weeks at the Department of Neurology, University of Szeged from April-May 2002. Enclosed you find her report of this exchange program: "I really enjoyed my stay at the Neurological Clinic of the University of Szeged. I was impressed by the very high level of the health care in the field of neurology in Szeged. I was especially interested in the diagnostic procedures and treatment of neurological patients. I spent most of the time at the out-patient clinic for patients with multiple sclerosis who are treated with various immunomodulatory treatment protocols. It was extremely interesting to have discussions with colleagues dealing with headache and epilepsy. I discussed with my collegues, young beurologists about our mutual scientific interest and also about possibilities of establishing collaboration between Neurological Clinic of the University of Szeged and the Institute of Neurology, Clinical Centre of Serbia, Belgrade. I hope my stay in Szeged would denote the beginning of the fruitful and successful collaboration between our Departments in the field of demyelinating of the central nervous system."

4. Preliminary Scientific Programme of the 35th International Danube Symposium (11-14 September, 2003, Belgrade, Yugoslavia)

The 35th International Danube Symposium for Neurological Sciences and Continuing Education will take place in Belgrade, between 11-14 September 2003. Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee is Professor Vladimir S. Kostic. Enclosed you find the preliminary programme: 1) MAIN TOPICS: Scientific background of neurological disorders; Neurogenetics; Neuroethics; Epilepsy; Multiple Sclerosis; Movement Disorders; Neuromuscular Diseases; Dementia; Stroke; Headache; Miscellanous. 2) TEACHING COURSES: Neuromuscular Disorders; Multiple Sclerosis; Movement Disorders; Dementia; Epilepsy. 3) WORKSHOPS Scientific Information: Vladimir Kostic; E-mail: kostic@imi.bg.ac.yu

5. Future Meetings of Danube Symposium

  • 2003: 35 th International Danube Symposium (Belgrade, Yugoslavia: Chair: Prof.Kostic, Co-Chair: Prof. Apostolski)
  • 2004: 36 th International Danube Symposium (Sofia, Bulgaria: Prof. Yancheva)
  • 2005: 37 th International Danube Symposium (Ljubljana, Slovenia: Prof. Pirtosek)
  • 2006: 38 th International Danube Symposium (Brno, Czech Republic or Bucuresti, Rumania)
  • 2007: 39 th International Danube Symposium (Würzburg, Germany: Prof. Riederer)
  • 2008: 40th International Danube Symposium (Linz, Austria: Prof. Ransmayr)

6. Impact factor, citations, PhD-studies, DSc. - in Hungary

6.1. The impact factor (IF) is based on the Science Citation Index (SCI) published by the Institute of Scientific Information (ISI). The impact factor is defined as how many times, on an average, during the study year the articles that appear in the 2 preceding years of the index journal received citations on other (SCI-indexed) journals. 6.2. Citation rate: Only independent citations can be evaluated and are relevant. Dependent self-citated is a publication if the citated and the citator publication has common publisher. These numbers offer mainly valid information about the quality of the scientific work. Moreover, they also serve to evaluate the scientific activity of an aspirant (in other cases: Department, Institute, Clinical Department, Faculty or university) among national and international scientific publicity, and we can receive a thorough and realistic view of their scientific work. (E.g.: serious and important clinical cases published in journals with high impact-factor.) An important challenge and task of the scientists in the field of clinical neuroscience is to satisfy and fulfill the strict national sclale of values, since the best guarantee for medical activity, for the evidence-based decision-takers is if a physician is in the same time scientist and a teaching staff as well. Following field effects have an influence on citation rates (Seglen, P.O.(1998): Acta Orthop. Scand. 69:224-229): 1) Mean number of references per article in filed; 2) Reference obsolence relative to time-window for citation recording; 3) Field size (affects mainly citation span, i.e., maximal attainable citation rate); 4) Field dynamics (field expansion or contraction); 5) Interfield relations (e.g., basal v.s. applied); 6) Subfield microheterogeneity. 6.3. PhD-studies at the University of Szeged, Faculy of General Medicine: Condition for the handing in a PhD-dissertation is: a) participation at a PhD-programme b) passing the necessary examinations 3) at least three international scientific in extenso originalis (no review, no abstract) publications, with the cummulative impact factor of at least 4,5. In at least one of the publications, the PhD-applicant has to be first author. 6.4. DSc-title: The necessary impact factor (IF) and citation rate for the DSc-title applicants in the field of Clinical Neuroscience and Theoretical Neuroscience are:

Clinical Neurology:

Impact factor: 25

Citation rate: 100

Theoretical Neuroscience:

Impact factor: 60

Citation rate: 200

7. FRONTIERS IN CLINICAL NEUROSCIENCE: 24th-25th October, 2002 (Budapest, Hungary). Neurodegeneration and neuroprotection.

A Symposium in Abel Lajtha’s Honour, organized by the European Society for Clinical Neuropharmacology (ESCNP) and the Danube Symposium for Neurological Sciences will take place in Budapest, Hungary, on the 24th and 25th October, 2002.
Main topics: Neuroprotection and stroke, Neuroprotection and Parkinson’s disease, Neuroprotection and epilepsy, Neuroprotection in demyelinating disorders, Neuroprotection and dementia. Symposium Home Page: www.motesz.hu , e-mail:congress@motesz.hu Address of the Local Organizer: Prof. Dr. Laszlo Vecsei, Department. of Neurology University of Szeged, Semmelweis str. 6., Szeged, Hungary e-mail: vecsei@nepsy.szote.u-szeged.hu

8. 3rd International Congress on VASCULAR DEMENTIA: 23-26 October 2003, Prague, Czech Republic

: Definitions and Diagnostic Criteria; Specific Vascular Cognitive Syndromes; Epidemiology: Prevalence and Incidence Studies, Risk Factors; Mechanisms: White Matter Changes, Strategic Strokes, Multiple Lacunae; Evaluation: Structural and Functional Imaging, Transcranial Doppler, SPECT; Neuropsychology; Prevention and Treatment: Drug Trials, Inclusion Criteria, Outcome Measures; Vascular Factors in Alzheimer's disease and Binswanger's disease; Genetic Forms of Vascular Dementia; Amyloid Angiopathy.
Visit the official website at: www.kenes.com/vascular

9. In memoriam Professor Miroslaw Mossakowski, Professor Vlad Voiculescu, Dr. Ilona Jelencsik

Professor Miroslaw Mossakowski (1929-2001), a neuropathologist of international format, a key animator of neuroscience in Poland and abroad, a brilliant manager and highly respected statesman left us on December 26, 2001, after a year of suffering, showing how courageous the struggle against an incurable disease could be. Professor Mossakowski was one of the first members of Curatorium of Danube Symposium for Neurological Sciences and Continuing Education in South and East Europe, and since 1999 until his last days President of the Polish Academy of Sciences. He was advocating the promotion of young research workers and the inclusion of neuroscience and neuropathological studies into the program of the Danube Symposiums.
The death of Professor Vlad Voiculescu (1913-2001) has silenced Romania's most prominent personality in the field of neurology, as well as a renown scientist and clinician. Professor Voiculescu was equally a great humanist and a delightful man. In 1949, he joined the newly founded Institute of Neurology (Bucharest), and from 1978 to 1993, he was Director of the Institute of Neurology and Psychiatry. In 1990, he became a member of the Romanian Academy and rose to the rank of Professor Emeritus of Neurology. He was co-editor-in-chief of the Romanian Journal of Neurology and Psychiatry, the present Romanian Journal of Neurology ever since 1975.
The early death of Dr. Ilona Jelencsik (1944-2002) was a great loss for all the colleagues in the field of neurology. She was assistant lecturer between 1985-1991 and assistant professor from 1991 at the Semmelweis Medical University Budapest, Hungary. From 1996-1998, Dr. Ilona Jelencsik was the first President of the Hungarian Headache Society, and she was Deputy Member of the Curatorium of International Danube Symposium. Her main research fields were: headache and pain syndromes.

10. Web-site of the International Danube Symposium

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  • Managing and Executive Board Members of DS
  • Future Symposia, Conferences, further important information.

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