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How Covid-19 impacted on trauma in a national neurosurgical centre

Irish Neurology Association 57th Annual Meeting, Virtual, 27-28 May 2021 The final session of the INA’s 57th Annual Meeting was on the topic of neurosurgery and stroke. The final speaker in this session was Dr Jack Horan, Senior House Officer, Beaumont Hospital, who presented a study on ‘The Impact of Covid-19 on trauma in a…

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An overview of the process-based approach in neuropsychological assessments

Irish Neurology Association 57th Annual Meeting, Virtual, 27-28 May 2021 The Irish Neurology Association (INA) 57th Annual Meeting took place on 27 and 28 May on a virtual basis. In the first session of Friday morning, Dr Alberto Blanco-Campal, Neuropsychologist at the Dublin Neurological Institute, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, was the guest lecturer in the…

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Understanding Tourette’s syndrome as a broad spectrum encompassing neurology and psychiatry

Irish Neurology Association 57th Annual Meeting, Virtual, 27-28 May 2021 The Noel Callaghan medallist and guest lecturer at this year’s INA Annual Meeting was Dr Jorge Juncos MD, Associate, Professor of Neurology, from Emory University, Atlanta, US. Dr Juncos was presented by Dr Donal Costigan, INA President and a former colleague of Dr Juncos at…

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A case of ictal speech in Irish is presented

Irish Neurology Association 57th Annual Meeting, Virtual, 27-28 May 2021 The first session to commence the INA Annual Meeting on Thursday 27 May was on epilepsy and Mr Michael Doyle, a research fellow in the RCSI StAR MD programme and at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, presented his case titled ‘An rud is annamh is iontach: A…

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Carpal tunnel syndrome marks early presentation of hATTR

Irish Neurology Association 57th Annual Meeting, Virtual, 27-28 May 2021 In the neuromuscular and ataxia session of the INA meeting, Dr Murva Asad, Neurology Specialist Registrar, Cork University Hospital, presented on the topic of ‘Expanding the phenotype of a second Irish variant causing hereditary amyloidogenic transthyretin amyloidosis’. Hereditary transthyretin-mediated amyloidosis (hATTR) is a protein-misfolding disorder,…

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Neurologists need to be aware of rare CAAri, according to Northern Irish study

Irish Neurology Association 57th Annual Meeting, Virtual, 27-28 May 2021 The second session on the second day of the meeting was on the topic of cognitive and parkinson’s disease. During this session Dr Rachel Todd, Neurology Specialist Registrar, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, presentedher study of cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAAri)-related inflammation in Northern Ireland. Dr Todd’s…

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INA President hails ‘high standard’ of research presented at meeting

The outgoing President of the INA Dr Donal Costigan expressed “gratitude to all the presenters who submitted papers of such a high standard” for the Association’s Annual Meeting. Dr Costigan also acknowledged the work presenters had undertaken due to the need to pre-record poster audio and platform presentations as a result of the virtual nature…

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Huntington’s disease: An overview

A look at the presentation and pathophysiology of Huntington’s disease and the latest national and international research approaches to developing therapies Huntington’s disease (HD) is an autosomal dominant neurodegenerative disorder causing movement, cognitive and psychiatric deterioration leading to progressive disability and eventual death. The genetic mutation was identified in 1993 as an expanded CAG repeat…

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Multiple sclerosis: Diagnosis, management and impact of Covid-19

MS overview MS is a neurological condition caused by inflammation affecting the brain and spinal cord. It is a demyelinating disease, which pathologically is characterised by damage to the myelin. The exact aetiology remains unclear although a combination of genetic and environmental factors such as Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) exposure, vitamin D and smoking play a…

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Migraine and healthcare professionals: The European picture

Lack of education and training for clinicians is a key issue impeding proper management of migraine On 22 September, the European Migraine and Headache Alliance (EMHA) organised ‘The Missing Lesson’ webinar to raise awareness about migraine at EU level and kick-start its EU policy advocacy campaign to make migraine a European health priority. The webinar…

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