Botulinum Toxin Workshop

  Dr. Fiona Molloy, Consultant in Clinical Neurophysiology and Clinical Director of the Botulinum Toxin Clinic for Neurological Disorders, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, directs an annual Botulinum Toxin Workshop training course for neurological disorders.

The 2017 course will take place on Friday, September 15th

Early registration for the 2017 course is advised as a limited number of participants may be accommodated.
Those interested in participating may register their interest for the 2017 course to Dr. Fiona Molloy at

Venue: Education Centre, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin 9

Directors               Guest Lecture               Workshop Description               Sessions               Course Outcomes               Course Participants              

Programme               CPD               Sponsor Acknowledgement


Course Director: Dr Fiona Molloy, Consultant Neurophysiologist and Clinical Director of the Botulinum Toxin Clinic for Neurological Disorders, Beaumont Hospital.

Assistant directors; Prof Tobias Bäumer, Neurologist, University of Lübeck; Dr Kirsten Zeuner, Neurologist, University of Kiel, Dr Gerard Mullins, Clinical Neurophysiologist, Beaumont; Dr Deirdre Murray, neuro-physiotherapist and Ms Margaret Ryan, Clinical Nurse Manager, Beaumont Hospital.
To view biographies for each of the visiting course directors please click the links below

Dr. Kirsten Zeuner                     Dr. Tobias Bäumer

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 Guest Lecture

Prof Bäumer will deliver a guest lecture at 09.00 at the Dublin Neuroscience Conference. The title of his lecture will be "Dystonia and the Cerebellum - Cerebellar Learning and Alcohol responsiveness in Myoclonus- Dystonia"
Preceding Prof. Baumler's lecture, there will be a case presentation of myoclonus- dystonia. 

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 Workshop Description

Since its introduction in the 1980s Botulinum Toxin (BoNT) has become the first line treatment for focal dystonia and is more recently a licensed treatment for upper and lower limb spasticity. This workshop is aimed at clinicians and other health care professionals who wish to start injecting BoNT and injectors wanting to improve their skills. One of the highlights of this workshop will be demonstration of ultrasound guided injections by the Prof Bäumer and Dr Zeuner.

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There will be two sessions.
The first session will cover theory with lectures and topics including:

  • Diagnosis of focal dystonia including cervical dystonia, focal hand dystonia, blepharospasm and video discussion
  • Assessment of upper and lower limb spasticity
  • Selection of muscles in cases with dystonia and spasticity for targeting with BoNT
  • Injection techniques using both Ultrasound and EMG guidance  
  • Multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of spasticity
  • Practical strategies and techniques to deliver and monitor botulinum toxin treatment effectively

The second session will comprise live case demonstrations in small interactive groups. Patients with various focal dystonias and limb spasticity will attend for BoNT injections. Each case will be reviewed with the group; the management and injection techniques will be discussed. Injections will be performed under guidance using both EMG and ultrasound. There will be two workshop sessions in the afternoon assigned to dystonia and spasticity and all will have the opportunity to attend both.

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 At the conclusion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Develop a practical way to observe, analyze movements and select muscles for botulinum toxin injection in cases with dystonia and spasticity.
  • Discuss the biology of botulinum toxins and how they work for dystonia and spasticity
  • Recommend treatment plans including identification of muscles, type of BoNT to use, doses, adverse effects, adjuvant therapy, future developments
  • Improve injection technique using both Ultrasound and EMG guidance

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 Course Participants

Physicians and Physiotherapists

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09:00     Robert Adams Lecture Theatre- Dystonia and the Cerebellum – Prof Bäumer

10:00     Registration and welcome (F. Molloy) – Education centre

10:15     Clinical presentation of primary dystonias (F. Molloy and K. Zeuner)

10:45     Treatment of dystonia using BoNT (F. Molloy)

11:05    Diagnosis, pathophysiology and management of spasticity using  BoNT  ( T. Bäumer)

11:40     Potential for further indications for BoNT treatment (K. Zeuner)

12:00     Multidisciplinary management of patients with spasticity (D. Murray)    

12:30     Lunch – Education Centre

13:30     Interactive case demonstrations including cases with cervical dystonia, blepharospasm, upper and lower limb spasticity.
               F.Molloy,  T. Bäumer,  K.Zeuner, G.Mullins and D. Murray     

16:00     CLOSE      

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 Continuing Professional Development

Accreditation is pending for this meeting and will be announced on the website once confirmation has been received from the RCPI.

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 Sponsor Acknowledgement

The training course is supported by Allergan Pharmaceuticals

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