Joint IICN / Glaxo Smith Kline Grant supports Movement Disorder training.

Dr. Richard Walsh was awarded the IICN / Glaxo Smith Kline Grant for his submission "Clinical Fellowship in Movement Disorder, Toronto Western Hospital".

Dr. Raymond Murphy, Consultant Neurologist AMNCH Hospital, with Dr. Bryan Lynch, Dean, Irish Institute of Clinical Neuroscience, presenting the IICN /GlaxoSmithKline Neuroscience Grant 2010 to Dr. Richard Walsh.

The two year training Fellowship which Dr. Walsh will begin in July 2010, is one of the most prestigious of its kind and will be supervised by Professor Anthony Lang, recognised worldwide as a leading authority on the medical and surgical treatment of Parkinson’s disease.

Professor Lang is Director of the Gloria Shulman Movement Disorders Centre in Toronto Western Hospital, a quaternary referral centre for movement disorders in North America dealing with over 7000 clinic visits each year. Professor Lang has played a significant role in the development of surgical techniques for Parkinson's disease, such as pallidotomy and deep brain stimulation. He has also worked and continues to work with collaborators in the areas of pathophysiology, molecular biology, and genetics of movement disorders. The Movement Disorders Centre in Toronto is currently linked with a well-established academic functional neurosurgery unit specialising in deep brain stimulation in Parkinson’s disease and a neurophysiology unit led by Dr. Robert Chen who has published widely in the field of movement disorders.


Dr. Richard Walsh with Ms. Sandra Doyle, Glaxo Smith Kline.


In the course of the Fellowship, Dr. Walsh will be trained in the diagnosis, investigation and management of complex movement disorders. I will be given a clinical research project to complete over two years and will be expected to present this at local and international meetings. There will be an opportunity to extend the period of the fellowship by 6 months to focus further on either functional neurosurgery or the neurophysiology of movement disorders. The goal of this Fellowship is to complement my specialist training in Ireland by providing further intensive training in the field of Parkinson’s disease and uncommon movement disorders.

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