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55th Annual Irish Neurological Association Meeting

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The 55th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Irish Neurological Association was hosted in Cork on June 6th and 7th at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Little Island. The meeting was directed by Dr. Brian McNamara, Consultant in Clinical Neurophysiology at Cork University Hospital and Mercy University Hospital. . There was a full program of original research in clinical neuroscience.

Dr. Brian McNamara, Irish Neurological Association President 2019







The highlight of the meeting was undoubtedly the Callaghan Guest lecture given by Professor Andrew McKeon of the Department of Neuroimmunology at the Mayo Clinic. Professor McKeon gave a superb exposition of exciting developments in the field of Neuroimmunology, particularly in the area of IgG autoantibodies. Mrs. Ann Callaghan, her son Tom and her daughter Helen and grandson George attended the guest lecture which is named in honour of Dr. Noel Callaghan. Professor McKeon was presented with the Callaghan medal.


The heart of the program was original research in Cinical Neuroscience presented in poster and platform format. The research presented was of a very high standard with exciting new findings in Neuroinflammation, Neuropathology, Clinical Neurophysiology, Movement Disorders, Epilepsy, Cerebrovascular disease and Neurosurgery. It was particularly heartening to see the high standards set by the first time presenters and students.
To view the meeting programme please click the link to follow INA Meeting Programme 2019

Ms. Helen Chute, Master George Chute, Dr. Brian McNamara, Professor Andrew McKeon, Mr. Tom Callaghan and Mrs. Ann Callaghan

                                                                           Poster Presentations at INA meeting 2019

Dr. Michael Murphy, Tallaght University Hospital and Dr. Shane Lyons, University Hospital Galway

Dr. Ged O'Connor, University Hospital Waterford and Professor Michael Farrell, Beaumont Hospital

Dr. Soon Tjin Lim, Royal Free Hospital London and Dr. Petya Bogdanova-Mihaylova, Tallaght University Hospital

Dr. Grace Crotty, Massachusetts General Hospital and Dr. Áine Merwick, Beaumont Hospital

Dr. Jehengir Khan and Dr. Hamad Danish, Wexford General Hospital

Dr. Ailbhe Burke, Moorfield Hospital London, Dr. Stela Lefter Cork University Hospital and Dr. Maria Gaughan, St. Vincent's University Hospital.

Dr. Rachel Todd, Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast, diefending her poster presentation

Dr. Eimer Joyce, Galway University Hospital

Professor Andrew McKeon, Mayo Clinic, Professor Catherine Keohane, University College Cork, Professor Dan Healy, Beaumont Hospital

Multiple Sclerosis Symposium

An excellent symposium on MS with a discussion between Dr Brian Sweeney, Cork University Hospital and Professor Tackenburg , Marburg University, Germany.


Awards presented at INA Meeting

Awards were made for the best presentations in a number of categories at the INA meeting 2019

  • The Harold Millar Prize was awarded to Dr. Eimear Maloney for her presentation "The incidence of first seizures, new diagnosis of epilepsy, and seizure mimics in a defined geographic region in Ireland".
  • The John Kirker Prize for the best Epilepsy related paper was awarded to Dr. Siobhan Delaney for her study "Analysis of the aetiology of epilepsy in 3,588 patients using an electronic epilepsy patient record".
  • The Mark Gibson Prize for the best Movement Disorder related paper was presented to Dr. Diana Olszewska for her study "The first pathological study and the second report of a family with frontotemporal dementia parkinsonism type 17 (FTDP-17) with heterozygous splicing variant c.823-10G>T at the intron9/exon 10 of the MAPT gene".
  • The Hugh Staunton Prize for the best presentation by a medical student or intern was presented to Dr. Michael Gilligan for his study "Diagnostic investigations in suspected autoimmune and paraneoplastic encephalitis: a six-month retrospective audit".
  • The award for best neurosurgical presentation was made to Dr. Michael Ita for his study "Plasma Cell Free DNA Levels Correlate with Radiographic Tumour Dimensions in Brain Malignancies".
  • The award for best poster presentation was made to Dr. Grace Crotty for her presentation "Serum urate as a biomarker of resistance to Parkinson’s disease among carriers of pathogenic GBA mutations".

Dr. McNamara thanked the chairpersons of sessions, the poster tour guides and the judges for their contribution to the INA meeting 2019

See the link to follow for the report on the Irish Neurological Association Meeting published in the Medical Independent INA meeting 2019

                                                                                                 Awards at INA Meeting 2019

Dr. Brian McNamara presenting the Harold Millar award to Dr. Eimear Maloney
Dr. Brian McNamara presenting the Hugh Staunton Award to Dr. Michael Gilligan
Dr. Brian McNamara presenting the Mark Gibson Award to Dr. Diana Olszewska

Irish Neurological Association Dinner

The social aspect of the program consisted of a memorable dinner in the elegant surroundings of the Crawford Gallery. The delegates were entertained and enlightened by a gallery tour from Dr. Michael Waldron who brought the Gallery alive with his knowledge and insights into the Gallery’s wonderful collection of paintings.

                                                                                         INA Dinner at the Crawford Gallery


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