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DEEP BRAIN STIMULATION CONFERENCE, DUBLIN, Oct 1, 2011: CONFERENCE REPORT

DETAILS - About 70 people attended the DBS conference, and heard speakers talk on the topic of programming of the IPGs post-operatively. There were a huge number of questions asked and answered. Dr. Lowery provided an introductory overview from an engineering point of view, and dealt with some of the terminology that would be encountered, followed by Prof Montgomery on theoretical considerations re the programming. Karen O'Sullivan detailed the Frenchay method, how they start and their methodology. Prof Montgomery then talked us through the development of an algorithm for programming, Dr. Kinley Roberts brought us up to date with the DBS work in the DNI. Finally, Dystonia DBS patient Christine Nally spoke movingly about her DBS for Generalised Dystonia, and Ann Keilthy did similarly for PD.

SESSION CHAIR - Joe Lynch, CEO of PAI, chaired the meeting and we are grateful to Joe and the speakers for donating their time and energy. Not forgetting the delegates whose intelligent and considered questions led to informed and lively debate. There were breaks for coffee and lunch and Joe encouraged the delegates to mingle, and introduce themselves, as many had DBS already, and could talk about their experiences to date.

CLOSING - Maria Hickey, Chair of Dystonia Ireland made the closing remarks on behalf of the committee.

CREDITS - The conference was the brainchild of Gearoid O Neill, and the Steering Commitee which he chaired included Aine Kearns, Mags Richardson, Ann Keilthy, and Maria Hickey, with special advisors Stephen Butler and Roisin Hynes, and the sponsors were Medtronic, GlaxoSmithKline, PAI, PALS and Dystonia Ireland.

DEBATE - Most of all, the lively debate between speakers and delegates was absorbing and interesting - there was a wish to understand more and to improve if possible, their programming so as to be certain it was optimised.

DEBATE - RESERVATIONS EXPRESSED - Interestingly several had reservations about having DBS available here, especially with regard to the programming, one saying that staff were already stretched and the services similarly stretched so they would be slow to opt in. Others did not like to have to travel to the UK and wanted to see the service brought in here. No doubt the debate will continue.

APPRECIATION - Thanks to the speakers - the quality of their presentations made this conference the great success it was.

LATE START - Because some people had difficult finding the entrance,we started later than intended, and at the end sacrificed the judging of the three posters submitted by postgraduate research students at UCD. However we want to acknowledge the effort, not only of the students, but the staff who assisted and co-researched, and we will be sending a token of appreciation to all.

ORGANISER - Finally, thanks to Niav Miller of Conference Organisers, in whose capable hands the arrangements took shape.
SPONSORS

Medtronic Ireland Ltd.
GlaxoSmithKline Ireland Ltd.
Parkinson's Association of Ireland
PALS YOPD Support Group
Dystonia Ireland

Phone information: Conference Organisers 00353(0)1 2859033
Phone PALS - ANN KEILTHY 087 2853117

Scientific Advisors:
Professor Declan Lyons, Professor Nicholas Miller, Dr. Brian Sweeney, Aine Kearns, Mags Richardson PDNS
Steering Committee:
Aine Kearns, Mags Richardson, Gearoid O Neill, Ann Keilthy
Special Advisors:
Roisin Hynes, Stephen Butler, Medtronic

EVALUATIONS RECEIVED:
These ranged from "Excellent content and delivery", to "excellent" to " followed the talks well until the second, more technical talk of Prof. Montgomery, but my husband, an engineer, revelled in this part of the programme." And finally "Next time perhaps concentrate more on the practical problems experienced by people with DBS, and how to solve them - give us a greater understanding of the processes involved including the programming."

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