Communications of the European Neurological Society
The statistics of the total number of abstracts submitted (805) to the Scientific Committee of the Twenty-second Meeting of the European Neurological Society, which took place at the Prague Congress Centre on 9-12 June 2012, in Prague, Czech Republic, have been evaluated, and are given below.
The bar-chart of Fig. 1. illustrates the number of abstracts submitted according to each topic dealt with at the 22nd ENS meeting. Concerning the number of abstracts accepted, the pie-chart of Fig. 2. gives the distribution by which those abstracts selected by the Scientific Committee were presented at the congress in Prague, i.e. as poster or oral presentations. The graph of Fig. 3. presents ten countries with the highest number of participants out of a total number of all countries worldwide.
Each abstract is peer-reviewed by three experts assigned by the Scientific Committee of the Prague Meeting. The experts include both specialists and non-specialists, whereby at least one is a specialist in the particular research field being presented. Using a ranking system ranging from 0 to 5, where 5 is the highest score, allows the experts to grade each abstract according to its scientific quality. An average grade is then calculated for the particular abstract, producing an evaluation range from the highest to lowest score. Based on this ranking system, and in agreement with the author, abstracts are selected for either podium or poster presentation. Specialists web-based computer software permits the immediate retrieval of data from reviewers throughout Europe, in order to support the reviewing system. All accepted abstracts were published in the Journal of Neurology, Volume 259, Supplement 1, June 2012.
Fig. 1. ENS 2012 Abstracts per Topic - Total 805. The highest number of abstracts submitted per topic for presentation at the Prague Meeting are: Cerebrovascular disorders ; Multiple sclerosis: clinical aspects  and Neuro-imaging (new in 2010) , followed by Dementia/Higher function disorders .
Fig. 2. Abstracts Accepted by Presentation Method. Out of the total number of abstracts accepted (614) for presentation at the Twenty-second ENS Meeting in Prague, 77% (470) were selected as posters, while 23% (144) were chosen to be presented orally. However, out of the total number of abstracts submitted (805) for presentation, 23.7% (191) were rejected.
Fig. 3. Number of Participants According to Country Statistics. Total number of participants was 2958 from the total number of countries participating, i.e. worldwide. The bar-graph gives ten of these countries with the highest number of participants to the 22nd ENS Meeting.
This number of participants (2958) to the 22nd ENS Meeting in Prague, Czech Republic, represents the typically high number participants attending an Annual Meeting of the Society. This result illustrates again the continued general interest of the European neurological community in the scientific and educational programmes of the ENS.
ENS extends thanks to sponsors and exhibitors
The European Neurological Society wishes to express its most cordial thanks to all sponsors and exhibitors for their participation at the 22nd ENS Meeting in Prague, Czech Republic.
Professor Claudio Bassetti, M.D., is currently President-Elect of the ENS, and will assume office of President of the Society in a ceremony which will take place during the Twenty-third Meeting of the European Neurological Society on 8-11 June 2013 in Barcelona, Spain. Caudio Bassetti is Professor of Neurology at the University of Bern, Switzerland. He is a member of the ENS Executive Committee.
The First Announcement for the Twenty-third Meeting of the European Neurological Society, which is scheduled to take place in Barcelona, Spain, 8-11 June 2013, is now available on the ENS website. Refer to www.ensinfo.org; then click ENS Congresses, followed by Next Congress and ENS Meeting 2013.
For information on the venue of the 23rd Meeting which is Fira Barcelona, Convention Centre Gran Via, Barcelona, Spain; please refer to www.firabcn.com.
Important deadlines are:
Abstract Submission Deadline: 18 January 2013
Early Registration Deadline: 20 March 2013
As part of a Media partnership with Touch Briefings, ENS members receive free eBook access to the European Neurological Review Volume 6 Issue 4.
European Neurological Review is a peer-reviewed quarterly journal that includes review articles, case reports, practice guidelines and original research. Guided by an Editorial Board of world-renowned physicians, European Neurological Review comprises articles from recognised thought leaders to provide concise and timely update on the latest opinion and advances spanning the breadth of neurological practice. In this edition – Volume 6 Issue 4 – Yolande Pijnenburg examines the new diagnostic criteria for the behavioural variant of frontotemporal dementia, in her review article of the same title. Meanwhile, François Chollet and colleagues investigate the role of fluoxetine and selective serotonin re–uptake inhibitors in motor recovery following acute ischaemic stroke and Fabio Antonaci and colleagues provide an overview of the treatment options for acute migraine, plus much more.
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The future health depends on today's medical expert minds, which is why the Serono Symposia International Foundation (SSIF), in partnership with the European Neurological Society (ENS), has announced for the first time, the SSIF Award which recognizes and rewards excellence in medical education in the field of neurology.
This year's Award in Neurology went to Professor Massimo Filippi who has been rewarded for his dedication to Continuing Medical Education. The rewarding ceremony took place during the ENS Presidential Symposium at the ENS meeting in Prague.
More information can be found on the following website:
In memory of Prof. PK Thomas, the ENS is pleased to announce the PK Thomas Award for the best paper on peripheral nerve disorders.
This year, it has been awarded to:
Peripheral autonomic neuropathy: a morphological and functional study of sympathetic innervation
R. Liguori, A. Incensi, M. Giannoccaro, V. Di Stasi, F. Pizza, A. Baruzzi, V. Donadio (Bologna, IT)
(presented by V. Donadio as O270 at the Twenty-Second Meeting of the ENS in Prague)
Prof. PK Thomas graciously left an annual sum of 500.- € for awarding the best paper on peripheral nerve disorders. Both, oral and poster presentations have been evaluated during the ENS meeting in Prague.
Dr. Clay E. Reilly