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3rd Summer School Neurorehabilitation (SSNR) in Greifswald from 13th to 16th of June 2018 – now with e-learning lectures available for all and free of charge

A third time the Krupp-Kolleg in Greifswald, Germany hosted and sponsored the SSNR this summer. Dr. Alarcos Cieza (WHO, Geneva) gave her greetings to the audience with a video message on the “Global WHO rehabilitation agenda“.

Twelve distinguished faculty members and 74 attendees exchanged and reflected up-to-date clinical practice knowledge in areas such as ICF, goal setting, disorders of consciousness, weaning from the ventilator, dysphagia treatment, arm and mobility rehabilitation, spasticity management, speech and language, neurovisual, and cognitive rehabilitation. Special aspects such high resolution imaging of brain connectivity, CNS drugs for the promotion of recovery from brain damage, and Cochrane evidence for neurorehabilitation enriched the curriculum this year.

Both attendees and the faculty were truely multiprofessional with nurses, therapists with diverse backgrounds such as physio- and occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, and neuropsychology, as well as physicians. Thus, all members of the NR team could update their knowledge and contribute to the interprofessional discussion. It was an exciting and most enjoyable educational event. A formal feedback evaluation indicated a high degree of satisfaction among attendees: mean feedback evaluations for the individual seminars ranged from 1.3 (95% CI 1.1 to 1.3) to 2.0 (95% CI 1.7 to 2.3); evaluations could range from 1 [liked the seminar very much] to 5 [didn’t like the seminar at all]; and this picture remained when separately analysed for the different professional groups attending.

Conference proceedings (in German) had been published at the time of the SSNR and provide a broader audience with the opportunity to receive this update (Platz T, ed. Update Neurorehabilitation 2018. Hippocampus. ISBN 978-3-944551-33-3).

For the first time, the lectures (in German) are now made available as e-learning programme at the Krupp Kolleg Greifswald. Individuals interested can apply for a personal access (without fee) at



 According to tradition, the 2018 edition of the International Summer School of Neurology was held on the Black Sea coast, Eforie Nord, Romania.

This event is organized by the Foundation of the Society for the Study of Neuroprotection (FSSNN) and Neuroplasticity, a scientific organization focusing on educational programs, basic and clinical research.

FSSNN is actively involved in post graduate educational projects with the aim of creating bridges between academic community, researchers, and practitioners since more than 12 years.

The addressability of this projects aim towards young neurologists all over the world. The International Summer School continues its tradition of convening classes that cover a changing landscape of developments in the neurological sciences. The School is supported by a long list of academic / clinical organizations, including Tel Aviv University, "IuIiu Haţieganu" University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Uppsala University, Sweden, Romanian Society of Neurology, Romanian Academy of Medical Sciences, Danube University Krems Austria, RoNeuro Institute for Neurological Research and Diagnostic, Foundation for the Study of Nanoneurosciences and Neuroregeneration, European Federation of Neurorehabilitation Societies, World Federation for NeuroRehabilitation and is endorsed by the European Academy of Neurology (EAN).

The International Summer School’s mission is to provide a platform where a select class of young neurologists-in-training can interact with a faculty internationally recognized for their expertise in both basic and clinical neurosciences. 

More than 150 young neurologists and clinicians from Europe, Asia and Middle-East were engaged in this 4-day course, where 26 international speakers (clinicians and neuroscientists in the field) presented updates from their fields. The educational program included topics of interest in stroke, neurorehabilitation, peripheral neuropathies, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease. As always, the event provided the opportunity for young specialists to interact with experts around the world in an informal and warm environment.

Among the high profile speakers we mention David Good (President-Elect of the WFNR), Dafin F. Muresanu (President of the EFNR), Natan Bornstein (Vice-President of WSO), Valeria Caso (President of ESO), Bogdan Popescu (President of the Romanian Society of Neurology), Ovidiu Bajenaru (Past-President of the Romanian Society of Neurology) and Wolfgang Grisold (Secretary General of WFN).

During the four days of this teaching course, a wide range of topics were discussed, such as anticorrelated processes in neurobiology – possible consequences for neurorehabilitation strategies, predicting clinical outcomes after stroke, the concept of high quality, non-interventional comparative effectiveness in neurorehabilitation – new pathways within the framework of evidence-based medicine, secondary stroke prevention, management of symptomatic carotid stenosis, from neurobiology to evidence-based medicine concepts in neurorehabilitation after stroke, challenges and opportunities in stroke recovery, genetic leucodystrophies as a model of oligodendrocyte dysfunction, transient loss of consciousness, vascular cognitive impairment, immunopathological considerations in relation to disease modifying therapies (DMT) in multiple sclerosis, updates on advanced Parkinson disease treatment, characteristics and predictive biomarkers of drug resistant epilepsy, diabetic neuropathy diagnostics, mild cognitive impairment, dysautonomia in Parkinson’s disease, management of advanced Parkinson’s disease, brain and non-brain stimulation therapy for neurological disorders, key elements of stroke care, microbiota, enteric nervous system and neurodegenerative diseases.

For full list of speakers, please see the program on the website by following this link

Beside this educational programme SSNN is also organizing the European Teaching Course on Neurorehabilitation as well as other national and educational program like Movement disorders teaching course endorsed by MDS and an international neuroscience module in the PhD School of University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Cluj-Napoca”, Romania.

2nd Nordic Summer School for Neurorehabilitation, 19. – 21. September 2018 Falsterbo, Sweden

After a great success in 2016, the Nordic Network for Neurorehabilitation organizes its 2nd SSNR this year. The organizational committee is lead by Dr. Iris Brunner, other members are Drs. Merete Stubkjær Christensen, Elisabeth Staun and Birgitte Dahl. The Nordic SSNR comprises a broad range of topics including patient involvement, knowledge transfer, visual and perceptual disorders.


The next SSNR in Greifswald will be held from 17th to 20th of June 2020.

Those interested in organizing a regional summer school NR elsewhere are encouraged to do so and may contact Prof. Dr. Thomas Platz, Head of Educational Committee at or Prof. Dr. Iris Charlotte Brunner, PhD, PT from the Hammel Neurocenter, University of Aarhus, DK at for further information.