Onderwijs en Stages

Buitenlands fellowship

Op onze afdeling zijn regelmatig buitenlandse neurologen of neurologen in opleiding te gast voor een fellowship van een aantal maanden tot soms zelfs een jaar. Tijdens dit fellowship is er de de mogelijkheid om in korte tijd veel klinische ervaring op te doen met bewegingsstoornissen en dystonie in het bijzonder. De fellows lopen mee op de poliklinieken van professor de Koning-Tijssen en dokter van Laar en krijgen op die manier een breed beeld van de diagnostiek en behandeling van bewegingsstoornissen. Ook nemen zij deel aan de (Engelstalige) videobespreking en de bewegingsstoornissen wetenschapsbespreking.

We zijn onderdeel van het MDS (Movement Disorders Society) Visiting Trainee Program. Als host verwelkomen wij buitenlandse AIOS/arts-onderzoekers voor een stage bewegingsstoornissen. Lees op deze pagina meer over dat programma.

De fellows die tot nu toe te gast zijn geweest op onze afdeling hebben hun tijd bij ons ervaren als een zeer leerzame en ook gezellige periode. Wij beschouwen de fellows als een toevoeging voor de afdeling en betrekken ze dan ook zowel bij de wetenschappelijke en klinische besprekingen als bij de borrels en sociale activiteiten.

Tot nu toe ingevulde buitenlandse fellowships:

Kathryn Peall | Cardiff, UK | 01-04-2013 - 01-08-2013
Krzysztof Sadowski | Polen | mei 2014
Stanislaw Szlufik | Polen | mei 2014
Vladimir Han | Kosice, Slowakije | 01-04-2015 - 01-07-2015
Matej Skorvanek | Kosice, Slowakije | 01-09-2016 01-10-2016
Ramona Valante | Litouwen | 01-04-2017 - 01-06-2017
Álvaro Sánchez-Ferro | Madrid, Spanje | november 2018 


Vladimir Han, Slowakije

Let me introduce myself: my name is Vladimir Han and I come from Slovakia. After completion of my medical studies at the Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Medicine in Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic in 2008 I have started to work at the Dept. of Neurology, University Hospital in Kosice, Slovakia, where I successfully finished my training in neurology. Subsequently my interest in movement disorders has raised, I joined the MDS and I began a PhD study with the topic: „Non-motor symptoms in patients with dystonia”. Besides the practice at the outpatient clinic for treating movement disorders I am also engaged in teaching of Neurology at the Medical Faculty of P.J. Safarik University in Kosice – both Slovak and international students. Among the other projects, I participate in the validation of the official Slovak version of the MDS Unified Dyskinesia Rating Scale, as well as in the research supported by three national grants, that is focused on colonic alpha-synuclein as a potential biomarker of premotor Parkinson’s disease and on novel genetic mutations in the pathogenesis of dystonia syndromes.

I am very pleased that I could come to the Dept. of Neurology UMCG for three months (April-June 2015) in order to enrich my awareness of the movement disorders directly in the centre which is recognized for its excellence in this field. I feel welcome here mainly due to friendly and helpful colleagues – thank you all!




Dr Rezaei, Iran 

I am a young Iranian neurologist recently graduated from Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. During my residency and initial practice as a neurologist, I had great interest in the field of movement disorders, and my residency dissertation was about Parkinson Disease.

Early after my graduation, I started to get involved in a DBS surgery team in a newly established center in my city, Shiraz. I had limited experience with DBS,  and  I  was very keen on using  international  experience and exposure. Fortunately, this opportunity was provided to me to visit Groningen Medical center (neurology department).

This international experience was wonderful. During this period, I participated actively in the examination of movement disorder patients. I attended stereotacticalprocedures for implantations of DBS and took part at the installing and adjustment of pump therapies and DBS in patients with movement disorders in Groningen and Hague. I also attended scientific meetings regarding movement disorders.

I also had a perfect experience in visiting the Dystonia Skill Lab in Amsterdam; the course aimed to gain the expertise in the application of BoNT in patients with focal dystonias. I regularly participated in BoNT treatment at their electrophysiology unit.

This experience was very valuable to me and for my professional experience. I was certainly not able to achieve this all  alone. I am very happy and satisfied about this, and I would recommend every young neurologist interested in movement disorders to visit this valuable center.


Álvaro Sánchez-Ferro, Spanje

My name is Álvaro Sánchez-Ferro and I am a neurologist working in Madrid, Spain. I had the privilege to visit Prof. Marina AJ de Koning-Tijssen and the Movement disorders team in November 2018. Besides the warm welcome and nice environment, I was greatly impressed with the quality of the clinical care that they provided and also the ambitious research endeavours that the team is pursuing. During my stay, I attended the children and adolescent clinics and could learn from the vast experience of the team with a really unique multidisciplinary approximation. 

Thanks to my inclination towards technology, Dr. De Koning-Tijssen also arranged a dedicated session with a top-notch technological team they collaborate with. I was able to learn from the impressive set up that they have created for an artificial intelligence project called NEMO. This project will surely make our life as movement disorders specialist easier aiding in the assessment of hyperkinetic conditions. I would like to finish this lines by thanking all the great team in the Department of Neurology at UMCG and especially to Dr. de Koning-Tijssen for hosting me and providing me with an additional richer perspective of Movement Disorders.