44th Annual Meeting

8th and 9th May 2008

Jury’s Hotel,


Thursday, May 8th

13.45 Opening of Meeting and Welcome

Dr. Niamh Bermingham, President, Irish Neurological Association.

Session 1.

O1 / 13.50 / Baló’s Concentric Sclerosis with a benign clinical course.
Hawkins SA, Rusk L, Gray OM, McKinstry S.
O2 / 14.00 / Multiple Sclerosis presenting with Parkinson’s Disease; Coincidence or Cause?
Saidha S, Mok T, Butler M, Fanning N, Harrington H.
O3 / 14.10 / IVIg – enough punch for the pound? Intravenous immunoglubulin (IVIg) prescription in the Northern Ireland Neurology Department.
Doherty K, Devenney E, Fitzpatrick AS, Watt M.
O4 / 14.20 / Use Of Complimentary And Alternative Therapies In A Cohort Of Patients With Multiple Sclerosis.
Neligan A, Mitten E, O’Mahony E, Merwick A, Ryan AM, Galvin RJ, Sweeney BJ.
O5 / 14.30 / OAS in Multiple Sclerosis: not just a haplotype association.
Lonergan R, O’Brien M, Costelloe L, Fletcher J, Sweeney C, O’Farrelly C, Hutchinson M, Tubridy N
O6 / 14.40 / Replication and Reactivation of BK virus during Natalizumab therapy in Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS)
Lonergan R, Costelloe L, Fletcher J, De Gascun CF, Carr M, Coughlan S, Duggan M, Doyle K, Jordan S, Hall WW, Hutchinson M, Tubridy N.
O7 / 14.50 / Email Triage of Neurological Referrals Helps Reduce Climate Change.
Brown G, Patterson V.
O8 / 15.00 / An Audit of Neurology Consults in Haematology-Oncology Services at St. James’s Hospital.
Elamin M, Redmond J.
O9 / 15.10 / Amnesic syndromes in an acute medical admissions unit: differential diagnosis and outcome.
Black N, Forbes F.

15.20 - 15.40 Poster Presentation Viewing

15.40 – 16.00 Tea, Coffee, Posters and Exhibits

Session 2.

O10 / 16.00 / Hyperactivation of the putamen during a discrimination task in unaffected relatives of patients with familial primary torsion dystonia.
Whelan R, Bradley D, Walsh R, Reilly R, Hutchinson M.
O11 / 16.10 / Late – onset Ataxia Telangiectasia in a pair of Siblings; A Rare Mutation.
Mok TH, Saidha S, Butler M, Harrington H.
O12 / 16.20 / A systematic screening of GabaA receptor subunits to identify novel mutations in families with Idiopathic Generalized Epilepsy.
Kinirons P, Lachance-Touchette P, Meloche C, Lapointe L, Lortie A, Carmant L, Cossette P
O13 / 16.30 / Utilisation and Yield of EMG in the Elderly Population.
Dineen J, McNamara B.
O14 / 16.40 / EMG in Children’s University Hospital, Temple St, Dublin.
Costigan D, Kiely S, Nestor T.
O15 / 16.50 / EEG during sleep in healthy neonates within 12 hours of birth
Korotchikova I, Boylan GB, Murray DM, Greene BR, Connolly SC, Ryan CA
O16 / 17.00 / A Case of Venous Sinus Thrombosis occurring after Lumbar Puncture
Spillane J, Saidha S, Galvin R, Fanning N.
O17 / 17.10 / An Audit Of The Inadequacy Of Heparinisation Following Coiling Of Cerebral Aneurysms
Fenton E, Kelleher MO, McEvoy L, Thornton J, Brennan P, Bolger C
O18 / 17.20 / A Year Practice in Interventional Neuroradiology in Beaumont Hospital.
O’ Hare A, Go GAG, McErlean A, Breenan P, Thornton J.

17.30  INA Business Meeting (Members Only)

19.30 INA Reception and Dinner, Vertigo restaurant, County Council Office Building.

Friday, May 9th

Session 3

O19 / 09.00 / Failing to Notice and Failing to Recall: Independent and Co-Morbid Factors in Prospective Memory Failure
Clune M, Blanco-Campal A, Carton S, Pender N, O’Brien D, Phillips J, Delargy M, Burke T
O20 / 09.10 / Efficacy of Intravenous Tissue Plasminogen Activator for Acute Ischaemic Stroke in Clinical Practice: a Bayesian analysis.
O’Rourke K, Walsh C, Kelly P.
O21 / 09.20 / Can TIA Clinic Referrals be Triaged Safely from Referral Letter or Telephone?
Sweeney R, Hunter A, Watt M, Patterson V
O22 / 09.30 / Stroke mimics presenting at a teleneurology clinic.
Kyle K, Patterson V.
O23 / 09.40 / Identification of stroke mimics in the emergency department.
Tobin O, Hentz J, Demaerschalk, BM
O24 / 09.50 / Low prevalence of IgG auto-antibodies to ADAMTS-13 (von Willebrand factor cleaving protease) in ischaemic cerebrovascular disease patients with reduced ADAMTS-13 activity.
McCabe DJH, Starke R, Harrison P, Sidhu PS, Brown MM, Machin SJ, Mackie IJ.
O25 / 10.05 / Treatment of acute ischaemic stroke with intravenous tPA: the experience in a North Dublin University Hospital.
Marnane M, Merwick A, Sheehan O, O’Rourke K, Lynch T, Kelly P.

10.20 – 10.40 Poster Presentation Viewing

10.40 – 11.10 Tea Coffee, Posters and Exhibits

Session 4

O26 / 11.10 / Headaches that kill.
Lynch K, Mahon C, Brett F.
O27 / 11.20 / Retropleural Transthoracic Approach For Complex Thoracic Spinal Pathology.
Lee SY, Kelleher MO, McEvoy L, Bolger C.
O28 / 11.30 / The Use Of An Expandable Interbody Device (B-TWIN) For Back Dominant Lumbar Disc Disease
Collis RA, Kelleher MO, McEvoy L, Fenton E, Bolger C
O29 / 11.40 / Intersegmental Decompression Versus Laminectomy In Surgical Management Of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis.
Osman T, Kelleher MO, Sattar MT, L. McEvoy, C. Bolger
O30 / 11.55 / Outcomes and failures of minimally invasive decompression for focal lumbar spinal stenosis in patients with and without deformity.
Kelleher MO, Timlin M, Rampersaud YR.
O31 / 12.10 / An Audit of Solitary CNS masses in Patients with known Systemic Malignancy
Qassim A, Lim C, Bermingham N, O’Sullivan MGJ, Keohane C.
O32 / 12.25 / A Retrospective Review on the Experience and Management of Dysembryoplastic Neuro- epithelial Tumours ( DNET)
Aziz M, Johnson D, Farrell MF and O’ Brien D
O33 / 12.40 / Cost of disorders of Brain in Ireland
Murphy RP, McHugh J, Sobocki PA.

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

Session 5

O34 / 14.00 / Proteomics of Friedreich’s Ataxia.
Lakhani A, O’Kane SL, O’Brien J, Iqbal M, Murphy R, Cahill DJ.
O35 / 14.15 / Temporal Discrimination Threshold (TDT) and Spatial Discrimination Threshold (SDT) – comparing endophenotypes in Adult-onset Primary Torsion Dystonia (AOPTD).
Bradley D, Whelan R, Walsh R, Reilly R, Hutchinson M.
O36 / 14.30 / Walsh RJ, Won Kong S, Yao Y, Jallal B, Kiener PA, Pinkus JL, Beggs AH, Amato AA, Greenberg SA.
O37 / 14.45 / Aquaporin-4 autoimmunity: A distinctive pediatric inflammatory CNS disorder.
McKeon A, Lennon VA, Lotze T, Tenenbaum S, Ness JM, Rensel M, Kuntz NL, Fryer JP, Homburger H, Hunter, J, Weinshenker BG, Krecke K, Lucchinetti CF, Pittock SJ
O38 / 15.00 / Genome-wide study of sporadic ALS in a homogenous Irish population
Cronin S, Berger S, Ding J, Schymick JC, Washecka N, Hernandez DG, Greenway MJ, Traynor BJ, Bradley DG, Hardiman O.
O39 / 15.15 / Eye movement profile in Motor Neurone Disease
Donaghy C, Pinnock R, Abrahams S, Cardwell C, Hardiman O, Patterson V, McGivern RC, Gibson JM.

15.30 – 16.00 Tea, Coffee, Posters and Exhibits

Session 6

16.00 – 17.00 O’Callaghan Guest Lecture

Professor Catriona McLean Director of the Department of Anatomical Pathology, The Alfred Hospital, Victoria, Australia.
'Brainbanking- forming a network'.

17.00 Announcement of Awards

Poster Presentations

1.  EEG vs CT brain in the confused patient

Albertyn C, Doherty CP, Connolly S.

2.  Simultaneous Transverse Myelitis and Acute Motor Axonal Neuropathy in an adult.

Saidha S, Renganathan, Spillane J, McNamara B, Fanning N, Ryan A

3.  Myopathy as the presenting feature of Klinefelter’s Syndrome

Kelly SB, Merwick A, Keohane C, McNamara B, Ryan AM

4.  Anti-VGCC positive Lambert-Eaton Myasthenic syndrome in association with breast carcinoma

Dineen J, Renganathan R, Relihan N, Sweeney B, McNamara B.

5.  The Role of Nerve Conduction Studies in Ulnar Nerve Palsy

Colliver RJ, Logan A, Shewring, DJ.

6.  Correlation Of EEG Findings in Two Confirmed Sporadic CJD Cases In an Inner City Hospital with Published Literature

Gaston D, Reid V.

7.  An exploration of quality of life issues for people with epilepsy living in the western region of Ireland

McGovern T.

8.  Levetiracetam Therapy In Human Pregnancy. Updated Experience From The Uk Epilepsy And Pregnancy Register

Hunt SJ, Irwin B, Waddell R, Russell A, Smithson WH, Parsons L, Robertson I Morrison PJ, Morrow JI, Craig JJ.

9.  Quality of Life in Patients with Epilepsy attending a specialist clinic in Ireland.

Bhargava S, Croker MF, Fitzgerald M, Doherty CP

10.  Should we be looking more closely at the blood films of epilepsy patients ?

Elamin M, Connolly SC, Meaney J, Redmond J.

11.  Abnormal gyrification of the cerebral cortex in mesial temporal lobe epilepsy

Scanlon C, Ronan L, Doherty C, Delanty N, Fitzsimons M

12.  Effects of the anticonvulsant Topiramate on language abilities in epileptic patients: a cross sectional study

Buckley A, Fitzgerald M, Hoerold D, Davey G, Doherty CP

13.  What do people with epilepsy know about their condition? Evaluation of a subspecialty clinic population

Coker, MF, Bargava, S, Fitzgerald M, Doherty CP.

14.  A Case of Mistaken Mesial Temporal Identity

Neligan A, Holdright DR, Rugg-Gunn FJ, SanderJW

15.  The Seizure Service at St. James’ Hospital: an 8 month audit

Dardis C, Farid S, Albertyn C, Elamin M, Redmond J, Doherty C.

16.  Ictal Bradycardia; Is it a risk for SUDEP?

Chaila E, Bhangu J, Delanty N

17.  The Spectrum of Associations of Purkinje Cell Antibody Type 1 (PCA-1).

McKeon A, Tracy JA, Lennon VA, Parisi JE, Pittock SJ.

18.  Central Demyelination in a Patient on Treatment for Psoriasis

Spillane J, Moriarty B, Saidha S, Galvin R, Bourke J.

19.  Diffusion Tensor Imaging of the Medial Longitudinal Fasciculus (MLF) in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients with Internuclear Ophthalmoplegia (INO).

Mc Nulty J, Lonergan R, Costelloe L, O’Laoide R, Brennan P, Hutchinson M, Tubridy N.

20.  The Predictive Value of B12 Assays in the Neurology Population

McKnight K, Duly E, McDonnell M, McConville J.

21.  Therapeutic Dilemmas in Aggressive Guillain Barré Syndrome (GBS): A Tale of Two Cases
Mawhinney E, Doherty K, McDonnell GV, McConville J.

22.  Transient Cardiomyopathy as the Presenting Feature of
Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM).
Mawhinney E , McKenna C, Watt M, McDonnell GV

23.  Carotid stenosis and stroke; innocent until proven guilty.

Iqbal M, Counihan T.

24.  Audit of venous thromboembolism prophylaxis in inpatients in the Northern Ireland Regional Neurology Unit

Hughes SE, McKenna C.

25.  The British Neurological Surveillance Unit study of neurological complications in Behçet’s syndrome.

Kidd D.

26.  ‘Pulmonary Venous Thrombo-Embolic’ Posterior Circulation Ischaemia And Infarction

Kinsella JA, McCarthy AJ, Moore DP, Kiernan T, Mulcahy D, McCabe DJH.

27.  Symptomatic ‘SUNA’ associated with severe symptomatic carotid stenosis

Kinsella JA, Tobin WO, Costelloe L, Dillane M, McCabe DJH.

28.  Cutaneous polyarteritis nodosa and cerebral vasculitis: an unusual association

Dineen J, Renganathan R, O’Leary, Sweeney B.

29.  Wegener's Granulomatosis with meningeal and cerebral involvement: good outcome following cyclophophasamide treatment

Forbes RB, McKillen J, Briggs G, McGoldrick V.

30.  Cerebral Venous Thrombosis presenting with headaches and convulsions

Soong MM, Carroll A

31.  Dialysis Disequilibrium Syndrome – an important consideration in hydrocephalus patients: a case report

Shoakazemi A, Flannery T, Woodman A, Mc Laughlin B, Cooke RS

32.  An Unexpected Cause of Recurrent Hiccoughs

C Kennedy K, Ni Bhuachalla C, Fanning N, O’Sullivan MGJ, Bermingham N, Keohane C, Crosbie O.

33.  Comparing MRI findings with clinical outcome in cases of spontaneous intracranial hypotension presenting to the Northern Ireland Neurology Service.

Hughes SE, Gray OM, McKinstry S, Flynn P, Forbes RB

34.  Gliadel® Therapy In Malignant Gliomas: A Single Centre Study Of The Potential Use Of Gliadel Wafers.

Hanif S, Abodunde O, Ali Z, Young S, O’Brien D, Rawluk D.

35.  Lhermitte-Duclos Disease: A case report

Abdulrahim M, Marks C, Keohane C, Bermingham N

36.  Supratentorial Juvenile Pilocytic Astrocytoma in a Young Adult with Silver-Russell Syndrome

Fenton E, Refai D, See W, Rawluk DJ.

37.  Impact of changing teaching methods on undergraduate neurosurgical teaching.

Quinn A, Kelleher MO, Bolger C, Hill ADK.

38.  Neurosurgery meets W.B. Yeats

Lynch K, Brett F, Bolger C, LanganY.

39.  The Temporal Discrimination Threshold (TDT) in patients with adult onset primary torsion dystonia (AOPTD) and their relatives – a better endophenotype?

Bradley D, Whelan R, Walsh R, Reilly R , Hutchinson M.

40.  A Clinical Audit of a Specialist Botulinum Toxin Clinic for Dystonia

Ryan M, Sheehan E, Browne G, Molloy F

41.  Periodic Paralysis: an under recognised disorder with significant morbidity.

Braima O, Ryan A, O’Mahony O.

42.  Case Reports Of ASD Closure Causing Migraine In Children

Armstrong KR, Farah L, Webb D, O’Mahony O