JUNE 12-13, 2020


A conference to promote the collaboration between tremor researchers and between academia and industry.


FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 2020

7:30 am-8:25 am      Continental breakfast and Registration


8:25 am-8:30 am      Welcome: 2nd International Tremor Congress: From Bench to Bedside Towards Tremor Therapy Development  

Speaker: Sheng-Han Kuo, MD, Department of Neurology, Columbia University

Session 1: Tremor overview

Modulator: Sheng-Han Kuo, MD

8:30 am-8:55 am       History of tremor research: from past to present.                               Stanley Fahn, MD 

8:55 am-9:20 am       Current understanding of tremor physiology                                       Mark Hallett , MD

9:20 am-9:45 am       Challenges in tremor research field                                               Elan Louis, MD, MSc


Session 2: Brain pathology of tremor

Modulator: Elan Louis, MD, MSc

9:45 am-10:10 am     Molecular signatures for postmortem tremor brains: PD, ET, dystonia and  SCA                                                                                                                                                   Phyllis Faust, MD, PhD 

10:10 am-10:35 am   Cerebellar climbing fiber synaptic pathology in tremor                   Sheng-Han Kuo, MD 

10:35 am-11:00 am Break and Exhibits

Session 3: Animal models of tremor

Modulator: Sheng-Han Kuo, MD

11:00 am-11:25 am   Mouse models of essential tremor.                                            Ming-Kai Pan, MD, PhD 

11:25 am- 11:50 am  Mouse models of ataxic and dystonic tremor                                       Roy Sillitoe, PhD 

11:50 pm- 12:15 pm  Mouse models of dystonia, implication in tremor                               William Dauer, MD

12:15 pm- 12:40 pm  Large animal models of tremor                                                    Su-youne Chang, PhD


12:40 pm- 12:50 pm Group photo


12:50 pm- 2:00 pm   Lunch

Session 4: Neuroimaging and Neurophysiology of tremor

Modulator: Sule Tinaz, MD PhD

2:00 pm- 2:25 pm    Stress modulation of tremor circuitry in Parkinsonian tremor       Rick Helmich, MD, PhD 2:25 pm- 2:50 pm    Cortical excitability of tremor disorders                            Pattamon Panyskaew, MD PhD

2:50 pm- 3:15 pm    Distinct brain circuitry for essential tremor

                                and dystonic tremor                                                                Aparna Wagle Shukla, MD 

3:15 pm- 3:40 pm    Brain network changes in Parkinson’s disease

                                and essential tremor                                                                  Daniel Claassen, MD, MS

3:40 pm- 4:00 pm.   Break and Exhibits

Session 5: Debate: ET plus- How should we deal with clinical heterogeneity of ET?

Modulator: Sheng-Han Kuo, MD

4:00 pm- 4:15 pm    Yes, we should use the term,ET plus                                           Rodger Elble, MD, PhD  4:15 pm- 4:30 pm    No, we should drop the term, ET plus                                             Elan Louis, MD, MSc

4:30 pm- 4:40 pm    Discussion                                                                                        Sheng-Han Kuo, MD

Session 6: Oral presentation 

Modulator: TBD

4:40 pm- 5:30 pm    Oral presentation of selected posters


Session 7: Poster session & wine and cheese

5:30 pm-7:30 pm    Poster session


7:30 pm                   Adjourn

Saturday, JUNE 13, 2020


7:50 am-8:30 am   Continental breakfast 


Session 8: Cerebellum and basal ganglia circuitry for tremor

Modulator: Ming-Kai Pan, MD, PhD

8:30 am-8:55 am    Purkinje cell synchrony for tremor generation                                             Eric Lang, PhD

8:55 am-9:20 am    Complex spike modulation for tremor                                                   Wade Regehr, PhD

9:20 am-9:55 am    Basal ganglia circuitry for tremor                                                                   Un Kang, MD


9:55 am-10:20 am Break


Session 9: Clinical characteristics and video demonstration of diverse tremor disorders

Modulator: Christine Kim, MD

10:20 am-10:40 am    Essential tremor Joohi                                                                  Jimenez-Shahed, MD

10:40 am-11:00 am    Ataxia and tremor                                                                      Deborah Hall, MD, PhD

11:00 am-11:20 am    Dystonia and tremor                                                                  Hyder Jinnah, MD, PhD

11:40 am-12:00 pm    Cognitive aspect of essential tremor                                     Stephanie Cosentino, PhD


12:00 pm -1:00 pm Lunch (Parallel lunch for Young Investigators)

Session 10: Therapy development for tremor 

Moderator: TBD

1:00 pm -1:25 pm     Pharmacological therapy development for tremor                                William Ondo, MD

1:25 pm -1:50 pm     Botulinum toxin for tremor                                                                 David Simpson, MD

1:50 pm -2:15 pm     Advances of surgical and ablative therapies for tremor     Nora Vanegas-Arroyave, MD

2:15 pm -2:40 pm     Tolerance and circuitry re-organization of tremor                     Alfonso Fasano, MD, PhD


2:40 pm-3:00 pm     Break


Session 11: Current therapy development for tremor- Industry perspective (non-CME)

Moderator: William Ondo, MD

3:00 pm -4:00 pm     Pipeline development for selective industry partners                  Industry representatives

Session 12: Funding opportunities for tremor (non-CME)

Moderator: Serge Przedborski, MD, PhD 

4:00 pm -4:15 pm     NINDS program perspective                                                                                      TBD

4:15 pm -4:25 pm     International Essential Tremor Foundation                                          Patrick McCartney

4:25 pm -4:35 pm     Parkinson’s Foundation                                                                         James Beck, PhD

4:35 pm -4:45 pm     American Parkinson’s Disease Association                                                               TBD

4:45 pm -4:55 pm     Dystonia Medical ​Research Foundation                                                                    TBD


4:55 pm -5:00 pm     Closing remark                                                                            Ming-Kai Pan, MD, PhD


5:00 pm                     Adjourn