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Date: May 18-19, 2023

Location: New York Academy of Medicine

1216 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10029


Program book for 2nd International Tremor Congress: From Bench to Bedside Towards Tremor Therapy


Abstracts must be received by February 28, 2023, 5 p.m. ET.


Early bird registration ends on February 20, 2023.

Endorsed by the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society

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Day 1

7:45 a.m.       Registration; Continental Breakfast 

8:30 a.m.       Welcome: From bench to bedside towards tremor therapy development  

                      Sheng-Han Kuo, Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

Session 1: Novel brain pathology and genetics of tremor

                        Moderator: Sheng-Han Kuo, MD

8:40 a.m.       Pathological signatures in essential tremor

                      Phyllis Faust, Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons


9:05 a.m.       Genetic update on essential tremor

                      Charles-Etienne Castonguay, McGill University


9:20 a.m.       Genetics of tremor predominant Parkinson’s disease

                      Joshua Shulman, Baylor College of Medicine


9:55 a.m.       Refreshment Break

Session 2: Animal studies of tremor: what do we learn?

                       Moderator: Pravin Khemani, MD

10:15 a.m.     Frequency control of the cerebellum for tremor generation

                      Ming-Kai Pan, National Taiwan University

10:40 a.m.     Anatomical and physiological underpinnings of dystonia, ataxia, and tremor

                      Roy Sillitoe, Baylor College of Medicine

11:05 a.m.     GABAergic transmission of Purkinje cells in tremor

                      Esther Krook-Magnuson, University of Minnesota

11:30 a.m.     Lunch

Session 3: Controversies in the tremor field

Debate 1: ET plus: How should we deal with clinical heterogeneity of ET?

                     Moderator: Hyder Jinnah, MD, PhD

12:30 p.m.     Yes, we should use the term, ET plus

                      Rodger Elble, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine


12:50 p.m.     No, we should drop the term, ET plus

                      Elan Louis, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

1:10 p.m.       Discussion

                      Hyder Jinnah, Emory University School of Medicine

Debate 2: What is the best interventional approach for essential tremor?

                      Moderator: Svjetlana Miocinovic, MD, PhD

1:40 p.m.       Deep brain stimulation

                      Nora Vanegas-Arroyave, Baylor College of Medicine


2:00 p.m.       Focused ultrasound-mediated thalamotomy

                      Gordon Baltuch, Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

2:20 p.m.       Discussion

                      Svjetlana Miocinovic, Emory University School of Medicine

2:50 p.m.       Refreshment Break

Session 4: Oral presentation of selected posters (non-CME)

                        Moderator: Mark Hallett, MD

3:20 p.m.       Oral presentation of selected posters

Session 5: Current therapy for tremor - Industry perspective (non-CME)

                       Moderator: Sheng-Han Kuo, MD

4:20 p.m.       Pipeline development for selective industry partners 


Session 6: Posters and Reception

5:10 p.m.       Posters and reception


6:30 p.m.       Adjourn

Day 2

7:45 am        Registration, Continental Breakfast


Session 7: Cerebellar physiology and tremor

                       Moderator: Ming-Kai Pan, MD, PhD

8:30 a.m.        Purkinje cell synchrony for tremor generation                                            

                       Eric Lang, NYU School of Medicine


8:55 a.m.        Complex spike modulation for tremor                                                  

                       Wade Regehr, Harvard Medical School

9:20 a.m.        Consequences of Purkinje cell axonal swelling: implications in tremor 

                       Alanna Watt, McGill University


9:45 am          Refreshment Break


Session 8: Neuroimaging of tremor: Useful biomarkers?

                       Moderator: Tabish Saifee, MD

10:05 a.m.      Basal ganglia and cerebellar circuit in Parkinsonian tremor 

                       Rick Helmich, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center


10:30 a.m.      Brain network changes in Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor 

                       Daniel Claassen, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

10:55 a.m.      Distinct brain circuitry of essential tremor and dystonic tremor 

                       Aparna Wagle Shukla, University of Florida Health

Session 9: Cognition in tremor

                       Moderator: Katherine Longardner, MD

11:20 a.m.      Cognitive impairment in essential tremor 

                       Stephanie Cosentino, Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

11:45 a.m.      Lunch / Parallel Lunch for Young Investigators

                           Mentor Table 1: Mark Hallett & Rick Helmich

                           Mentor Table 2: Ming-Kai Pan & Wade Redehr

                           Mentor Table 3: Elan Louis & Hyder Jinnah

                           Mentor Table 4: Daofen Chen


Session 10: Clinical characteristics and video demonstration of diverse tremor disorders

                          Moderator: Steven Charles, PhD

12:45 p.m.      Clinical characteristics of tremor disorders

                       Vicki Shanker, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

1:10 p.m.        Overlapping phenotypes of tremor and dystonia

                       Aasef Shaikh, University Hospitals

Session 11: Novel DBS approaches for tremor

                        Moderator: Kimberly Kwei, MD

1:35 p.m.        Close loop DBS for tremor

                       Kevin Wilkins, Stanford University School of Medicine

2:00 p.m.        New DBS targets for tremor

                       Ludy Shih, Boston University School of Medicine


2:25 p.m.        Tremor habituation/relapse after DBS and lesion-based therapies

                       Alfonso Fasano, University of Toronto


Session 12: Novel pharmacological and toxin therapies for tremor

                         Moderator: David Peterson, PhD

2:50 p.m.        Recent pharmacological therapy development for tremor

                       Peter LeWitt, Henry Ford Hospital and Wayne State University School of Medicine

3:15 p.m.        Toxin therapy and peripheral modulation for tremor

                       Seth Pullman, Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

3:40 p.m.        Closing remark

                       Ming-Kai Pan, National Taiwan University

4:00 p.m         Adjourn



Gordon H. Baltuch, MD, PhD


Charles-Etienne Castonguay, BSc


Daniel O. Claassen, MD, MS


Stephanie Cosentino, PhD

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Rodger J. Elble, MD, PhD


Alfonso Fasano, MD, PhD

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Phyllis L. Faust, MD, PhD


Rick C.G. Helmich, MD, PhD


Hyder Jinnah, MD, PhD


Mandar Jog, MD, FAAN


Eric J. Lang, PhD


Esther Krook-Magnuson, PhD


Sheng-Han Kuo, MD


Peter A. LeWitt, MD


Elan D. Louis, MD, MS


Ming-Kai Pan, MD, PhD


Aasef Shaikh, MD, PhD


Vicki Shanker, MD


Joshua M. Shulman, MD, PhD


Roy V. Sillitoe, PhD

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Aparna Wagle Shukla, MD


Alanna Watt, PhD


Wade Regehr, PhD


Ludy Shih, MD, MMSc, FAAN, FANA

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Nora Vanegas-Arroyave, MD


Kevin Wilkins, PhD

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Seth Pullman, MD

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