TeesNeuro Tackles Tremor The TeesNeuro Podcast

Join Dr Adam Cassidy, Movement disorder neurologist, as he takes us through assessment and management of tremor. Together, we cover: when is essential tremor, essential tremor? why bradykinesia is hard to be sure about what drugs should you use and why? how not to miss dopa-responsive dystonia More hyperkinetic mini-casts to follow soon…
  1. TeesNeuro Tackles Tremor
  2. TeesNeuro does … Space
  3. TeesNeuro Tackles Stroke and TIA
  4. TeesNeuro Tackles Neuropathies
  5. TeesNeuro Tackles Complex Epilepsy

1. Epilepsy

We talk to Dr Rhys Thomas, Epilepsy Neurolgist, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne.

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This podcast covers epilepsy and seizures for junior doctors, including medical and neurology trainees.

Including hits such as:

  • What is a seizure?
  • How to manage a seizure on the ward?
  • Status epilepticus – how?
  • The next level – why is Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy worth knowing about?
  • How do we choose AEDs?

2. MND

We talk to Dr Tim Williams, MND Neurologist, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne.

We cover:

  • what is MND?
  • myth bust some annoying terminology
  • fail to get hung up on “types” of MND
  • uncover some handy tips for clinical examination
  • find out how to discuss PEG tubes and NIV
  • discover the truth about new therapies
  • unearth the advice Tim would give to his younger self


3. Paediatric Neurology

We talk paediatric neurology with Dr Richard Brown from Addenbrookes, Cambridge.

We discover the case mix of a typical acute take and how this differs from adult neurology. We also find out more about epilepsy, the problems with valproate, and how to do transitional neurology.

No Guinea pigs were harmed in the making of this podcast.

4. Academic Medicine

Dr Lou Wiblin, consultant neurologist, talks to Prof David Burn, about how and why to get into research.


David is President of the Association of British Neurologists, Pro Vice Chancellor of Newcastle University and, until recently, Movement Disorder lead at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcaslte upon Tyne, UK.

David tells us about his incurable imposter syndrome, how he found his way into research and gives some sage advice to his younger self.

5. Parkinson’s disease

Join Dr Ed Newman, Movement disorder neurologist in Glasgow, for a chat about Parkinson’s disease.

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We cover:

  • differential diagnosis
  • how younger patients present differently
  • top tips in clinic for assessing signs
  • who DBS is good for, and who might do less well
  • telemedicine – the brave new world we all have to deal with

We also hear Ed’s advice to his younger self. Spoiler alert, the key is kindness.

6. Neuro-ophthalmology

Dr Lou Wiblin talks to Dr Sui Wong, Moorfields Eye Hospital, about neuro-ophthalmology.

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We cover:

  • the mysteries of eye movements
  • why we shouldn’t be afraid of the impenetrable terminology
  • how to figure out monocular visual loss
  • how to talk to people about Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • what you just can’t afford to miss

We also hear what advice she might give her trainee self.

7. Parkinson’s Psychosis

Join Dr Rimona Weil, Dr Christine Taylor and Dr Ross Dunne as we chat about psychosis in Parkinson’s.

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We cover:

  • what do we mean by psychosis?
  • who gets it and why
  • what our patients experience
  • what drugs we should stop and what we should start
  • how to get a clozapine clinic up and running

As always, we also hear what advice our panel would give their younger selves.

8. Functional Neurology

Join Dr Ros Murray and Dr Jason Price as we explore functional neurological disorders.

We cover:

  • how does it present?
  • what are the risk factors?
  • top tips for diagnosis in clinic
  • how to talk to patients with FND
  • what does a neuropsychologist do in a consultation?

As ever, we also get some advice from the future, for out past selves.

9. MS

Join Dr Lou Wiblin as she chats to Dr Kate Petheram, consultant neurologist at Sunderland Royal Hospital.


This podcast covers MS for junior doctors, including medical and neurology trainees.

Including hits such as:

  • what is MS?
  • how to approach the space-time continuation
  • do the McDonald criteria matter?
  • drug development and new treatments – what are the options?
  • how to manage symptoms

We also hear what advice she might give her trainee self.

10. Neurosurgery

Join Dr Neil Archibald as she chats to Mr Surash Surash, consultant neurosurgeon at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne.

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We cover:

  • what does Surash do all day?
  • just how common is cauda equina syndrome?
  • what should we do about foot drop?
  • how neurosurgeons manage subarachnoid haemorrhage
  • what is new in neuro-oncology and tumour surgery

As ever, we hear what advice he would give his trainee self.

11. Complex Epilepsy

Join Dr Lou Wiblin as she chats to Dr Ela Akay, consultant neurologist at The Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne.ela akay

We cover:

  • how mentorship can inspire your career choices
  • what is treatment-resistant epilepsy?
  • what types of focal seizures do we see?
  • what epilepsy syndromes should we never miss?
  • how to manage fertility and pregnancy
  • how do we “untreat” people?

As ever, we hear what advice she would give her trainee self.

12. Neuropathies

Join Dr Neil Archibald as he chats to Dr Aisling Carr, consultant neurologist at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen’s Square, London, about peripheral neuropathies.

We cover:

  • how to approach a neuropathy case
  • why some knowledge of nerve anatomy is handy
  • how to investigate and when to stop
  • when to worry
  • what is around the corner in terms of tests and treatment

As ever, we hear what advice she would give her trainee self.

13. Stroke and TIA

Join Dr Lou Wiblin as she chats to Dr Gavin Young, consultant neurologist at The James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough.

We cover:

  • mimics and mysteries in the TIA clinic
  • what is a young stroke (and how this relates to the age of the neurologist)
  • DOACs in thrombolysis, AF and venous sinus thrombosis
  • thrombolysis and thrombectomy
  • evidence and studies in stroke

As ever, we hear what advice he would give himself – beyond the mortgage rates!

14. Space

Neurologist, Dr Lou Wiblin, talks to Experimental Psychologist and Cognitive Neuroscientist, Dr Elisa Raffaella Ferrè, about her vestibular research and how this applies to zero gravity situations such as space flight.

Her research focuses on how the human brain represents Earth gravity and adapts to non-terrestrial gravitational environments, such as weightlessness or the partial gravity on the Moon or Mars.

The neurology of life in space might seem niche, but there is a lot we can learn about how the brain works by viewing it adapting to a totally “alien” experience.

Find about more about Elisa on the Birbeck University website.


15. Tremor

Join Dr Adam Cassidy, Movement Disorder Neurologist, as he takes us through his approach to the assessment of tremor. Adam is always incredibly practical and, as we find out pretty early, not one to suffer from imposter syndrome!

We cover a number of topics including:

When is Essential tremor, essential tremor?
Why bradykinesia is hard to be sure about
What drugs should you use and why?
How not to miss Dopa-responsive dystonia

Forgive the occasional visual reference – I realise that doesn’t make for a great podcast, but the audio for this was from a face-to-face teaching session for neurology registrars and I hope you find the messages helpful.

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