Dear Friends, Dear Colleagues,

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced us to cancel the Toxin Academy Master Class 2020. We are pleased to announce that the MasterClass 2021 will take place on 16-17 and 18 September 2021, face-to-face but with a reduced number of participants.

The success of the 2019 MasterClass has encouraged us to continue this programme with the same concept that reserves a large part of the time for hands-on training.

We will meet to share our knowledge, experiences and to improve our practice with an important part dedicated to the anatomy and the technique of botulinum toxin injections under ultrasound guidance. There will also be workshops on the evaluation of the spastic and dystonic patient, on surgery and rehabilitation.

We have planned a large number of anatomical and guiding materials, a high ratio of facilitator/participant to allow everyone to practice enough injections to improve their technique.

This year we have chosen as the main theme the use of botulinum toxin in pain management. Our guest, Professor Rahman Jabbari from the USA, will talk about his experience in this field.

The master class will take place as last time in Fribourg, Switzerland. This beautiful city is connected to three international airports, Zurich, Geneva, and Basel.

The Opteamist team will do its best to help you and make your stay comfortable.

In order to prepare for the Master Class, you can now download the Toxin Academy app, on Android and Apple platforms. You will have logistical information and also, after the Master Class, you will have access to the Atlas part which is a simple and useful tool for deciding the muscles involved in different patterns as well as for anatomical and ultrasound location.

This Master Class is, as in previous years, the result of a collaboration between ISNEREM (the International Society of Neurology and Rehabilitation), the Anatomy Laboratory of the University of Fribourg, and the Hôpital du Jura.

We would like to thank our sponsors Allergan-AbbVie and Merz Pharma for their unconditional support.

We invite you to follow the health developments due to the Covid 19 pandemic. At any time, you can consult the website (Please Click) which contains information with regular updates on health measures and the list of different countries for which special measures are decided.

You should of course also consult the website of the health authorities in your home country and apply the preventive rules during your transport and your stay.

I wish you a very good summer holiday!

Best regards,

Dr. Serdar Koçer
President ISNEREM and organizer of the Master Class Toxin Academy 2021