By Andreas Lysandropoulos MD, PhD, Vice President Head Global Medical Affairs Neuroscience at Ipsen
Dr. Seuss assessment of learning: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go” succinctly conveys the benefits of continual learning and comes to mind as we celebrate a decade of building expertise for better patient outcomes through the Ixcellence Network®. As the only program of its kind, 2022 marked 10 years of specialist Ixcellence training for the highly experienced physician community treating spasticity and cervical dystonia.
The Ixcellence Network® now operates from 10 expert centres based in Europe and Latin America with further centres planned in the USA and Asia. Despite a two-year hiatus over the pandemic, nearly 700 highly experienced physicians have benefitted from the programme, regarded as the most comprehensive training program of its kind which disseminates international best practices to improve patient care with modules ranging from goal setting and evaluation, muscle identification and guidance techniques, and multi-disciplinary team patient management.
The value of this important program, which is considered the only educational program with published findings,1–3 is also highlighted in seven abstracts at high profile congresses such as TOXINS and MDS International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders (MDS) this year.
The Ixcellence Network® continues to grow in stature, and we are proud of our commitment to the industry to help form specialists of the future delivering optimal patient management. The network is a locally-driven training program, organized via our local medical departments; if you wish to hear more about the network, please contact the Ipsen Medical Science Liaison (MSL) for your area.
- Fheodoroff K, et al. Ixcellence Network®: an international educational network to improve current practice in the management of cervical dystonia or spastic paresis by botulinum toxin injection. Funct Neurol. 2017; 32(2): 103–110
- Colosimo C, et al. Management of Spastic Paresis and Cervical Dystonia: Access to Therapeutic Interventions Through and International Program of Practical Courses. Clin Ther. 2019; 41(11): 2321–2330
- Chung T, et al. Adult Cervical Dystonia and Spastic Paresis: Results From the INPUT (INjection Practice, Usage and Training) Survey. Front Neurol. 2020; 11:570671