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Movement Disorder Genetics

  • Susanne A. Schneider
  • José M. Tomás Brás

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Clinical Aspects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Dena G. Hernandez, Andrew B. Singleton
      Pages 19-34
    3. Maria Stamelou, Kailash P. Bhatia
      Pages 35-64
    4. José M. Tomás Brás
      Pages 65-74
    5. Sasja Heetveld, Patrizia Rizzu, Peter Heutink
      Pages 75-105
    6. Gregor Kuhlenbäumer
      Pages 107-123
    7. Susanne A. Schneider, Kailash P. Bhatia
      Pages 125-146
    8. Ruth H. Walker, Dobrila D. Rudnicki, Russell L. Margolis
      Pages 147-167
    9. Jessica B. Lennington, Gianfilippo Coppola, Thomas V. Fernandez
      Pages 169-189
    10. Knut Brockmann, Hendrik Rosewich
      Pages 191-211
    11. Mario Manto, Daniele Marmolino
      Pages 213-233
    12. Stephan Klebe, Mathieu Anheim
      Pages 235-261
    13. Sarah Wiethoff, Kailash P. Bhatia, Henry Houlden
      Pages 263-291
    14. Petr Dusek, Daniela Zahorakova
      Pages 293-330
    15. Eva C. Schulte, Juliane Winkelmann
      Pages 331-351
    16. Rebecca Schüle, Ludger Schöls
      Pages 353-383
    17. Russell Lewis McLaughlin, Kevin Patrick Kenna, Orla Hardiman
      Pages 385-409
    18. Josef Finsterer, Salma Majid Wakil
      Pages 411-430

About this book


This book covers recent developments and possible pitfalls in the diagnosis of genetic movement disorders and related conditions. It is divided into three sections: technical and scientific aspects; clinical aspects with guidance towards work-up; and ethical and legal aspects of genetic testing in a clinical and research setting.  

The first section includes chapters on genetic analysis and counselling with critical discussion of potential problems when interpreting the results. Clinical chapters summarize genetic forms of movement disorders including parkinsonism, tics and dystonia with algorithms for hands-on daily practice. Related conditions such as RLS, ataxias and dementias are also covered. Finally, chapters on ethical and legal aspects of genetic testing are included.    

Movement Disorder Genetics is aimed at clinicians and scientists working in the field of movement disorders and related conditions.  


Dementia genetics Familial dementia Familial movement disorder Genetic ataxia Genetic chorea Genetic counselling Genetic movement disorder Hereditary spastic paraplegia genetics Parkinson disease genetics Parkinsonian disorder genetics Restless legs genetics Tic disorder genetics genetic cerebellar disease genetic dystonia movement disorder genetics

Editors and affiliations

  • Susanne A. Schneider
    • 1
  • José M. Tomás Brás
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of NeurologyUniversity Hospital KielKielGermany
  2. 2.Department of Molecular NeuroscienceUniversity College London, Institute of NeurologyLondonUnited Kingdom

About the editors

Susanne A. Schneider is a consultant neurologist and clinician scientist at the Department of Neurology in Kiel, Germany. She completed her neurology specialty training at the Queen Square Institute of Neurology in London, England and the University of Lübeck, Germany. She has always had a great interest in movement disorders with focus on movement disorder genetics and electrophysiology. She holds a Ph.D. degree in neurosciences from University College London. She has received many awards, among others the European Dystonia Society David Marsden Award and the AAN Jon Stolk Award in Movement Disorders for Young Investigators. She has published more than 120 papers and is one of the four co-authors of Marsden’s Book of Movement Disorders. Selected publications include:

Schneider SA, van de Warrenburg BP, Hughes TD, Davis M, Sweeney M, Wood N, Quinn NP, Bhatia KP. Phenotypic homogeneity of the Huntington disease-like presentation in a SCA17 family. Neurology 2006;67(9):1701-3.

Schneider SA, Walker RH, Bhatia KP. The Huntington's disease-like syndromes: what to consider in patients with a negative Huntington's disease gene test. Nat Clin Pract Neurol. 2007;3(9):517-25.

Schneider SA, Djarmati A, Lohmann K, Winkler S, Pawlack H, Hagenah J, Brüggemann N, Zittel S, Fuchs T, Raković A, Schmidt A, Jabusch HC, Wilcox R, Kostić VS, Siebner H, Altenmüller E, Münchau A, Ozelius LJ, Klein C. Mutations in the THAP1 (DYT6) gene- a cause of generalized dystonia with prominent spasmodic dysphonia. Lancet Neurol 2009;8(5):447-52.

Paisan-Ruiz C, Bhatia KP, Li A, Hernandez D, Davis M, Wood NW, Hardy J, Houlden H, Singleton A, Schneider SA. Characterisation of PLA2G6 as a locus for dystonia-parkinsonism. Ann Neurol. 2009;65:19-23.

Bras J, Verloes A, Schneider SA, Mole SE, Guerreiro RJ. Mutation of the parkinsonism gene ATP13A2 causes neuronal ceroid-lipofuscinosis. Hum Mol Genet. 2012;21(12):2646-50

Sheerin UM, Schneider SA, Carr L, Deuschl G, Hopfner F, Stamelou M, Wood NW, Bhatia KP. ALS2 mutations: juvenile amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and generalized dystonia. Neurology 2014;82(12):1065-7.

Bras JM, Guerreiro RJ, Teo JT, Darwent L, Vaughan J, Molloy S, Hardy J, Schneider SA. Atypical parkinsonism-dystonia syndrome caused by a novel DJ1 mutation. Mov Disord Clinical Pract. 2014 (published online)

Donaldson C, Marsden CD, Schneider SA, Bhatia KP. Marsden’s Book of Movement Disorders. Oxford University Press. 2012. ISBN13: 9780192619112ISBN10: 019261911X Hardback, 1552 pages.

José Bras is a molecular geneticist whose research interests are primarily directed at how genetic variability acts on neurodegenerative diseases. He performed his doctoral studies at the NIH under the supervision of Dr. Andrew Singleton and later moved to London, UK to pursue post-doctoral work at the Institute of Neurology, University College of London. Selected publications from Jose’s recent work include:  

Bras J, Guerreiro R, Santo GC. Mutant ADA2 in vasculopathies. N Engl J Med. PubMed PMID: 25075847.

Bras J, Guerreiro R, Darwent L, et al. Genetic analysis implicates APOE, SNCA and suggests lysosomal dysfunction in the etiology of dementia with Lewy bodies. Hum Mol Genet. PubMed PMID: 24973356

Guerreiro R, Wojtas A, Bras J, et al. TREM2 variants in Alzheimer's disease. N Engl J Med. PubMed PMID: 23150934

Bras J, Guerreiro R, Hardy J. Use of next-generation sequencing and other whole-genome strategies to dissect neurological disease. Nat Rev Neurosci. PubMed PMID: 22714018.

Simón-Sánchez J, Schulte C, Bras JM, et al. Genome-wide association study reveals genetic risk underlying Parkinson's disease. Nat Genet. PubMed PMID: 19915575.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Movement Disorder Genetics
  • Editors Susanne A. Schneider
    José M. Tomás Brás
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-17222-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-35855-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-17223-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 530
  • Number of Illustrations 6 b/w illustrations, 18 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Neurology
    Human Genetics
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