Neurology International Residents Videoconference and Exchange (NIRVE)

Neurology International Residents Videoconference and Exchange (NIRVE) is a resident-led initiative founded by the Division of Neurology at the University of Toronto in 2009, to promote education through international collaboration.

The rounds take place at St. Michael’s Hospital, on the first Thursday of the month from September to June at 8 a.m. EST (3 p.m. GMT).


Main presentation (25 minutes). Residents present cases, focusing on anatomy, localization, differential diagnosis and management of the neurological disease.

Image Challenge (15 minutes). This case is discussed with an emphasis on radiological differential diagnoses. These are interactive sessions, where


Meet our coordinators, Drs. Andrea Kuczynski (PGY2) and Kia Gilani (PGY3)! They’re both neurology residents at the University of Toronto in Canada. They’re passionate about expanding the international boundaries of NIRVE and encouraging resident teaching opportunities.

Andrea Kuczynski (PGY2)

Kia Gilani (PGY3)


Dr. Dalia Rotstein

Dr. Dalia Rotstein is the staff contact and founder of NIRVE at the University of Toronto. She is a staff neurologist at St. Michael’s Hospital, and a specialist in Multiple Sclerosis (MS). She is also an associate scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, with a special interest in the epidemiology of MS, disease-modifying therapy and dietary and nutritional influences of MS.

Our current sites are:

Unity Health Toronto: St Michael's Hospital (Toronto, Canada - main host). Queens University (Kingston, Canada), Sick Kids Hospital (Toronto, Canada), University of Ottawa (Ottawa, Canada), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Amsterdam University Medical Centre, (Amsterdam, Netherlands), Bashkir State Medical University (Ufa, Russia), Cruces University Hospital (Basque Country, Spain), Faculty of Medicine CAS-UDD (Santiago, Chile), Higher specialist trainee program including Beaumont/St James/Mater Hospital (Dublin, Ireland), Mother Theresa University Hospital Centre, (Tirana, Albania), National Institute of Medical Science and Nutrition Salvador Zubiran (Mexico City), National Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery (Mexico City), Pavlov First St.Petersburg State Medical University (Saint Petersburg, Russia), Salpetriere Hospital (Paris, France), Universidade Federal de São Paulo – UNIFESP (Sao Paolo, Brazil), University of Limerick (Limerick, Ireland), and the University of the Philippines–Philippine General Hospital (Manila, Philippines).




For further information, or if you’re interested in joining NIRVE, please contact us at: