Contributed by Mariella Graziano, Physiotherapist BSc (Hons)
Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
Health Professionals Special Interest Group Webpage Editor

December 2014

Mariella GrazianoThe Health Professionals Special Interest Group looks at 2014 achievements with a sense of accomplishment. 

The 2nd Annual Allied Health Professional Summer School "Physiotherapy for People with Parkinson’s" was held September 25-27, 2014 in Torres Vedras (Lisbon), Portugal. This school was developed in 2013 to further increase Parkinson-specific expertise in physiotherapy.

There were 36 participants from the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Malaysia, Portugal, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and the United States.

The Health Professional Course - Allied Team Training for Parkinson’s Disease (ATTP) took place in San Diego, CA, USA, November 13-15. This three-day course was attended by 80 nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, social workers. Both courses were developed in collaboration with MDS and were taught by an interdisciplinary MDS faculty.

One of the highlights of 2014 was the launch of a redesigned website. This dynamic and interactive website provides more efficient navigation amongst different sections and facilitates international communication. Visitors to the website can easily access the Health Professional Special interest Group webpage from the home page under the "Quick Links" section.

Our webpage offers information on events and courses organized in collaboration with MDS and also highlights non-MDS events such as the Second European Unity Walk held in Luxembourg this past September and organized in collaboration with the European Parkinson Disease Association.

The webpage has several videos of past lectures in MDS Congresses, book reviews and a Welcome Message from our Chair Ruth Hagestuen.

One of the promising events for 2015 is  the 19th International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders, which will take place in San Diego, CA, USA, June 14-18, 2015.  We are looking forward to meeting most of our members at San Diego!