Angelo Antonini, MD, PhD, Institute of Neurology, IRCCS Hospital San Camillo, Venice, Italy
The Uncommon Causes of Movement Disorders course, hosted by the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society (MDS), was held in Rome, Italy, on October 11 and 12, 2013, under the direction of the MDS-European Section Education Chair, Professor Angelo Antonini.
This course offering was a unique addition to the European Section’s educational portfolio because it was the first time the section held a course focused on orphan topics of movement disorders. The course had higher than expected attendance with over 100 participants from Western and Eastern Europe and one participant from the United States. The Uncommon Causes of Movement Disorders course was held immediately following the Italian Parkinson national neurological congress hosted by LIMPE/DISMOV-SIN and had a strong presence of Italian neurologists. MDS worked with LIMPE to organize Italian continuing education credits for participants, and the course was also accredited by the EACCME.
The first day of the course addressed spino-cerebellar ataxia, Wilson’s disease, clinical and genetic delineation of neurodegeneration with brain ion accumulation, and sleep alterations in movement disorders. Following the plenary sessions the faculty presented rare and unusual movement disorder phenomena during a lively video dinner session.
The second day covered the topics of metabolic movement disorders, paroxysmal movement disorders, diagnostic neuroimaging patterns, non-Huntington disease choreas, dystonic and other rare tremor disorders, treatment of other hyperkinetic movement disorders, and DBS of unusual movement disorders.
Overall, the Uncommon Causes of Movement Disorders course was a comprehensive program that covered a wide range of rare and unusual disorders in a clinically oriented manner that was rich with videos and case study examples for the participants to learn through. One hundred percent of the attendees indicated that they would like to see MDS present more educational activities on this type of topic and the European Section is currently planning future courses on rare and orphan topics.
This course was sponsored, in part, by an unrestricted educational grant from: