13th International Congress
13th International Congress

News Release

Monday, June 8, 2009

Media Contact:
Elizabeth Laur, elaur@movementdisorders.org
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MDS 13th International Congress Press Room (June 7-11):
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Novelty Seeking Personality Traits do not Influence the Risk of Parkinson's Disease

PARIS - Novelty seeking personality traits cannot be considered as risk factors for the later development of parkinsonism or Parkinson's disease, according to a study released at The Movement Disorder Society's 13th International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders in Paris.

For nearly a century, it has been suggested there is evidence of a distinctive "parkinsonian personality". The personality traits that have been associated with "personality at risk" can include more morally rigid, introverted, punctual, cautious, and conventional personality type.

Researchers led by Gennarina Arabia, MD, MSc, and colleagues from Rochester, Minnesota, established a historical cohort of subjects who completed the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory at the Mayo Clinic from 1962 through 1965. A total of 6,822 subjects were followed for over four decades. They examined the association of novelty seeking personality traits measured using five MMPI scales. They found that sensation seeking personality traits are not associated with an increased risk of parkinsonism and PD nor did hypomania, positive emotionality, constraint, or social introversion traits.

Meeting attendees are gathered to learn the latest research findings and state-of-the-art treatment options for Movement Disorders, including Parkinson's disease. More than 3,900 physicians and medical professionals from 90 countries will be able to view over 1,700 scientific abstracts submitted by clinicians from around the world.

The Movement Disorder Society, an international society of over 3,000 clinicians, scientists, and other healthcare professionals, is dedicated to improving patient care through education and research.

For more information about The Movement Disorder Society, visit www.movementdisorders.org