Course Report - Surgical Management of Movement Disorders - DBS and Beyond
November 4-5, 2011 - Buenos Aires, Argentina
On November 4-5, 2011, the first MDS-sponsored course in Argentina took place at the Raul Carrea Institute for Neurological Research (FLENI) in Buenos Aires. The course, Surgical Management of Movement Disorders: DBS and Beyond, was directed by Marcelo Merello (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and was attended by over 80 participants from across the Pan American Section.
Joining Dr. Merello as faculty were Ron Alterman (New York, NY United States), Francisco Cardoso (Belo Horizonte, Brazil), Robert Gross (Atlanta, GA United States), Elena Moro (Toronto, ON Canada), Jerrold Vitek (Minneapolis, MN United States) and Jens Volkmann (Wuerzburg, Germany).
This one and a half day course focused on addressing the surgical treatment of Parkinson's disease and dystonia while also examining clear guidelines for patient selection, and outlining the process of establishing a surgical center. The six international faculty members delivered lectures on a range of topics including "Ablative Therapies," "Programming the DBS," and "Avoiding Motor Complications". These lectures were given in English and simultaneously translated into Spanish for participants. The faculty also conducted two panel discussions regarding remote referral programming and surgical centers. With this, the course concluded as participants had the opportunity to ask questions about surgical centers in their own clinics and regions.
A special thanks to all faculty, the MDS Secretariat and Medtronic for their contributions to this course.
Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from: