Neuroimaging in Movement Disorders: Focus on PD - Stockholm, Sweden, September 13, 2012
By Per Svenningsson, Professor of Neurology, Karolinska University Hospital
On September 13, 30 neurologists, neuroradiologists and researchers from several different european countries gathered at the Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm to attend a course in neuroimaging hosted by the European Section of The Movement Disorders Society.
After an introduction about diagnostic challenges in movement disorders by Professor Per Svenningsson, the course was entirely devoted to neuroimaging methodologies. The course intended to introduce the participants to the potential of nuclear medicine approaches to measure the dopamine transporter, dopamine receptors and protein aggregation in distinct variants of parkinsonism and other neurodegenerative disorders. Excellent lectures on these topics were held by the co-organiser Associate Professor Andrea Varrone and Professor Lars Farde. The course also included lectures on the utility of MRI-based approaches to answer questions posed by clinicians and researchers about the status and progress of distinct variants of parkinsonism. Associate Mikael Skorpil gave a technical introduction to various MRI-based approaches. His lecture was followed by a spectacular and forward-looking lecture by Professor Stephane Lehericy on MRI-based approaches as diagnostic and prognostic tools to assess variants of parkinsonism.
In addition to lectures, Dr Eric Westman and the faculty arranged small group workshops on patient selection, imaging set-up, imaging analysis and quantification. Dr Martin Paucar gave an appreciated presentation of illustrative case studies with patients suffering from corticobasal degeneration, progressive supranuclear palsy, multiple system atrophy, Huntington´s disease and ataxias.
Although the course was small, there was good discussions among the lecturers and participants on distinct aspects of neuroimaging in movement disorders. The course evaluation showed that the participants were very satisfied with the course.