Treatment of Parkinson's Disease: An Update
By Francisco Cardoso, MD, PhD
Professor of Internal Medicine, Neurology, at the Medical School of the Federal University of Minas Gerais; chair of the Membership Committee of the Movement Disorder Society
The course "Treatment of Parkinson's Disease: An Update" was held November 29, 2008 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at the JW Marriott Hotel at the beautiful seaside of Copacabana Beach.
The objectives of the course were: to review the history of levodopa; to discuss the controversies surrounding the therapeutic options for initiation of symptomatic treatment of Parkinson's disease (PD); to address the clinical and surgical management of levodopa-related motor complications; and to review the options to manage psychosis and dementia associated with PD.
The course, directed by Francisco Cardoso MD PhD (The Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil) was taught by the following faculty: Andrew Lees, MD, FRCP (Reta Lila Weston Institute of Neurological Studies, University College London); Anthony Lang, MD, FRCPC (Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Canada); Oscar Gershanik, MD (Fundacion Favaloro, Buenos Aires, Argentina); and Joaquim Ferreira, MD (Centro de Estudos Egas Moniz, Faculdade de Medicina de Lisboa, Portugal). In addition to lectures, there were also two lively sessions of questions and answers and a discussion of cases illustrated by video presentations.
The course, supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Roche, was the first educational initiative of MDS in Latin America. It was highly successful, having attracted a crowd of 150 physicians, primarily from Brazil but also from other areas of the American continent.
Taking advantage of the large turnout, the MDS officers therein present also discussed with the audience means to enhance the participation of Latin Americans in the Society, including the recruitment of new members. The course demonstrated that MDS has a large role to play in the education of physicians and allied health care professionals in Latin America.
(L to R) Francisco Cardoso, Andrew Lees, Oscar Gershanik, Anthony Lang and Joaquim Ferreira.
Approximately 150 participants attended the workshop.