Visiting Professor Program

Recap of Recent Visiting Professor Programs

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
September 27-29, 2012

For the first time in Malaysia, a teaching course dedicated specifically to Movement Disorders was held in Kuala Lumpur on 28 and 29 September 2012, under the auspices of the Malaysian Movement Disorders Council (MDC). 250 people (mostly doctors, but also some allied health professionals and interested members of the public / Parkinson’s support community) attended the course. Faculty members included international experts (Emeritus Prof. Niall Quinn from Queen Square, London and Assoc. Prof. Susan Fox from the University of Toronto) and local neurologists with an interest in Movement Disorders (Drs. Lim Shen-Yang, Norlinah Md. Ibrahim, Santhi Datuk Puvanarajah and Shanti Viswanathan). The visit by Drs. Quinn and Fox was made possible by the generous support of the Movement Disorder Society (MDS), under the MDS Visiting Professor Program. Lunch symposia lectures were delivered by Drs. Jegan Thanabalan, Lee Moon Keen and Soo Hua Huat. Prior to the formal teaching course, an interactive case-based session was run by Drs. Norlinah, Lim, Shahrul Azmin Md. Rani and Tan Ai Huey, during which patients with interesting / complex movement disorder problems were brought in for examination and discussion by the Visiting Professors. In conjunction with the officiation of the teaching course, the 2012 Malaysian Consensus Guidelines for the Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease was launched by Prof. Tan Sri Sharifah Hapsah, the Vice Chancellor of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (the host institution). The event was a huge success and the organizers are very grateful to the Visiting Professors for their time, effort and good humour, and to the MDS. We also wish to record our sincere gratitude to Ms. Loh Hui Pin (MDC and teaching course secretariat) for providing invaluable administrative support, as well as industry partners for their financial assistance.

Photo (from left to right): Loh Hui Pin, Jegan Thanabalan, Shanti Viswanathan, Niall Quinn, Norlinah Md. Ibrahim, Lee Moon Keen, Susan Fox, Santhi Datuk Puvanarajah, Lim Shen-Yang, Chris Chong, and Soo Hua Huat).

Submitted by Dr. Lim Shen-Yang

Buenos Aires, Argentina

August 29-31, 2012

Visiting Professers: Anthony Lang, Irene Litvan
Hoste: Emilia Gatto, FUNDACION INEBA

Photo from the courseDr. Emilia Gatto and the Panamerican Section of the MDS organized the course Introducción al estudio, identificación y manejo de los movimientos anormales which was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina on August 29-31, 2012.

The program focused on training young neurologists and neurologists from different parts of Argentina, Chile and Peru in fundamental movement disorders education under the leadership of MDS Visiting Professors Dr. Irene Litvan and  Dr. Anthony Lang, who gave lectures and conducted the video sessions along with Argentinean Movement Disorders specialists: Prof. Dr. Oscar Gershanik, Dr. Tomoko Arakaki, Dr. Nélida Garreto, Dr. Cecilia Peralta, Dr. Diego Bauso, Dr. Diana Simonetti, Dr. Javier Ziliani, Dr. Manuel Rodríguez, Dr. Jose Bueri, Dr. Gonzalo Gómez Arévalo, Dr Silvia García, Dr. Marcelo Merello, Dr. Anabel Chade, and Dr. Gabriel Napoli.

The program was attended by 90 participants who, in a post program evaluation, expressed their satisfaction with the course content and the speakers qualifying the general content as excellent in 62% of questionnaires and that they would recommend the course in 96% of cases. The majority of them also agreed that they hope the course will take place next year with more topics and a longer duration.

The organizers Dr. Emilia Gatto, Dr. José Etcheverry, Dr. Ana Sanguinetti, Dr. Gabriel Persi, Dr. Virginia Parisi and the INEBA Foundation would like to thank the MDS and the Visiting Professors for their support in organizing this course.

Sri Lanka
December 2, 2011

Visiting Professors: Shen-Yang Lim, David Williams
Host: Association of Sri Lankan Neurologists (ASN)

VP Sri Lanka

Starting out the day with the lighting of the traditional oil lamp

The VPP jointly organized by the Association of Sri Lankan Neurologists (ASN) and the MDS Asian & Oceanian Section was held on December 2, 2011 in Combo, Sri Lanka. This was organized as a pre- congress session of the 5th Annual Scientific Sessions of the ASN.

Two eminent movement disorder specialists from the region, Prof. David Williams from Melbourne, Australia and Dr. Shen-Yang Lim from Malaysia conducted the sessions together with a few other Sri Lankan Neurologists. The program was aimed at understanding the basic fundamentals in movement disorders.

The day's proceedings started with the lighting of the traditional oil lamp and the national anthem of Sri Lanka. ASN President welcomed the foreign delegates, thanked MDS for their support and hoped for a long term productive relationship with MDS in the future. Dr. Tissa Wijerathna, a Sri Lankan born neurologist from Melbourne, outlined the program in his introductory speech and introduced MDS and how members could benefit from MDS through the waived dues membership, especially designed for countries like Sri Lanka.

The course material was discussed in depth with lectures and interactive video sessions from both the foreign and local experts. This was a novel and interesting experience to the audience as this was the first time such a program was conducted in the region. The program was well attended by 126 participants comprising of neurologists, post graduate trainees in neurology, internal medicine specialists and pediatricians.

VP Sri Lanka

Visiting Professors, Dr. Shen-Yang Lim and Prof. David Williams with Course Directors

A post-program evaluation was conducted for each topic and for the program as a whole. Results indicated positive learning with 76% of participants highly satisfied with the overall course content and 83% agreeing that the program helped them to improve their knowledge about movement disorders. 100% were in favor of having similar programs conducted in the future. There are several other positive outcomes from this VPP such as a substantial increase in Sri Lankan membership in the MDS and more importantly a proposal that there be a Sri Lankan Movement Disorder Society in the near future that would work towards becoming an MDS Affiliate member. This Visiting Professor Program in Colombo fulfilled the intent of MDS by making a significant impact in a country that is underrepresented in the society and initiating a link between local specialists and international movement disorder specialists. Ultimately, this program helped to improve the quality of care to patients living with movement disorders who lack the resources of their counterparts in the developed world.

Submitted by Darshana Sirisena, MD Teaching Hospital Anuradhapura, Colombo, Sri Lanka


September 16-17, 2011

Host: Armenian Movement Disorders Group

The Movement Disorder Society’s Visiting Professor Program was conducted for the second time in Armenia. Considering the success of the previous Program in 2008 and great positive feedback from participants it was important to continue this activity. The program was similar to the one held previously, but was updated with new topics as proposed by the Armenian Movement Disorders Group (Dr. Zaruhi Tavadyan, President, and Dr. Samson Khachatryan, Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee) and approved by the MDS Educational Committee.  It was important to have support from Yerevan municipality to inform and allow out-patient clinics’ neurologists to participate in this meeting.

Expert professors Niall Quinn and Giovanni Fabbrini had been invited to meet the goals. Topics on treatment of Parkinson disease, differential diagnosis of Parkinsonian syndromes and tremors, dystonias, tics, paroxysmal disorders in childhood, restless legs syndrome and others were presented by the speakers in a clear way covering the topics in full.

There were approximately 150 participants and the seminar was conducted in a practical way. The videos by the Professors were more than a good teaching tool and participants enjoyed the interactive way of learning, and contributed to the Seminar with their questions and comments. Clinical case discussions opened new ways of thinking in the field of movement disorders. The neurologists had a chance to discuss complex cases and examine real patients with the respected professors and have their expert opinions and further advice. One of the main advantages was inclusion of topics in pediatric movement disorders, thus, big number of child neurologists interested in the Seminar.

Submitted by Dr. Zaruhi Tavadyan

June 29-30, 2009

The Visiting Professor Program was conducted on June 29-30, 2009 at Xuanwu Hospital, Capital Medical University in Beijing, China. The local organizing committee was headed by Professor Piu Chan, the Director of Chinese Study Group. The Symposium was also supported by Chinese Medical Association and Department of Neurology, Xuanwu Hospital, Capital Medical University. The symposium was attended by 105 physicians from different fields of medicine, including movement disorder specialists, attending neurologists, neurology residents and graduated students from Beijing and other regions of China.

This was the third symposium of Visiting Professor Program in China. Following the last two symposiums, lecturers focused on Parkinson’s disease, and also covered other related topics such as Parkinson-plus syndromes, dystonia, essential tremor, and other type of movement disorder, involving progress of etiology, epidemiology, diagnosis and treatment. They also used videos to give the participants an excellent opportunity to discuss real cases.

This program plays an important role in educating movement disorders specialists in China, and establishes a bridge between China and the world in the field of movement disorders.

March 27-28, 2009

Bankok, ThailandMDS Visiting Professorship Lecture Program
in Treatment of Parkinson's Disease

Chulalongkorn Comprehensive Movement Disorder Center together with Thai Parkinson's Disease Society held the MDS Visiting Professor Program (VPP) in the treatment of Parkinson's disease (PD) on the 27-28th March 2009 in Bangkok, Thailand.

The objectives of the course were to: 1) Discuss the roles of pathogenesis of PD; 2) List and discuss different therapeutic options in PD as well as its management at various stages of severity; 3) Address specific management of motor and nonmotor manifestations of PD; 4) Recognize various movement disorders through interactive video session.

The course, directed by Roongroj Bhidayasiri, MD., FRCP (Chulalongkorn Comprehensive Movement Disorder Center) had the following faculty: Stanley Fahn (Neurological Institute, Columbia University, New York), Jeff Bronstein (UCLA, Los Angeles), and a number of local faculty. We are very grateful to the MDS educational committee for their generous support of this VPP. In addition to a number of lectures, there were also interactive video sessions presented by residents in which Profs. Fahn and Bronstein have awarded the gold, silver, and bronze medals to the top three interesting cases.


Beijing Faculty

Program Faculty: Drs. Zhen-Xin Zhang, Stanley Fahn, and Louis Tan

March 21, 2009

Zhen-Xin Zhang, Department of Neurology and Clinical Epidemiology, Peking Union Medical College Hospital (PUMCH), Chinese Academy of Medical Science hosted a one-day educational course on the latest advancements in Parkinson's disease. The course was also hosted by the Chinese Movement Disorder and PD Society, and Novartis China, and co-organized with Shu-Leong Ho from the Asian Oceanian Section of the MDS.

The program in Beijing involved two foreign speakers (Dr. Stanley Fahn and Prof. Louis Tan), and one local teacher (Zhen-Xin Zhang). The course materials and the discussion were eloquently translated by two local neurologists, Zhang Zhi-Zheng and Li Lin from PUMCH. The morning session covered (1) Early detection of PD and the differential diagnosis of parkinsonism; (2) Early therapeutic options of PD; Beijing, China(3) Management of motor complications in advanced PD; and (4) Discussion: The afternoon session covered (1) Management of non-motor symptoms of PD, and (2) Case discussions with video.

This educational course in Beijing had a live video-link to eight additional cities in PR China (see below). A total of 563 participants (Neurologists, trainee Neurologists, General Physicians) from 104 hospitals attended the course in Beijing through the China United Telecommunications Corporation, shown below. This format of teaching was highly cost-effective and educational, and reached a wide audience through the video-link.



Region City Chairman No. of attendees Hospitals
1. Northeast Beijing Zhang Zhen-Xin 137 21
2. Northeast Tianjin Ye Wen-Xiang 35 9
3. East Hangzhou Hu Xing-Yue 76 17
4. East Nanjing Xu Yun 52 11
5. Northwest Xi'an Zhao Gang 35 7
6. Mid Wuhan Sun Sheng-Gang 39 8
7. Mid Changsha Tang Beisha 45 8
8. Southeast Guangzhou Chen Ling 88 16
9. Southeast Fuzhou Xu Guo-Ying 56 7
  Total 569 104

The Faculty provided very well-received lectures on early detection of PD and differential diagnosis of parkinsonism, including the clinical, pathological, biochemical, imaging features of PD, and management of presymptomatic features of PD. The treatment strategies and options in different stages of PD were expertly reviewed along with motor and non-motor complications, based on currently available evidence.

In the case discussion section, videos of patients with PD for over the past 21 years from PUMCH were provided. It is an excellent opportunity for the participants to review the content of the one-day course. Comprehensive discussion on the practical management was extremely well-received by the audience. Videos which were shot with informed consent were provided by Dr. Zhen-Xin Zhang.

Their feedback was extremely positive and appreciative.

Zhang ZX, Prof. of Neurology
Peking Union Medical College Hospital
Chinese Academy of Medical Science
Beijing, China


April 24-25, 2008

The Visiting Professor Program was conducted on April 24-25, 2008 in Moscow House in Yerevan, the Capital of Armenia. It was directed by the heads of organizations: Wolfgang Oertel, Chairman of the MDS-ES, and Parounak Zelveian, President of the Armenian Medical Association. Local organizing committee was headed by Zaruhi Tavadyan, Movement Disorders Group Leader, ALYN, and Samson Khachatryan, Chairman of ALYN. The Symposium was also supported by National Institute of Health of Armenia and Department of Neurology, Yerevan State Medical University.

The Symposium was attended by nearly 180 specialists from different fields of medicine - adult and child neurologists, psychiatrists, family physicians, interns, general practitioners, psychologists, neurology residents from Yerevan and other regions of Armenia.

This was the first meeting on Parkinson's disease and other Movement Disorders in Armenia. The seminar was impressive by extensive participation of local specialists and overall coverage of the main topics of the field. Being mainly focused on Parkinson's disease, lecturers also covered very important topics on Parkinson-plus syndromes, Restless legs syndrome, essential tremor, dystonias, Huntington's disease and other choreas, Tourette syndrome and tic disorders, drug-induced Movement Disorders, as well as sleep and Movement Disorders.

The program provided an excellent opportunity to educate specialists in Armenia and establish closer connections between Armenian physicians and researchers and the international field of Movement Disorders, thus intensifying the relations between both scientific communities.


Visiting Professor Program - IndiaIndia
November 23-24, 2007

Visiting Professors:
Kapil Sethi, MD, FRCP
Eduardo Tolosa, MD

Prof. Meena Gupta, Director, IHBAS
Dr. Kiran Bala, Organising Secretary
Prof. Madhuri Behari, Chairperson Scientific Committee

Institute of Human Behaviour & Allied Sciences, Delhi, India
The visiting professors of the program were:
Dr. Kapil D. Sethi, Professor of Neurology, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Georgia
Prof. E. Tolosa, Professor of Neurology, Barcelona, Spain.

The program included 6 sessions spread over 2 days:

Day 1

  • An overview of Movement Disorders
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Interesting cases of Parkinson's Disease

Day 2

  • Video sessions on interesting cases of Dystonias, Parkinson's Disease, RLS and other Movement Disorders
  • Psychogenic Movement Disorders
  • Update on Tourette Syndrome
  • Latrogenic Movement Disorders
  • Skills Workshops on use of Botulinum Toxin in Focal Dystonias

The delegates appreciated the knowledge and skills of both the experts and it was an educational program in a real sense for all the delegates. The collection of video clippings were marvelous. The approach to patients with Parkinson's disease at various stages as discussed by the experts on patients during Session-III was informative as well as educational. There was an active discussion by the local faculty as well as delegates. The clarity of eliciting various bedside signs was appreciated by the PG students.

Since ours is a Neuropsychiatry Institute, the session on Psychogenic Movement Disorders was of special interest for PG students as well as faculty. Interesting videos and cases that were presented attracted active participation of the delegates.

Hands-on workshops on Botulinum Toxin in Focal Dystonia were of great help for many young neurologists interested in the same. They were given hands-on training by local faculty, Prof. Meena Gupta and Prof. Madhuri Behari.

The program was attended by 178 delegates from all over India. The delegates included neurophysicians, general physicians interested in neurological disorders, trainees in neurology, psychiatry and rehabilitation services. The program was awarded 11 hours of CME accreditation by Delhi Medical Council.


Visiting Professor Program - ChinaChina
October 17 - 18, 2007

Visiting Professors:
Cristina Sampaio, MD
Olivier Rascol, MD

Host: Shengdi Chen, MD

Scientific & Technology Plaza, Ruijin Hospital, Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine, Shanghai, P.R. China
Shengdi Chen, Department of Neurology, Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine hosted a 1½-day course on the concept of evidence-based medicine and its applications in clinical trials on Parkinson's disease (PD) at Ruijin Hospital. The course was co-organized with Shu-Leong Ho from the Asian-Oceanian Section of the MDS. Cristina Sampaio and Olivier Rascol, who were sponsored via the MDS Visiting Professorship program, presented the talks and led the interactive discussions.They provided a very well-received overview of evidence-based medicine, design and conduct of various forms of clinical trials, including ethical considerations. The treatment strategies and options in different stages of PD were expertly reviewed along with motor and non-motor complications, based on currently available evidence. The course materials, the talks and the discussion were eloquently translated by a team of interpreters led by Dr. Xiao Qin. GSK (China) provided the wireless voting devices to the participants for their immediate reaction and analysis of the discussions, via an unrestricted educational grant. This voting equipment was extremely helpful in promoting a lively and constructive discussion with the participants during the course. About 70 participants took part in the course. Their feedback was extremely positive and appreciative. This course took place the day after a symposium on basic and clinical aspects of PD and movement disorders was held at the same venue. The invited speakers at this symposium included Philip Thompson and Peter Lewitt. This whole event was coordinated with the 1st AOPMC, which was held from 20th to 22nd October 2007 in Singapore.


Visiting Professor Program - IndiaIndia
January 10-12, 2006

Visiting Professor: Niall Quinn, MD

Host: Madhuri Bahari, MD, DM

The All India Institute of Medical Societies (AIIMS) in Delhi, led by Prof. Madhuri Behari, was pleased to welcome Prof. Niall Quinn as a Visiting Professor. While in India, Prof. Quinn visited Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences in Hyderabad. During his stay, Prof. Quinn provided the audience of over 100 participants with lectures and video presentations of typical and atypical cases, including MSA, PSP and other tauopathies, the medical and surgical management of Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease and other choreas, dystonia tics and myoclonus. Dr. Behari was very appreciative of Prof. Quinn's participation, noting that "His years of vast experience, in-depth study of different types of Movement Disorders, very well taken video clips of common as well as uncommon Movement Disorders, and clear, concise and unambiguous delivery of lectures went a long way in helping the participants understand the basic characteristics of several Movement Disorders and differentiate different types of parkinsonisms from one another, especially the subtle clinical features and management of these disorders."


January 12-14, 2006

Visiting Professors:
Olivier Rascol, MD, PhD
Yoshikuni Mizuno, MD

Host: Neziha Gouider-Khouja, MD

MDS was invited by the Tunisia National Institute of Neurology to provide two Visiting Professors. In Tunis (Tunisia), Profs. Olivier Rascol and Yoshikuni Mizuno were graciously hosted by Dr. Neziha Gouider-Khouja. Over the course of three days (January 12-14), lectures on the pathogenesis, genetics, clinical aspects and treatment management options for Parkinson's disease and other Movement Disorders were presented to approximately 80 participants from Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria. Several video cases were also discussed in two lively sessions which were highly enjoyed by the audience. Profs. Mizuno and Rascol as well as the audience proclaimed the course a great success and extended gratitude to Dr. Gouider-Khouja for her efforts in preparing this course in Tunisia. This first and successful initiative of MDS in North Africa has been followed in Rabat, Morocco, a few months later (April 21-22), by a two-day teaching course on clinical trials in Parkinson's disease endorsed by MDS. This course, organized under the auspices of the Toulouse (France), Lisbon (Portugal, Fes and Rabat (Morocco) Universities, was attended by a number of the Tunis participants who were trained by Profs. Rascol, Sampaio, Benomar, Messouak and others on ethical, methodological, scientific and practical aspects of randomized clinical trials in Parkinson's disease.


Visiting Professor Program - ChinaChina
June 6-8, 2006

Visiting Professor: Lin Zhang, MD, PhD

Host: Youlin Qiao, MD, PhD

The Dalian Medical University enthusiastically welcomed Dr. Lin Zhang as a Visiting Professor to China. On the first day of his visit, Dr. Zhang was invited to tour the University Hospital, as well as enjoy dinner with the President of the University and the Chair of the Department of Neurology. During Dr. Zhang’s three-day visit, he delivered numerous lectures and conducted seminars, which were attended by physicians, medical students and residents. As an engaging and interactive lecturer, Dr. Zhang periodically requested volunteer assistance in demonstrating various diagnostic techniques, which the attendees put into immediate use. On his final day as Visiting Professor, Dr. Zhang was able to observe three patients in an outpatient clinic, as well as one inpatient with a group of medical students and several physicians as an audience. The Visiting Professor concluded his visit with a seminar on the usefulness of the UPDRS, indications of DBS surgery treating Parkinson’s disease, and the selection of various classes of PD medications. The seminar was then followed by a question-and-answer session. Both Dr. Zhang and the Dalian Medical University unanimously felt that the program was a hugely successful venture.

Begun in 2003, The Movement Disorder Society's Education Committee has implemented Visiting Professorships in various global locations. These programs were welcomed with great enthusiasm and demonstrated the Society's continuous effort to reach out to the international community of Movement Disorder specialists.

Previously Implemented Visiting Professor Program Locations

world map with visiting professor programs in China, India, Romania, Tunisia and South Africa