Asian and Oceanian Section

PDMDS Partners With WPC

India, September 2010

Contributed by Maria Barretto
PDMDS Coordinator

The Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorder Society (PDMDS) is an all-India 'Registered Charity Society', founded Dr. B.S.Singhal in 2001 with the objective of improving the quality of life of people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers.

The Society hosted the 7th World Parkinson’s Day international symposium in December 2003. The Global Declaration was launched for the first time by Mrs. Mary Baker and the WHO working group on PD at this symposium and signed by prominent industrialists, celebrities and film personalities.

The PDMDS is an organizational partner of the WPC. Dr. Maria Barretto will represent the PDMDS at the Congress. PDMDS will participate in the ‘non medical exhibition’ and showcase the work of the PDMDS through audiovisuals, posters and publications.

Dr. Maria Barretto has two poster presentations in the scientific section. The posters are on the research studies conducted by the PDMDS. The research study ‘Yoga Improves the Quality of Life of Parkinson’s Disease Patients’ examines the efficacy of the ancient Indian science of yoga in improving the quality of life of individuals with Parkinson ’s disease. The second poster is a Qualitative Study and presents "An Analysis of the Needs of Homebound patients with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers."