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Armenia: September 16-17, 2011

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