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Non-Motor Symptoms in Parkinson's Disease - Brasov, Romania

Non-Motor Symptoms in Parkinson's Disease
Braşov, Romania

April 3, 2009

The Non-motor symptoms in Parkinson's disease, organized by The Movement Disorder Society, was held in Braşov, Romania on April 3, 2009. This Teaching Course was held in the Aula of Transilvania University and was attended by 253 registered participants. We provided free registration for residents.

During a single busy day, established European experts on Parkinson's diseases (PD) taught the non-motor aspects of PD. The aims of the course were to describe the non-motor symptoms (NMS) in Parkinson's disease; explain the tools for evaluation of the NMS in PD; and discuss treatment objectives in NMS in PD.

Participating faculty were Amos Korczyn (Tel-Aviv, Israel); Ray Chaudhuri (London, UK); Pablo Martinez-Martin (Madrid, Spain); Joaquim Ferreira (Lisbon, Portugal); Sevasti Bostantjopoulou (Thessaloniki, Greece); Marcus Unger (Marburg, Germany); Lacramioara Perju-Dumbrava (Cluj-Napoca, Romania); and Luiza Spiru (Bucharest, Romania). The lectures topics included pre-motor symptoms in PD, dopaminergic non-motor symptoms and treatment, fatigue, dementia, depression, pain, dysautonomia, and sleep disorders in PD. Other important topics were the impact of the NMS on health-related quality of life, prevalence data of NMS in PD, measuring NMS in PD using the NMS questionnaire and scale. The video session presenting instructive cases was highly appreciated. Participants received 6 points by the Romanian College of Physicians for continuing medical education.

On behalf of the local organizing committee I would like to express my gratitude towards the support that The Movement Disorder Society provided for this important project and also to the great speakers that provided a wonderful educational day.

Dr. Cristian Falup-Pecurariu, Course Director - March 2009