Regional Sections

China: October 17 - 18, 2007

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.