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AOS Educational Summit - Kerala, India

AOS Educational Summit
Kerala, India

August 27-29, 2010

The Asian and Oceanian Movement Disorder Educational Summit - 2010 was held at Kannur Medical College and Super Specialty Hospital, Anjarakandy, Kerala from August 27– 29, 2010. The summit was organized by the James Parkinson's Movement Disorder Research Centre and sponsored by The Movement Disorder Society-Asian and Oceanian Section. Sessions were attended by over 200 delegates, both national and international, who benefited from many renowned speakers known for their contributions in the field of movement disorders.

 The program was inaugurated on the evening of August 27th by Dr. K Mohandas, Vice Chancellor, Kerala University of Health and Allied Sciences and was presided over by Mr. Abdul Jabbar, Chairman, Prestige Educational Trust. The two-day educational summit which followed was coordinated by Prof. Madhuri Behari, Professor and Head of Department, Dept. of Neurology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.

The symposium presented seminars on various movement disorders by acclaimed speakers, including: Prof. Madhuri Behari, Prof. Kailash Bhatia (Institute of Neurology, London, UK); Dr. Victor Fung (Westmead Hospital, Westmead, Australia); Dr. Asha Kishore (Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical, Trivandrum, India); Dr. Uday Muthane (Parkinson's & Aging Research Foundation, Bangalore, India); and Dr. Sujith Ovallath (Kannur Medical College, Kerala, India).

The main topics discussed in the forum were:

• Approach to tremor and Dystonia; Chorea, tics and myoclonus – Prof. Kailash Bhatia.
• Recent Advances in the Management of Early Parkinson’s disease; Drug induced Movement Disorders – Dr. Victor Fung
• Management of advanced PD; Indications for Therapy with Botulinum Toxin – Prof. Madhuri Behari
• Parkinson Plus syndromes, Diagnosis and management; Deep Brain Stimulation, Indications & Outcome – Dr. Asha Kishore
• Restless leg syndrome; Wilson's disease – Dr. Uday Muthane
• Dopa responsive Dystonia – Dr. Sujith Ovallath

There were also interesting video presentations on various neurological cases, followed by interactive discussion between the faculty and audience. The three day long summit concluded with a workshop on Botulinum toxin by Dr. Madhuri Behari and Dr. Victor Fung.

The first ever Asian and Oceanian summit in the state of Kerala, India, not only enlightened the audience on different types of movement disorders, but also became a platform where the various queries and concerns of the audience were addressed by experts. The cultural events and the film organized by students of Kannur Medical College complemented the summit.

A video summary of the course is available at: www.youtube.com/user/shijin8509.