Regional Sections Course Reports

Fourth Seminar on Parkinson's Disease - Puebla, Mexico

On March 19th and 20th, 2010, the Fourth Seminar on Parkinson’s Disease was held in Puebla, Mexico, at the Puebla Convention Center. The two-day seminar was attended by 210 physicians, neurologists, neurosurgeons, medical students, nurses, psychologists and rehabilitation therapists.

The Seminar was organized by the Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla, The Movement Disorder Society, Universidad Popular Autonoma de Puebla, and Universidad Mesoamericana. Faculty included Dr. Leopoldo Rivera Castaño, President of the Mexican Academy of Neurology; Dr. Horacio Senties, Secretary of the Mexican Academy of Neurology; Dr. Ulises Rodriguez Ortiz, Movement Disorders Coordinator of the Mexican Academy of Neurology; and Dr. Mario Alonso Vanegas, Chief of Functional Surgery at the Instituto Nacional de Neurologia y Neurocirugia MVS, Cd. de Mexico.

This was the second MDS Ambassador Program held in Mexico. The first program in 2008 featured as MDS Ambassador, Dr. Stanley Fahn, who lectured at the Mexican Academy of Neurology meeting in Puerto Vallarta.

This year’s MDS Ambassador, Dr. Irene Litvan shared very helpful information about the diagnoses of the various parkinsonian disorders including a specific lecture on progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) and multiple system atrophy. She stressed that Parkinson’s disease is over-diagnosed. The Congress participants learned to diagnose other forms of Parkinsonism, like PSP, without the presence of restriction in the vertical gaze. She emphasized the importance of the clinical diagnosis, and need of paraclinical testing. The video cases she showed were very illustrative. As faculty, Dr. Litvan had the opportunity to visit the sites and taste the flavors of Puebla.

The Seminar’s focus was on Parkinson’s disease. Follow-up seminars will be held on this topic each month at Mesoamericana University. The first day of the Seminar started with the phenomenology in Movement Disorders. Dr. Enriquez Coronel showed videos of patients with a variety of movement disorders. Further presentations by neurologists from Puebla and Tlaxcala City discussed the genetics of Parkinson’s disease, diagnosis and management of Huntington’s disease, chorea, tremor, dystonia, Meige’s syndrome, Wilson’s disease, Tourette syndrome, myoclonus, and ataxias.

The 4th Seminar of Parkinson in Puebla was organized by Dr. Nicolas Rene Moreno Navarro, Mtra. Claudia Medina Navarro, Dr. Ulises Rodriguez Ortiz, Gustavo Gonzalez Gonzalez, a student of BUAP Faculty Medicine, and Margarita Davila Baez.

This is the only annual seminar on Movement Disorders. We are grateful to The Movement Disorder Society, Dr. Irene Litvan and Hope Wallace for their responsibility, work and dedication to furthering the education on Movement Disorders. The meeting was also sponsored by TEVA, Boehringer Ingelheim Mexico, and Merz Pharmaceutical.

Contributed by Guillermo Enriquez Coronel, MD
March 2010