Regional Sections

Course Report: Fifth Meeting of the Movement Disorders Section of the Brazilian Academy of Neurology

October 2013

Campinas, a beautiful city in the state of São Paulo in Brazil, was the venue of the Fifth Meeting of the Movement Disorders Section of the Brazilian Academy of Neurology, which took place on August 29-31, 2013.

Egberto Reis Barbosa, Henrique Ballalai Ferraz and Vitor Tumas organized the meeting which was attended by 198 delegates; the majority of the attendees were neurologists and neurosurgeons interested in Movement Disorders. In addition, there were a great number of young neurologists.

One-third of the program was dedicated to continuing medical education and two-thirds to platform and poster presentations of the scientific works of Brazilian research groups on movement disorders. Movement Disorder experts from Brazil gave lectures on Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, Huntington’s disease, and ataxia, among other issues.

In addition to these experts, the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society Pan American Section (MDS-PAS) sponsored two doctors through the MDS-PAS Ambassador Program: Dr. Jorge Juncos and Dr. Kapil Sethi, both from the United States. They spoke about the pathogenesis of Parkinson’s disease, paroxysmal dyskinesias, paraneoplastic movement disorders and presented many interesting clinical vignettes.

Further, Dr. Oscar Gershanik, MDS President-Elect, was able to participate in two conferences and in scientific session discussions. The meeting was a success and the MDS-PAS ambassadors were integral in achieving the learning objectives.