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Tunisia: January 12-14, 2006

January 12-14, 2006

Visiting Professors:
Olivier Rascol, MD, PhD
Yoshikuni Mizuno, MD

Host: Neziha Gouider-Khouja, MD

MDS was invited by the Tunisia National Institute of Neurology to provide two Visiting Professors. In Tunis (Tunisia), Profs. Olivier Rascol and Yoshikuni Mizuno were graciously hosted by Dr. Neziha Gouider-Khouja. Over the course of three days (January 12-14), lectures on the pathogenesis, genetics, clinical aspects and treatment management options for Parkinson's disease and other Movement Disorders were presented to approximately 80 participants from Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria. Several video cases were also discussed in two lively sessions which were highly enjoyed by the audience. Profs. Mizuno and Rascol as well as the audience proclaimed the course a great success and extended gratitude to Dr. Gouider-Khouja for her efforts in preparing this course in Tunisia. This first and successful initiative of MDS in North Africa has been followed in Rabat, Morocco, a few months later (April 21-22), by a two-day teaching course on clinical trials in Parkinson's disease endorsed by MDS. This course, organized under the auspices of the Toulouse (France), Lisbon (Portugal, Fes and Rabat (Morocco) Universities, was attended by a number of the Tunis participants who were trained by Profs. Rascol, Sampaio, Benomar, Messouak and others on ethical, methodological, scientific and practical aspects of randomized clinical trials in Parkinson's disease.