Regional Sections Course Reports

MDS-AOS Education Course - Varanasi, India

MDS-AOS Education Course
Varanasi, India

March 29-30, 2008

In an attempt to increase awareness of Movement Disorders among the clinicians as well as common people, The Movement Disorder Society - Asian & Oceanian section (AOS) sponsored the first two-day Educational Course on 29 & 30 March, 2008. Hosted by the Neurology Department of Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, it was attended by around 85 participants who included clinicians, neurologists, psychiatrists, physiotherapists and medical students. It was the first such Educational Course to be organised by AOS and the first to be held in this region of the country.

The educational course included update lectures and interesting video sessions which were presented by the invited faculty members comprising of Dr. Ruy Meei Wu from Taiwan, Dr. E.K. Tan from Singapore, Dr. Madhuri Behari from New Delhi, and Dr. S.K. Das from Kolkata. The highly informative & critical presentations made by the distinguished Faculty members have left deep impression on the minds of the keen participants present in the workshop. The first session included Examination of a patient of parkinsonism by Dr. S. K. Das and Dr. Behari's presentation which dealt with problems of advanced PD and their management. The session continued with Dr. E.K. Tan's lecture on presymptomatic diagnosis and genetics of Parkinsons Disease.

The second day consisted of lectures on dystonia by Dr. Wu and Dr. Das and an update on Tourette syndrome by Dr. E.K. Tan. Dr. Deepika Joshi presented diagnosis and management of Wilson's disease which was followed by discussions on various interesting cases and videos of essential tremor, spinocerebellar ataxia, dystonia, and more.

The final session covered hands-on training for Botulinum Toxin injections in the patients of focal dystonia and hemifacial spasm with brief information on Botulinum toxin provided by Prof. Behari.

This educational course provided a platform for the experts as well as the students for vivid discussions on various complicated issues pertaining to movement disorders. We hope to conduct another such course in the region in the near future.

Contributed by Dr. Deepika Joshi