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MDS-PAS Translational Research Course for Basic Scientists and Clinicians

CME Credits:0Date:Dec 06, 2023

Experienced / Intermediate

Program Description

The MDS-PAS Translational Research Course for Basic Scientists and Clinicians course is a three-hour online course and will focus on part one of a two-part series to demonstrate the importance of translational research in movement disorders by examining how basic science discoveries lead to advancements in patient care. The faculty will consist of clinician-scientists who care for people with movement disorders in the clinic and pursue lab-based research. An interactive Q&A panel discussion will allow course attendees to interact with the faculty.


  • Basic/Translational Neuroscience
  • Biomarkers & Diagnostic Tools
  • Etiology & Pathophysiology
  • Hyperkinetic Movement Disorders
  • Other Movement Disorders
  • Parkinson Disease/Hypokinetic Movement Disorders
  • Therapies-Surgical


Course Director

Lorraine Kalia, MD, PhD - University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Sheng-Han Kuo, MD - Columbia University, New York, United States 


Helen M. Bronte-Stewart, MD, MSE - Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA

Michael Schlossmacher, MD - The Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Peter K. Todd, MD, PhD - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Course Purpose

The primary purpose of this course is aimed at addressing the significance of translational research in movement disorders. The primary objectives are to inspire basic scientists to undertake research with direct clinical relevance, and to equip clinicians with the foundational knowledge required to utilize upcoming diagnostic tests and therapies effectively.

The program facilitates collaborative learning between basic scientists and clinicians, encouraging future partnerships in the field of movement disorders. By addressing current hot topics that bridge the gap between the lab and the clinic, this series seeks to foster a collaborative environment that will yield valuable insights and advancements in translational research.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity learners will be able to:

  1. Recognize examples where basic science research significantly influenced current clinical practices in movement disorders
  2. Summarize the mechanisms by which nucleotide repeat expansions lead to various movement disorders and evaluate their potential as targets for treatment
  3. Explain the biophysical characteristics of prion-like proteins and their practical application in seeding assays
  4. Describe the role of T-type calcium channels in causing essential tremor and assess their potential as treatment targets
  5. Demonstrate the utilization of brain oscillations in closed-loop deep brain stimulation techniques

Intended Audience

This activity is intended for Movement Disorder Specialists, Fellows, Basic Science and Transitional Researchers.

Hardware and Software Requirements

1. Active Internet connection (DSL or Cable). Dial-up connection will have constant buffering problem.
2. Compatible with Windows PC and MAC (256 MB of RAM or higher)
3. Activity is best viewed on Internet Explorer 9.0 or higher, Safari 5.0 or higher and Firefox 29.0 or higher
4. Adobe Flash Player 12.0 (or higher).
5. Adobe Reader to print certificate.

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MDS Secretariat Liaison

Allie Stoffel

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