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MDS Curriculum Resources: Pathophysiology of Dystonia

Length:8 HoursCME Credits:0Release Date:Jun 11, 2021

Expert / Advanced

Program Description

As part of the MDS Curriculum Track "Pathophysiology of Dystonia," these curated resources will provide the learner with an overview of causal proteins and their mutual related effects in genotypic animal models of dystonia, review in-depth genetic testing, the role of cholinergic interneurons in the pathophysiology of movement disorders, including dystonia and additional resources.

This course is best enrolled in as part of the curriculum track, but this program can also be enrolled independently.


  • Hyperkinetic Movement Disorders


Alberto Albanese, MD Connie Marras et al., MD, PhD Daniel Martinez- Ramirez, MD Adolfo Ramirez- Zamora, MD Elena Cecilia Rosca, MD, PhD Wilson, Bethany K., BS

Course Purpose

The primary purpose of this program is to provide information on the pathophysiology of dystonia.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity, participants will be able to: 
1. Describe the variety of etiological factors leading to dystonia including idiopathic, genetic, and acquired causes.
2. Learn about the genotypic and phenotypic animal models that provide insight into the pathophysiological basis of dystonia.
3. Gain an appreciation of the anatomical and physiological abnormalities in dystonia that lead to its conception as a network disorder.

Intended Audience

The activity is intended for students, residents, neurologists, neurosurgeons, specialist nurses, and health professionals.

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 Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.
4. Adobe Flash Player 12.0 (or higher).
5. Adobe Reader to print certificate.
6. Allow ActiveX controls to run on your computer: If the yellow strip appears on the top of your web browser while running the Webcast, right click on it and select Allow blocked contents to run.
7. Turn the Pop-up blocker off: On the Tools menu, point to Pop-up Blocker, and then click Turn Off Pop-up Blocker

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