3rd Middle East Camp for Parkinson’s Disease, Movement Disorders and Neuromodulation

3rd Middle East Camp for Parkinson’s Disease, Movement Disorders and Neuromodulation

Dubai, UAE – October 5-6, 2017

The 3rd Middle East Camp for Parkinson’s, Movement Disorders and Neuromodulation will be held October 5-6, 2017, in Dubai, UAE.
Course Description

The fields of Parkinson’s disease and Movement Disorders are underserved in the Middle Eastern region, which spans numerous countries and includes a population of over 500 million inhabitants.  The understanding of Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders is rapidly evolving and numerous therapeutic medical and surgical treatment options are available on the market.

The 3rd Middle East Camp for Parkinson’s Disease, Movement Disorders and Neuromodulation is the follow-up to the popular 1st and 2nd Camps.  The course is intended to provide up-to-date discussions on Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders and all available advanced therapies in the field.  The course will also focus on unmet needs in more detail based on course evaluations. In addition, this year will include an Allied Health track in the curriculum.

Medical Track
Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to accomplish the following:

  • Explain the clinical phenomenology of motor and non-motor symptoms in Parkinson’s disease.
  • Explain the clinical diagnosis and role of imaging in Parkinson’s disease
  • Recite the treatments available for the management of motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease
  • Explain clinical phenomenology of non-Parkinsonian movement disorders
  • Apply treatment options for non-Parkinsonian movement disorders
Physician Competencies
  • Increase medical knowledge
  • Practice-based learning and improvement
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Values/Ethics for interprofessional practice
Recommended Audience

This course is recommended for movement disorder neurologists, general neurologists, geriatricians, neurosurgeons, allied health professionals*, and neurologists in-training in the AOS region and primarily the Middle East.

Course Directors: Jawad A. Bajwa, MD and Zakiyah Aldaajani, MD

Jawad A. Bajwa, MD

Jawad A. BajwaDr. Jawad A. Bajwa is the director for Parkinson's Disease, Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration program at National Neuroscience Institute, King Fahd Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He obtained his medical degree from King Edward Medical University, Lahore, Pakistan.

He completed his Neurology residency at Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA. He completed a multi-year clinical fellowship in Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders, Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) with special emphasis on intraoperative neurophysiological mapping for DBS surgeries, basic science and clinical research in Movement Disorders and translational research in the field of Neuromodulation at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH, USA. Dr, Bajwa also developed and directed the first community based Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders center in St. Paul, MN, USA.

Dr. Bajwa's research group is primarily interested in exploring abnormal cortical mechanisms in Parkinson's disease and movement disorders using Magnetoencephalography (MEG). His group is also focused on understanding mechanisms of DBS to develop better neuromodulatory therapies through endogenous neuromodulation, neurofeedback, endovascular neurostimulation and closed loop systems using MEG.

Dr. Bajwa has authored many chapters and papers and has been funded by nonprofit organizations as well as government institutions. Dr. Bajwa serves as a reviewer for neurology journals and as an invited member and faculty for national and international neurological societies and scientific meetings. He is currently serving on the MDS-AOS Education Committee.

Zakiyah Aldaajani, MD

Zakiyah AldaajaniDr. Zakiyah Aldaajani is a Consultant Neurologist at King Fahad Medical Complex, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. She obtained her basic medical degree from King Faisal University in Saudi Arabia and completed the Saudi Board in Internal Medicine in 2003. She then underwent clinical neurology training in Adelaide, South Australia.

Having worked in Adelaide under the supervision of eminent figures in the field of Movement Disorders, she developed a passion for the field. She had the privilege to work with Assistant Professor Victor Fung in Sydney, Australia in the Movement Disorders Unit where she obtained her fellowship degree. Dr. Aldaajani is the program director of Neurology residency training at King Fahad Medical Complex. 

Allied Health Track
Course Description

The allied health track with a focus on rehabilitation in PD will take place in Dubai, UAE, on October 5-6, 2017. This two-day course is intended to increase knowledge about rehabilitation in Parkinson's disease and build clinical capacity of rehabilitative professionals in the Middle East. The course is intended for physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists. A faculty of movement disorders rehabilitation specialists will teach the course.

The first day of the course will focus on topic presentations and discussion centered on Parkinson’s disease medial management updates. The second day will focus on how to use and optimize Parkinson care by implementing various rehabilitation techniques. The European PT guideline for decision support, assessment and management of Parkinson’s disease will be used as a guide in some of the sessions of the second day. The second day will include a number of practical workshops where participants will be able to apply some of the learned skills. Real-life demonstration on Parkinson’s patients will be included in some of the practical sessions.

Learning Objectives 


At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to accomplish the following:

  • Recognize the clinical presentation, management and progression of PD
  • Understand the rational of rehabilitative approaches in people with PD
  • Describe the key areas of rehabilitation in people with PD
  • Define a full subjective and objective assessment for a person with PD, using appropriate recommended measurement tools
  • Describe the rational for designing and modifying a patient- specific treatment plan
  • Identify strategies for collaborating with physicians and other health professionals
Recommended Audience

The course will be directed toward physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists who would like the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills in treating people with Parkinson's disease. No specific prior experience in treating people with Parkinson's disease is required.

Course Director: Hanan Khalil, PhD

Hanan KhalilDr. Hanan Khalil PhD is an assistant professor of neurological rehabilitation at JUST (since 2012) and is also a researcher in the area of outcome measures and exercise interventions for people with progressive neurological conditions including multiple sclerosis (MS) and Parkinson's disease (PD).

She is a member of the International Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Society (MDS), the International Organization of Physical Therapists Working with Older People (IPTOP), the International Neurological Physical Therapy Association (INPA), and an associate member of the Association of Physiotherapists in Parkinson's disease Europe (APPDE).

Dr. Khalil's research interests include refining the physiotherapy practices related to progressive neurological diseases in Jordan with a specific objective of establishing a specialized multi-disciplinary care for these patients in Jordan. Further interests include developing approaches to maximizing opportunities for these patients to engage in exercise.

Over the last 6 years, Dr. Khalil has published several peer-reviewed articles and participated in numerous conference presentations (including invited oral presentations) on the topic of physical rehabilitation for people with neurodegenerative diseases. She has also successfully obtained seed funding (as a principal investigator) for a number of studies (both observational and interventional) in the field of neurological rehabilitation for people with MS and PD. Dr. Khalil also has conducted and published additional descriptive studies of barriers to exercise participation among people with progressive neurological disease in Jordan.  

Supporting Organizations of Allied Health Track

Emirates Medical Association - Physiotherapy Society               movement mantra


Dubai World Trade Centre
Sheikh Zayed Rd
Dubai, United Arab Emirates


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