Course Report: Update on PD and Movement Disorders

Update on Parkinson’s disease and Movement Disorders

MDS-ES Developing World Education Program (DWEP)


Contributed by Irina Ivanova, MD and Natalya Komissarova, MD
October 1-2, 2014

The MDS educational outreach course titled “Update on Parkinson’s disease and Movement Disorders” was conducted in Izhevsk, Russia, October 1-2, 2014.

Course participants gather for a photograph in Izhevsk, Russia, October 2014. This was the first movement disorders teaching course in the Udmurt Republic, and was conducted under the guidance of the MDS Developing World Education Program (DWEP). The aim of the course was to educate Udmurtian neurologists in the field of diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. The course was very important for Udmurtian neurologists and general practitioners in order to improve knowledge on different aspects of Parkinson’s disease, including diagnosis and differential diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation, and organization of care.

The lectures of this course focused on important issues of etiology, pathogenesis, motor and non-motor manifestations of Parkinson’s disease and methods of diagnosis and differential diagnosis of different Parkinsonism syndromes, as well tremor, tics, dystonias and Wilson’s disease. MDS-invited speakers included Eduardo Tolosa (Spain), Pille Taba (Estonia), and Oleg Levin (Russia), as well as the following local speakers: Professor Anatoly Osetrov, Head of the Neurology, Neurosurgery and Medical Genetics Chair of Izhevsk State Medical Academy; Associate Professors Irina Ivanova and Natalya Komissarova; and Senior Teacher Andrey Pelin.

Prof. Pille Taba (Estonia) at left speaks during the course.A clinical case of a patient with diagnostic difficulties was prepared by doctors of the Republic Center of Parkinson’s disease and presented by the Head of the Center Lubov Chepkasova, generating interesting discussion.

A total of 192 participants attended the course, among them 132 neurologists, 38 internists and general practitioners, and 22 doctors of other specialties (neurosurgeons, administrators, and Izhevsk State Medical Academy staff members). Doctors who attended the course noted high quality of lectures and video materials and expressed their interest in participation in next similar courses in Udmurtia.

The directors of the this course included: Irina Ivanova, Associate Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Medical Genetics Chair of Izhevsk State Medical Academy, Scientific Head of Republic Center of Parkinson’s Disease and Movements Disorders (Izhevsk, Russia); Natalya Komissarova, Associate Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Medical Genetics Chair of Izhevsk State Medical Academy, Head of Regional Vascular Center (Izhevsk, Russia); and Pille Taba, Associate Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery of Tartu University (Estonia), President of Estonian Society of Neurologists and Neurosurgeons and secretary-elect of the MDS European Section.

Udmurtian neurologists look forward to further continuing collaboration with MDS and new useful and fascinating meetings!

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