Course Report: Evidence-Based Medicine Update on Treatments for Parkinson's Disease

Teaching Course
February 21-23, 2014

Contributed by Shen-Yang Lim, MBBS, MD, FRACP
Consultant Neurologist and Parkinson's Disease/Movement Disorders Specialist
University of Malaya Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

(From left to right: Drs. Ooi Phaik Yee, Tan Ai Huey, Klaus Seppi, Susan H. Fox, Cristina Sampaio, Norlinah Mohamed Ibrahim, Lim Shen-Yang, Anthony E. Lang, Santhi Datuk Puvanarajah, Shanthi Viswanathan, Lee Moon Keen, and Lim Thien Thien).The Evidence Based Medicine Update on Treatments for Parkinson’s Disease and the Malaysian Movement Disorders Council Teaching Course took place on February 21-23, 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The EBM course was the third in the course series and the first in the AOS region, the first two being in Toronto (PAS) and Innsbruck (ES). The MDC Teaching Course was also supported by the MDS-AOS Visiting Professor Outreach Program.

More than 200 attendees attended the event, the highest number of participants so far for an MDS EBM Course. Besides local delegates from Malaysia, participants came from Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Australia and New Zealand.

The faculty included: Dr. Anthony E. Lang (MDS Visiting Professor), Dr. Susan H. Fox and Dr. Lim Shen-Yang (EBM Workshop Co-Directors), Dr. Cristina Sampaio, Dr. Klaus Seppi, Dr. Norlinah Mohamed Ibrahim (Chair, MDC), Dr. Santhi Datuk Puvanarajah, Dr. Tajul Arifin bin Tajudin, Dr. Tan Ai Huey, Dr. Lim Thien Thien, Dr. Ooi Phaik Yee, Dr. Lee Moon Keen and Dr. Shanthi Viswanathan and was supported by the Secretariats of the MDC (Loh Hui Pin) and MDS (Megan Daniels).

The evidence basis for PD treatments (pharmacological, non-pharmacological and surgical) received comprehensive coverage on the first day, with didactic lectures followed by smaller-group case discussions. Keynote lectures on the second day included “The Field of Movement Disorders: A Personal Perspective”, “Clinical Pearls: Hypokinetic Disorders” and “Clinical Pearls: Hyperkinetic Disorders” by Dr. Anthony Lang, which were very informative and much appreciated. On the third day, 10 patients were brought in to the University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) for further assessment, demonstration and discussion, led by Dr. Anthony Lang and facilitated by Dr. Lim Shen-Yang, Dr. Norlinah Mohamed Ibrahim and Dr. Tan Ai Huey.

The organizers are grateful to the speakers, support staff, including UMMC Parkinson’s Nurse Yuslina binti Yusoff, and patients and caregivers for contributing to the success of this event.

Supported in part by an unrestricted educational grant from:

                         Medtronic              UCB            Britannia



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