Course Report: Parkinson's Disease Educational Course for Industry Professionals

Course Description

The International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society (MDS) Parkinson’s Disease Educational Course  for Industry Professionals is a training program designed to familiarize pharmaceutical and medical device professionals with the diagnosis, treatment, and unmet needs of patients with Parkinson’s disease.

Phoenix, Arizona Mayo ClinicThe program aimed to provide participants with a basic knowledge of this disorder from a diagnostic and therapeutic perspective, empowering them to better understand the challenges of this disorder and its treatment.

As the premiere medical society in the world that focuses on movement disorders, MDS is uniquely positioned to provide a program that will help industry professionals better understand Parkinson’s disease and give them the ability to work in a more informed manner.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Recognize the spectrum of movement disorders seen by a movement disorders specialist
  • Knowledgeably discuss the clinical features of Parkinson's disease from early to advanced stages
  • Identify the benefits and limitations of current medical and surgical treatments for PD
  • Discuss non-motor features of Parkinson's disease
  • Better understand outcome measures, unmet needs, emerging therapies, and biomarkers for PD

Recommended Audience

The intended audience for this course was USA based pharmaceutical and medical device industry professionals.


Course Director:

    Charles H. Adler, MD, PhD
    Professor of Neurology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
    Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center
    Mayo Clinic Arizona

Course Faculty:

    Cynthia L. Comella, MD, FAAN
    Professor, Department of Neurological Sciences
    Rush Medical College
    Rush University Medical Center
    Ray Dorsey, MD, MBA
    Professor of Neurology
    Co-Director, Center for Human Experimental Therapeutics
    Director, Health and Technology Unit
    University of Rochester Medical Center

    Rajesh Pahwa, MD
    Laverne and Joyce Rider Professor Of Neurology
    Director, Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Center
    University of Kansas Medical Center


Mayo Clinic Arizona Education Center
5777 East Mayo Boulevard
Phoenix, AZ 85054

For more information contact: MDS Education