Ambassador Program
Mumbai, India

February 21-23, 2014

Contributed by Victor Fung, MBBS, PhD, FRACP, Director of Movement Disorders Unit in the Department of Neurology at Westmead Hospital, Sydney, Australia
Guenther Deuschl, MD, Head of the Department of Neurology at Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel, Germany

Dr Victor Fung addresses the audience in Mumbai, India. The Neurology Update Mumbai was a three day program which took place February 21-23, 2014 in Mumbai, India. There were 850 participants which accounted for over two thirds of India’s approximately 1,200 neurologists. Many doctors in India find it hard to travel to conferences outside of India, and therefore a meeting such as this provides an invaluable opportunity to gain a global perspective of state of the art practices in neurology. We were very fortunate to participate as MDS Ambassadors at this program.

The program featured local and international faculty members, including world-renowned experts in stroke, neurocritical care, autoimmune and demyelinating disorders, neuro-oncology and epilepsy. As the faculty members specializing in Movement Disorders, we were invited to speak on movement disorders emergencies, Parkinson's disease medical and surgical therapies, tremor and unusual movement disorders. We also took part in an interactive session entitled "My Most Challenging Case."

Prof. Gunther Deuschl meets with members of the Mumbai Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Society.Additionally, we spent a morning with the Mumbai Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Society, a Parkinson’s disease patient and caregivers organization in Mumbai. There, we had the opportunity to see their dance therapy program and gave short lectures on the treatment of motor and non-motor symptoms.

This program both enhanced movement disorders education in India and reinforced the commitment that MDS has to promoting knowledge and care of patients with movement disorders in developing countries.

We hope that our attendance at this meeting as MDS Ambassadors will further cement our strong relationship with neurological education and research in India.