In early June 2023, the MDS-ES course on Tailored and Innovative Pump Therapies for Parkinson's Disease in Katowice — the capital city of the Upper Silesia region of Poland — offered theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience in managing pump therapies for advanced Parkinson's disease. It provided a fantastic opportunity for residents, fellows, and young neurologists to connect with international leaders in the field.
Prof. Tove Henriksen, the co-director, kicked off the course by introducing the concept and definition of advanced Parkinson's disease, along with new recommendations. Her speech was followed by the lecture on "Parkinsonian Gait Disorders and the Influence of Dopaminergic Medication" by Prof. Baastain Bloem.
Prof. Angelo Antonini and Prof. Ray Chaudhuri elaborated on the broad spectrum of the effects of levodopa carbidopa intestinal gel on both motor and non-motor symptoms. Prof. Per Odin and Prof. Marek Balaz dove into the impact of apomorphine on motor and non-motor aspects, including troubleshooting.
The course highlighted groundbreaking innovations in infusion therapies, such as levodopa-entacapone-carbidopa intestinal gel and subcutaneous levodopa pumps, presented by Prof. Matej Skorvanek.
Miriam Perry, a PD nurse, enriched the course with lectures on multidisciplinary care in pump therapies and shared insights from Kings College on managing patients at every level of in- and outpatient care.
Attendees actively participated in interactive workshops on patient selection and practical management. The hands-on course on pump management added a valuable practical dimension with patients participating to share their firsthand experiences. Witnessing patients' involvement and dedication to sharing knowledge was a heartwarming aspect of the entire experience.