The Department of Neurology at NIMHANS organized a two-day Teaching Course in Movement Disorders (TCMD) on 20-21st November 2010, which was approved and supported by the WFN – APRD. This is the first Course in movement disorders supported by WFN-APRD to be held in India.
The program was attended by 225 delegates from across India. Prof. Erik Ch. Wolters, President of the WFN-APRD and Chairperson of TCMD, Prof. P Satishchandra, Director and Vice-Chancellor of NIMHANS, Prof. Zbigniew Wszolek, Treasurer of WFN-APRD, Prof. Madhuri Behari Chairperson of TCMD and Member of the Educational Committee of WFN-APRD, and Dr. Pramod Kumar Pal, Organizing Secretary of TCMD inaugurated the program. Prof Wolters released the book “Parkinsonism and Related Disorders” on this occasion which was provided free to all the delegates.
A panel of renowned International and National faculty shared their expertise. The International faculty included Erik Ch. Wolters, VUMC, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Zbigniew Wszolek, Mayo Clinic Florida, Jacksonville, FL, USA; Irene Litvan, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, USA; and Alberto Albanese, University of Milan, Milan, Italy. The faculty from India were Bhim Singhal, Madhuri Behari, Pramod Kumar Pal, Shyamal Das, Uday Muthane, Mohit Bhatt, Rupam Borgohain, Asha Kishore, and Charulata Shankla. The program covered sessions on (1): Parkinson’s Disease and other Parkinsonian Disorders, (2) Evaluation and Management of Dystonia and Tremor, (3) Medical management of Parkinson’s Disease, (4) Surgical Treatment of Movement Disorders, and (5) Video-based presentations of selected Movement Disorders.
The important topics discussed included differential diagnosis of Parkinsonism, genetics of Parkinson’s disease and dystonia, corticobasal diagnosis, progressive supranuclear palsy and neurodegeneration with brain iron accumulation. Medical management of different stages of Parkinson’s disease including early management, role of continuous dopaminergic stimulation and management strategies of non-motor symptoms were highlights of the course. Apart from Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) for Parkinson’s disease, DBS for management of dystonia generated great interest among the participants. Review of techniques for electrophysiological evaluation of movement disorders and use of Botulinum toxin in craniocervical dystonia and writer’s cramp were helpful for the movement disorder specialists attending the course. Finally, the course concluded with a 3 hours interactive video session covering some of the challenging topics in Movement Disorders such as psychogenic, drug-induced, paroxysmal, paediatric and movement disorder emergencies.