Although there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease (PD), many effective therapeutic interventions are available to improve patients’ quality of life. A major issue facing clinicians is the selection of appropriate therapeutic agents for initial treatment of Parkinson’s disease, as well as management of advanced disease and complications of levodopa therapy.
This one-day course will provide an overview of clinical manifestations and pathogenesis of motor complications associated with the chronic use of levodopa. The phenomenology, pathophysiology, and treatment approaches to motor fluctuations and dyskinesias will be addressed in morning interactive presentations and afternoon video case management discussions. Pharmacological as well as surgical therapeutic strategies will be reviewed and specific case-management issues will be explored.
This educational activity is jointly sponsored by The Movement Disorder Society (MDS) and the National Institutes of Health/Foundation for the Advanced Education in the Sciences, Inc. (NIH/FAES).
UPDATE ON THE MANAGEMENT OF MOTOR COMPLICATIONS IN PARKINSON’S DISEASE will hold its first regional offering on March 20, 2004, at the Marriott Houston Medical Center in Houston, Texas.

Course Agenda and Faculty are as follows:
(1) “Motor Complications in PD: Clinical Manifestations” – Joseph Jankovic, MD, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA
(2) “Pathophysiology of Motor Complications & Concept of Continual Dopaminergic Stimulation” – Katherine Widnell, MD, PhD, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
(3) “Non-Motor Complications in PD” – Ron Tintner, MD, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA
(4) “Role of COMT Inhibitors & Dopamine Agonists in the Treatment of PD Motor Complications” – Cynthia Comella, MD, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA
(5) “Other Pharmacological Treatments for Motor Complications: MAO Inhibitors, Amantadine & Experimental Drugs” – William Ondo, MD, Baylor College of Medicine
(6) Question/Answer – All Faculty
(7) “Role of Surgery in the Treatment of Motor Complications” – Leo Verhagen, MD, PhD, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA
(8) Video Case Management Presentations – All Faculty
(9) Panel Discussion, Question/Answer – All Faculty

To register or obtain additional information, please visit the MDS Web site at www.movementdisorders.org or contact MDS Program Manager, Jennifer Oliva at joliva@movementdisorders.org
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