Studies indicate that 1 in 10 Indians are affected by neurological disorders like movement disorders. The incidence of functional (psychogenic) movement disorders in both the pediatric and adult age groups has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to study results published in Neurology Clinical Practice.
Institute of Neurosciences Kolkata (l-NK) organized its ‘5th I-NK Movement Disorders update’ on 16-17th July, 2022 in Kolkata. The conference is endorsed by Movement Disorders Society of India (MDSI).
Movement Disorders (MD) manifest with any form of abnormal movement or paucity of movements. It has been broadly subdivided into two types: Hypokinetic and hyperkinetic MDs. Typical example of hypokinetic disorder is Parkinson’s disease (PD) where the patients experience shaking of limbs, slowness, stiffness, walking difficulty and memory problems. Whereas hyperkinetic type presents with hyperactivity of muscles causing extreme tightness of neck or other body parts and involuntary dance like movements of limbs (chorea, tremor etc). These problems are increasingly diagnosed due to various reasons. Recent studies show that the prevalence of Parkinson’s diseases is gradually increasing all over the world. Hence, this conference will provide an opportunity to the practicing neurologists to learn the recent development about these disorders. The exchange of updated knowledge will also encourage the basic scientists to engage more in research activities on PD or other MDs.
More than 100 delegates – practicing neurologists with high academic repute from across the country have participated.. The faculty list included stalwarts like Prof Raymond Rosales from Philippines and Prof Kallol Ray Chaudhuri from King’s College London, UK.
Dr. Hrishikesh Kumar Senior Neurologist and Vice-Chairman at The Institute of Neurosciences, Kolkata said, ” It is a great opportunity to learn about the latest advancements and research in the field of Movement Disorders. It attracts delegates from around India who come to learn about the latest research and perspectives, listen to world-renowned speakers, and be exposed to the most up-to-date information in the field of Movement Disorders.”
Prof Raymond Rosales, MDS-Asian and Oceanian Section (MDS-AOS) Chair was the chief guest of this program. The two days conference emphasized practical video-based case discussion.
This year there was a video competition titled “Pirates of Sunderban” where, participants presented their videos and the experts debated on these cases. Besides, there were hands-on session on botulinum toxin injection technique in various hyperkinetic movement disorders.