Reconsidering the “palliative phase” of Parkinson’s

12 December, 2017 | Posted in: ,

by Dr Ed Richfield The model of Parkinson’s disease in four phases was first described by two founders of the original Parkinson’s MasterClass(1), and are well recognised by those familiar with the disease, particularly Academy alumni. This approach is useful in understanding the progressive nature of Parkinson’s disease (PD) and the implications this has for […]

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Non-oral therapy roadshows and the relevance of the NICE guidelines for Parkinson’s

12 December, 2017 | Posted in: ,

by Dr Christopher Kobylecki Non-oral therapies for Parkinson’s disease comprise apomorphine infusion, deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery, and levodopa-carbidopa intestinal gel (LCIG, Duodopa®). Whereas people with Parkinson’s disease typically respond consistently to oral medications for several years, motor fluctuations and levodopa-induced dyskinesia affect half of patients after 4-5 years (1). This heralds the “complex” phase […]

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A celebration of the 200th anniversary of the publication of James Parkinson’s “Essay on the Shaking Palsy”

30 March, 2017 | Posted in:

James Parkinson’s “An Essay on the Shaking Palsy” was published in 1817 and described the condition that would eventually bear his name. Approximately 127,000 people in the UK are affected by Parkinson’s disease (PD). The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh is holding a two-day symposium which will cover the management of motor and non-motor […]

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Launch of new dementia MasterClasses

21 December, 2015 | Posted in:

by Sue Thomas and Dr Iracema Leroi As part of the Neurology Academy mission we will be launching a series of Regional Dementia Masterclasses in 2016, backed up with a website resource on the Neurology Academy website.

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Integrated care pathways for Parkinson’s

19 December, 2015 | Posted in:

by Sue Thomas An essential part of the MasterClass programme has always been the inter-module audit. Many clincians have developed their own Parkinson’s services as a result of attendance on the programme and the audit has enabled them to critically look at how their services should be delivered.  When running a service it is vital […]

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The Academy gets a makeover

9 November, 2015 | Posted in:

You might have noticed that the Parkinson’s Academy is sporting a new logo. This is an exciting time for the Academy as we begin to expand and undergo big changes, and so we thought a new logo was only fitting.

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Advanced Masterclass application now open

8 September, 2015 | Posted in:

Previously known as the Classic Masterclass, this course is designed for consultants, experienced Parkinson’s Nurses, final year SpR’s, GPWSI, Associate Specialists and Staff Grade Physicians. The course will advance understanding of Parkinson’s disease and related movement disorders through taught sessions and mentorship (a mentor will be appointed for each participant where applicable). Click here to apply

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