Myths and Misconceptions in Parkinson's

Lecture Description
What are the most common myths surrounding Parkinson’s disease, and from where do patients learn these misconceptions? For example, when discussing treatment options, most patients share the same misconceptions about the disease and levodopa, the most effective medication for reducing the motor symptoms of Parkinson’s. Dr. Stanley Fahn will discuss a host of myths and misconceptions that people with Parkinson’s and their families have brought to his attention over the years. He will also talk about treatments that some physicians may have initiated without full understanding that the strategies for treating Parkinson’s have advanced over the years, and considerable progress has been made. These questions, and their answers, are explored from the perspective of a movement disorders founder and leader in the field.

Learner Outcomes:
  • • List three common myths associated with Parkinson’s disease.
  • • Describe three reliable resources for gathering information about Parkinson’s disease.
  • • Describe the training involved in becoming a “Movement Disorder Specialist.”

Stanley Fahn, MD

Financial Relationship: Received an honorarium for this lecture
Nonfinancial Relationship: None

Dr. Stanley Fahn, the H. Houston Merritt Professor of Neurology and Director Emeritus of the Center for Parkinson's Disease and Other Movement Disorders at Columbia University, is an expert and pioneer in the field of movement disorders. He has contributed widely to the international Parkinson’s community since launching his career as a neurologist in the 1960s. Together with colleague C. David Marsden, he established the Movement Disorder Society, later renamed The International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society, and developed its professional journal, Movement Disorders. He co-founded the Parkinson Study Group, the largest nonprofit scientific network of Parkinson centers in North America. He also founded the World Parkinson Coalition® and co-chaired the World Parkinson Congress (WPC) in 2006, 2010, and 2013. Fahn is past president of the American Academy of Neurology (2001-2003) and the recipient of numerous awards. He has written and co-authored hundreds of articles, reviews, abstracts, books, papers, and chapters on the topic of movement disorders.