News Release: School of Medicine

Mar. 30,  2009

Emory Symposium on Movement Disorders Features Renowned Scientists


Friday, April 17, 2009
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Neuroscientists from around the globe will gather at Emory University April 17 for a daylong symposium exploring common movement disorders and treatment options.

The symposium, "Basal Ganglia: Function, Movement Disorders and Treatment Options," is designed for physicians and neuroscientists interested in the function of basal ganglia and the role of these brain nuclei in movement disorders and other diseases.

The forum will also honor and celebrate world-renowned neuroscientist and Emory neurology professor Mahlon DeLong, MD, whose research and clinical contributions have created greater understanding of basal ganglia function and resulted in discoveries of better treatments for patients with basal ganglia disorders.


Emory University School of Medicine Auditorium
1648 Pierce Drive
Atlanta, Ga., 30322


If you are interested in registering as a participant or for CME credit, please call 404-778-7777. Deadline to register is April 10. Pre-registration is required for all participants.


The program will provide participants with a summary of insights from recent pre-clinical and clinical basal ganglia-related research studies, presented by world-renowned researchers. The presentations will inform the audience about current knowledge of the normal anatomy and function of these structures, the role of abnormal activity in these brain nuclei in the development of clinical disorders, and the application of this knowledge to new pharmacological and surgical therapies for movement disorders of basal ganglia origin. The symposium will offer an up-to-date review of the pathophysiology of basal ganglia disorders and emerging rationale treatment options for these conditions. 


The Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University is an academic health science and service center focused on missions of teaching, research, health care and public service. Its components include schools of medicine, nursing, and public health; Yerkes National Primate Research Center; the Emory Winship Cancer Institute; and Emory Healthcare, the largest, most comprehensive health system in Georgia. The Woodruff Health Sciences Center has a $2.3 billion budget, 17,000 employees, 2,300 full-time and 1,900 affiliated faculty, 4,300 students and trainees, and a $4.9 billion economic impact on metro Atlanta.

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