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A Consensus Meeting to Discuss Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson’s Disease

On April 1st-3rd, 2009 The Parkinson Alliance (with shared sponsorship provided by the Davis Phinney Foundation, the LSVT Foundation, and the National Parkinson Foundation) convened a panel of the world’s experts on DBS for PD.  The task assigned to these experts was not to craft a typical consensus statement for themselves, but to come up with a document aimed squarely at their true customers—the patients. These world leaders discussed the current matters related to DBS therapy and where we need to go with this intervention. The ultimate focus was on improving the effectiveness of the intervention and the quality of life of those individuals who have undergone or those who will choose to undergo DBS.

The topics of the Consensus Meeting were many and included patient selection, gait and speech DBS outcomes, non-motor DBS outcomes (mood and cognition) and long-term DBS outcomes, to name a few.  The final report was published and can be read by linking to it from DBS-STN.org home page.

In addition, a webinar with Dr. Jeff Bronstein was presented to Medtronic.  Click here to view the webinar:  http://www.dbs-stn.org/video.php

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