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MDPD 2013 | Seoul

Welcome Letter 

Dear Colleagues,

Following the success of our previous Congresses we would like to invite you to join us for the 9th International Congress on Mental Disorders & Other Non Motor Features in Parkinson’s disease and Related Disorders. This is our first attempt to take the Congress out of Europe and to Seoul, Republic of Korea, where the meeting will be held on April 18-21, 2013. We hope that this Congress will be as much a success as our previous Congresses.

We encourage you to submit an abstract to the Congress; thereby contributing to what we are confident will be a splendid scientific program and encourage your colleagues & students to do the same.

Our aim is to discuss the new developments in the understanding of non motor aspects of Parkinson’s disease and related disorders. During our meeting in Seoul we shall have an opportunity to deliberate on brain diseases and how they contribute to cognitive decline. We shall try to identify the specific psychological markers, if any, of Parkinson’s dementia and of dementia with Lewy bodies, and also the biochemical and genetic factors involved. The identification of cortical Lewy bodies and of widespread alpha-synuclein deposits in recent years has contributed to our understanding but at the same time raised new and still unanswered questions. The overlap with Alzheimer’s disease will be a central issue, as will be the Neurochemical changes seen in these disorders.

Delirium, dementia, anxiety, psychosis and impulse control disorders frequently affect the lives of patients and caregivers even more than motor disturbances, and they therefore deserve special attention.

Besides cognitive impairment, patients with movement disorders frequently complain of disturbances of the autonomic nervous system, REM sleep behavior disorder, and hyposmia, to name just a few. All these aspects will be discussed in detail.

Seoul, the Capital of the Republic of Korea, will provide a wonderful opportunity to exchange ideas and presentation of new research findings.

We hope that you will participate and join us for the stimulating scientific sessions as well as the special unique charm of Seoul.

We look forward to hosting you in Seoul!

Yours Sincerely,

Professors Beom S. Jeon
Amos D. Korczyn
Heinz Reichmann