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Multi-system Manifestations of Progressive Brain Diseases

Program Description

Most progressive brain diseases – including Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and Huntington’s disease – occur as a result of neurodegenerative processes. The progressive degeneration and/or death of neuronal and glia cells cause a number of symptoms years before a clinical diagnosis, many of which can help recognize prodromal states. Symptoms originating from various organ systems are not usually recognized as cardinal for the definition and/or diagnosis of these diseases. While these often highly disabling, multi-system manifestations of neurodegenerative diseases are commonly neglected, their appropriate treatment can markedly improve patients’ quality of life. This conference will focus on the disabilities caused by motor, autonomic, enteric, and neuropsychiatric decline as a result of neurodegenerative diseases.

Target Audience

This activity is intended for neurologists, primary care physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, physical and occupational therapists and other allied health professionals who care for patients with neurological disorders.


Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Evaluate and manage neuropsychiatric disability in neurodegenerative disorders.
  • Identify and treat disorders of the autonomic and enteric nervous system in neurodegenerative disorders.
  • Identify and manage motor symptoms in neurodegenerative disorders.
  • Recognize the impact of multidisciplinary care in neurodegenerative disorders.