WCM-Q webinar series focuses on neurodegenerative diseases.
30 November 2023, 12:00 AM
31 December 2023, 12:00 AM
Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q) delivered an innovative educational series to explain the mechanism of protein misfolding and amyloid formation behind some of the most common neurodegenerative diseases and to highlight recent advancements in treatment modalities.
The yearlong series was attended by an impressive number of health professionals. The sessions were aimed at physicians, dentists, allied health practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, students, researchers and educators.
The series was titled ‘Protein Misfolding Diseases and Neurodegeneration: From Experimental Approach to Clinical Therapy’. The Division of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) at WCM-Q, the course was directed by Dr Ali Chaari, assistant professor of biology at WCM-Q and expert on the role of amyloid proteins in neurodegenerative diseases.
The series was designed to help participants identify the risk factors and patterns of neurodegenerative diseases; the mechanisms for developing common neurodegenerative diseases; the latest developments in diagnosis and treatment; the importance of artificial intelligence in disease diagnosis; and the associations between physical activity, sleep and cognitive function in older adults.
The sessions covered the molecular basis of neurodegenerative diseases; Parkinson’s Disease; Genetic Synucleinopathies; Intrinsically Disordered Proteins in human diseases; the impact of lifestyle on the brain; and why clinical trials for neurodegenerative diseases keep failing.
Another topic in the series was Alzheimer’s Disease, one of the most common forms of dementia — a syndrome that leads to the deterioration of cognitive function and behaviour. With November marked as Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, two webinars were particularly relevant in helping healthcare professionals stay up to date with the latest research and state of biomarkers in the early detection of the disease.
Course speakers included Dr Tiago Outeiro, director of the Department of Experimental Neurodegeneration at University Medical Center in Göttingen; Dr Angelo Antonini, professor of neurology and director of the Parkinson and Movement Disorders Unit and Study Center for Neurodegenerative Disease, University of Padua; Dr Colin Masters, professor of dementia research at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, University of Melbourne; Dr Hamid Sohrabi, associate professor of psychology and clinical neurosciences, Murdoch University; Dr Leonidas Stefanis, professor of neurology and neurobiology, University of Athens Medical School, and director of the First Department of Neurology, Hospital Eginitio.
Other speakers were Dr Gholam Redha Adeli, head of the Movement Disorder Section, consultant neurologist and neurophysiologist and movement disorders specialist, Hamad Medical Corporation; Dr Vladimir Uversky, professor at the Department of Molecular Medicine, Morsani College of Medicine, University of South Florida; Dr Michael Schöll, associate professor, Wallenberg Centre for Molecular and Translation Medicine, University of Gothenburg, and principal research fellow, Dementia Research Centre, University College London; and Dr Rayaz Malik, professor of medicine and assistant dean for clinical investigations at WCM-Q.