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Managing Parkinson's Disease and Other Movement Disorders —
Monday, September 14, 2009 - 12 noon (EST)

Anwar Ahmed, MD

  • Center for Neurological Restoration Neurology
  • Cleveland Clinic Neurological Institute

Andre Machado, MD, PhD

  • Center for Neurological Restoration
  • Neurosciences and Neurological Surgery
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Cleveland Clinic Neurological Institute

Parkinson's disease is a chronic, progressive neurological disorder that affects a small area of nerve cells deep within the brain. Approximately 1.5 million Americans have Parkinson's disease, including one out of every 100 people over the age of 60. More than 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson's disease each year. Other types of movement disorders, including essential tremor (uncontrollable shaking or tremors in different parts of the body) and dystonia (forceful sustained muscle contractions cause twisting and repetitive movements or abnormal postures) also affect thousands people throughout the United States and around the world.

Take advantage of this opportunity to chat live in a secure, online setting with medical and surgical experts in the treatment and management of Parkinson's disease, essential tremor and other types of movement disorders. Dr. Andre Machado and Dr. Anwar Ahmed will be available to answer your questions regarding the management and treatment options associated with these conditions. Bring your own questions to the chat. This is your time to ask!

Andre Machado, MD, PhD
Andre Machado, MD, PhD, is the director of the Center for Neurological Restoration and associate staff in the department of neurosciences, the department of biomedical engineering and department of neurological surgery, all located on Cleveland Clinic's main campus. He earned a doctorate in medicine and a PhD in experimental neurology from the University of Sao Paulo in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He then completed a neurology internship and residency at the same institution. Dr. Machado also completed a fellowship at Cleveland Clinic in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery and was co-investigator of a NIH study to assess the safety of using MRIs for deep brain stimulation.

Dr. Machado has published his research in many peer-reviewed journals. In 2006, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery Section) awarded Dr. Machado the Philip L. Guildenberg Award for published research, determining the optimal cathode location for deep brain stimulation as a treatment for refractory obsessive-compulsive disorder. He was a co-author of a 2007 Nature article titled “Behavioral improvements with thalamic stimulation after severe traumatic brain injury.” Dr. Machado was recently awarded the Cleveland Clinic's Innovator Award.

Anwar Ahmed, MD
Anwar Ahmed, MD is a neurologist and a staff member of Cleveland Clinic's Center for Neurological Restoration. He specializes in movement disorders, tremor analysis, Parkinson's disease and related neurodegenerative disorders, dystonia and botulinum toxin injection for dystonia, and deep brain stimulation for movement disorders.

He received his medical degree from Dow Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan. Following a medicine internship at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, Dr. Ahmed completed a clinical research fellowship in movement disorders at Cleveland Clinic, a fellowship in surgical approaches to movement disorders and motor physiology at Columbia University Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital, and a residency in neurology at Detroit Receiving Hospital/University Health Center. Dr. Ahmed has conducted a number of research studies and has presented and published on topics such as unusual movement disorders, treatment of tremor caused by multiple sclerosis, and brain stimulation.

This Health Chat will open on September 13, 2009 to allow you to submit questions. We will try to answer as many questions as possible during the chat. Please create an account to attend the chat and submit your questions.