We are pleased to announce that our keynote speaker for this year's Symposium is Dr. Stanley Fahn, the H. Houston Merritt Professor of Neurology and Director Emeritus of the Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Other Movement Disorders at Columbia University Medical Center in New York. His major research interest is in experimental therapeutics, and he has participated in many clinical trials, especially in Parkinson disease (PD). In 1985, he co-founded with Dr. David Marsden The Movement Disorder Society and was elected its first president. The two of them were the founding co-editors of its journal Movement Disorders for 10 years.
In 1986, Dr. Fahn co-founded (with Dr. Ira Shoulson) the Parkinson Study Group (PSG), a consortium of clinical investigators dedicated to conducting controlled clinical trials on the prevention and treatment of PD. He developed the Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS) and co-developed the Tremor Rating Scale and the Fahn-Marsden Dystonia Rating Scale. Dr. Fahn was founder of the World Parkinson Coalition and chief organizer of the first three World Parkinson Congresses in which patients, health workers and scientists review and discuss the latest issues on PD.