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MDS 2023 | The importance of partnerships between healthcare professionals and Parkinson’s disease patients

Alfonso Fasano, MD, PhD, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, discusses the effect of deep brain stimulation (DBS) on Parkinson’s disease. During the congress, Dr Fasano had the opportunity to present work he conducted with Parkinson’s disease patient and CBC anchorman, Harry Forestell, showcasing the positive outcome of DBS. Dr Fasano emphasizes the importance of partnerships between healthcare professionals and individuals with Parkinson’s disease, noting that collaboration leads to better treatment outcomes and advancements in the field. Additionally, Dr Fasano mentions his upcoming book on neuromodulation, co-authored with one of his patients, which aims to spread awareness about the significance of this partnership. This interview took place at the 2023 International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Dr Fasano reports the following disclosures:
Receipt of grants/research support: Boston Scientific, MJ Fox Foundation, Medtronic, University of Toronto, McLaughlin Centre
Receipt of honoraria or consultation fees: Abbott, Abbvie, American Academy of Neurology, Brainlab, Boston Scientific, Ceregate, Chiesi Farmaceutici, Inbrain, International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society, Ipsen, Medtronic, Novartis, TEVA Canada, UCB pharma, Sunovion
Participation in a company sponsored advisory board: Abbott, Abbvie, Boston Scientific, Ipsen, Medtronic, Sunovion