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MDS 2023 | Ongoing pursuit of disease-modifying therapies for movement disorders

Cindy Towns, MBChB, PhD, Wellington Hospital, Wellington, New Zealand, discusses the future of stem cell therapy and transplants in movement disorders, both in research and clinical application. Movement disorders are often relentlessly progressive and can be very disabling, emphasizing the urgent need for disease-modifying treatments. Despite the lack of proven outcomes in mainstream practice, Dr Towns highlights the moral imperative to continue pursuing all avenues of research to alleviate suffering, ultimately aiming to find a cure or preventive measures. Maintaining a rigorous ethical framework, promoting transparency, and prioritizing patients’ rights must be at the center of decision-making. This interview took place at the 2023 International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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