The Institute for Parkinson’s disease and Movement Disorders, located in the Hospital “Istituti Clinici di Perfezionamento” (ICP) in Milan, is a specialized referral centre that operates in the field of movement disorders, especially Parkinson’s disease (PD) and parkinsonisms. Its activities include clinical practice, rehabilitation and scientific research.

The Parkinson Institute is the ideal place where to start a Data Bank for PD, because it is one of the largest centres in the world for PD and parkinsonisms, where it is possible to collect many samples from patients who have been assessed and followed-up according to homogeneous and highly specialized standards.

The staff comprises 8 neurologists expert in neurodegenerative diseases, 2 neuropsychologists, 1 physician specialized in genetics, 2 physicians specialized in nutrition, an IT expert with an assistant, 2 registered nurses, one unregistered nurse, 7 secretaries and administrative assistants.

The main diseases seen at the Centre are PD and primary parkinsonisms, such as Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), Multiple System Atrophy (MSA), Corticobasal degeneration (CBD), Lewy Body Disease and secondary parkinsonisms. Also patients with other movement disorders attend the centre, such as patients with Essential Tremor, Spinocerebellar Ataxia, Dystonia, Huntington’s chorea, etc. Furthermore, the centre is also an Alzheimer Assessment Unit (the so-called “UVA”) for the diagnosis and treatment of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease. Approximately 2,500 patients attend the centre every year and out of these 1,100 are new patients.

Patients are followed by highly specialized physicians with at least 10 years of experience in the field of movement disorders, who resort to the most advanced diagnostic techniques and therapeutic measures.

Each patient attends the centre on average twice a year. At each visit motor and cognitive functions are assessed using international rating scales; in some cases, a video-recording is made to document particular motor deficits, providing that the patient has given his/her informed consent to filming. The Institute resorts to the most advanced diagnostic techniques and treatment, including medicinal products and neurosurgery, as well as other equally important means, such as physiatric therapy, psychological investigations and nutritional advice. Neuroimaging is used not only to confirm the diagnosis, but also to monitor the patient in the long-term.

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General Description

What it is

A center to threat patients affected by Parkinson’s disease