This coming week, Michael J. Fox Foundation Associate Director of Research Programs Maurizio Facheris, MD, MSc will attend the American Academy of Neurology’s Annual Meeting in San Diego, California, the largest international meeting of neuroscientists and neuroscience professionals worldwide. Last year, over 12,000 attended, most of them physicians.
As the first trained physician to join the Foundation’s staff, Maurizio has experience with some of the everyday issues of those battling Parkinson’s disease (PD). This knowledge helps him understand nuances in how the disease manifests itself in patients' lives day to day, which in turn, can help to inform decisions by MJFF’s Research team, as well as by some of the Foundation’s awardees.
AAN will provide Maurizio with an opportunity to meet with fellow doctors, across neurological disease areas.
“The main reason for me to go is so that I don’t lose my clinical touch,” he explains. “It’s important to stay up-to-date with all of the latest in neurological research, but as the only MD on staff at MJFF, I’m particularly interested in learning about any new techniques in clinical practice with regards to Parkinson’s disease.”
Maurizio will also keep an eye out to any new study results with particular relevance to PD, and he’ll check in here on the blog to tell us what he learns in San Diego.