Over fifty years ago, the International Association of Parkinsonism and Related Disorders was established by the World Federation of Neurology to promote and monitor research developments, as well as to foster communication among neuroscientists in this field. Today, this association is an international, professional association of clinicians, scientists and other healthcare professionals who are interested in neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson's disease, secondary parkinsonisms, hyperkinetic and hypokinetic movement disorders, and more generally any disorder affecting muscle tone and motor control. The most common clinical disorders and/or symptoms of interest to us are:
- Genetic and idiopathic Parkinson's disease and other parkinsonisms
- Genetic and idiopathic disorders with dystonia
- Huntington's disease and other disorders with chorea
- Cerebellar disorders
- Tremor, Myoclonus, Tics, Ballism
- Huntington's disease, chorea, and Gilles de la Tourette's disease
- Psychogenic and psychiatric movement disorders
- Movement disorders-related non-motor disorders, such as disorders of the autonomic nervous system, mood disorders, sleep disorders (including: excess daytime sleepiness, REM sleep behaviour disorders, restless legs syndrome, and periodic limb movements), psychiatric disorders (among them: impulse control disorders, executive dysfunction, dementia, delusions and hallucinations)
The association has 'full members', 'associate' members and 'honorary' members. The board of the association will keep a register in which the names and addresses of all full members, associate members and honorary members will be recorded.
The APRD holds regularly announced meetings. Every two years, a World Congress on Parkinson's disease and Related Disorders is organized, which evaluates progress and identifies promising areas for research in these fields. The most recent congress - eighteenth in the series - was held in Miami, Florida, USA, in December 2009. The XIX WFN World Congress on Parkinson's Disease and Related Disorders organized by this Association, took place in exciting Shanghai in December 2011. At various intervals, also workshops on current issues in Parkinson's disease, designed to produce consensus reports, were organized. The Committee was especially committed to developing educational programs for physicians, as well as for the lay public.
In order to fulfil its mission statements, APRD not only develops educational activities such as symposia and congresses (including the World Congress of Parkinsonism and Related Disorders), but also promotes publications. And so, the APRD publishes its official journal, Parkinsonism & Related Disorders, as well as textbooks.
To optimally channel communication between the research and clinical communities, and in order to promote optimal diagnosis and treatment for Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders, Parkinsonism & Related Disorders is supplied free of charge to all APRD members, and listed books can be ordered at reduced prices via the Amsterdam - Free University Press.