Clinical Neuroscience

[Report on Parkinson's Disease XII. international symposium]

DIBÓ György

MAY 20, 1997

Clinical Neuroscience - 1997;50(05-06)

[A major scientific meeting on this topic was held in London from 23 to 26 March 1997 at the Queen Elizabeth II Convention Centre, near Westminster. Two of the symposia held prior to the Congress should be highlighted: a round table on the role of the glutamate system in the treatment of Parkinson's disease, organised by Merz (Frankfurt), and a press conference on the issue of multisystem atrophies (MSA). ]

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