College of Physicians and Surgeons
(1) Extended a prevalence study of Parkinson's disease (PD) in an elderly urban population, which was conducted from November 1994 to June 1995 by host institution, in order to answer these questions: (a) Can diagnosis of PD be reconfirmed one year after study? (b) What is the generic contribution to PD in this ethnically isolated population? (c) What is the dose and duration of benefit from dopamine-replacement therapy compared to our experience in the United States? (d) What is the history of exposure to environmental toxins? (2) Proposed a prevalence study of Parkinson's disease (PD) in a rural population of Albanians age 40 and over, which was submitted for funding by INSERM, a consortium of French neuro-epidemiologists, as part of the EU health initiative, to be conducted by host institution in order to answer the questions posed in the first study. (3) As researchers establish international collaborations, ethnocentric assumptions create barriers or facilitate the conduct of research in traditional cultures. What can both host and visitor do to diminish barriers and improve the outcomes of such collaborations?
Project Leader/Principal Investigator
Department of Neurology
United States Department of State
University Hospital Tirana, Mentor Petrella, M.D., Mira Kapisyzi, M.D.