Excellence Center for Parkinson’s Disease & Related Disorders

King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital

The first center in Thailand dedicated to the care of Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders patients.

The journey of Chulalongkorn Center of Excellence for Parkinson’s Disease and Related Disorders started in 2006. The center was established as Chulalongkorn Movement Disorders Center. It was the first center in Thailand dedicated to the care of Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders patients. In the same year, it performed the first frameless Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) in Asia. 

Since then, the Center has been the forefront of Movement Disorders education, research and care in Thailand. The foremost concern is for the patients, caregivers and their wellness. The Center hosts a variety of educational programs for patients and caregivers, and a very active and large PD Support Group. Patients and caregivers meet at least once a week to share their experiences and learn about PD. Many activities are organized on a regular basis, such as, art and music therapies. Recently, a nationwide campaign was launched on TV and social media to educate the public about symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. 

In the education field, the center established Movement Disorders fellowship program in 2007, which is the first in Thailand. It has held numerous seminars and camps to educate physicians, residents and other medical professionals in the field of movement disorders throughout the country. In 2010, National Parkinson’s Disease Registry to study Parkinson’s prevalence and its core features in Thailand was set up. In 2015, it extended its education beyond the borders of Thailand. An MOU between UCLA (USA) and the Center was signed, followed by collaboration with King’s College London and Juntendo University, Japan in the following years. 

In the field of research, the Center has been regarded as an exemplary research and innovation center. Many of the Center’s innovation include laser-guided walking stick, tremor’s glove, tremor and nocturnal monitoring devices. Medical and non-medical professionals from around the country visit the center to learn from its experiences.

The Center is still young and on its mission to improve the lives of Parkinson’s patients. The road is still long ahead as we strive to bring the best of care to our patients.

Vision

Chulalongkorn center of  Excellence for Parkinson’s disease & related disorders, King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital is a prototype center for medical treatment and research of Parkinson’s disease and related holistic diseases together with innovation both nationally and internationally.

Mission

  1. To provide diagnosis, treatment and care for Parkinson’s patients  and the holistic movement disorder group with knowledge and advanced technology, with continuous development to enhance the quality of life of patients and families.
  2. To initiate and develop teaching and research in Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders for doctors, nurses and medical personnel at national and international levels.
  3. To complete Research and development of innovations in Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders both nationally and internationally.
  4. To be a center that operates with integrity, responsibility, generosity and morality.

Service

Chulalongkorn center of  Excellence for Parkinson’s Disease & Related Disorders provides various service through its clinics as follow: 

1. Parkinson’s Clinic

Parkinson clinic is a clinic for Parkinson patients. Movement disorders specialists and movement disorders nurse specialist collaborated in taking care of patients using not only clinical scale assessment, Parkinson diary but also new innovations assisting in the evaluation of patient’s treatment.

2. Advanced Parkinson’s Clinic 

Advanced Parkinson’s Clinic is a clinic for Parkinson’s patients who are refracting to oral medication and need treatment with advanced devices, including Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), Levodopa – Cars Dopa Internal Gel (LCIG) infusion, and Apomorphine subcutaneous infusion. Multidisciplinary approach is an important and part in this clinic, involving neurologist, neurosurgeons, gastroenterologists, Parkinson nurse specialists and pharmacists who specialize in Parkinson drugs.

3. Hyperkinetic Clinic

Patients with atypical parkinsonism, which is found in 30 – 40 present of patients with special care abnormal movements, have other complex symptoms which need. These include swaying, imbalance, and low blood pressure. Therefore, this clinic is a clinic which provides holistic care for patients with atypical parkinsonism.

4. Gait Analysis Clinic

Gait analytic clinic is a clinic for diagnosis of gait and balance problems in Parkinson parents and patient with others abnormal movement. The gait and balanced assessment device are used to evaluate patients in this clinic. Physical therapy is also advised to prevent falls.

5. Neuropsychiatric Clinic

Neuropsychiatric clinic is a clinic which involves movement disorders specialist and psychiatrist to approach each patient in emotional, spiritual and cognitive aspects. Not only patient but also his or her caregiver will be assessed, advised and given counsel.

6. Botulinum toxin clinic

Botulinum toxin clinic is a clinic which movement disorders specialist botulinum toxin to treat dystonia or muscles contraction refracting to oral medication. Electromyography and Ultrasound guarded injection is performed for the most effective treatment.

7. Electrophyorology clinic

Electrophyorology clinic is a clinic for patients whom cannot be diagnosed by physician’s clinical exammal. Special instruments and equipments, such as tremor assessment device or eletroencephiologram are used for appropriate diagnosis and treatment.

8. Home adaptation Clinic

Home adaptation clinic is a clinic which involves multidisciplinary team Movement disorder specialist, movement nurse specialist, architects and social workers collaborate in assessment of problems resulting from patients environment, especially home condition which affects patients quality of life. Bolt face-to-face contact and telemedical are also used for holster approach of our team.


Parkinson’s friends Club

Having seen an importance of the holistic treatment, Dr. Rungroon Pittayasiri, MD, Head of Excellence for Parkinson’s Disease & Related Disorders established the Parkinson’s Friends Club in 2012 to provide patients a correct understanding of disease and symptoms as well as self-care for the wellbeing of the patient himself .The Parkinson’s Friends Club is a voluntary unit run by a committee consisting of patients, Medical personnel and social workers, aiming to improving the quality of life of patients.

From the beginning of the support among Parkinson’s disease patients at all diversities , the number of members of the Parkinson’s Friends Club registered and followed via social media channels is increasing. This is such a good indicator of the increasing awareness of Parkinson’s disease in Thai society. In addition, the annual academic conference and various activities are organized on a weekly basis such as physical therapy, art therapy, dance, department of therapy, music therapy, etc. The activities are warmly paid attention which it helps more effective treatment. The Parkinson’s Friends Club therefore focuses on improving the quality of life of Parkinson’s patients in Thai society through innovation and technology connecting the relationship between patients, caregivers and public.


Service times and Location

Parkinson Clinic

Every Wednesday, 08.30 – 12.00 hrs.
Sor Thor Building (Elderly), 12th Floor

Advanced Parkinson’s Clinic

Every Tuesday, 08.30 – 16.00 hrs.
Sor Thor Building (Elderly), 12th Floor

Hyperkinetic Clinic

Every Wednesday, 08.30 – 12.00 hrs.
Sor Thor Building (Elderly), 12th Floor

Gait Analysis Clinic

Every First Friday of the month, 08.30 – 12.00 hrs.
Sor Thor Building (Elderly), 7th Floor

Neuropsychiatric Clinic

Every Second Friday of month, 08.30 – 12.00 hrs.
Sor Thor Building (Elderly), 7th Floor

Botulinum toxin clinic

Every Monday, 08.30 – 12.00 hrs.
Sor Thor Building (Elderly), 12th Floor

Electrophyorology clinic

Every second and fourth Friday of month, 08.30 – 12.00 hrs.
Sor Thor Building (Elderly), 12th Floor

Home adaptation Clinic

Every Third Friday of month 08.30 – 12.00 hrs.
Sor Thor Building (Elderly), 12th Floor

Contact

Name

Chulalongkorn Center of Excellence for Parkinson’s Disease & Related Disorders, Sor Thor Building (Elderly), 7th and 12th Floor

Tel

02 256 4000 Ext. 70701-5, 71201-2,
08 1107 9999 

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