Read more about the idea and the event in the interview with Sanja Lončar, the initiator of the idea and Senior Medical Representative at Salveo Serbia.
How did you come up with the idea of the thematic conference "Neurology in Steps" organized by Salveo?
The idea of the conference "Neurology in Steps" is motivated by the importance of dance and tango in the treatment of patients with Parkinson's disease. It is estimated that there are 7 to 10 million patients in the world and that the number of patients is increasing from year to year.
How do you experience the impact of dance and movement with music on the quality of life of people with Parkinson's disease?
Our pharmaceutical company has in its portfolio the drug Pk Merz (amantadine) with long-term proven clinical efficacy. Considering that the disease is progressive, I recognized the importance of dance as a non-pharmacological measure of treatment.
Scientists have shown that teaching tango is more effective than traditional exercises and can slow the progression of the disease. Tango, unlike other dances, affects the structures in the brain that are affected by Parkinson's disease.
What did the gathering look like and did it turn out the way you imagined it?
Two pairs of professional tango dancers opened the gathering and our business unit manager, Jovana Spasenovska Stanojević greeted the guests. We continued the evening to the sounds of the Habanero String Quartet.
The next day, a working part was organized together with eminent lecturers, professors from Serbia and the region with an interactive workshop with approximately 70 doctors.
Experiences of neurologists from the secondary and tertiary levels of health care as well as from the surrounding countries were exchanged. By working together, step by step with tango motifs, we gained new insights in the field of neurology, which deals with movement disorders.
The champions of our National Theater from Belgrade made a significant contribution to the atmosphere and the artistic aspect during the second night of the event.
The Salveo gathering called "Neurology in Steps" linked the importance of physical and music therapy in improving the quality of life of patients with Parkinson's disease and slowing the progression of the disease itself.
We have connected the cooperation between doctors and our socially responsible company in a unique way, all with the aim of improving the health of patients, and I am extremely pleased with how the gathering "Neurology in Steps" went through.