The World Parkinson's Education Program was founded in 2008 by a Canadian Neurologist, Dr. A. Q. Rana, not only a clinician and researcher but also an advocate for patients as well as caregivers, philanthropist, leader in health education, and a reformer. His grandmother had a sever tremor and needed to be fed, which had a profound impact on him while growing up. Dr. Rana's objectives for the World Parkinson's Education Program were enhancing knowledge by imparting education about various aspects of Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson's TEAM RANA initiative to raise awareness of Parkinson's disease was also started in various countries. Knowing more about one’s medical condition helps in increasing compliance, improving understanding and patient satisfaction leading to better quality of life of patients and caregivers. The scope of the World Parkinson's Education Program was expanded in 2012 to include other services such as providing Parkinson's medications, walkers, canes, and other healthcare supplies to those Parkinson's patients affected with poverty who are not able to afford these medical necessities, Fall Prevention Campaign, healthcare supplies and enhancing education by conducting conferences, seminars, lectures, as well as through social media and providing multilingual Parkinson's literature free of charge. The name of this program was modified to reflect this addition to the World Parkinson's Program.
Dr. Rana completed his neurology residency at the New Jersey Neurosciences Institute, USA, where he trained under Dr. Arthur S. Walters, a world renowned neurologist. For further training in the field of Parkinson's disease and Movement Disorders Dr. Rana undertook a clinical fellowship at the University of Ottawa, Canada. Dr.Rana published extensively in the field of Parkinson's disease, Movement disease and Neurology. Dr. Rana was honored with the Wayne Hening Award for his research on Parkinson's disease and Restless Legs Syndrome. He was also awarded an honorary fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP) of the United Kingdom. Dr. Rana developed many educational programs for Parkinson's disease including,
- A practical guide to Neurological Emergencies for physicians.View Original
- A review manual of Neuro-ophthalmology for physicians.View Original
- A guide to various aspects of the most common movement disorder “Essential Tremor" for physicians" for physicians.View Original
- A collection of various symptoms and complications of Parkinson's disease, written in simplified language for individuals without medical background.View Original
A book for physicians discussing etiology and pathophysiology of Parkinson's disease published by Intech Open Access PublishingView Original
A book for physicians discussing various symptoms of Parkinson's disease published by Intech Open Access PublishingView Original
A book for physicians discussing updates in diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson's disease published by Intech Open Access PublishingView Original
Dr. A. Q. Rana is also the Fouding editor and former Editor –in-chief of the Journal of Parkinsonism and Restless Legs SyndromeView Original
Mohammad Abdullah Rana is the Co-founder of World Parkinson's Program. He was born in Ottawa, Canada and received the Ontario Scholar Award for academic distinction. He is also a researcher who has co-authored various peer-reviewed scientific medical publications.