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Leading Scientists Present Tips on Living with Parkinsonís

On Friday, July 18, the Parkinsonís Disease Foundation (PDF) and the Michigan Parkinson Foundation (MPF) will host an educational symposium, entitled, ďMind, Mood and Body: Understanding the Nonmotor Symptoms of PDĒ at the Lansing Radisson Hotel in Lansing, MI.

Register online to attend this event or watch free on the web.

The event will provide people with Parkinsonís disease (PD), their families and health professionals with the most up-to-date information about Parkinsonís, presented by leading experts in the field. The faculty will include Peter LeWitt, M.D., of Henry Ford Hospital, Matthew Menza, M.D., of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey, and Ronald Pfeiffer, M.D., of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Dr. Menza will discuss the emotional and cognitive aspects of Parkinsonís, while Dr. Pfeiffer will address the impact that the disease can have upon a personís gastrointestinal, urological and sexual functions. Dr. LeWitt will expand on these themes by leading a panel discussion with Drs. Menza and Pfeiffer and three respected local movement disorders specialists: Doree Ann V. Espiritu, M.D., of Henry Ford Hospital, Edwin B. George, M.D., Ph.D., of Wayne State University School of Medicine and John L. Goudreau, D.O., Ph.D., of Michigan State University.

Debby Orloff, CEO of MPF, notes, ďWe are pleased to welcome some of the leading Parkinsonís researchers in the US and the top clinicians in Michigan to this event. We look forward to hearing valuable insights on how people with PD can better manage nonmotor symptoms, which are increasingly recognized as having as much, if not more, of an impact on daily life than Parkinsonís motor symptoms

PDF Executive Director, Robin Elliott adds, ďPDF and MPF believe that by working together, we can bring the best resources to the community. In addition to being informative, this symposium will also be interactive, by bringing together those at the forefront of finding a cure for PD and those living with it on a daily basis.Ē

Registration is now open to those who wish to attend in-person and will also be available to view free on the web.Register online for this event today or call (800) 457-6676.

About Parkinsonís Disease

Parkinsonís disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects nearly one million people in the US. Although promising research is being conducted, there is currently no cure for Parkinsonís disease.

About the Parkinsonís Disease Foundation (PDF)

The Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) is a leading national presence in Parkinson's disease research, education and public advocacy. We are working for the nearly one million people in the US living with Parkinsonís by funding promising scientific research and supporting people with Parkinsonís, their families and caregivers through education programs and support services. Since its founding in 1957, PDF has funded over $70 million worth of scientific research in Parkinsonís disease, supporting the work of leading scientists throughout the world.

About the Michigan Parkinson Foundation (MPF)

The Michigan Parkinson Foundation (MPF) works to: educate and provide support to people with Parkinsonís and related disorders, their loved ones and care partners, and the physicians and allied health professionals who diagnose and treat those affected by the illness; support research into the mechanisms underlying the disease and therapeutic strategies aimed at reducing the burden of illness; and engage and enlist the support of institutions and individuals whose activities impact the needs of people with Parkinsonís. MPF believes that no person with Parkinsonís should be without responsive, quality care and support

About ďMind, Mood and Body: Understanding the Nonmotor Symptoms of PDĒ

This event is the second in a series of four educational symposia and webcasts, Parkinsonís Science: Innovations and New Perspectives. The series is intended for people with Parkinsonís and their families as well as clinicians, researchers and allied health professionals. The series kicked off in May 2008 and will conclude in April 2009. Please visit www.pdf.org to view the first webcast, which discussed the role of genetics and potential treatments in the pipeline for Parkinsonís.

Source Date: Jul 10 2008