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Parkinsonís Educational Symposium in Charlotte, NC Features Nationís Leading Scientists

On Friday, May 9, the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) and the Parkinson Association of the Carolinas (PAC) hosted an educational symposium, entitled, “What’s in the PD Pipeline?” at the Harris Conference Center in Charlotte, NC.

The symposium is now available to view on the web. Please click here to view the presentations from this event.

The audience included people with Parkinson’s disease (PD), their families and health professionals. Dr. Katrina Gwinn of the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke discussed the role of genetics in Parkinson’s. Dr. Mark Stacy of Duke University Medical Center and Dr. Clive Svendsen of the University of Wisconsin-Madison spoke about the newest potential treatments under investigation, such as gene therapy and the science of stem cells.

PDF’s Executive Director, Robin Elliott noted, “PDF and PAC believe that by working together, we can bring the best resources to the community. We hope that those of you watching this webcast leave it with greater knowledge of Parkinson’s and with greater ability to live with it successfully.”

Mark Leggett, Chair of PAC’s Board of Directors, said, “We are thrilled to have been joined by such a high caliber team of scientists to North Carolina. Drs. Gwinn, Stacy and Svendsen are at the cutting edge of Parkinson’s research and their knowledge has been incredibly valuable to those in the Carolinas living with PD.”

The entire webcast will be available for one year. Please click here to view the sessions presented by Drs. Gwinn, Stacy and Svendsen.

About Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s 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 Parkinson’s disease.

About the Parkinson’s 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 Parkinson’s by funding promising scientific research and supporting people with Parkinson’s, their families and caregivers through education programs and support services. Since our founding in 1957, PDF has funded over $70 million worth of scientific research in Parkinson’s disease, supporting the work of leading scientists throughout the world.

About the Parkinson Association of the Carolinas (PAC)

The mission of the Parkinson Association of the Carolinas (PAC) is to serve as a resource for individuals and their families affected by Parkinson’s disease in the Carolinas, through education, community outreach and direct support. PAC is the only resource center serving both North and South Carolina. Since its inception in 2002, PAC has provided education to patients, families and the medical community about diagnosis, treatment and management of the disease. The ultimate goal of PAC is to help individuals maintain independence and live a healthy life.

Source Date: May 06 2008