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Leading Scientists Present Tips on Living with Parkinsonís

On Saturday, October 11, the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) and the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation (NWPF) will host an educational symposium, entitled, “Surgical Advances in Parkinson’s Disease” at the Doubletree Hotel in Spokane, WA.

Click here to attend this event in person or watch via webcast.

The event will provide people with Parkinson’s disease (PD), their families and health professionals with the most up-to-date information about surgical techniques (both those currently available and those in development) to treat Parkinson’s. The symposium faculty will include Monique L. Giroux, M.D., and colleague Sierra Farris, M.P.A.S., PA-C, of the Booth Gardner Parkinson’s Care Center in Kirkland, WA, Jaimie Henderson, M.D., of Stanford University School of Medicine and Jeffrey H. Kordower, Ph.D. of Rush Presbyterian Medical Center in Chicago, IL.

Dr. Giroux, Ms. Farris and Dr. Henderson will discuss various aspects of deep brain stimulation (DBS), the most commonly performed surgery for Parkinson’s, including details on the surgery itself and how people with Parkinson’s can care for themselves before and after surgery. Dr. Kordower will address ongoing research and potential of gene therapy.

Bill Bell, Executive Director of NWPF, notes, “We are pleased that this event will feature leaders in Parkinson’s surgery, research and clinical care. We look forward to hearing from this knowledgeable team about DBS, gene therapy and the future of surgery for treating Parkinson’s. PDF Executive Director, Robin Elliott notes, “PDF and NWPF believe that by working together on this educational event, we can bring the best resources to the community. In addition to being informative, the 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.”

Registration is now open to those who wish to attend in-person and will also be available to view free on the web. To register for this event, please visit www.nwpf.org or call (800) 852-9781.

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 its 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 Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation
The mission of the Northwest Parkinson’s Founda¬tion is to establish optimal quality of life for the North¬west Parkinson’s community through awareness, education, care, and advocacy. In addition to produc¬ing educational resources, providing support to pa¬tients and caregivers, and promoting specialty care, we are a partner in the Kirkland, Washington-based Booth Gardner Parkinson’s Care Center. We opened this specialty center in partnership with Evergreen Healthcare in 2000. This facility has become the na¬tional model of care for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and related movement disorders. It houses three movement disorder specialists, neuropsychol¬ogists, physical, occupational, and speech and swal¬lowing therapists, and counselors and educators.

About “Mind, Mood and Body: Understanding the Nonmotor Symptoms of PD”
This event is the third in a series of four educational symposia and webcasts, Parkinson’s Science: Innovations and New Perspectives. The series is intended for people with Parkinson’s 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 two webcasts, which include discussions on genetics, nonmotor symptoms and potential treatments in the pipeline for Parkinson’s.