"As a PDF fellow, I have obtained outstanding clinical training and have had the opportunity to explore research ideas that would not have been possible without your support of PDF."
Video: A Soldier on the Frontlines of Research
As a PDF-funded fellow, I have spent the past three years preparing for a career in Parkinson’s at the PDF Research Center at Columbia University Medical Center. Because of your support of PDF, I have had the opportunity to become a better doctor and to explore exciting scientific ideas that may help people living with the disease.
Making a Difference … by Joining the Fight Against Parkinson's
My journey into the field of Parkinson’s began at the age of 17, when I joined the United States Marine Corps. After four years as a security forces member at the Joint Intelligence Center Pacific in Okinawa, Japan, I enrolled in college under the GI Bill.
During my undergraduate studies in neuroscience, I had the opportunity to spend two semester breaks working with people living with Parkinson’s at a hospital. I was struck by the close relationship that the movement disorders specialists had with the people living with PD – it reminded me of relationships I had in the military, except this time the battle was with PD.
This inspired me to apply for a PDF-funded fellowship program at Columbia University Medical Center, studying Parkinson’s disease.
As a PDF fellow, I have obtained outstanding clinical training and have had the opportunity to explore research ideas that would not have been possible without your support of PDF.
I have investigated the brain’s ability to adapt to the changes brought on by Parkinson’s, which I think may hide early PD symptoms. If we can uncover how the brain does this, it may make it easier to detect and treat PD earlier.
Soon, I will be leaving my training post at Columbia, and working with the movement disorders department at the University of Florida and as Chief of the Movement Disorders division at the Veterans Administration Hospital. I look forward to being able to treat veterans with PD and to continue my research.
PDF continues to train an army of a different kind. Help young doctors like me to join them as Parkinson’s specialists by making a gift to PDF today.
Christopher W. Hess, M.D.
PDF-funded fellow, 2009-2012
Columbia University Medical Center
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