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PDF and Partners Bring Leading Scientists to You

Responding to continuing demand from people with Parkinson’s and their families for up-to-date research information, the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF), announces a series of four educational symposia and webcasts entitled, Parkinson’s Science: Innovations and New Perspectives. The series will allow people with Parkinson’s, their families, support groups and healthcare professionals nationwide, to receive scientific updates directly from leading Parkinson’s authorities — both in-person and via the web.

The traveling series will bring experts to four cities across the US to discuss the latest discoveries in Parkinson’s disease (PD) science. PDF is launching this program in conjunction with four leading regional Parkinson’s organizations: the Parkinson Association of the Carolinas, the Michigan Parkinson Foundation, the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation, and the Houston Area Parkinson Society.

Each half-day symposium will feature national and local scientists and clinicians presenting their latest insights on research that has potential impact both upon current treatments and upon the quality of life for those who live with PD. Webcast technology will enable those who cannot attend in person to view all four programs on the web, both live and after the event. For people who can join the live webcasts, the technology will provide the opportunity to submit questions about PD directly to researchers during their presentations. Those who cannot join the webcast live can view archived sessions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for one year following each event.

Robin Elliott, Executive Director of PDF, says, “This unique series is of great importance in the PD community — and by community, I mean all those who live with PD and those professionals who seek to treat and cure the disease that burdens them. Every person who lives with PD deserves access to the most current information. We are excited to bring the best and brightest to you and look forward to the stimulation that will be generated by these interactions.”

The Carolinas: What’s in the PD Pipeline?

The first installment of the series will take place on Friday, May 9, 2008 in Charlotte, NC, in collaboration with the Parkinson Association of the Carolinas. The theme of this session is, What’s in the PD Pipeline?, and presenters will include Dr. Katrina Gwinn of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Mark A. Stacy of Duke University and Dr. Clive Svendsen of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Registration is now open for this symposium at The program is available to view at Please see below for other upcoming dates and locations and to learn how to attend or watch on the web.

Parkinson’s Science: Innovations and New Perspectives

Friday, May 9, 2008 Charlotte, NC Jointly with the Parkinson Association of the Carolinas
Friday, July 18, 2008 Lansing, MI Jointly with the Michigan Parkinson Foundation
Saturday, October 11, 2008 Spokane, WA Jointly with the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation
Saturday, April 4, 2009 Houston, TX Jointly with the Houston Area Parkinson Society

For more information, contact PDF or our partners listed above. To learn more about joining the webcast, email

The content and management of this symposia and webcast series are under the exclusive direction of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, the Parkinson Association of the Carolinas, the Michigan Parkinson Foundation, the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation, the Houston Area Parkinson Society and are made possible by a generous unrestricted grant from UCB, Inc.