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PDWebcast Discusses “Taking Charge”

On April 4, the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) and the Houston Area Parkinson Society (HAPS) co-hosted, “Taking Charge of Your Parkinson’s,” in Houston, TX, the last in a series of four educational symposia and webcasts presented during 2008-2009. 

The symposium faculty included Julie H. Carter, R.N., M.S., A.N.P., of Oregon Health and Science University, who gave an address on the subject of neuroplasticity — how the activities you undertake actually change the way your brain works.  Giselle M. Petzinger, M.D., of University of Southern California, spoke about the role of exercise, speculating as to how it can positively affect areas of the brain impacted by PD. 

Gammon M. Earhart, Ph.D., P.T., of Washington University School of Medicine and Concetta M. Tomaino, D.A., MT-BC, LCAT, of Beth Abraham Family of Health Services, discussed respectively, the benefits of dance and music therapy for people with Parkinson’s. This was followed by a Q&A session, where in-person and online attendees shared their own ways of ‘taking charge.”

We invite you to watch this event and the last three in our educational series, Parkinson’s Science: Innovations and New Perspectives, on PDF’s website.  The four events in this series discuss genetics, nonmotor symptoms, treatments and more.  Visit www.pdf.org/webcast today to watch.

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PDF Chairwoman Honored

On March 23, the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation’s (PDF’s) Chairman, Page Morton Black, was honored with the Castle Connolly Medical National Health Leadership Award.

PDF Executive Director Robin Elliott accepted the award on behalf of Mrs. Black at a ceremony in New York.  The award is given annually to a non-physician whose work with an organization has heightened the awareness for the need of support and research for that specific cause.

PDF was founded in 1957 by Mrs. Black’s husband, William Black, founder of Chock full o’Nuts, a successful New York coffee and restaurant business.  Mrs. Black assumed the position of Chairman of PDF in 1983 after her husband’s death.  Her leadership of PDF’s annual gala, Bal du Printemps, including her success in involving the committed and generous philanthropic community leaders who ensure the gala’s success, has helped to cumulatively raise over $6 million for PDF’s research programs.