When Parkinson's Interferes with Gastrointestinal Function

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
01:00 PM to 02:00 PM

Estimates show that up to 80 percent of people with Parkinson’s disease experience issues with their gastrointestinal system, such as bowel dysfunction and constipation. How can these symptoms be managed? Get tips by joining PDF and Dr. LeWitt for a one-hour online seminar on the topic. Online viewers can submit questions in real-time during the second half of the seminar.

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Learning Objectives: 
  • Understand how Parkinson’s affects the gastrointestinal system.
  • Be able to identify some common gastrointestinal issues that people with Parkinson’s disease may experience, such as constipation or difficulty with bowel movements.
  • Learn practical ways to manage these symptoms, including through medication, nutrition and other strategies.
Peter A. LeWitt , M.D. , Professor, Neurology, Wayne State University School of Medicine, and Director, Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Program, Henry Ford Hospital


Dr. LeWitt’s research interests include neuroprotection and pharmacological management of Parkinson’s disease and other neurodegenerative conditions. He has been active in clinical trials of new medications for Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. He is a steering committee member and investigator for clinical trials conducted by the Parkinson Study Group and a participant in a National Institutes of Health (NIH) research consortium on neuroprotection in Parkinson’s.

Dr. LeWitt is President of the Michigan Parkinson Foundation and President of the International Essential Tremor Foundation and has directed the National Parkinson Foundation’s Center of Excellence in Southfield, Michigan. He has served as an educator for the American Academy of Neurology and The Movement Disorder Society, where he also serves as Secretary. He has been a scientific review consultant for the NIH, the Veterans Administration, and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Dr. LeWitt has also served as a consultant to many US and international pharmaceutical firms with respect to drug development and clinical trials in neurological disorders.

He is the author of more than 300 publications on clinical and basic neuroscience and in 1999 edited, Parkinson’s Disease: The Treatment Options. He also serves as Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Neuropharmacology and is a member of the editorial board of Journal of Neural Transmission. Since 1994, he has been listed in “The Best Doctors in America”.

Dr. Lewitt is a Board-certified neurologist sub-specializing in movement disorders. He received his undergraduate and research training and medical degrees from Brown University and received additional post-graduate medical and research training from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine and the NIH.

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This series has been made possible by educational grants from AbbVie, Inc., Sunovion and Lundbeck LLC.

It is designed in collaboration with Dallas Area Parkinsonism Society (DAPS); Houston Area Parkinson Society (HAPS); Michigan Parkinson Foundation (MPF); the Neuro Challenge Foundation (NCF); Parkinson Association of the Carolinas (PAC); Parkinson Association of the Rockies (PAR); Parkinson's Association (PA) and Parkinson Support Center of Kentuckiana (PSCKY).