Parkinson's Medications: Today and Tomorrow

Tuesday, April 17, 2012
01:00 PM to 02:00 PM

Join us – PDF and faculty member Cynthia L. Comella, M.D., F.A.A.N., of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL – online or by phone for a one-hour seminar.  Online participants can submit questions directly to the faculty during the second half of the seminar.

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Learning Objectives: 
  • Identify treatments currently available for Parkinson’s disease and the limitations of those treatments
  • Understand the results of studies investigating treatments to slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease
  • Learn about research done for treatments of the motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, including drugs that are currently in clinical trials
  • Learn about clinical studies focusing on the usefulness of exercise for Parkinson’s disease
  • Understand the development process for new treatments and the challenge of doing clinical studies in Parkinson’s disease
Cynthia L. Comella , M.D., F.A.A.N. , Professor, Department of Neurological Sciences, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL


Dr. Comella's research in Parkinson's disease includes evaluation of new therapies for Parkinson's disease and studies of sleep disorders associated with Parkinson's disease. Her current research interest is the effects of exercise on Parkinson disease. In collaboration with the motor control section of the University of Illinois, she has found that exercise is an essential part of Parkinson's disease treatment, and is currently exploring whether it modifies disease progression.

Dr. Comella is an active member of the Movement Disorders Society, the Parkinson Study Group and the American Academy of Neurology, serving in leadership positions with all three organizations.

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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).