Maximizing PD Medications: Get the Most Out of Your Treatment Plan

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
01:00 PM to 02:00 PM

How can people living with PD, their care partners and health teams maximize medications to ease symptoms and improve everyday life? Find tips by joining a one-hour online seminar led by PDF and Connie Marras, M.D., Ph.D., of Toronto Western Hospital, Canada.

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Learning Objectives: 
  • Review the classes of medication for Parkinson’s disease.
  • Learn about what effects (good and bad) can be expected from PD medications.
  • Understand ways (e.g., adjusting timing) to maximize the effectiveness of PD medications and minimize side effects.
Connie Marras , M.D., Ph.D. , Associate Professor, Neurology, University of Toronto, Morton and Gloria Shulman Movement Disorders Centre and the Edmond J. Safra Program in Parkinson’s Disease, Toronto Western Hospital, Canada


In her clinical practice, Dr. Marras cares primarily for people living with Parkinson's disease. An active investigator, she focuses her research on understanding certain aspects of Parkinson’s disease, such as its epidemiology, the clinical expression of its genetic forms, environmental causes, etiology, disease prognosis and evaluation of clinical assessment tools. In fact, earlier in her career, in 2005, Dr. Marras received funding through the PDF-Parkinson Study Group Mentored Clinical Research Award, to lay the groundwork for a large observational study investigating the gene LRRK2  and Parkinson’s disease. 

Dr. Marras serves as associate editor for the journal Movement Disorders and serves as vice-chair of the research ethics board of the University Health Network in Toronto.

Dr. Marras completed her Ph.D. in epidemiology at the University of Toronto, where she also supplemented her medical degree with specialized training in neurology and movement disorders. She received further training in epidemiologic research methods at the Parkinson’s Institute in Sunnyvale, CA.

Questions? CEUs?

If you have questions about how to join this PD ExpertBriefing, by phone or online, please see our PD ExpertBriefing FAQ.

Are you a health care professional seeking continuing education units? CEUs are provided via PDF’s sponsorship of the American Society on Aging. When registering for this PD ExpertBriefing, please be sure to indicate interest in CEUs. Health professionals have 30 days in which to view the live or recorded seminar and apply for CEUs. It may take an additional 30 days to process CEUs.

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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).