Fatigue, Sleep Disorders and Parkinson's Disease

Tuesday, June 1, 2010
01:00 PM to 02:00 PM

Many people living with Parkinson's disease (PD) report that sleep disorders and fatigue are some of the most troublesome aspects of the disease.  In this one-hour PD ExpertBriefing, Joseph H. Friedman, M.D., of Brown University, discusses these symptoms and tips for coping with them.

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Learning Objectives: 
  • Provide an understanding of why Parkinson's disease is now considered more than simply a disorder of movement
  • Demonstrate that the most debilitating aspects of PD, in every study of quality of life around the world, are problems such as depression and fatigue
  • Discuss how fatigue, despite being one of the most important problems in PD, has attracted little research interest and is therefore still poorly understood
  • Address the reality that while sleep problems affect 90 percent of with Parkinson’s, it can only sometimes be treated
Joseph H. Friedman , M.D. , Director of the Movement Disorders Program, Butler Hospital and Professor and Chief, Division of Movement Disorders, Warren Alpert Medical School, Brown University, Providence, RI


As a movement disorder specialist, Dr. Friedman specializes in caring for people with Parkinson’s disease. He is also active in Parkinson’s disease research. For instance, he is currently studying both fatigue in Parkinson's and the behavioral aspects of the disease. In fact, in 2014, as part of the PDF Community Choice Research Awards, he co-­chaired a conference studying fatigue in Parkinson’s disease. He also works collaboratively with Butler's psychiatrists and psychologists on treatment and research addressing behavioral aspects of movement disorders.

Dr. Friedman is an active member in the Parkinson Study Group and participates in several other research studies. A fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, Dr. Friedman serves on the editorial board of Parkinsonism and Related Disorders and is editor-­in­-chief of Medicine & Health, Rhode Island. He was a member of the National Institute of Health's committees to define depression and psychosis in Parkinson's and was chosen by the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society to help evaluate rating scales for fatigue and psychosis.

Dr. Friedman has also authored or co-authored over 400 papers, abstracts, and books for people with PD including Making the Connection Between Brain and Behavior: Coping With Parkinson's Disease.

Dr. Friedman received his medical degree from Columbia University Medical Center and performed his neurology residency at Columbia’s Neurological Institute.  He obtained his bachelor of arts in mathematics at the University of Chicago and his master’s in mathematics at Washington University.

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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).