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Bal du Printemps Celebrates Community Leaders

John Thain And Dr. Herbert PardesOn May 10, nearly 300 guests gathered for PDF’s annual Gala, Bal du Printemps, at New York City’s Pierre Hotel, raising $600,000 for Parkinson’s research.

Bal du Printemps honored Herbert Pardes, M.D., President and CEO of New York-Presbyterian Hospital, with the Page and William Black Humanitarian Award in recognition of his dedication to Parkinson’s research and care. The event also paid tribute to Lucy Roucis and Pam Quinn (a PDF research advocate), for their inspiring contributions to the Parkinson’s community. A display of 10 panels from the Parkinson’s Quilt highlighted personal reflections from people living with Parkinson’s and their loved ones. All funds from the event support PDF’s research programs.

Pam Quinn And Lucy RoucisPDF thanks the leaders of this year’s Gala for making this event possible: Dinner Chairman, John A. Thain, Chairman and CEO of CIT Group; Honorary Gala Chairmen, Page Morton Black and Amy Goldman; and Gala Co-Chairs, Margo Catsimatidis, Jill Taub Drury, Stephanie Goldman-Pittel, Stevi Gurkoff, Karen Burke Goulandris, M.D., Ph.D., Isobel Robins Konecky and Arlene Levine.

View the gala video featuring Ms. Roucis and Ms. Quinn at


Educational Seminar Asks, “Can you make a difference in your Parkinson’s? Absolutely.”

Dr. Lisa ShulmanOn Tuesday, May 10, more than 100 guests joined in-person in New York City and more than 700 others participated online for PDF’s seminar and luncheon, “Parkinson’s Disease: The Promise of Science, The Power of the Individual.” The event was part of the day’s gala celebration.

Luncheon 2011Stanley Fahn, M.D., PDF’s Scientific Director and Director of the Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Other Movement Disorders at Columbia University, shared his insights about the future directions and trends of Parkinson’s research. Lisa M. Shulman, M.D., Professor of Neurology, Co-Director of the Maryland Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Center, shared the other half of the disease-management puzzle, referencing studies that emphasize the benefits of shared decision-making between people living with Parkinson’s and their health professionals and covering the benefits of regular exercise for those living with the disease. Her final slide about the power of people with Parkinson’s — quoted above — resonated with attendees.

This seminar was made possible by educational grants from Teva Neuroscience, Ipsen, St. Jude Medical Neuromodulation, Medtronic Neuromodulation and Biotechnology Industry Organization.

The seminar is now available online at to view at any time.


PDF Visits New York Stock Exchange

NYSEOn Wednesday, May 4, PDF visited the New York Stock Exchange. Executive Director Robin Elliott rang the closing bell.

PDF visited in honor of its Gala, Bal du Printemps, which took place the following week. Board members, friends and gala leaders, including Dinner Chairman John A. Thain joined for the occasion.


Young New Yorkers Hold Fourth Annual Celebrate Spring

Celebrate Spring On April 6, nearly 300 guests gathered for the fourth annual Celebrate Spring event at LAVO in New York City. The evening of cocktails and dancing raised $75,000 for PDF-funded research programs identified by Lucien Côté, M.D., a Parkinson’s specialist at Columbia University. For the fourth consecutive year, co-chairs G. Pennington Egbert III, Missy Egbert Sheehan and Georgina B. Schaeffer, whose fathers both lived with Parkinson’s disease, led the event with the help of a group of nearly 100 New Yorkers also dedicated to advancing a cure for Parkinson’s. PDF 
thanks this group for their continued dedication and outreach to young New Yorkers.


PDF Pacers Join the Annual Unity Walk

PDF pacersOn April 16, members of PDF’s People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council (PPAC), board, staff and Parkinson’s Advocates in Research program joined the 16th Annual Parkinson’s Unity Walk in New York City’s Central Park, walking as team “PDF Pacers.”

The Pacers led by Co-Captain Rhona Johnson, wore one of the two t-shirt designs that won the annual PDF Parkinson’s Awareness Month t-shirt contest (see page 2). The walk raised over $1.5 million for research, with the Pacers contributing $12,875 toward the total, placing it within the top 20 teams and making it the only team formed by a national PD organization. All proceeds from the Unity Walk are directed to the research programs of seven Parkinson’s organizations, including PDF.


PDF-AAN Award Presented to OHSU Clinician Jay Nutt, M.D.

Dr. Jay NuttIn mid-April, thousands of neurologists gathered in Honolulu, HI, for the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) annual meeting to discuss breaking news in research and care for neurological diseases, including Parkinson’s. Jay Nutt, M.D., Co-Founder and Director of the OHSU Parkinson Center of Oregon and Movement Disorders Program and Co-Director of the Portland VAMC Parkinson's Disease

Research, Education and Clinical Center, was presented with the 11th PDF-AAN Movement Disorder Research Award. The award recognized his scientific achievements and involvement in research, clinical care and training of younger colleagues.

Dr. Nutt spoke about the work for which he is most well known — helping to develop Parkinson’s therapies and advancing our understanding of the role of the gold-standard therapy, levodopa, normally taken as Sinemet®.

Check out additional reports on AAN from Dr. James Beck, PDF’s Director of Research Programs, on PDF’s blog,


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