PDF Events

Celebrate Spring

Event founders Missy Egbert Sheehan, Georgina Schaeffer and G. Pennington Egbert III (Credit – Patrick McMullan)

On April 4, more than 350 guests joined PDF and the Young New Yorkers for the Fight Against Parkinson’s committee for Celebrate Spring at LAVO in New York, NY, raising $100,000 for Parkinson’s research. This year, funds support PDF's Côté Clinical Genetics Initiative. Co-Chair and PDF Board Member G. Pennington Egbert III, added, “Our gathering proved that, together, by funding innovative research, we can make an impact on the lives and futures of people living with Parkinson’s.”

PDF thanks Mr. Egbert and his Co-Chairs - Jonathan E. Romero, Jr., Gregory and Barbara Romero, Georgina B. Schaeffer, Missy Egbert Sheehan and William B. Sheehan - along with our corporate sponsors and the entire committee for making this event a success. View photos at www.pdf.org/flickr.

PDF-AAN Award Presented to Dr. Caroline Tanner

Joseph Jankovic, M.D., Caroline Tanner, M.D., Ph.D., and Robin Elliott (Credit – American Academy of Neurology)

For 12 years, PDF has sponsored a lectureship in Parkinson’s, which is co-sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN). This year, the choice of the award committee, which was headed by Joseph Jankovic, M.D., was Caroline Tanner, M.D. Ph.D., the leading neuro-epidemiologist in the field of Parkinson’s. Dr. Tanner’s talk, which was presented on April 24 at the AAN’s meeting in New Orleans, LA, discussed a wide range of factors her research has shown to be associated with Parkinson’s. For instance, she discussed that seborrheic dermatitis (an inflammatory skin disorder) confers an increased PD risk for men. Dr. Tanner, who serves as Director of Clinical Research at The Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center in Sunnyvale, CA, was recognized for her scientific achievements and for her deep involvement in the clinical care and training of her younger colleagues. Dr. Tanner has authored several articles in this newsletter, including one in the Spring 2011 issue, entitled, “Environmental Factors and Parkinson's: What Have We Learned?” PDF has previously supported her research, including a study called FOUND (Follow-up of Persons with Neurologic Diseases).

Community Events

PD ExpertBriefing: What is New with Genetics and PD?
Date: Tuesday, September 25 
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
Place: Online or by phone
Join PDF and Matthew Farrer, Ph.D., of the University of British Columbia in Canada, for an online/telephone seminar. Preregistration is recommended.
(800) 457-6676

Morris K. Udall Awards Dinner
Date: Wednesday, October 3
Place: Washington, DC
The Parkinson's Action Network invites you to its annual fundraiser and awards ceremony. The event will be led by Dinner Co-Chairs, Diane and John Rehm and Morton Kondracke, and Honorary Chairman, Michael J. Fox.
(202) 638-4101

PD ExpertBriefing: Caregiving and Parkinson’s
Date: Tuesday, November 20
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
Place: Online or by phone
Join PDF and Julie H. Carter R.N., M.S., A.N.P., of Oregon Health and Science University for this online/telephone seminar. Pre-registration is recommended.
(800) 457-6676