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Northwestern Hosts Annual Parkinson’s Disease Patient-Family Symposium

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September 21, 2011

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Symposium highlights current research and treatment options for Parkinson’s disease

Northwestern Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center will host its annual Parkinson’s Disease Patient-Family Symposium on Saturday, October 15, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, located at 251 E. Huron in Chicago. The free symposium entitled “From New Frontiers in Research…to Better Patient Care” is designed to provide patients, families and caregivers with the latest information on Parkinson’s disease research and how it translates into improved treatment.

Attendees will have an opportunity to listen to Northwestern’s Parkinson’s disease experts, as well as speakers from other organizations, discuss the many aspects of research and patient care. Sessions will cover a variety of topics including:

  • Can Physical Activity and Exercise Enhance your Mind and Brain? – presented by Arthur Kramer, PhD, director of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology and the Swanlund chair and professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Illinois
  • Update in clinical trials and medication – presented by Tanya Simuni, MD, movement disorders specialist at Northwestern Memorial, director of the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center, and Arthur C. Nielsen Jr. Research professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Advances in Surgical Interventions – presented by Joshua Rosenow, MD, neurosurgeon and director of functional neurosurgery at Northwestern Memorial and associate professor of neurosurgery at the Feinberg School
  • Moving Beyond Dopamine: Understanding Non-Motor Features of Parkinson’s Disease – presented by Cindy Zadikoff, MD, movement disorders specialist at Northwestern Memorial and assistant professor of neurology at the Feinberg School
  • Perception of time in Parkinson’s disease – presented by Aleksandar Videnovic, MD, movement disorders specialist at Northwestern Memorial and assistant professor of neurology at the Feinberg School

The symposium will wrap up with a series of workshops addressing medications, relaxation, exercise innovations and caregiving for Parkinson’s disease. Workshops will be presented by Simuni; Videnovic; Zadikoff; Diane Breslow, MSW, coordinator of the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center; Santiago Toledo, MD, physical rehabilitation medicine specialist at Northwestern Memorial and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) and assistant professor in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Feinberg School; Christina Marciniak, MD, physical rehabilitation medicine specialist at Northwestern Memorial and RIC and associate professor in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Feinberg School; therapists from RIC; and Rosalind Wattel, LCSW, relaxation facilitator at Gilda’s Club Chicago.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to view a display of art created by people with Parkinson’s and there will be a demonstration of creative arts therapy, which uses music and art to address the physical and emotional symptoms of the disease. To register for the symposium, call 312-926-8400. Those interested in having their art displayed in the Art of Parkinson’s exhibit should call 312-503-3320.

“Parkinson’s disease isn’t something that just impacts the patient,” said Simuni. “It plays a major role in the life of that patient’s family and caregivers too. This symposium is designed to address the needs of the whole family and help them best cope with and understand life with Parkinson’s.”

Northwestern’s Parkinson ’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center is the only National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence in Illinois. The center provides innovative, multidisciplinary care, while also conducting research to extend knowledge and treatment of movement disorders. There is an emphasis on education and support for patients, families, caregivers, healthcare providers and the community. For more information, visit Northwestern’s Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Centers website.

To find a physician at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, call 312-926-0779.

Media Contact:

Megan McCann
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312-926-5900
memccann@nmh.org

Last UpdateSeptember 22, 2011
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