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Expert Briefings Webinars

Whether you are a person touched by Parkinson's disease (PD) or a health care professional, the Parkinson's Foundation's online seminars offer a course for you.

Learn more about PD symptoms, progression, treatments and management during our live slideshow presentations. Or watch one of more than 40 recorded past webinars at your convenience to discover the latest in Parkinson's research and practical advice.

Future Online Webinars

Join our upcoming seminars live or view recordings on our website afterwards to learn the many ways to live well with Parkinson's disease (PD) from experts.

Not able to view online? Call 888-272-8710 to listen live and enter code 6323567#.

If you’d like to download the program in a one page flyer format, click here.

*Satellite viewing locations and dates where you’ll be able to view Expert Briefings are forthcoming.

Mental Health and PD

Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET
Laura Marsh, MD

Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology, Baylor College of Medicine
Director, Mental Health Care Line
Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center

Overview: Parkinson's disease (PD) is complicated by a number of comorbid psychiatric symptoms that often overlap with the motor and other physical aspects of PD or may be caused by PD medications used to treat motor symptoms (e.g., impulse control disorders and dopamine agonists). In this webinar, Dr. Marsh will focus on the overlap of motor, cognitive, and psychiatric aspects of PD. Additionally, she will describe the features of comorbid psychiatric disturbances, including depression, anxiety and psychosis along with general approaches to treatment.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this webinar, the participants will:

  1. Understand the relationships between motor, cognitive and psychiatric dysfunction in PD over the course of the disease.
  2. Understand the common psychiatric diagnoses seen in patients with PD.
  3. Be familiar with appropriate treatments for neuropsychiatric disturbances in PD.

Laura Marsh, MD

A geriatric neuropsychiatrist, Dr. Marsh's clinical and research expertise focuses on the recognition and treatment of psychiatric disturbances in patients with Parkinson’s disease. Since 2009, she has been the Executive Director of the Mental Health Service at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Previously, she was director and principal investigator of the Clinical Research Program of the NIH-funded Morris K. Udall Parkinson’s Disease Research Center at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

In addition to her efforts to improve psychiatric treatments for individuals with Parkinson's disease, a focus of her administrative role is to facilitate the general integration of psychiatric and mental health care into medical care and to promote positive attitudes and beliefs about mental health care and psychiatric illnesses. Dr. Marsh also serves on the scientific or clinical advisory boards or steering committee for the Houston Area Parkinson’s Society, the Houston/Harris County Coalition for the Homeless Continuum of Care, the American Parkinson’s Disease Association, and the National Parkinson Foundation. She is an active member of the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry, the Parkinson’s Study Group, and the Movement Disorders Society and has published widely on psychiatric disorders in PD and related conditions, including as co-editor of the book, Psychiatric Issues in Parkinson’s Disease: A Practical Guide.

Advanced PD and Palliative Care in the 21st Century

Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET
Janis M. Miyasaki, MD, MEd, FRCPC, FAAN

Director, Parkinson and Movement Disorders Program, University of Alberta

Overview: In this webinar, Dr. Miyasaki will review the WHO criteria for palliative care, the various models of palliative care delivery, hospice and hospice criteria in the US, the challenge of palliative care coordination with subspecialists and the people required to make palliative care work.  She will also review the symptoms of PD not often associated with symptom burden in addition to spouse and family challenges. 

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this webinar, the participants will:

  1. Understand the benefits of palliative care regardless of the stage of illness
  2. Learn about the non-traditional symptoms of PD
  3. Understand how palliative care can be incorporated in a practice

Janis Miyasaki, MD, MEd, FRCPC, FAAN

Dr. Miyasaki is a graduate of the University of Toronto completing medical school, residency and a movement disorders fellowship under Dr. Anthony Lang.  She joined the University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry in 2014 following 22 years at the University of Toronto. Since 2015, Dr. Miyasaki became the Director of the Movement Disorders Program comprising 10 physicians (7 neurologists, 1 functional neurosurgeon, a neuropsychiatrist and geriatrician) and a dedicated interdisciplinary team. 

She has held leadership positions at the University of Toronto, the University of Alberta, the International Parkinson Disease and Movement Disorder Society, the Parkinson Study Group and the American Academy of Neurology.  Dr. Miyasaki founded the first dedicated Palliative Care Program for Parkinson’s Disease and Related Disorders at the University of Toronto in 2007. Since then, she has published original research on this topic and is viewed as the founder of palliative care for Parkinson’s disease.  In 2015, Dr. Miyasaki established the Complex Neurologic Symptoms Clinic at the Kaye Edmonton Clinic, University of Alberta with Dr. Wendy Johnston, an expert in ALS. This program provides care to all neurologic patients with palliative care needs. Recent research includes a study of positive psychology applied to recently diagnosed people with Parkinson’s and a large multicenter randomized controlled study of ambulatory palliative care in Parkinson’s disease funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute. 

Non-motor Symptoms: What’s New?

Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET
Ronald Pfeiffer, MD

Oregon Health and Sciences University, Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence

Seeing Clearly with PD: Vision Changes

Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET
Dan Gold, DO

Assistant Professor of Neurology, Ophthalmology, Neurosurgery, Otolaryngology - Head and Neck SurgeryThe Johns Hopkins Hospital

Overview: PD is commonly viewed as a disease characterized by motor deficits, but visual conditions that can negatively impact daily function and quality of life are common. Among the most common conditions are ocular surface irritation, convergence insufficiency, hallucinations, and blurry or subnormal vision. This webinar will focus on how to recognize and treat the most common symptoms experienced by people living with PD.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this webinar, the participants will:

  1. Be familiar with the most common visual conditions in PD
  2. Understand with why these conditions are common,
  3. Be informed with how to address or treat these issues

Dan Gold, DO

Daniel R. Gold, DO is an Assistant Professor of Neurology, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, and Neurosurgery at The Johns Hopkins University. He is a neurologist with fellowship training in neuro-ophthalmology and additional training in neuro-vestibular disorders. Dr. Gold maintains an active clinical practice, seeing patients with dizziness and imbalance as well as those with neuro-ophthalmic conditions. He is also heavily involved with the education of residents and fellows, giving frequent lectures on topics related to his subspecialty expertise in addition to leading neuro-ophthalmology/ocular motor bedside teaching rounds for residents and students.

PD and Medication: What’s New?

Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET
Rajesh Pahwa, MD

Laverne and Joyce Rider Professor of Neurology
Chief, Parkinson and Movement Disorder Division
Director, Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence
University of Kansas Medical Center

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this webinar, the participants will:

  1. Be familiar with new treatment options in the next 2 years
  2. Understand who would be the best candidates for the new therapies

Rajesh Pahwa, MD

Dr. Pahwa is the Laverne and Joyce Rider Professor of Neurology at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He is also Chief, Parkinson and Movement Disorder Division and Director of Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas.

Dr. Pahwa received his medical degree at Seth G.S. Medical College, University of Bombay, India. He completed an internship in medicine at Baylor College of Medicine followed by a residency in Neurology at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas. He then completed a fellowship in movement disorders at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Pahwa is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Dr. Pahwa's research interests are centered around the various aspects of Parkinson's disease and essential tremor A nervous system disorder that causes shaking of the hands or head and an unsteady quality of the voice. Shaking usually occurs on both sides of the body (compared to Parkinson’s, in which tremor typically begins on one side only) and is worse during movement (compared to Parkinson’s resting tremor). Essential tremor is more common than Parkinson’s.. He is currently involved in studies related to medical and surgical forms of therapies for Parkinson's disease and essential tremor. Dr. Pahwa has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles, approximately 50 chapters and over 200 abstracts in leading neurology and movement disorder journals. He has conducted more than 100 clinical trials related to Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders. He is the co-editor of "Handbook of Parkinson's Disease", 3rd and 4th editions; "Therapy of Parkinson's Disease", 3rd edition; and "Handbook of Essential Tremor and other Tremor Disorders".

When Care Comes to You: Tips for Using Home Health Aides, PTs and OTs

Tuesday, June 11, 2019, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET
Julie Hershberg PT, DPT, NCS

USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, re+active physical therapy and wellness

Overview: In this webinar, participants will learn practical aspects of harnessing the power of a health care team including home health aides, physical therapists and occupational therapists. Participants will understand the different roles of each professional as well as questions to ask to ensure a good fit when finding a health care team.  

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this webinar, the participants will:

  1. Understand the roles of home health aides, physical therapists and occupational therapists for people with PD
  2. Understand the benefits of home health aides, PTs and OTs as part of your team
  3. Discover the types of questions to ask your aide or therapist to know if they are right for you

Julie Hershberg PT, DPT, NCS

Julie Hershberg is a neurologic physical therapist specializing in movement disorders.  She is an instructor at the University of Southern California and is the founder of re+active physical therapy & wellness, a neurologic physical therapy, wellness and research center in Los Angeles.

Past Expert Briefings

Expert Briefings FAQ

Browse the frequently asked questions below to learn more about how the foundation's online seminars work — including how to view them, troubleshoot technical issues and if you are a professional, how to apply for Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

General FAQ

Q. What are Expert Briefings?

A. Expert Briefings are free, hour-long online seminars that give practical tips for managing Parkinson's from experts in the field. We break each seminar into two components: a 30-minute presentation (audio and a PowerPoint presentation) and a 30-minute Q&A session where experts answer questions from online participants.

Q. When are Expert Briefings?

A. The Parkinson's Foundation hosts six annual Expert Briefings on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. EST.

Q. What topics do Expert Briefings cover? How are topics selected?

A. The seminars cover wide-ranging topics, including coping tips for motor and non-motor symptoms, caregiving and living well strategies and medical therapies. The Parkinson's Foundation surveys the Parkinson's community and uses your feedback in determining the critical issues we cover.

Viewing FAQ

Q. How do I register to view live Expert Briefings?

A. Click on one of the topics at the top of this page up to one month before the event.

Q. How do I take part in live Expert Briefings?

A. View webinars through the Parkinson's Foundation website. Online participants can send questions to speakers through the message box at the bottom of their screen. Those without a computer can listen by phone to the live presentation using a toll-free number given at registration. The Parkinson's Foundation will send phone participants a printout of the presentation slides by mail upon request.

Q. What if I miss an Expert Briefing?

A. The Parkinson's Foundation records and posts each presentation on its website one week after the live event. View more than 40 archived Expert Briefings anytime. Access recordings by computer or request one of our limited-quantity DVDs.

Q. What if I do not have access to a computer?

A. Participants without computers may access live and recorded Expert Briefings. Dial (888) 272-8710 on the day of the event and input passcode 6323567# when prompted to participate. Phone participants can call the Parkinson's Foundation Helpline at 1-800-4PD-INFO (473-4636) to request a printout of the presentation slides. The Helpline can also provide DVDs of previously recorded Expert Briefings, but quantities are limited.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for Healthcare Professionals

Q. How can health care professionals receive continuing education units for Expert Briefings?

A. Continuing education units are offered to qualifying professionals through the Parkinson's Foundation's sponsorship of the American Society on Aging (ASA). Browse the list of approved Boards here. Please note that there is a limit of one Board selection per person per event.

Q. How do I apply for CEUs?

A. Online participants who have indicated an interest in CEUs receive a link to the CEU application and a recording of the seminar within several days of the live Expert Briefing. Health care professionals have up to 30 days to view the seminar and complete the application, which covers topics from the seminar. Please note that it may take an additional 30 days to process applications.

Q. When will I receive the CEU credit?

A. We will email your CEU certificate to the address you provide within 30 days of your survey application completion.

Q. Who should I contact if I do not receive my CEUs?

A. Contact the American Society on Aging at (415) 974-9628.

Technical Support

Q. What is the best way to view Expert Briefings?

A. View Expert Briefings on PCs, Macs and mobile devices using high-speed internet access. Mac users may be asked to download the free Microsoft Silverlight plug-in.

Q. How do I view live Expert Briefings?

A. Sign up on your computer by visiting the Parkinson's Foundation's website. Download the free Proclaim application in the iTunes App Store to view on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch mobile device. You will receive a reminder email the day of the event which will include a direct link to view in your device.

Q. What do I do if the Expert Briefing does not play after opening the confirmation email?

A. Be sure to click the direct link and icon, "View This Presentation on Your Computer or Mobile Device." It is best to join a few minutes early to ensure everything is working properly. Note that you will hear music and see a welcome slide until the presentation begins.

Q. Why am I unable to complete my registration and advance to the next screen?

A. Ensure that you have completed all the registration form's required fields. If you keep returning to the registration page, you may need to update settings in your internet browser. Ensure cookies and pop-ups are enabled and check our browser compatibility test page by visiting www.netbriefings.com/support/syscheck-windows.shtml. You must complete a separate registration form for each PD Expert Briefing.

Q. What should I do if I cannot hear the presentation?

A. First ensure that your device is equipped to play sound, then check your device and internet browser setting. You may need to update your browser to a more recent version. You may also contact us to listen by phone.

Contact Information

Q. Who should I contact if I have more questions?

A. Depending on the nature of your question, please refer to the correct organization below:

  • For technical questions: Contact Netbriefings via Technical Support or at (651) 225-1532.
  • For questions about Parkinson's: Contact the Parkinson's Foundation Helpline at 1-800-4PD-INFO (473-4636) or helpline@parkinson.org.
  • For questions about CEUs: Contact the American Society on Aging at (415) 974-9628.
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