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Parkinson's Disease Foundation Highlights Under-recognized Aspects of Disease with New Online Educational Series

The Parkinson's Disease Foundation® (PDF®) is pleased to announce the launch of its latest series of PD ExpertBriefings — six free online seminars designed to shed light on under-recognized aspects of Parkinson's disease. The series, presented by leaders in Parkinson's research and care, begins today, Tuesday, September 15 at 1:00 PM ET.

"Many people living with Parkinson's disease experience symptoms we may not initially understand, such as changes in our mood, motivation or our ability to multi-task. It may take years to realize these changes are part of our disease," says Karen Smith of Evansville, IN, Vice Chair of PDF's People with Parkinson's Advisory Council. "Through PD ExpertBriefings, PDF is raising awareness of common yet under-recognized aspects of the disease and ensuring that people with Parkinson's have the tools to manage them."

The latest series kicks off today by approaching a commonly-discussed topic, "Nutrition and Parkinson's Disease," from a rarely-discussed viewpoint: weight management. In Parkinson's disease, issues related to nutrition, appetite, swallowing and medications can lead to unwanted weight loss and gain. The seminar, led by Heather Zwickey, Ph.D., Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, Director of the Helfgott Research Institute and Professor of Immunology at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR, will provide practical strategies for managing both aspects of the disease.

The series includes additional seminars discussing other often overlooked aspects of Parkinson's disease such as cognitive issues, dementiaA term used to describe a group of brain disorders that cause a broad complex of symptoms such as disorientation, confusion, memory loss, impaired judgment and alterations in mood and personality., anxiety A feeling of nervousness, worried thoughts and physical distress., apathy and depression A mood disorder whose symptoms can include a persistent sad or empty mood, feelings of hopelessness or pessimism, irritability and loss of interest or pleasure in previously enjoyable activities.. It also includes PDF's annual update on experimental treatments in the pipeline for Parkinson's disease, with a special focus on gene and cell therapies.

"The Parkinson's Disease Foundation is working each day to end this disease and put ourselves out of business," said PDF President Robin Anthony Elliott. "Until the day comes when we close our doors, we tell our community: they are open to you. Please take advantage of our free programs, including this latest series of educational PD ExpertBriefings, to find the tools for living your best life with Parkinson's disease today."

Qualifying health professionals have the opportunity to earn free continuing education credits by participating live or within 30 days of any PD ExpertBriefing. The full schedule appears below.

PD ExpertBriefings Schedule

Nutrition and Parkinson's Disease 
Tuesday, September 15, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM ET
Heather Zwickey, Ph.D., Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, Director of the Helfgott Research Institute and Professor of Immunology, National College of Natural Medicine

Cognitive Issues: Advice for Parkinson's Care Partners
In recognition of National Family Caregivers Month
Tuesday, November 10, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM ET
Rebecca Gilbert, M.D., Ph.D., Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology, NYU Langone Medical Center & NYU Langone Parkinson's and Movement Disorders Center

Anxiety in Parkinson's Disease
Tuesday, January 5, 2016, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM ET
Joseph H. Friedman, M.D., Director, Movement Disorders Program, Butler Hospital and Professor and Chief, Division of Movement Disorders, Warren Alpert Medical School, Brown University

Dealing with Dementia in PD
Tuesday, March 1, 2016, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM ET
Jennifer G. Goldman, M.D., M.S., Associate Professor, Section of Parkinson Disease and Movement Disorders, Department of Neurological Sciences, PDF Research Center at Rush University Medical Center

What's in the PD Pipeline? Gene and Cell Therapies
Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM ET
Roger Barker, M.B.B.S, M.R.C.P, Ph.D., Professor of Clinical Neuroscience and Honorary Consultant, Neurology, University of Cambridge and Addenbrooke's Hospital

Apathy or Depression: Which One Is It?
Tuesday, June 14, 2016, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM ET
Dawn Bowers, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Clinical and Health Psychology; Area Head, Neuropsychology; Director, Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, McKnight Brain Institute, University of Florida

About Parkinson's Disease
Parkinson's disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects nearly one million people in the US. Although promising research is being conducted, there is currently no cure for Parkinson's disease.

About PD ExpertBriefings
PD ExpertBriefings are free interactive seminars that provide people with Parkinson's disease, families and health care professionals with first-hand access to leaders in research and care. Since 2009, PDF has offered more than 40 PD ExpertBriefings. PDF offers continuing education credits to health care professionals who participate in PD ExpertBriefings through its sponsorship of the American Society on Aging. The 2015-2016 series of PD ExpertBriefings covers topics chosen with the help of the Parkinson's disease community, including more than 1,000 survey respondents and seven regional Parkinson's disease organizations, having been designed in collaboration with the Dallas Area Parkinsonism Society (DAPS); Houston Area Parkinson Society (HAPS); Michigan Parkinson Foundation (MPF); Parkinson Association of the Carolinas (PAC); Parkinson Association of the Rockies (PAR); Parkinson's Association (PA) and Parkinson Support Center of Kentuckiana (PSCKY). The series has been made possible by educational grants from Acadia Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Lundbeck LLC.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

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Parkinson’s Foundation Announces Five New Members of its People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

NEW YORK & MIAMI — June 13, 2018 — The Parkinson’s Foundation today announced five new members of its People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council.

The Parkinson’s Foundation 2018 Gala in New York City Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Monday, May 14, 2018

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Parkinson’s Foundation Adds Alison Herman to its Board of Directors
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

MIAMI – May 9, 2018 – The Parkinson’s Foundation today announced the election of Alison Herman to its board of directors. Herman is senior counsel at Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, a company which has generously supported Parkinson’s Foundation fundraisers.

Statement on Nuplazid Drug
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

On 4/9/18, CNN published an article on the FDA-approved drug, Nuplazid, used to treat hallucinations and psychosis in Parkinson’s disease. The article investigates FDA data showing the number of reported deaths with people taking Nuplazid. Nuplazid was approved by the FDA in 2016 and is manufactured by Acadia Pharmaceuticals.

Parkinson’s Foundation Adds John D. Thomopoulos to its Board of Directors
Monday, March 19, 2018

MIAMI & NEW YORK – March 19, 2018 – The Parkinson’s Foundation today announced the election of John D. Thomopoulos to its board of directors. Thomopoulos is a partner at Ernst & Young.

In Memory of Edythe Kay Marsa
Monday, March 12, 2018

The Parkinson’s Foundation mourns the loss of emeritus board member, Edythe (Edy) Kay Marsa. From 1993 to 2014, she was a member of the Foundation’s board of directors and served on several committees. Edy is survived by her husband William Marsa, who founded the Herbert Kay Parkinson Chapter in honor of her first husband who passed away due to complications from Parkinson’s disease.

Parkinson’s Foundation Announces New Genetic Initiative Connecting Parkinson’s Genetic Data with Clinical Care
Tuesday, March 6, 2018

MIAMI & NEW YORK—March 6, 2018—The Parkinson’s Foundation today announced a new initiative offering genetic testing and counseling to Parkinson’s patients within its Center of Excellence network.

Delegates From The Parkinson’s Community Converge On Capitol Hill To Advocate For Critical Research Funding
Monday, March 5, 2018

—2018 Parkinson’s Policy Forum Co-Sponsored by the Parkinson’s Foundation and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research—

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