Oct.3, 2012 – SARASOTA, FL – What do a revered Suncoast neurologist, a world-famous genetics researcher, and a famous dance instructor have in common? They are all experts in Parkinson disease (PD), and they’re joining forces to educate the Suncoast about cutting-edge treatments for the condition.
They’ll be featured in “Moving Toward Health,” a free interactive community event for patients, caregivers and healthcare providers. It happens on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at Sarasota Memorial’s Institute for Advanced Medicine in the HealthFit gymnasium. It’s sponsored by Neuro Challenge Foundation, in partnership with Sarasota Memorial Health Care System.
“This is part of our Distinguished Speakers Series,” says NCF president Doreen Sutherland. “People love these events because they get to hear about the latest developments in Parkinson disease care, as well as meet and talk with the speakers.”
Medical journalist Heidi Godman will moderate a question and answer period for the speakers and guests. At least 300 people are expected to attend.
Cheryl Waters, MD, Glickman Professor of Clinical Neurology and Chief of Clinical Practice at Columbia University, is a genetics researcher and investigator in numerous studies involving a variety of new medical and surgical treatments for Parkinson’s disease. She is the author of many articles and book chapters on Parkinson’s disease, including “Diagnosis and Management of Parkinson’s Disease,” now in its 6th edition.
David Leventhal is the founding teacher and program manager for Dance for PD® from the prestigious Mark Morris Dance Group, NYC. He and local PD dance instructor Lynn Hocker will provide a 45 minute demonstration for 39 pre-registered guests beginning at 1 PM. Pre-registration is already full! The demonstration will show what a difference an intergrated approach makes to PD care.
Dean P. Sutherland, MD, PhD, is the founder of Southeastern Center for Parkinson Disease in Sarasota, FL, as well as NCF’s medical director.
Attendance is free and includes a continental breakfast, but advance registration is required. Valet parking and hotels are located nearby. For more information please visit www.neurochallenge.org or call 941-926-6413.
What: Distinguished Speaker Series, “Moving Toward Health”
When: 8:00 am to 12:30 pm on October 13, 2012
Where: SMH’s Institute for Advanced Medicine, 5880 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238
Registration: Log onto www.neurochallenge.org or call 941-926-6413
CE Credits: 2.5 Free CEUs/CNEs
The Neuro Challenge Foundation Mission is to enhance the quality of life for people living with Parkinson Disease through education, outreach and research. NCF’s flagship Parkinson Care Advisor Program provides free one on one advice for patients. Call 941-926-6413.
It is estimated that as many as 1.5 million people in the United States have PD. In Southwest Florida, it is projected that approximately 9,000 people have PD and another 5-10,000 are directly affected as professional or family caregivers. Although great progress has been made in understanding PD, the cause and cure are still unknown.
Parkinson Disease is a chronic, degenerative neurological disorder that affects one in 100 people over the age of 60. While the average age of onset is 62, disease onset starts by age 40 in an estimated five to 10 percent of patients, and people as young as 30 can also be affected. There is no readily-available objective test, or biomarker, for Parkinson Disease, so the rate of misdiagnosis can be relatively high, especially when the diagnosis is made by a non-specialist. Estimates of the number of people living with the disease vary, but recent research indicates that at least one million people in the U.S., and six million world-wide, have Parkinson Disease.