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Udall Center Research Symposium

Current Research and Clinical Applications for Parkinson's Disease

Join us for a day of research updates and clinical applications. Hear from movement disorder specialists about cutting-edge research and new treatments for Parkinson's disease.

View Presentations From the 2019 Symposium

The 2019 event was held on September 16th at the University of Delaware.

The Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center

Dr. Liana Rosenthal welcomes participants to the 2019 Udall Center Research Symposium and gives a brief overview of the the Johns Hopkins Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center.

Biomarkers for Parkinson's Disease

Many diseases have biomarkers that allow doctors to more easily diagnose the condition, predict symptom progression and monitor treatment responses — all with a simple blood test. Hear from Dr. Liana Rosenthal about research progress to identify similar biomarkers for Parkinson's disease.

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Cognitive and Psychiatric Aspects of Parkinson’s Disease

For patients with Parkinson's disease, motor symptoms (like tremors) are just the tip of the iceberg. Many also struggle with anxiety, mood fluctuations and cognitive impairment. Dr. Greg Pontone discusses the often-overlooked psychiatric complications of Parkinson's disease and its treatment.

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Disease Modifying vs. Symptomatic Therapy

Some treatments target the underlying causes of Parkinson's disease while others alleviate the symptoms. Learn the difference between the two — and how you can protect your neurological health from Dr. Kelly Mills.

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Genetic Mutations in Parkinson’s disease – LRRK2 Biology

LRRK2 is the most common cause of genetic Parkinson's disease, making it one of the most prominent targets for treatment. And while the protein contributes to Parkinson’s disease in some people, it actually protects against conditions like Crohn’s disease and certain cancers. Dr. Valina Dawson explains the latest in Parkinson's research.

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Gut Models of Parkinson's Disease

We assume Parkinson's disease begins in the brain, but research suggests that the disease may actually start in the digestive tract, from where it then travels to the brain. Dr. Hanseok Ko explains this model and its implications for new treatments.

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Pathophysiology of Parkinson's Disease

Research suggests that one particular protein (alpha-synuclein) plays a major role in Parkinson's disease. This protein can become "misfolded" and then transmit its structural irregularities to neighboring cells. Dr. Ted Dawson explains this model and what it means for future treatment methods.

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Food for the Brain: Nutrition and Parkinson's Disease

It's no secret that what we eat has an enormous impact on our health, and patients with Parkinson's disease are no exception. Health educator Chelsea Ganc explains the role of nutrition in Parkinson's symptom management and the best way to identify a diet that works for your unique needs.

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Intro to Parkinson's Disease

Dr. Justin Martello from Christiana Care Health System provides a Parkinson's disease primer for newly diagnosed patients and their loved ones. Hear from Dr. Martello about recent treatment advances and future research avenues.

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Collaborative Care of Parkinson’s Disease at the University of Delaware

Jenny L. Hughes, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
University of Delaware

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