Parkinson's Disease Foundation Announces Innovative Online Education Series

Sep 13, 2011, 12:15 ET from Parkinson's Disease Foundation

NEW YORK, Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Parkinson's Disease Foundation® (PDF®) is pleased to announce its newest series of PD ExpertBriefings, free interactive educational seminars designed for people living with Parkinson's, family members and health care professionals.  The series of six seminars – available by phone or online – begin on Tuesday, September 27, 2011, and run through June 2012, addressing topics voted upon by the community as important to Parkinson's disease management.

PDF launched PD ExpertBriefings to ensure that people touched by Parkinson's have access to the most up-to-date information directly from leaders in research and care.  After 7,000 individuals joined one or more of last year's PD ExpertBriefings, PDF asked the community to vote on the topics most important to their quality of life with Parkinson's.  Among those selected by voters were anxiety and depression, medication management and issues related to driving.  

The PD ExpertBriefing faculty includes Parkinson's specialists such as Daniel Weintraub, M.D., of the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, PA, who on Tuesday, September 27 at 1 PM ET will lead the first PD ExpertBriefing discussing side effects, called compulsive and impulsive behaviors, caused by certain Parkinson's medications.  

PDF Executive Director, Robin Elliott, commented, "As a community, we must do all we can to provide information that can impact the lives of people touched by Parkinson's right now.  We hope that everyone whose life is touched by Parkinson's will consider joining PDF and our outstanding faculty for these six seminars."

Ann Wasson, Co-Chair of PDF's People with Parkinson's Advisory Council, added, "PD ExpertBriefings provide the Parkinson's community with easy access to top doctors and researchers and allow participants to join in with questions and comments of their own.  This combination of knowledge and access provides a true exchange between people with Parkinson's and professionals."

To join a PD ExpertBriefing, call (800) 457-6676, visit or email Pre-registration is recommended.  Phone participants will receive an event-specific number which differs from the one above.

PD ExpertBriefings Schedule

Impulsive and Compulsive Behaviors in Parkinson's
Tuesday, September 27, 2011, 1:00 PM ET - 2:00 PM ET
Faculty: Daniel Weintraub, M.D.
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Caring for a Person with Late Stage Parkinson's
November 2011
In Recognition of November as National Family Caregivers Month
Faculty: To Be Announced

Driving and Parkinson's: Balancing Independence and Safety
Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 1:00 PM ET - 2:00 PM ET
Faculty: Margaret O'Connor, Ph.D., A.B.P.P., and Lissa Robins Kapust, L.I.C.S.W.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA

A Closer Look at Anxiety and Depression in Parkinson's
Tuesday, March 6, 2012, 1:00 PM ET2:00 PM ET
Faculty: Laura Marsh, M.D.
Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

Parkinson's Medications: Today and Tomorrow
Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 1:00 PM ET - 2:00 PM ET
Faculty: Cynthia L. Comella, M.D., F.A.A.N.
Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL

Understanding the Progression of Parkinson's
Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 1:00 PM ET2:00 PM ET
Faculty: Ronald F. Pfeiffer, M.D.
University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN

This series has been made possible by an educational grant from Teva Neuroscience.

About Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects nearly one million people in the US and an estimated seven to 10 million people worldwide.  Although promising research is being conducted, there is currently no cure for Parkinson's.

About PD ExpertBriefings

PD ExpertBriefings provide people with Parkinson's, families and health professionals with first-hand access to the leaders in Parkinson's care and research. PDF's library includes more than 20 PD ExpertBriefings which can be viewed 24 hours a day, seven days a week from the comfort of one's own home.  

About the Parkinson's Disease Foundation
The Parkinson's Disease Foundation® (PDF®) is a leading national presence in Parkinson's disease research, education and public advocacy. PDF is working for the nearly one million people in the US who live with Parkinson's by funding promising scientific research while supporting people living with Parkinson's through educational programs and services. Since its founding in 1957, PDF has dedicated over $90 million to fund the work of leading scientists throughout the world and over $37 million to support national education and advocacy programs.

SOURCE Parkinson's Disease Foundation