Gene Therapy and Parkinson’s Disease – Webinar Notes

Gene Therapy and Parkinson’s Disease – Webinar Notes

“Dr. Gilbert Hosts” is a webinar series sponsored by the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA), featuring Dr. Rebecca Gilbert, a movement disorder specialist. In September, the webinar speaker, Dr. Tim Greenamyre, gave a thorough overview of gene therapy and Parkinson’s disease (PD), and then answered questions.  We at Stanford Parkinson's Community Outreach listened to the webinar and are sharing our notes. 

“Thawing Out: Strategies to Reduce Freezing” – Webinar Notes

“Thawing Out: Strategies to Reduce Freezing” – Webinar Notes

The Parkinson Society of British Columbia (PSBC) offered a webinar in mid-September on freezing and how to prevent the condition from occurring in Parkinson’s Disease (PD). Shelly Yu, a neuro physiotherapist with PSBC, provided PD patients and caregivers on strategies to minimize freezing and maintain activity. Specifically, the webinar covered the what, when, where, and why of freezing. 

Prodromal Parkinson’s – Webinar Notes

Prodromal Parkinson’s – Webinar Notes

In early September, the Journal of Parkinson's Disease (based in Amsterdam), The Cure Parkinson's Trust (based in the UK), and Parkinson's Movement co-hosted one of their quarterly webinars on Parkinson's Disease (PD).  The topic was prodromal PD, which refers to the stage at which people do not meet the diagnostic criteria for PD but they do exhibit many of the symptoms.  Those with "prodromal PD" are obviously at a higher than average risk of meeting the diagnostic criteria for PD in the future. We at Stanford Parkinson's Community Outreach attended the webinar and are sharing our notes. 

“Your Head in the Clouds: Brain Fog with Parkinson’s Disease” – Webinar Notes

“Your Head in the Clouds: Brain Fog with Parkinson’s Disease” – Webinar Notes

The Parkinson Society of British Columbia hosted a webinar in mid-September on brain fog in PD. Brain fog has been described as “fuzzy thinking” and “being unable to feel sharp in one’s thoughts.”  The speaker addressed the symptoms behind brain fog and how to promote brain health and wellness.  

Stanford Updates Lists of Live, Virtual PD Exercise Classes and PD Exercise Videos

Stanford Updates Lists of Live, Virtual PD Exercise Classes and PD Exercise Videos

To ensure those in the Parkinson's community have options to exercise safely during the Covid-19 health crisis, Stanford Parkinson's Community Outreach has expanded our lists of live, virtual PD exercise classes and PD exercise videos.  There are lots of options for all levels of mobility. 

Stanford Neurosurgeon to discuss Deep Brain Stimulation at Greater Fresno Virtual Support Group Meeting, October 21, 1pm

Stanford Neurosurgeon to discuss Deep Brain Stimulation at Greater Fresno Virtual Support Group Meeting, October 21, 1pm

Casey Halpern, MD, functional neurosurgeon, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and, by courtesy, of Neurology and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, at the Stanford University Medical Center, will present “Deep Brain Stimulation Update for Parkinson’s Disease” at the Fresno Virtual Support Group Meeting on Wednesday, October 21, from 1:00-2:00pm. The meeting will be presented via video. No registration required. 

Register now for virtual PANC Parkinson’s conference, featuring Dr. Soania Mathur, Saturday, October 24, 8:3am-1pm

Register now for virtual PANC Parkinson’s conference, featuring Dr. Soania Mathur, Saturday, October 24, 8:3am-1pm

The Parkinson Association of Northern California (PANC) is hosting its annual conference, virtually this year.  Anyone in the US may attend.  The keynote speaker is Parkinson's advocate Dr. Soania Mathur.  Several movement disorder specialists from Northern California will be speaking.  Registration is $10/person.  Stanford Parkinson's Community Outreach will be exhibiting, virtually.

“Work, Money, Meaning, and Parkinson’s” – Webinar Notes

“Work, Money, Meaning, and Parkinson’s” – Webinar Notes

The Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson's presented a webinar this summer on “Work, Money, Meaning, and Parkinson’s” as part of their Young Onset Parkinson’s Council webinar series.  Seven people diagnosed with YOPD participated.  Stanford Parkinson's Community Outreach attended the webinar and are sharing our notes. 

The Intestinal Microbiome in Health and Disease (including PD) – Webinar notes

The Intestinal Microbiome in Health and Disease (including PD) – Webinar notes

The Houston Area Parkinson Society (HAPS) presented a webinar this summer on "The Intestinal Microbiome in Health and Disease."  The speaker was Herbert DuPont, MD, a professor of infectious diseases at the University of Texas School of Public Health.  Stanford Parkinson's Community Outreach attended the webinar and are sharing our notes. 

Latest Developments in DBS Surgery and Future Enhancements – Webinar notes

Latest Developments in DBS Surgery and Future Enhancements – Webinar notes

On September 17th the Stanford Parkinson’s Community Outreach presented a webinar on deep brain stimulation (DBS).  Jaimie Henderson, MD, Stanford Neurosurgery, discussed the Latest Developments in DBS Surgery as well as future enhancements.  Dr. Henderson spoke for about 50 minutes about how patients are prepared for DBS surgery, what patients can expect, and the DBS systems available.  Then, he answered questions for about a half hour.