“Women and PD: What’s New?” symposium scheduled for Saturday, October 29th 10:45am-3:00pm, Redwood City

Kathleen Poston, MD (left) and Taylor Hendershott, Lab Manager (right)

Kathleen Poston, MD (left) and Taylor Hendershott, Lab Manager (right)

This exciting educational symposium will include lectures and panels on the latest information and research important to women living with Parkinson’s. Presented by Parkinson’s Women Support, the program includes top-level researchers and clinicians. This symposium will be presented at the Redwood Shores Library in Redwood City. The program requires pre-registration and includes an option to purchase a boxed lunch. Tickets will not be available at the event.

Presenters and topics include:

Dr. Julie Andersen Ph.D., Professor, Buck Institute for Research on Aging expert on age-related neurodegenerative disease, will discuss how PD affects women;

Dr. Kathleen Poston MD, MS, movement disorder specialist at Stanford Movement Disorders Center and director of her Poston Lab discusses what to consider when volunteering for clinical trials, and why they’re so important for women along with lab manager Taylor Hendershott and volunteer Elaine Sulzberger;

Dr. Karl Heilbron Ph.D., post-doctoral computational biologist from 23andme will discuss women and PD;

A panel discussion on how Parkinson’s affects women will include:

Dr. Jill Ostrem MD, movement disorder specialist at the UCSF Movement Disorder and Neuromodulation Center

Dr. Melanie Brandabur, Medical Director, Ultragenyx Pharmaceuticals

Randy Hoffman  MA, CCC-SLP, speech language pathologist and LSVT expert at the Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center and at Palo Alto Speech Therapy

Karen Merchant, RN, CNRN, clinical nurse in the UCSF Movement Disorder and Neuromodulation Center

Dr. Daniel Zwilling, Director of CNS discovery, Circuit Therapeutics

Theresa Najjar, PT, MSPT, founder of  Synaptic Physical Therapy


The location of the program is:

Redwood Shores Library
399 Marine Parkway
Redwood City CA 94065


Pre-registration is required and tickets will not be available at the symposium.

The cost is $20/ticket or $32/ticket including a box lunch (menu options are on the back of the attached flyer).

Please send payment by check to Darcy Blake at the address shown on the flyer. Attendees’ names will be on a list at the door.

Wheelchair accessible.

Parking is convenient and free.


Please download the program flyer for more information and for details on how to register for the symposium and to reserve a box lunch. Need additional information about the symposium? Please contact parkinsonswomen@gmail.com.

Parkinson’s Women Support offers moral support, encouragement and camaraderie for women who are living with Parkinson’s disease. In 2015, members of our women’s group attended the Women and PD Initiative, presented by the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. The goal was to focus on women and PD. Attendees, in turn, volunteered to organize an event for women in their area. As a result, Parkinson’s Women Support is proud to present Women in PD: What’s New?