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16th Annual J. Stephen Fink, MD, PhD Memorial Lecture

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

Caroline M. Tanner, MD, PhD Presents at Boston University Medical Campus

Caroline M. Tanner, MD, PhD, Director of the Parkinson’s Disease Research Education and Clinical Center at San Francisco Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center, presented this year’s J. Stephen Fink Memorial lecture entitled “Parkinson’s Disease Etiology: Genes, Environment & Their Interactions.” Dr. Tanner, a Professor of Neurology at the University of California – San Francisco and Director of the Parkinson’s Disease Research Education and Clinical Center at San Francisco Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center, has conducted numerous studies in Parkinson’s and other movement disorders. Her research interests include investigations of descriptive epidemiology, environmental and genetic determinants, biomarkers, early detection, non-motor disease features and interventions for the secondary prevention, and disease modification and symptomatic treatment of movement disorders and neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. Tanner’s presentation at this year’s Fink Memorial Lecture was greatly appreciated by all attendees.


Caroline Tanner, MD, PhD (center) presented at this year’s J. Stephen Fink, MD, PhD Memorial Lecture.
Pictured (left to right): Raymond James, BS, RN; Samuel Ellias, MD, PhD; Marie Saint-Hilaire, MD, FRCPC; Caroline Tanner, MD, PhD; Okeanis Vaou, MD; Cathi A. Thomas, MS, RN; Richard Myers, PhD



Caroline Tanner, MD, PhD to Present at Fink Memorial Lecture

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

16th Annual J. Stephen Fink, MD, PhD Memorial Lecture

Caroline M. Tanner, MD, PhD, Director of the Parkinson’s Disease Research Education and Clinical Center at San Francisco Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center, will present this year’s lecture entitled “Parkinson’s Disease Etiology: Genes, Environment & Their Interactions.”

Date & Time: Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 8:00 am.
Location: Boston University Medical Campus, L110, Medical School Building, 1st Floor, 72 East Concord Street, Boston, MA 02118

New England Regional Movement Disorder Video Conference

Monday, November 19th, 2018

BUMC Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center Hosts Video Rounds

The Boston University Medical Campus Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center hosted video rounds for Movement Disorder Specialists across New England on Friday, November 16th. Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s program!

BUMC Movement Disorder Group Presents Posters at Movement Disorder Conference in Hong Kong

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

Members of the BUMC Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Group presented two posters at this year’s International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders in Hong Kong. Team members contributing to the posters included Stephanie Bissonnette, DO, MPH; Raymond James, BS, RN; Marie-Helene Saint Hilaire, MD, FRCPC; Cathi A. Thomas, MS, RN; and Okeanis Vaou, MD. The first poster presented was “Novel biomarkers of autonomic regulation and sleep in Parkinson’s Disease derived from Network Physiology,” authored by O. Vaou, P. Ivanof, A. DePold‐Hohler, F. Lombardi, R. Endalatpour, A. Quaicoe.

MicroRNA Poster

“MicroRNAs as Biomarkers for Parkinson’s Disease”  involved collaboration between BUMC researchers, including Stephanie Bissonnette, DO, MPH (pictured); Cathi A. Thomas, MS, RN; Raymond James, BS, RN; Marie-Helene Saint Hilaire, MD, FRCPC; and Rick Myers, PhD.

Minority Populations Poster

“Recruitment of Minority Populations in Parkinson’s” presented the work of Chantale Branson, MD; Stephanie Bissonnette, DO, MPH; Okeanis Vaou, MD; and Marie Saint-Hilaire, MD, FRCPC.

(From left to right): Medical Student Alfred Quicoe; Stephanie Bissonnette, DO, MPH; and Marie-Helene Saint Hilaire, MD, FRCPC present in Hong Kong



Boston University and APDA Information & Referral Center Host New England Regional Conference

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

The 13th Biannual American Parkinson Disease Association New England Regional Conference was held this past Sunday and Monday (October 14 & 15) in Mansfield, MA. Over 400 individuals with Parkinson’s, their family members, and interested community members participated in this educational symposium. Doctors Samuel Ellias, MD, PhD; and Okeanis Vaou, MD participated in a panel discussion on Deep Brain Stimulation, and doctor Marie Saint-Hilaire, MD, FRCPC participated in a panel discussion on research.

Welcome Sign

This year’s conference was held in Mansfield, MA

DBS Panel

Okeanis Vaou, MD (far left) and Samuel Ellias, MD, PhD (second from right) participate in DBS program

Panel presentation on research including Marie Saint-Hilaire, MD, FRCPC (center panel) and APDA I & R Coordinator Cathi A. Thomas, MS, RN (far left panel)

Teresa Baker, PT, DPT, NCS and Tami DeAngelis, PT, DPT, GCS participate at the APDA NE Regional Conference

Boston University Members Host National Panel on Exercise

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

Members of the Boston University Community hosted a national panel on exercise. This program supported by the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) included an inter-professional group of PD experts from across the US and was led by Terry Ellis, PT, PhD, NCS, Director of the Center of Neurorehabilitation at Sargent College. Boston University, and Lee Dibble, PT, PhD, ATC, University of Utah. Other BU faculty included Movement Disorder Specialist, Marie Saint-Hilaire, MD, FRCCP, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Cathi Thomas MS, RN, CNRN, and Tami DeAngelis, PT, DPT, GCS. Robin Kornhaber, Senior Vice President, National Programs and Partnerships organized this national blue ribbon panel.

Dr. DeAngelis and Merrill Landers, PT, PhD, University of Nevada are the primary authors of the APDA Parkinson’s Disease Training for Fitness Professionals This online program will help to ensure that participants are safe and supported. The program will also teach fitness professionals about the signs and symptoms of PD and the important ways in which exercise can improve those symptoms, as well as how to describe common PD symptoms and clearly explain the benefits of exercise to those with PD.
To view or take the on-line course visit

Panel of Experts

Terry Ellis, PT, PhD, NCS: Co-Chair
Boston University

Lee Dibble, PT, PhD, ATC: Co-Chair
The University of Utah

Cristina Colon-Semenza, PT, MPT, NCS
University of Connecticut

Tami DeAngelis, PT, DPT, GCS
Boston University

Heather Cianci, PT, MS, GCS
Dan Aaron Parkinson’s Rehab Center

Gammon Earhart, PT, PhD
Washington University St. Louis

Chris Hass, MS, PhD
University of Florida

Jeff Hoder, PT, DPT, NCS
Duke University

Laurie A. King, PhD, PT
Oregon Health & Science University

Merrill Landers, PT, PhD
University of Nevada

Marie Saint-Hilaire, MD, FRCPC
Boston University Medical Center

Margaret Schenkman, PT, PhD, FAPTA
University of Colorado

Lisa Shulman, MD
University of Maryland

Cathi Thomas, RN, MS, CNRN
Boston University Medical Center

BUSM Students Meet with Dr. Stephanie Bissonnette to Kick Off Second Parkinson’s Partners Program

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

Boston University School of Medicine Students meet with Movement Disorder Neurologist, Dr. Stephanie Bissonnette to kick off the second Parkinson Partners Program.

The Parkinson’s Partners program is designed by medical students and faculty of the Department of Neurology Movement Disorder Section. Activities include a combination of group and one-on-one meetings to create relationships between future physicians and people living with Parkinson’s. This unique program provides opportunities to improve student empathy and understanding of the issues specifically affecting individuals with movement disorders. Students also have opportunity to interact with neurology and movement disorder faculty.  Parkinson’s Partner’s aims to give future physicians from all fields a holistic understanding of life with a complex chronic illness while providing an important social space for patients.  This semester’s program started in September and will take place through December. Stay tuned for more updates of this exciting program.

2018 APDA New England Regional Conference

Monday, August 20th, 2018

The APDA Information and Referral Center at Boston University Medical Campus will host the 15th biannual Parkinson’s disease patient and family symposium on Sunday, October 14 & Monday, October 15 in Mansfield, MA.

To learn more, visit the APDA MA website.

2018 APDA Parkinson’s Good Start at Boston University

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

Join our Parkinson’s disease and Movement Disorder staff at our Parkinson’s Good Start Program on October 23 and 30. This program, developed at BUMC, provides education for recently diagnosed patients and family members. All are welcome, regardless of where one receives care. To learn more, click here.

Dr. Okeanis Vaou Provides Lecture on Sleep and Movement Disorders to PSN/APDA Community

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

Over 100 patients and families attended this summer’s program in Barnstable, MA. Dr. Okeanis Vaou provided a presentation entitled “Sleep and Non-Motor Symptoms in Parkinson’s Disease.” Dr. Vaou is a Movement Disorder Specialist and Sleep Specialist here at the BUMC Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center. The Parkinson Support Network/APDA Branch is a Cape-wide coordinated and comprehensive network that facilitates educational programs, psychosocial support services, and specialized exercise and wellness programs.

This program took place on Friday, July 13 2018, at the YMCA Cape Cod.

December 11, 2018
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