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

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

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

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

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.

Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program at the Parkinson Foundation

August 14th, 2018

Boston University Medical Campus Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center hosted the Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program at the Parkinson Foundation in June. Five faculty members from nursing programs participated in this four day intensive program. Cathi Thomas, MS, RN, CNRN, was the host director of this program, designed to prepare the next generation of nurses to care for the growing population of people with Parkinson’s disease (PD). The course included lectures by Movement Disorder team members. Faculty also observed clinical care and will complete a project aimed at improving the student experience. This year’s faculty were from Curry College, the Sage Colleges, Saint Anselm’s College, Endicott College, and Southern New Hampshire University.

Boston University APDA Advanced Center of Research Highlighted in APDA Insights

August 14th, 2018

Take a look at the Summer 2018 Insights Newsletter from the American Parkinson Disease Association, featuring our Center for Advanced Research here.

New Study for Individuals with Early Parkinson’s

March 14th, 2018

The Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center at Boston University Medical Campus will be conducting a new clinical medication study for individuals with early Parkinson’s.

The SPARK study is evaluating an investigational drug that targets alpha-synuclein (α-syn), a molecule associated with Parkinson’s disease, to see if it may potentially help to slow or reduce progression in the earliest stages of the disease. If you have been diagnosed within the past three years, are between 40 and 80 years of age (inclusive), and have not received levodopa to manage symptoms, you may be eligible to participate.

Contact Raymond James for more information about this study at (617) 638-7745.

Click here for a flyer.

2018 Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program

March 14th, 2018

The Boston University Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Center will host the Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program (VNF) again in 2018. Program content will include signs and symptoms of PD (both motor and non-motor), diagnosis, medical and surgical management, the role of nursing and interdisciplinary care, basic science and clinical research, resources, and family care. Nurse faculty in geriatrics, gero-psych, neurology, and community health would benefit from applying to this 40 CEU approved program. This year the program will be held from June 11 – June 14.

For more information, contact Cathi A. Thomas, MS, RN, CNRN at neurocat@bu.edu or 617-638-7737.

Parkinson’s Good Start Program on Cape Cod

March 14th, 2018

The American Parkinson Disease Association Massachusetts Chapter will support a Parkinson’s Good Start Program for those recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD). The program is open to anyone diagnosed with PD within the past 5 years, as well as their friends, family, and/or care partners. Specialists from the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center at Boston University Medical Campus will participate in this vital programming in conjunction with specialists from Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod. Participants will receive up-to-date information on PD diagnosis, its treatment, as well as resources available to people with PD throughout Massachusetts. Learn more about this program here.

Please contact the APDA Information & Referral Center to register. This program is free, but registration is required. Space is limited.

APDA Information & Referral Center
(800) 651-8466
apdama@apdaparkinson.org

Event Information

Dates & Time: Wednesdays, April 11 & 18, 2018; 6 – 8 PM
Location: Spaulding Rehabilitation Center Cape Cod, 311 Service Road, East Sandwich, MA 02537

APDA Good Start for Parkinson’s Disease Programs in Greater Boston and Central MA

August 17th, 2017

A Good Start

The American Parkinson Disease Association Massachusetts Chapter will support two Good Start Programs for those recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD). The program is open to anyone diagnosed with PD within the past 3 years, as well as their friends, family, and/or care partners. Participants will receive up-to-date information on PD diagnosis, its treatment, as well as resources available to people with PD throughout Massachusetts.

Please contact the APDA Information & Referral Center to register. This program is free, but registration is required. Space is limited.

APDA Information & Referral Center
(800) 651-8466
information@apdama.org

Good Start in Boston, MA

Dates: Tuesdays, October 10 & 17, 2017; 6-8 PM
Location:
Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Services, 635 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

More information on the APDA Good Start Program in Boston, MA

Good Start in Worcester, MA

Dates: Tuesdays, November 28 & December 5, 2017; 6-8 PM
Location: University of Massachusetts Medical School, Faculty Conference Room (S1-342), 55 Lake Avenue North, Worcester, MA 01605

More information on the APDA Good Start Program in Worcester, MA

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