BUMC Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center Nurses Participate in National Program

May 13th, 2019

Cathi A. Thomas, MS, RN, CNRN, and Raymond James, BS, RN, nurses from the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center at Boston University Medical Campus, served as faculty for the Nurse Course created by the Parkinson Foundation. This online course is a national program to help nurses better understand how to deliver care to people with PD.

Learn more about the Nursing Course here.

Cathi A. Thomas, MS, RN, CNRN

Raymond James, BS, RN


APDA MA Information and Referral Center Participates in PD Awareness Event at MA State House

May 13th, 2019

The American Parkinson Disease Association MA Information & Referral Center, housed at Boston University Medical Campus, participated in an event to raise Parkinson's Awareness at the Massachusetts State House on Thursday, April 11, 2019. Participants were given the opportunity to meet state-wide Parkinson's advocates and receive information on Parkinson's disease. Cathi A. Thomas, MS, RN, CNRN, also received the Cindy Lynn Moir Achievement Award at the event.

Ana Barros, LPN, from the Movement Disorders Center at BUMC & APDA MA Board Member Denyse Turpin

Cathi A. Thomas, MS, RN, CNRN, receives Cindy Lynn Moir Award

Rosemary Owen, APDA I & R Center Staff


APDA MA I & R Center Provides Care Partner Program

May 13th, 2019

APDA I&R Center staff at BUMC have introduced an eight part education and support series, designed for caregivers of individuals living with Parkinson’s disease.  Content was developed by Cathi A. Thomas MS, RN, CNRN and Rosemary Owen, program coordinator of the APDA Center.

You can learn more about this program and upcoming dates here.

Cathi A. Thomas, MS, RN, CNRN, Receives Mary Ann Garrigan Award

May 13th, 2019

Cathi A. Thomas MS, RN, CNRN, Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurology and Program Director of the Parkinson Disease and Movement Disorder Center received the Mary Ann Garrigan Award from the Theta at-Large Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. The Award recognizes a Nurse for Leadership, Scholarly Contributions, and Nursing Practice.  Dr. Susan LaRocco, Dean of the School of Nursing at Mount Saint Mary College writes “Cathi-Ann demonstrates excellence as a contemporary nursing leader. Throughout her forty year career she has been an important part of an interprofessional team that provides high quality care to people with Parkinson’s disease and has been instrumental in informing the profession as well as the public about the disease and its treatment. She is well deserving of the Mary Ann Garrigan Award”. The award was presented at Simmons College on March 31st by Chapter President, Dr. Michelle McMahon of Curry College.

BUMC Movement Disorder Doctors Present Poster at 32nd Annual PSG Symposium

May 13th, 2019

Marie Saint-Hilaire, MD, FRCPC, of the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center at BUMC, joined Chantale Branson, MD, of Morehouse School of Medicine, at the 32nd Annual Parkinson Study Group Symposium in Phoenix, Arizona on April 6th, 2019. They presented a poster entitled "Understanding Racial Disparities Through Research." Stephanie Bissonnette, DO, MPH, of the Movement Disorders Center at BUMC, also contributed to this project.

Marie Saint-Hilaire, MD, FRCPC & Chantale Branson, MD

Stephanie Bissonnette, DO, MPH Awarded PSG, MJF Grant

May 13th, 2019

Stephanie Bissonnette, DO, MPH, Assistant Professor of Neurology has been awarded a grant from the Parkinson Study Group and Michael J Fox Foundation to study diverse populations in Parkinson’s Disease.

BUMC Movement Disorders Specialists Travel to Haiti

March 12th, 2019

This February, members of the BUMC Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center traveled to Haiti in order to care for patients and provide training to health care professionals. Stephanie Bissonnette, DO, MPH, Movement Disorder Specialist, and Lauren Talman, MD, Movement Disorder Fellow both took the trip as part of BU's Global Health Initiative. Dr. Bissonnette is the Director of the Initiative. The Global Health Initiative has coordinated the trip to Haiti in partnership with the Saint Luke Foundation for the past six years.

Lauren Talman, MD, & Stephanie Bissonnette, DO, MPH

Marie Saint-Hilaire, MD, FRCPC, to Present Update on Research for Cape Audience

March 12th, 2019

Dr. Marie Saint-Hilaire will provide an "Update on Parkinson's Research" to individuals with Parkinson's disease living on the Cape this July. Dr. Saint-Hilaire is a Movement Disorder Specialist and Medical Director of 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.

To learn more about this upcoming program, click here to see a flyer.

Date and Time: Friday, July 26, 2019; 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (Seating begins at 10:30 AM)
Location: YMCA Cape Cod, 2245 Iyannough Road, West Barnstable, MA 02668
Contact: APDA I & R Center, 800-651-8466 or apdama@apdaparkinson.org

BU Faculty to Present at APDA Parkinson’s Good Start Program on the Cape

March 12th, 2019

Doctors Stephanie Bissonnette, DO, MPH; Okeanis Vaou, MD; and Nurse Coordinator of the APDA I & R Center Cathi Thomas, MS, RN; all from the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center at Boston University Medical Campus; will participate in the 2019 Parkinson's Good Start Program on Cape Cod in conjunction with specialists from Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod. The American Parkinson Disease Association Massachusetts Chapter will support this vital programming 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. 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

Event Information

Dates & Time: Tuesdays, May 14 & 21, 2019; 6 - 8 PM (Light Dinner begins at 5:30 PM)
Location: Spaulding Rehabilitation Center Cape Cod, 311 Service Road, East Sandwich, MA 02537

APDA Webinar Featuring Marie Saint-Hilaire, MD, FRCPC, and Alice Cronin-Golomb, PhD, Now Available Online

January 9th, 2019

Dr. Marie Saint-Hilaire

Marie Saint-Hilaire, MD, FRCPC

BU Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Program Medical Director Marie Saint-Hilaire, MD, FRCPC; and Alice Cronin-Golomb, PhD, Director of the Vision and Cognition Laboratory at Boston University; provided knowledge, insight, and advice about mental health in a fantastic webinar for the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA). The webinar, entitled "Healthy Minds, Addressing Your Mental Health," took place on Tuesday, December 18, 2018, and a recording can be found on the APDA's website here. The webinar featured informational presentations by Dr. Saint-Hilaire and Dr. Cronin-Golomb, as well as a Q & A session with webinar participants.

Alice Cronin-Golomb, PhD

This webinar was a part of the American Parkinson Disease Association's Spotlight on Parkinson's Disease educational webinar series, which provides vital information about Parkinson's from leading PD experts from a variety of backgrounds across the country. An archive of previous webinars can be found here.

May 24, 2019
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