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
apdama@apdaparkinson.org

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 https://www.apdaparkinson.org/courses/pd-fitness-training/story_html5.html

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

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