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.

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

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.

October 23, 2018
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