Good Start Program in Parkinson’s Disease taking place October 15th & 22nd

October 8th, 2014

The Good Start Program is a two part series presented by a team of Parkinson’s disease specialists from Boston University and Boston University Medical Center. Participants will receive up-to-date information on diagnosis, treatment, and resources.

Click here to see the program brochure.

There is no cost for participation in this program, however registration is required. To register, contact the APDA Information & Referral Center at 800-651-8466 or

A light supper will be served.

Genetics in Parkinson’s Event June 8th

May 9th, 2014

All are invited to attend an educational event about the genetics of Parkinson’s disease, the Ashkenazi Jewish population, and an ongoing research study. Samuel Frank, MD, associate professor of neurology at Boston University Medical Center and site principal investigator of the Parkinson’s Progression Marker’s Initiative (PPMI) trial, and Vanessa Arnedo, associate director of research partnerships at the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, will present Is Parkinson’s A Jewish Genetic Disease? This program will take place on Sunday, June 8th from 11:00am to 1:00pm at Jewish Family and Children’s Service in Waltham, MA.

For more information, click here.

To RSVP, please visit

Family fundraiser for BMC Neurology Department will take place Friday, April 4th

March 27th, 2014

On Friday, April 4, 2014, a fundraiser benefiting Boston Medical Center’s Department of Neurology will be held at the Norwood Elks. All are welcome.

For more information, click here.

Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program to take place at BUMC in August 2014

February 13th, 2014

The Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program (VNF) will take place at the Boston University Medical Center Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Center on August 4-7, 2014.

For more information, click here, or contact the program coordinator Cathi A. Thomas, MS, RN, CNRN at or 617-638-7737.

Dr. Samuel Frank was featured on 7News segment: “Living Healthy: Parkinson’s Smell”

December 20th, 2013

Dr. Samuel Frank of Boston University Medical Center was featured on 7News yesterday morning to talk about the Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI) study currently taking place at BUMC. Visit the following link to see the video online. Living Healthy: Parkinson’s Smell

To learn more about the PPMI study, click here.

David G. Standaert, MD, PhD to present at 11th Annual J. Stephen Fink, MD, PhD Memorial Lecture on November 26th

November 20th, 2013


Boston University School of Medicine Department of Neurology presents:

The 11th Annual J. Stephen Fink, MD, PhD Memorial Lecture
Neuroinflammatory Mechanisms in Parkinson’s Disease

Delivered by:

David G. Standaert, MD, PhD
John N. Whitaker Professor & Chair
Department of Neurology, Univerity of Alabama at Brimingham

Tuesday, November 26, 2013, 8:00am

Boston University Medical Campus
72 East Concord Street, L110
Medical School Building, 1st Floor 

Breakfast reception to follow in Evans Seminar Room in the Evans Building.


Yoga for Parkinson’s Teacher Training Certificate Program coming in April 2014

November 18th, 2013

In April 2014, TriYoga of Boston and APDA MA invite you to join them for one day, two days, or five days of yoga teacher training. The Yoga for Parkinson’s Teacher Training Certificate Program has been designed for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals, and individuals with Parkinson’s disease who participate in yoga.

For more information, please see the event flyer. Registration is required for this program. To register, visit or call 781-609-2497.

Date: April 26-30, 2014

Location: TriYoga of Boston – 60 Prospect Street – Waltham, MA 02154

Study on Mobile Health Technology to Promote Physical Activity in Persons with Parkinson Disease starting at the BU Center for Neurorehabilitation

October 17th, 2013

You are invited to join a research study in which you would participate in an exercise program that you can do in the convenience of your home.

Eligible participants would be randomly assigned to one of 2 groups. Both groups will be prescribed strengthening and stretching exercises and a walking program by a licensed physical therapist to carry out for 6 months. Both groups will also wear a pedometer to track their daily steps. One group will receive exercise handouts with pictures and instructions and the other group will receive an iPad mini with video demonstrations of the exercises.

You may be eligible to participate in this study if you:

  • Have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease
  • Are able to walk without assistance for at least 6 continuous minutes
  • Are able to come to the Center for Neurorehabilitation at Boston University on 3-4 different occasions for assessments over a 6 month period

If you are interested in participating in this study or learning more about it, please contact us at 617‐358‐6157 or

Click here to see the study flyer.

Dr. Samuel Frank to give presentation in West Barnstable on September 13th

July 29th, 2013

Dr. Samuel Frank, Associate Professor of Neurology and Movement Disorder Specialist at BUMC, will present Movement Disorders – What are They? on Friday, September 13, 2013 at the YMCA Cape Cod in West Barnstable, MA. Seating begins at 10:30am and the program will run from 11:00am to 12:30pm. This presentation is the third session of the Parkinson Support Network of Cape Cod 2013 Educational Series.

For more information, click here. Registration is required for this event. To RSVP, contact the APDA Information & Referral Center at 800-651-8466 or

Annual APDA MA Walkathon coming up June 9th in Canton

April 26th, 2013

The 27th Annual APDA Massachusetts Parkinson Walkathon will begin on Sunday, June 9th at 12:00 noon at Reebok International Headquarters in Canton, MA. For details, visit the Walkathon homepage to join the walk, create a team, or make a contribution. Last year’s Walkathon raised over $135,000 for Parkinson’s research.

Please contact the Information & Referral Center at (800) 651-8466 or with any questions.

October 8, 2014
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