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

2017 Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program

July 13th, 2017

The Edmond J. Safra Foundation has provided a grant to support an intensive educational program on Parkinson’s disease to nursing professionals. The goal of this program was to provide up-to-date information on the care needs of Parkinson patients to faculty. This year, the program was held July 10th through July 13th.

2017 Group Pic

Program content included 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. Visiting faculty were also able to meet patients and families during actual clinic visits. Attendees were also able to attend Boston University’s Neurorehabilitation Center in order to learn about the important role of exercise and other rehabilitative therapies.

To learn more about the Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty visit www.parkinsonsnursing.com.

Welcome to Dr. Okeanis Vaou

January 24th, 2017

Dr. Marie Saint-Hilaire is pleased to announce that Okeanis Vaou, M.D. has joined the Department of Neurology as a Movement Disorder Specialist.  Dr. Vaou completed a fellowship in Movement Disorders and Sleep Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center in 2012.  After completion of her fellowships she practiced at the Noran Neurological Clinic, Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, MN.  Dr. Vaou’s special interests include clinical management of patients with Parkinson’s Disease and tremor.  As a sleep specialist, she will manage sleep problems in our movement disorder population.  Additional clinical and research interests include autonomic disorders and deep brain stimulation in Parkinson’s Disease.  To schedule an appointment with Dr. Vaou, please contact the BU Neurology Associates at 617-638-8456.

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Dr. Vaou, seated right, is welcomed by Dr. Hohler, seated left, and Dr. Saint-Hilaire, center

Michael Schwarzchild, MD, PhD Presents at the Fourteenth Annual J. Stephen Fink, MD, PhD Memorial Lecture

January 24th, 2017

Michael Schwarzschild, MD, PhD, Julianne Dorn Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, presented this year’s J. Stephen Fink, MD, PhD Memorial Lecture. Dr. Schwarzschild delivered a presentation entitled “Purines for Protection in Parkinson’s: from Adenosine to Urate.” The event, held Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at the Medical School Building of the Boston University Medical Campus, was well attended.

To see more information about the program, and about previous Fink Memorial Lecture Speakers, click here.

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Dr. Schwarzschild (center) with members of the BUMC Department of Neurology Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center

 

The Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program

April 7th, 2015

The Boston University Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Center is one of seven locations in the United States that will host the Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program (VNF) in 2015. This program will provide didactics, clinical time with patients, participation in a PD support group, and the opportunity to develop an independent project. Nurse faculty in geriatrics, gero-psych, neurology, and community health would benefit from applying to this 40 CEU approved program.

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

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