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.


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.


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.

Boston University PD Forum 2015

April 7th, 2015

The Boston University PD Forum will take place this Friday, April 10th, from 8:30am to 2:00pm at the Boston University Questrom School of Business (previously the School of Management). Clinicians and scientists from across campus will come together to present their research on Parkinson’s disease through lectures and a poster session. If interested in this event, please contact Ray James at rcjames@bu.edu.

APDA New England Regional Parkinson’s Conference taking place November 2nd & 3rd in Mansfield, MA

October 8th, 2014

This conference is designed to educate and inspire people with Parkinson’s disease and those who care about them through speakers, workshops, exhibitors, networking, & FUN – including a Sunday evening social. It will take place on November 2 & 3, 2014 at the Holiday Inn in Mansfield, MA.

For a program brochure, click here. Contact the APDA Information & Referral Center at 800-651-8466 or information@apdama.org.

To purchase tickets, click here.

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 information@apdama.org.

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 www.michaeljfox.org/BostonGeneticStudy.

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 neurocat@bu.edu or 617-638-7737.

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