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Tuesday, October 11, 2005


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Media Advisory

Science Reporters Briefing:
New Advances in Parkinsonís Research and Treatment
What: The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) in partnership with the Parkinsonís community is bringing together a panel of leading physicians, scientists, and caregivers to provide an overview of the newest advances in Parkinsonís disease. Researchers will discuss genetic aspects of the disease, new approaches to therapeutics, and environmental and other factors that may impact onset of Parkinsonís. Panelists will discuss their work and respond to questions from the audience.
Why: After Alzheimerís disease, Parkinsonís is the most common neurodegenerative disorder. There are an estimated 6.3 million people worldwide suffering from Parkinson's disease. Because of the aging world population, and given that the number of older Americans will more than double to 70 million by 2030, now is the time to begin gaining a better understanding of diseases, such as Parkinsonís, that have a significant impact on older adults.
Who: Experts in Parkinsonís disease will make brief remarks. A session for questions and answers will follow each speaker.
  • Story Landis, Ph.D., Director, NINDS
  • J. Timothy Greenamyre, M.D., Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Environmental Influences and Parkinsonís Disease (PD)
  • Robert L. Nussbaum, M.D., National Human Genome Research Institute, Genetics of PD
  • Peter T. Lansbury, Jr., Ph.D., Brigham and Womenís Hospital, Drug Discovery for PD
  • Clive Svendsen, M.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Future Therapeutic Approaches
  • Monique Giroux, M.D., The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Caring for Patients with PD Across the Clinical Spectrum
  • Morton Kondracke, Author of Saving Milly, Caregiverís Perspective
When: Thursday, October 20, 2005, 10:00 a.m. ET
Where: The Dana Center 900 15th St, NW, Washington, DC

Mark your calendar!
The first World Parkinson Congress will be held February 22-26, 2006, in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.worldpdcongress.org.

The NINDS, a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the nationís primary supporter of basic, translational, and clinical research on the brain and nervous system. The NINDS aims to reduce the burden of neurological disease among all Americans.

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