Upstate News

October 27, 2005
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Latest research and treatment options for Parkinson’s Disease to be highlighted at Liverpool forum Nov. 5

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – A panel of doctors will give area Parkinson’s Disease (PD) patients and caregivers updates on the latest research and treatment of this brain disorder affecting more than 1.5 million Americans at a free conference on Saturday, Nov. 5.

Guest speakers will discuss changes in Medicare and health insurance plus issues for family caregivers. Exhibits will feature adaptive equipment and local human services.

The free program will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, 441 Electronics Parkway, Liverpool. Advance registration is needed by Oct. 28 so lunch can be planned. For a registration form, call 315-652-6857 or e-mail

This is the fifth such full-day educational forum in recent years cosponsored by the Parkinson’s Support Group of Syracuse and Upstate Medical University. This public service conference is made possible, in part, by a grant from the National Parkinson Foundation.

Lunch will be a buffet, but those needing assistance of a wait staff can order from a menu.

The panelists include faculty from SUNY Upstate Medical University: Dragos Mihaila, M.D., neurologist and Frank Middleton, Ph.D., director of the Center for Neuropsychiatric Genetics in the Biomedical Sciences Program and Coordinator of the SUNY Microarray Core Facility. Also invited is James W. Holsapple, M.D., a neurosurgeon and researcher who implanted Syracuse’s first deep-brain stimulation devise for a PD patient.

Joining the panel from Northwestern University is Tanya Simuni, M.D., who directs NU’s Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center. Previously she was on faculty at the University of Pennsylvania at one of the country’s largest movement disorders programs.

Other guest speakers include Robert O’ Connor, coordinator of the Health Insurance Information, Counseling and Assistance Program (HIICAP) at the Onondaga County Department of Aging and Youth; and Linda Watson, L.M.S.W., social worker in the field of caregiver concerns for over 25 years and a consultant for Palliative Care International.

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