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Clark and Brigid Lund Parkinson's Education Center - Lecture Series


The Parkinson’s Puzzle:
Assembling the Pieces to Make a Diagnosis

Saturday, April 8, 2017

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Parkinson’s Disease was first medically described by Dr. James Parkinson in 1817 after he observed and examined six patients. Two hundred years since his initial description, the extent of discoveries and our knowledge of this condition have grown considerably.

Over the years, there has been advancement regarding pathology and etiology, along with development of pharmacological and surgical therapies. In addition, ancillary therapies, such as speech, physical, and occupational therapy, along with attention to caregiver needs, are recognized as essential components of multi-disciplinary management of this neurological condition. This lecture will include a live demonstration of a detailed neurological examination of a patient and an interactive discussion with two movement disorder specialists about the approach to diagnosis and management of Parkinson’s Disease.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:



Shilpa Chitnis, MD, PhD

Shilpa Chitnis, MD, PhD is an Associate Professor of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. She is a clinician-educator focused on movement disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease, dystonia, and essential tremor. Dr. Chitnis serves as Director of the Movement Disorders Fellowship and as Associate Program Director for the Neurology Residency Program. She is the Medical Director of the deep brain stimulation program for movement disorders. She has authored and co-edited a handbook of movement disorders published by the Oxford American Neurological Library and has also authored multiple peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Chitnis serves on Parkinson Voice Project’s Medical Advisory Board.

Erwin B. Montgomery, Jr., MD

Erwin B. Montgomery, Jr., MD is the Medical Director of the Greenville Neuromodulation Center in Greenville, Pennsylvania. The center is a nonprofit organization for the advancement of neuromodulation therapy, in particular, deep brain stimulation. Dr. Montgomery has been an academic neurologist since 1981. He has served on the faculty of Washington University, the University of Arizona, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Alabama. Dr. Montgomery has published over 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals and has authored five textbooks. He has also received numerous grants and awards.



The Basal Ganglia: Learning New Tricks

Saturday, May 13, 2017
10:30am – 12:00pm OR 1:00pm – 2:30pm

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The basal ganglia, a group of structures deep within the brain, have long been known to contribute to the regulation of movement. Dopamine, a chemical released by nerve cells, acts as a neurotransmitter in the basal ganglia, to facilitate the transmission of signals among nerve cells.

Dysfunction of dopamine production is a key factor in Parkinson’s Disease. New information is continually being discovered about the complex interconnections between the basal ganglia and other critical parts of the brain that contribute not only to movement, but also to how we think and feel.

Current research is helping scientists to better understand the complex and widespread functions of the basal ganglia. This presentation will provide an overview of the explosion of this exciting new research and its implications for deeper understanding of Parkinson’s Disease.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:



Alison Behrman, PhD, CCC-SLP

Alison Behrman, PhD, CCC-SLP is on faculty in the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at Lehman College/City University of New York. She teaches graduate classes in motor speech disorders, voice disorders, speech science, and neuroanatomy.

Dr. Behrman has published numerous research articles on voice disorders in peer-reviewed journals and has been the principal investigator of research funded by the National Institutes of Health. She is the author of the textbook, Speech and Voice Science, 2nd ed. (2013) and co-author of Exercises for Voice Therapy, 2nd ed. (2014), both published by Plural Publishing.

Currently, Dr. Behrman is collaborating with Parkinson Voice Project on an outcomes study of SPEAK OUT!® therapy for adults diagnosed with idiopathic Parkinson’s Disease.

A video of this lecture will be posted by May 15th!