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Conversations about Parkinson's
June 2015 - September 2016

Starting June 2015!

To educate the community and encourage people to attend the 4th World Parkinson Congress in Portland in 2016, Dave Iverson and Jon Palfreman, two highly experienced journalists (who are also living with Parkinson's) are going to survey the landscape of Parkinson's disease research and treatment by interviewing neuroscientists, neurologists, and people with Parkinson's (PwP). These 15 thirty-minute pod casts will not only address common questions asked by PwP but will also serve as a primer on the biomedical research currently underway.

For complete details on the topics, special guests and how to download these podcasts when available, click here to learn more about the Portland Countdown.

Meet the Portland Countdown hosts!

Jon Palfreman, PhD,
is KEZI Distinguished Professor of Broadcast Journalism at the University of Oregon, USA. Palfreman is an Emmy, Dupont and Peabody Award-winning journalist, and recipient of the Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Writing. He is a three-time winner of the American Association for the Advancement of Science science-writing prize, three-time winner of the National Association of Science Writers "Science-in-Society" Journalism Award and a winner of the Writers Guild Award for best script. In the are of Parkinson's Disease research, Palfreman co-authored a book with neuroscientist Bill Langston (LPD co-Editor-in-Chief), The Case of the Frozen Addicts, and produced two NOVA documentaries chronicling the story of the MPTP cases, NOVA: The Case of the Frozen Addict and NOVA: Brain Transplant. He was recently made Social Media Editor of the Journal of Parkinson's Disease. Palfreman is a 2006 Nieman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard University. 


Dave Iverson
is an independent film producer and veteran journalist. His most recent film is “Capturing Grace”, a feature documentary about a group of dancers with Parkinson’s disease and their unique collaboration with the world renowned Mark Morris Dance Group. The film won the Audience Favorite Award at the 2014 Mill Valley Film Festival, the People’s Choice Award at the 2014 Starz Denver Film Festival and the Audience Choice Award at the 2015 Sedona International Film Festival. It will be broadcast by local PBS stations beginning in June, 2015. Iverson was also the writer, correspondent and co-producer/director of the 2009 PBS Frontline documentary “My Father, My Brother and Me” which explored his family’s battle with Parkinson’s as well as the scientific, ethical and political issues raised by this condition. An earlier documentary of Iverson’s for PBS, “The Thirty Second Candidate”, won a National Emmy Award in 1999. 

Iverson has served as a radio host at San Francisco’s NPR affiliate KQED and as a special correspondent for the PBS NewsHour. In addition to his film and broadcast work, Iverson now serves as Contributing Editor for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research and is a founding member of the foundation’s Patient Council.




We are very thankful to Parkinson's Resources of Oregon (PRO) for their sponsorship support that has allowed us to make the Portland Countdown podcast program possible.

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