Parkinson Daily - 9/22/2016
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Parkinson’s Disease Medical Education in Real Time
Contributed by Marcus Cranston, Staff Writer

Sarah Mufti1 , Denise Cumberland1 , Ann Shaw1 , Susan Sawning1 , Erika Branch2 , Allie Hanson2 , Kathrin LaFaver1  1University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, USA 2Parkinson Support Center of Kentuckiana (PSCKY), Louisville, KY, USA

This poster presents the findings of a 9 month program designed to address medical students’ knowledge and attitudes about PD by pairing 25 first-year medical students with PD patients.  The students attended monthly one-on-one meetings with PD patients, as well as PD lectures and mentoring sessions.  Pre-post surveys and focus groups demonstrated that the program improved students’ knowledge about PD and student ratings for the educational experience were “overwhelmingly positive”.

The authorship group includes faculty and staff from the University of Louisville and the Parkinson Support Center of Kentuckiana.  The lead author, Sarah Mufti, MD, is currently in the neurology residency training program at University of Illinois, Chicago.

Title: The PD Buddy Outreach Program – the student perspective (Poster  P38.09)

Time: Thursday, September 21, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM - Exhibit Hall B

New Neuroimaging Technique Investigates Biomarkers in Atypical Parkinsonism

Contributed by Matt Sacheli, Staff Writer

Poster P30.14

Session: Poster tour #23 Guide A. Jon Stoessl

Title: Tau imaging in atypical Parkinsonism. Preliminary evidence with [11C]PBB3 PET in atypical Parkinsonisms

Dr. Alexandra Perez Soriano, et al., Pacific Parkinson’s Research Centre, Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Clinical biomarkers for neurodegenerative diseases are highly sought-after and neuroimaging is a vital tool. This poster discusses the use of a new carbon based tracer for Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging aimed at the in vivo study Tau pathology in atypical Parkinsonisms. Dr. Soriano and the team at the University of British Columbia have collaborated with Drs. Shinotoh and Higuchi from the National Institute of Radiological Sciences in Chiba, Japan to delve into the investigation of clinical biomarkers in atypical Parkinsonisms. This poster combines neuroimaging techniques with high clinical relevance making this poster pertinent to basic scientists, clinical researchers and physicians. 

Time: Thursday, September 22, 5:15 PM


Investigation Of Exercise Vs. Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Induced Dopamine Release: [11C]Raclopride PET Study

Contributed by John M Dean, Staff Writer

Panelist: Matthew Sacheli (Canada)

This session will highlight Matthew Sacheli’s recent work studying the influence of exercise on dopamine release and contrast it with the potential for dopamine release associated with transcranial magnetic stimulation. Transcranial magnetic stimulation is a technology that provides noninvasive stimulation to key areas of the brain. The research identified a significant improvement in dopamine release after exercise and the session will discuss the practical takeaways and ramifications of this finding.
Mathew Sacheli is a doctoral candidate in neuroscience at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada)
Title: Investigation of exercise vs. repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation induced dopamine release: [11C]Raclopride PET study
Time: Thursday September 22, 8-9:00 AM
Location: Hot Topics-Exhibit Hall C

Holistic Healthcare: An Integrative Approach to the Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease
Contributed by James Beck, Staff Writer


The progression of PD is mirrored by more advanced and complex treatment to maintain function, but medications are not the only things that can be brought to bear to help. The complete care of PD involves addressing medical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs of both the PwP and their carepartner.  Formally, this approach is termed “palliative care” by the medical community – do not be put off by the term…nearly all care for PD could be considered palliative until we have a cure.  However, resources for this innovative approach are scarce.  Dr. Miyasaki and colleagues will present their plan to start asking, in a systematic way, whether those with advanced PD who require more complex care can really benefit from their specialized treatment approach.

Title: Does a holistic approach to treating PD really make a difference

Day: Thursday, Sept. 22, part of Poster Tour #20

Time: 5:15 pm (Sign-up required for tour but open at other times)

Poster #: P35.09

Improving Mobility in People with Atypical Parkinsonism
Contributed by Jennifer Bazan-Wigle, Staff Writer


Department of Rehab Services, University of California, San Diego

This poster will compare mobility outcomes in people with idiopathic Parkinson’s disease to those with atypical Parkinsonism after receiving a progressive sensorimotor training program, which challenged their balance and increased demand on cognition. Results demonstrate that people with atypical Parkinsonism can benefit equally from a challenging rehab program focused on sensorimotor agility. 

Dr. Catherine Printz, PT, DPT, NCS, is an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science at University of California, San Diego.

Title:  A comparison of the effect of the effect of multi-modal sensorimotor agility training on functional outcome measures in individuals with atypical Parkinsonism vs. idiopathic Parkinson’s disease: a retrospective observational case-control study. (P33.55)


What effects does a rehab program with cognitive challenges have on freezing of gait in Parkinson's?Contributed by Jennifer Bazan-Wigle, Staff Writer

Katrijn Smulders, OHSU, Portland, Oregon

This poster will present data from a pilot study in which a physical rehab program progressively challenged the cognition in people with Parkinson's disease who experience freezing of gait. (P42.05)

Dr. Katrijn Smulders, PhD, is a post-doctoral researcher in OHSU's Balance Disorders Laboratory in Portland, OR. 

Title: Effects of a physical rehabilitation program with cognitive challenge for freezing of gait – a pilot study

Poster: P33.66, Thursday Sept. 22nd 11:30-1:30


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