January 26, 2017

Education & Outreach

  • Education and Outreach Core

    Core Lead:  Kelvin Chou, MD

    The Education and Outreach Core pursues a comprehensive program to educate caregivers about the etiology, clinical features and state-of-the-art management of Parkinson’s Disease (PD). This includes the clinical education of University of Michigan Udall Center Fellows. The core also directs an aggressive outreach program to inform and educate traditionally underserved communities about PD and related movement disorders. Core investigators mitigate the significantly greater disability from which PD patients from underserved communities suffer.




    Parkinson’s Movement & Dance Class at Turner Senior Resource Center – 1/24/18-2/28/18 and 3/14/18-4/25/18

    This six week class explored music and movement in enjoyable, creative, and stimulating ways. It was held weekly January 24- February 28 and March 14- April 25. It was modeled after the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson Group’s “Dance for PD®” program it was appropriate for all levels of PD, and was provided by the Movement Disorders Group & Udall Center of Excellence for Parkinson’s Disease Research.

    Parkinson’s Disease & You – 9/22/17

    The Parkinson’s Disease & You Symposium, which started in 2009, is an all-day annual event that attracts people from throughout Michigan and Ohio, regardless of where they receive care. At the Parkinson’s & You Symposium, you can receive up-to-date information given by leaders in the field and connect with other people and families who are living with the condition. The University of Michigan Udall Center of Excellence for Parkinson’s Disease Research funded the last two years of the Symposium; the U-M Surgical Therapies Improving Movement (STIM) Program funded previous programs. To be notified of future events, please join our email list.

    The 8th annual PD & You Symposium was held September 22, 2017 at Laurel Manor in Livonia, MI.  University of Michigan faculty and experts in their fields shared their knowledge on topics relevant to people living with PD.  Presentations included a Parkinson’s overview, exercise, sexuality and sexual function, and urologic changes in those with PD.  For more information, visit umhealth.me/pd-you

    Lunch N Learn – 2/7/17

    The Udall Center of Excellence for Parkinson’s Disease Research and the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center collaborated to hold an information session on Parkinson’s Disease and Dementia on February 7th at the University of Michigan Detroit Center in Detroit, MI.  Presenters were Kelvin Chou, MD and Edna Rose, PhD, MSW, RN-BC.

    2017 Parkinson’s Disease & You Symposium Videos

    You can view the presentations from the 2017 Symposium as a playlist by clicking on the video window below, or by clicking on the links below the video to view the individual sessions on YouTube.

    Click on the image above to access and manage the playlist for of all 4 videos from this year’s Parkinson’s Disease and You Symposium. Or view the individual videos on YouTube by clicking on the links below.

    2016 Parkinson’s Disease & You Symposium Videos

    You can view the presentations from the 2016 Symposium by clicking on the links below.

    2015 Parkinson’s Disease & You Symposium Videos

    You can view the presentations from the 2015 Symposium by clicking on the links below.

  • For Health Care Professionals

    Deep Brain Stimulation
    Dr. Kelvin Chou and Dr. Parag Patil explain Deep Brain Stimulation for those with essential tremor and Parkinson’s disease. This method helps to alleviate tremors from patients whose medications are not effectively working on their own. Through a two part surgery, they are able to regulate the disordered signals in the brain and reduce symptoms significantly.


    New Parkinson’s Disease e-Learning Module:

    Improving Hospital Stays for Patients with Parkinson’s Disease Learning Module

    Kelvin L. Chou, MD, Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery at the University of Michigan, Co-Director of the STIM (Surgical Therapies Improving Movement) Program, and the Education and Outreach Core Director for the U-M Udall Center of Excellence for Parkinson’s Disease, created and launched an e-learning module Improving Hospital Stays for Patients with Parkinson’s Disease Learning Module.

    This learning module is educating inpatient RNs, LPNs, pharmacists, house officers, and hospitalists about the specific and unique needs of the hospitalized PD patient.  They will learn to identify medications that can lead to a worsening or exacerbation of symptoms, prolonging the hospital stay, and understand the importance of administering appropriate medications on time, every time, to the hospitalized patient with Parkinson’s disease. It is hoped the knowledge gained from this module will shorten hospitalization stays for patients with PD and provide them with a safer and more pleasant hospital experience.


    U-M Movement Disorders Update: Focus on Falls

    Date: October 20, 2017

    Location:  Laurel Manor (39000 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia, MI 48150)

    Utilizing both a didactic and case-study approach, this year’s highly anticipated full-day course will focus on neurologic causes of falls and balance problems, including Parkinson disease, normal pressure hydrocephalus, ataxia, psychogenic gait disorders, neuromuscular causes, and dizziness/vertigo. Specifically designed for the busy clinician, this course will provide attendees with high-yield information and clinical pearls for recognition, diagnosis, assessment and management of neurological problems contributing to falls. Participants will benefit from the expertise of University of Michigan Medical School faculty, who will give a didactic lecture for each topic that includes case presentations so that participants can experience how course faculty approach cases in their own practice. The morning and afternoon sessions will end with a panel discussion so that participants have ample time to ask questions. The intended audience includes primary care physicians, geriatricians, psychiatrists, neurologists, physicians in training, nurses, and physician assistants who are interested in learning more about neurological disorders that put patients at risk for falling.

    Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:
    • Identify major risk factors for patients with falls/gait disorders and review an assessment and intervention plan for these patients
    • Describe how to evaluate and treat falls in patients with Parkinson disease
    • Describe how to evaluate patients with suspected normal pressure hydrocephalus, vascular parkinsonism, and freezing of gait
    • Identify features suggestive of psychogenic gait disorders
    • Recognize when patients might have a neuromuscular cause for their falls
    • Define ataxia and recognize clinical symptoms suggesting a cerebellar cause for falls
    • Describe how to evaluate the patient who complains of dizziness and balance problems

    The intended audience for this course includes primary care physicians, geriatricians, neurologists, psychiatrists, nurses, and physician assistants who see patients with neurological problems.


    Previous U-M Movement Disorders Updates:

    University of Michigan Movement Disorders Update

    U-M Movement and Memory Disorders Update: Improving Patient Care

    October 21, 2016

    The Inn at St. John’s, Plymouth, MI


    U-M Movement Disorders Update: Improving Patient Care

    September 25, 2015

    The Inn at St. John’s, Plymouth, MI