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 Disease & You – 9/22/17
The 8th annual PD & You Symposium will be held September 22, 2017 at Laurel Manor, 39000 Schoolcraft Road, Livonia, MI. Check in begins at 8:30, followed by the program 9:15 am – 2:30 pm. University of Michigan faculty and experts in their fields are eager to share their knowledge on topics relevant to people living with PD. Presentations will include a Parkinson’s overview, exercise, sexuality and sexual function, and urologic changes in those with PD. The event is free but space is limited and online pre-registration is required. Register by September 1 here: umhealth.me/pd-you. If you are unable to attend, sessions will be recorded and posted soon after the event. For more information, visitumhealth.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.
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.
2016 Parkinson’s Disease & You Symposium Videos
You can view the presentations from the 2016 Symposium by clicking on the links below.
- Parkinson’s Disease 101: Dr. Kara Wyant. An introduction to Parkinson’s disease, including signs and symptoms, how a diagnosis is made, and treatment options.
- Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) for Parkinson’s Disease: Dr. Emily Levin. Deep brain stimulation (DBS) improves Parkinson’s disease symptoms, but is it right for you? This video describes what DBS is, what it can do for you, and much more.
- Sleep Disorders in Parkinson’s Disease: Dr. Andrew Berkowski. A sleep specialist describes sleep disorders that are prevalent in Parkinson’s disease.
- Cognitive and Psychiatric Disorders in Parkinson’s Disease: Dr. Andrew Ridder. Parkinson’s is more than a movement disorder. Dr. Ridder explains the non-motor (non-movement) cognitive and psychiatric problems seen in people with Parkinson’s disease.
- Parkinson’s Research – Neuroimaging; Martijn Muller, PhD. In addition to the loss of dopamine, other neurodegenerative pathologies may occur as well, and the presence of these additional neuropathies contributes to the severity of the disease.
- Parkinson’s Research – Patient Perspectives: Marilyn Guidinger, PhD. Includes ways for people with Parkinson’s disease to work with researchers on PD’s most pressing issues.
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
New Parkinson’s Disease e-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.
University of Michigan Movement Disorders Update
This is an annual Continuing Medical Education (CME) course for primary care physicians, geriatricians, psychiatrists, neurologists, physicians in training, nurses, and physician assistants who are interested in learning more about movement and cognitive disorders. This full-day, highly anticipated CME course focuses on issues in patients with tremor, Parkinson disease and dementia, utilizing both a didactic and case-study approach. Specifically designed for the busy clinician, this day will provide attendees with high-yield information and clinical pearls for recognition, diagnosis, efficient assessment and initial management of patients who present with tremor, Parkinson disease, and cognitive problems. Participants will benefit from the expertise of University of Michigan Medical School faculty and internationally renowned guest speakers. Course faculty 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 movement and cognitive disorders.
October 21, 2016
The Inn at St. John’s, Plymouth, MI
September 25, 2015
The Inn at St. John’s, Plymouth, MI