SARASOTA (Jan. 13, 2012) — The nation’s largest Parkinson Disease symposium is again coming to Sarasota on Feb. 4, 2012. The event is open to patients, caregivers and physicians, and features physician lecturers from around the world. Almost a thousand people are expected to attend.

This year’s Suncoast Parkinson Disease Symposium – hosted by Neuro Challenge Foundation and Sarasota Memorial Health Care System – will be held 10 am-1 pm (registration begins 9 am), Feb. 4, at Sarasota Memorial’s Institute for Advanced Medicine, 5880 Rand Blvd., Sarasota (1/2-mile west of I-75 off Clark Road).

Distinguished speakers will include world-famous drug inventor Dr. Moussa Youdim, who is coming from Israel to speak about the popular drug rasagiline (Azilect); Dr. Cynthia Fox, co-founder of the headline-making Big and Loud voice therapy and a Research Associate at the National Center for Voice and Speech in Denver, CO; Dr. James M. Schumacher, Neurosurgeon at Sarasota Memorial Hospital and Research Associate, Neuroregeneration Institute, Harvard Medical School.; and Dean P. Sutherland, MD, PhD, Founder, Southeastern Center for Parkinson Disease, Sarasota.

“Our annual symposium provides an interactive venue for the PD community to come together and discuss the latest global developments in Parkinson’s Disease care, as well as to meet and talk with others affected by PD,” says Doreen Sutherland, President and CEO of Neuro Challenge.

It is estimated that as many as 1.5 million people in the United States have PD. In Southwest Florida, it is projected that approximately 9,000 people have PD and another 5-10,000 are directly affected as professional or family caregivers.

Cost to attend is $25 and includes continental breakfast. Scholarships are available. Valet parking and hotels located conveniently nearby.

Registration is required for the event and seating is limited. For more information, visit: or call the Sarasota Memorial Healthline at (941) 917-7777.

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About Sarasota Memorial: Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is a regional referral center offering Southwest Florida’s greatest breadth and depth of inpatient, outpatient and extended care services. It is the area’s only public and only not-for-profit hospital, and the only one consistently recognized among America’s 50 Best Hospitals by HealthGrades. An integral part of Sarasota Memorial's Neuroscience Center of Excellence, the Institute for Advanced Medicine offers patient-centered multi-disciplinary specialty care, customized rehabilitation programs, break-through imaging technology, laboratory testing, a medical fitness center and education and resource center. SMH Media Contact: Kim Savage, (941) 917-6271 or

About Neuro Challenge Foundation: Neuro Challenge Foundation is dedicated to the fight against Parkinson Disease in Southwest Florida through service, education and research. It is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to serving you through online, in person and phone recommendations about local PD resources. We receive no compensation for our advisor’s recommendations. We train and recommend the best Parkinson Disease professionals and support research that will lead to a cure. A free resource guide is available online. Printed guides can be ordered online, viewed in the January issue of Sarasota Magazine or picked up at any Sarasota YMCA or HealthPlex location. NeuroChallenge Media Contact: Laura Gilkey, (941) 915-8115 or

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