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Region's Largest Annual Parkinson's Symposium to be Held in Sarasota

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Parkinson SymposiumSarasota, FL – On Jan. 31 2015, respected professors and doctors from Yale, Harvard, and the Southeastern Center for Parkinson Disease will gather in Sarasota to share the latest findings on Parkinson's disease and its treatment. Hosted by the Neuro Challenge Foundation and Sarasota Memorial Health System, the annual symposium is slated to attract the second largest gathering of Parkinson patients, caregivers and specialists in North America. With more than 500 people slated to attend, those affected by Parkinson’s come from as far away as Ontario, Georgia, and New York to attend this signature event.

Speakers include the following nationally renowned experts on Parkinson's disease: 

  • Dr. Michael A Schwarzschild MD, PhD, MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease and Harvard Medical School; 
  • Dr. Kenneth Vives, MD, Yale School of Medicine; and one of Florida's predominant thought leaders in the diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson's
  • Dr. Dean Sutherland, MD, PhD, Southeastern Center for Parkinson Disease and Neuro Challenge Foundation. 

“Our annual symposium provides an interactive venue for people who work with or are affected by Parkinson's to come together and discuss the latest developments in Parkinson’s disease treatment,” says Judith Bell, Executive Director of Neuro Challenge Foundation. “It is also an opportunity for people with Parkinson's to truly see that they are not alone.” 

Parkinson's, a neurodegenerative disease, usually affects persons over 65 years of age. Sarasota County is home to a population of more than 33 percent over age 65. It is estimated that more than 9,000 Sarasota County residents suffer from Parkinson's disease and that number is expected to increase, as the population ages and more Americans take up residence on the Gulf Coast. 

Founded by Doreen Sutherland, MBA, the Neuro Challenge Foundation offers a Care Advisor program which provides free individualized guidance to Parkinson's patients in Sarasota and beyond. It receives no government funding or insurance compensation. 

Cost to attend is $25. Registration and included continental breakfast begin at 8:00 am. Early registration encouraged as places sell out quickly. Scholarships are available. Valet parking available and hotels located conveniently nearby. For more information, contact 941.926.6413.

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