Parkinson's disease symposium to address leading developments in research and treatment

October 20, 2015

UC Irvine Health invites patients, caregivers and interested members of the public to attend a special symposium, Parkinson's Disease: Current treatments, research and what's on the horizon, on Saturday, Oct. 31 at the UC Irvine campus.

“The symposium is an opportunity learn about cutting-edge developments in research and treatments relating to Parkinson’s disease,” said Neal Hermanowicz, MD, director of the UC Irvine Health Movements Disorders Program.

“Patients ask me daily about research progress and possible new treatments,” he said. “This will be an opportunity to hear from and ask questions of the physician/researchers who are shaping the future of care for neurological illness.”

Topics include:

  • Treatment of Behavioral Symptoms in Parkinson’s Disease, with Dr. Hermanowicz;
  • Genetic Therapies in Parkinson’s Disease, with Howard Federoff, MD, PhD, Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, UC Irvine and Dean, UC Irvine School of Medicine;
  • New Developments and Future Treatments in Parkinson’s Disease, with Anthony Lang, MD, senior scientist at Toronto Western Research Institute and internationally known Parkinson's expert.

Attendees are encouraged to participate in the several question and answer panels with the physicians. Symposium director Nicolás Phielipp, MD and Ana Morenkova, MD, PhD, both assistant professors in the UC Irvine Health Department of Neurology, will participate in the agenda and Q&A sessions.

Dr. Hermanowicz will address symptoms of Parkinson’s disease that are common and very often the most disabling and troubling to caregivers. 

“Depression, decline in memory and other cognitive functions, and so-called Parkinson’s Disease Psychosis are symptoms that afflict 50 percent or more of patients with Parkinson’s disease,” Hermanowicz said. “These symptoms are treatable.”

“UC Irvine Health Department of Neurology is tremendous resource for those in our community that suffer with neurological disorders,” said Steven Small, PhD, MD, Stanley van den Noort Professor and Chair, UC Irvine Health Department of Neurology. “The symposium is among a number of events held annually to inform the public about the great research and clinical care going in our department.”

The symposium will be held at the UC Irvine Student Center, ballrooms C and D, 311 W. Peltason Dr. at Pereira Drive, Irvine, 92697.  Attendees may park in the nearby Student Center parking structure, and should inform the attendant that they are here for the symposium. Maps & Directions

The event is free event, but registration is required. Please RSVP to Starlene Moyneur at or call 949-824-0190.

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