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AMERICAN PARKINSON DISEASE ASSOCIATION CENTER FOR ADVANCE RESEARCH
The University of Chicago has been designated as one of only nine Centers of Advance Research by American Parkinson Disease Association in 2007. The Center supports innovative ideas of scientists who are not in the field of PD research within The University of Chicago Medicine and apply them to understand and treat Parkinson's disease.
Both national and local Midwest chapters have been actively interacting with the Center (http://www.apdamidwest.org/APDA_Midwest/Home.html). Local chapters are active in patient education, support of patients and caregivers, as well as support for research. A description of the APDA funded research can be found on the APDA website.
Information about the recent symposium can be also found on their website (http://www.apdamidwest.org/APDA_Midwest/Symposium_2012.html) and summarized below with videos of the presentations.
2012 ADPA SYMPOSIUM SPEAKERS & VIDEOS:
Un Jung Kang, MD
Dr. Kang is a Professor, and Associate Chair of Neurology at The University of Chicago Medicine. A clinician scientist, he specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and research of Parkinson's. Dr. Kang is also Director of the APDA Advanced Center for Parkinson's Disease Research at The University of Chicago Medicine and serves on review committees and advisory boards for the NIH and various PD foundations.
Cynthia Comella MD
Dr. Comella is a Professor in the Department of Neurological Sciences, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago. She also serves in leadership positions for the Movement Disorders Society, the Parkinson Study Group, and the American Academy of Neurology. Her current research is focused on whether exercise modifies PD progression. Sheryl Jedlinski is a patient advocate, professional writer. Vice President of Communication for the APDA Midwest Chapter Board, and co-founder of pdplan4life.com and pdplan4exercise.com.
Michael Rezak, MD PhD
Martha Trieschmann McGraw MD
Dr. McGraw is a Movement Disorders Specialist with the Movement Disorders Center at Central DuPage Hospital. She completed her residency in neurology, and fellowships in clinical neurophysiology and movement disorders at Brown University. Her interests are in the treatment of Parkinson's Disease, young onset Parkinson's, and dystonia.
Theresa J. Zesiewicz MD