6th Annual Parkinson Disease Symposium

The Movement Disorders Center (MDC) hosted its 6th Annual Parkinson Disease Symposium on Saturday, October 26 at the Bruce Schroffel Conference Center. The annual conference was co-hosted by the Parkinson’s Foundation and was the first since MDC achieved the Center of Excellence designation.

MDC welcomed 290 people with Parkinson Disease, care partners, and family members and 43 volunteers and representatives from partnering community organizations. These organizations included Davis Phinney Foundation, Parkinson Association of the Rockies, Rehabilitative Rhythms, Reconnect with your Body, LSVT Global, Parkinson’s Pointe, and PD SELF.

The conference included talks about Etiology and Medications (Teresa Lee, MD), Genetics (Lisa Deuel, MD), Hospital Stays and Surgery Following a PD Diagnosis (Michelle Fullard, MD, MSCE and Jessica Barr, PA-C), Eye and Vision Problems (Erin Van Dok, O.D.), Research (Maureen Leehey, MD, FAAN), Sex and Intimacy (Susan Coates, Susan Coates Coaching), and Sleep (Brian Berman, MD, MS, FAAN). The day was emceed by Lauren Seeberger, MD, FAAN.

“Best symposium attended in a long time. Presentation length just right to cover topics and maintain attention. Enjoyed the variety of topics. Speakers presented well and able to relate to PD individuals and interject a bit of humor.”

Considering this year’s at-capacity conference room and an inability to accommodate all who want to attend, the symposium will be moving to the CU South Denver campus for 2020. While this may be farther away for some of our attendees, the new location’s amenities promise to be a great match for the needs of attendees and the conference.

The 2020 symposium will be Saturday, October 3. This year’s presentations and slides can be found on our website and on our YouTube channel. You can check our calendar for other upcoming events.

“We are new to PD and are thrilled to find out there are awesome resources available such as this conference.”