9th Annual Parkinson Disease Symposium

Saturday, October 8, 2022
9:00 AM-2:00 PM

This is a free educational event for people with Parkinson’s disease, care partners, families, and friends. Health care professionals and anyone interested in learning more are welcome.

This year’s symposium will feature our team of experts and special guest speakers talking about medications, genetics, deep brain stimulation, research, pseudoscience of Parkinson’s disease, and cognition and behavior in PD.

Please register here for in-person or virtual attendance.

This year, we are anticipating having a hybrid format with a limited in-person audience. At minimum, those attending the conference in person must follow the campus COVID-19 protocols. Additional policies may be implemented to keep the community safe. 

Event Details

Times, speakers, and topics are subject to change. Please check back for the most updated information.

9:00-9:10 AM Welcome & Program Overview
9:10-9:30 AM Medication Overview & Update Antonia Pusso, MD
9:30-9:45 AM Genetics of Parkinson Disease Emily Forbes, DO, MS
9:45-10:00 AM Break
10:00-10:30 AM Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) & Advanced Therapies Alex Baumgartner, MD
10:30-10:45 AM DBS Patient Panel DBS Ambassadors
10:45-11:00 AM Break
11:00-11:20 AM Demographics of Parkinson Disease Mike Korsmo, MD
11:20-11:40 AM Research Update Michelle Fullard, MD, MSCE & John Thompson, PhD
11:40-12:15 PM Break
12:15-1:00 PM Keynote Address | The Cure for Medical BS: Advocating for Yourself in the Misinformation Age Keynote Speaker: Benzi Kluger, MD, MS
1:00-1:10 PM Break
1:10-2:00 PM The Lewy Body Dementias: Parkinson Disease Dementia and Dementia with Lewy Bodies Samantha Holden, MD, MS 

Taken from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus “Return to Campus” Covid-19 Protocol on August 17.

  • Event/meeting organizers are required to confirm that all attendees are fully vaccinated. Event organizers may ensure vaccination status however they see fit. 
  • Vaccinated attendees who have received a COVID-19 booster are not required to mask. Attendees who are vaccinated but who have not received a COVID-19 booster, as well as unvaccinated attendees, must wear a mask and maintain physical distancing.

Updated campus protocols may be found here.

You may be asked to provide proof of vaccination while on campus. You can do this with your COVID-19 vaccination card or your vaccination record. You can also present a picture of either. 

Thank you in advance for your adherence to the policy. 


Dr. Pusso was born and raised in Spotsylvania, VA. She obtained her medical degree in Charlottesville, VA and completed her residency training in Boston, serving as chief resident in her final year. In her free time, she enjoys biking, hiking, cross-stitching, and listening to podcasts. 

Dr. Forbes is a board-certified neurologist and an assistant professor of Neurology. She attended medical school at NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her neurology residency at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She then completed her fellowship at The University of Pennsylvania Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center (PDMDC) and the Philadelphia VA Medical Center Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education, and Clinical Center.

Her research interests include understanding factors that affect the progression of Parkinson’s disease, cognitive impairment in Parkinson’s disease, and understanding the genetic basis of neurologic diseases.

movement disorders specialist coloradoDr. Baumgartner is a board-certified neurologist and is fellowship-trained in movement disorders with a particular focus on Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS). He is an assistant professor of Neurology. He obtained his medical degree from Brown University and completed his neurology residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School. He completed his fellowship at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

His research interest is in non-motor Parkinson’s symptoms and how these might be affected by advanced therapies including DBS.

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Dr. Korsmo is an assistant professor of neurology anda board-certified neurologist with fellowship training in movement disorders. He received his medical degree from Tulane University and completed his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He completed his residency at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center. 


Dr. Fullard is a board-certified neurologist who specializes in Movement Disorders at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. She completed undergraduate and medical school education at Vanderbilt University. Following medical school, she completed Neurology training at the University of Virginia and Movement Disorders training at the University of Pennsylvania. While at the University of Pennsylvania, she also obtained a Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology. Her research focuses on disparities in outcomes and care for patients with Parkinson’s disease. She serves as the Director of Research for the Movement Disorders Center and the Director of the Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence.

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Samantha Holden, MD, MS is an associate professor of neurology and the director of the University of Colorado Memory Disorders Clinic. With fellowship training in both movement disorders and behavioral neurology, she focuses on conditions that affect both cognition and movement, namely Parkinson’s disease dementia and dementia with Lewy bodies. Dr. Holden is the co-director of the Unviersity of Colorado Lewy Body Dementia Association Research Center of Excellence.

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