MONTH IN REVIEW | April 2024

April was a busy month for the Movement Disorders Center. The providers and fellows attended the 2024 American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting in the middle of the month. The meeting was hosted right here in Denver, Colorado. 

Leaders from the Parkinson’s Foundation visited this month as well. The faculty and staff hosted a site visit which happens every five years. The team was eager to show of our unique programs and opportunities that help people with Parkinson disease. 

Mark your calendars for October 19, 2024 for the Annual Rocky Mountain Huntington’s Disease Education Day. More details and information will be coming soon. 

Stay tuned for a date announcement for our 11th Annual Parkinson’s Disease Symposium.

Upcoming Events

Parkinson’s Association of the Rockies Care Partner Summit
Saturday, May 4, 2024. 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Parkinson Association of the Rockies
Hyatt Aurora-Denver Conference Center, 13200 E 14th Place, Aurora, CO 80111
The Care Partner Summit is a free educational event exclusively for care partners of people with Parkinson’s.
Learn more here.

From Dependent to Independent: Treatment Options for Essential Tremor & Parkinson disease
Friday, May 10, 2024 | 3:00 pm MST
Virtual Event
Hosted by Insightec
We invite you to join Dr. Drew Kern of the University of Colorado Movement Disorders Center for a patient-centered educational event. During this event, Dr. Kern will address the treatment options tailored specifically to individuals with Essential Tremor.
Register here.

Navigating Advancing Needs
Saturday, June 15, 2024 | 1:00-4:00 pm MST
Staenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center, 350 South Dhalia Street, Denver, CO 80246
Hosted by the Parkinson’s Foundation
Navigating Parkinson’s disease involves looking ahead, learning, and adjusting as symptoms and needs change. This program addresses some of the challenges of advancing PD and explores strategies to prepare for the future, including how to evolve your care plans and treatments throughout the progression so you can live your best life with PD now. This program features Antonia Pusso, MD who is a graduated Movement Disorders Center Fellow and a neuro-palliatve care specialist.
Learn more and register here.
Do you have any questions or need help registering? Call/text 480-626-0192 or email at

In the News

What’s the best diet for people with Parkinson’s Disease? Eat more fish, and learn other tips. April 3, 2024 UCHealth Today – “People living with Parkinson’s Disease can benefit by adding more health fish, too, like trout, salmon, and tuna. They also make accommodations in the kitchen.”

Lab Probes Aphasia, a Language Disorder that Struck Bruce WIllis, Wendy Williams March 15, 2024 CU Anschutz Today – “Communication affected by the spectrum of aphasias, primary progressive aphasia shortens the lifespan of sufferers”

Acting Out Dreams Can Signal a Serious Disorder February 29, 2024 CU Anschutz Today – “Physical activity during REM sleep should trigger a trip to the doctor.”


The MDC faculty regularly publish articles in perr-reviewed journals. Some of these may not be available to read without a subscription. But, these listings will let you know what the faculty have been working on lately!

Oral Cannabidiol for Seborrheic Dermatitis in Patients With Parkinson Disease: Randomized Clinical Trial.
Weber I, Zagona-Prizio C, Sivesind TE, Adelman M, Szeto MD, Liu Y, Sillau SH, Bainbridge J, Klawitter J, Sempio C, Dunnick CA, Leehey MA, Dellavalle RP. JMIR Dermatol. 2024 Mar 11;7:e49965.

Short-Term Cannabidiol with Δ-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol in Parkinson’s Disease: A Randomized Trial.
Liu Y, Bainbridge J, Sillau S, Rajkovic S, Adkins M, Domen CH, Thompson JA, Seawalt T, Klawitter J, Sempio C, Chin G, Forman L, Fullard M, Hawkins T, Seeberger L, Newman H, Vu D, Leehey MA.
Mov Disord. 2024 Mar 15.