Global Symposium Series

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a complex and diverse condition. To assist in expanding your knowledge of PD, Parkinson Society British Columbia will be hosting three webinars in this symposium series, featuring talks from global expertsPlease note, separate registration will be required for each session.

Impact of Exercise on Cognition in PD

Dr. Michael Jakowec, academic researcher and professor of neurology | University of Southern California

Monday, March 13 | 11:00am - 12:00pm PT

Impaired cognition is commonly experienced by persons living with Parkinson’s. It can be mild to severe impairment, and cognitive areas affected include attention and working memory, executive function, and visuospatial function. Dr. Jakowec discusses research on the impact of exercise on cognitive improvement. A 10-min Q and A will follow.
New Research: Exercise Hormones and Future Disease Modifying Therapies for Parkinson’s Disease

Dr. Ted Dawson, MD; PhD, professor in neurodegenerative diseases and director of the Institute for Cell Engineering | Johns Hopkins Medicine

Wednesday, March 22 | 10:00am - 11:00am PT

Dr. Ted Dawson, discusses new research on the exercise-induced hormone, Irisin, and its role in mediating the benefits of endurance exercise in Parkinson’s disease. Discussion of new compounds that could slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease will also be covered. A 10-min Q and A session will follow.
Impact of Exercise on PD Progression

Dr. Daniel Corcos, professor of physical therapy and human movement sciences and engineering | McCormick School of Engineering

Wednesday, March 29 | 10:00am - 11:00am PT

This presentation will define and describe three different forms of exercise: progressive resistance, endurance, and balance exercise - and how they form the basis of the exercise prescription for people with Parkinson's disease. The presentation will also discuss potential neural mechanisms where signs and symptoms are reduced, and the disease is delayed. A 10-min Q and A session will follow.