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9:00am - Welcoming Remarks - Jean Blake, CEO of Parkinson Society BC


9:05am - Plenary 1: Focused Ultrasound Surgery & The Future of Treatment - Drs. Suneil and Lorraine Kalia

Session Summary

Focused Ultrasound Surgery & The Future of Treatment

Drs. Suneil and Lorraine Kalia will be discussing the results of a world-first clinical trial on the use of focused ultrasound (FUS) for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease (PD) and the potential future applications of this technology. FUS is an incisionless surgery that allows access to deep brain regions by temporarily opening the blood-brain barrier, permitting the direct delivery of therapeutics to brain regions impacted by PD. FUS is also a promising potential treatment to stop or prevent neurodegeneration. In addition, their lecture will also discuss other future treatments of PD.

Speaker Bio: Drs. Suneil and Lorraine Kalia

Lang Dr. Lorraine Kalia, Associate Professor
in the Division of Neurology at the
University of Toronto

 

Dr. Lorraine Kalia is a scientist at the Krembil Research Institute, University Health Network and Tanz Centre for Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases, University of Toronto. She is an associate professor in the Division of Neurology, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto. As a movement disorders neurologist, she specializes in Parkinson’s disease and related movement disorders at the Morton and Gloria Shulman Movement Disorders Clinic and the Edmond J. Safra Program at Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network.

 

Lang Dr. Suneil Kalia, Associate Professor
in the Division of Neurology at the
University of Toronto

 

Dr. Suneil Kalia is a scientist at the Krembil Research Institute and KITE Research Institute, University Health Network and an associate professor in the Division of Neurosurgery, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto. As a stereotactic and functional neurosurgeon, he focuses on the surgical management of movement disorders, epilepsy, and pain.


10:00am - Break


10:10am - Fitness Break - Kimberly Berg’s PD Rebel Performance Project | Interactive Fitness Performance: “I Feel Better When I’m Dancing”


10:20am - Plenary 2: Sleep Issues & Disorders - Dr. Gary Leo

Session Summary

Sleep Issues & Disorders

In this lecture, neurologist Dr. Gary Leo will discuss common sleep problems that affect people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) as well as their carepartners. Dr. Leo will explore the multiple reasons for disordered sleep and wakefulness in people with PD, discussing problems such as insomnia, excessive daytime sleepiness, and nocturnal movements. He will also highlight how recognition and treatment of these disorders can improve quality of life, as well as motor and non-motor function.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Gary Leo

Sacheli Dr. Gary Leo, neurologist at
Columbia St. Mary Hospital in
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

 

Dr. Gary Leo is a neurologist at Columbia St. Mary Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He earned his undergraduate degree from St. John’s University and completed his medical degree at Des Moines University. Dr. Leo completed a neurology residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin. His special interests include the evaluation and treatment of sleep disorders and Parkinson’s disease. He was formally the Director of the Sleep Wellness Institute in Wisconsin, a center specializing in diagnosing and treating sleep disorders.


11:15am - Break


11:25am - Fitness Break Kimberly Berg’s PD Rebel Performance Project Interactive Fitness PerformanceBody Percussion, Drumming, & Rhythm


11:35am - Plenary 3: Nutrition & The Microbiome - Dr. Silke Appel Cresswell

Session Summary

Nutrition & The Microbiome

Dr. Silke Appel Cresswell, movement disorder neurologist and researcher, will discuss the importance of proper nutrition for people living with Parkinson’s disease (PD). She will examine the gut microbiome, the collection of bacteria, viruses, and fungi that live in the digestive tract, and its potential role in PD. She will discuss how the microbiome may cause inflammation, which could negatively impact immune responses, damage brain cells, and cause other health problems. Dr. Cresswell will compare what the microbiome may look like in those living with PD versus a control group. Research on foods that may offer a protective benefit against PD will also be discussed.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Silke Appel Cresswell

Stoessl Dr. Silke Appel Cresswell, Movement
Disorder Specialist at Pacific Parkinson's
Research Centre, University of
British Columbia

 

Dr. Silke Appel Cresswell is a movement disorder neurologist, Associate Professor and Marg Meikle Professor in Parkinson’s disease at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health and the UBC Movement Disorder Clinic/Pacific Parkinson’s Research Centre at the University of British Columbia. She serves as president of the Canadian Movement Disorder Group, as the director of the annual National Canadian Neurology Residents Course for Movement Disorders, and is co-founder and director of the BC Brain Wellness Program as well as co-director of the Canadian Course for Ultrasound Guidance of injection therapy in dystonia. She serves on the Educational Committee of the Pan-American Section of the Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society and is a recipient of the UBC/Medicine Master Teacher Award.


12:30pm - Closing Remarks - Jean Blake


Conference agenda is subject to change.
Times listed are Pacific Time (PT).

 

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