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 experts. Please note, separate registration will be required for each session.


Gyro-Kinetics for Parkinson’s
Alex Kerten
Wednesday, May 11 | 11:30am - 12:30pm PT

Session Summary

Gyro-Kinetics for Parkinson’s

Alex Kerten developed a breakthrough method called Gyro-Kinetics to help manage and decrease Parkinson’s disease (PD) symptoms. This breakthrough, holistic technique involves movement, rhythm, expression, music, and energy, as well as martial arts techniques. His discovery of this unconventional mind-body integration to reduce Parkinson’s symptoms is increasingly gaining attention from the international PD community. In this session, Alex will discuss applications of Gyro-Kinetics, as well as perform a demonstration of the technique.

Speaker Bio

Lang Alex Kertendeveloped the Gyro-Kinetics
method for Parkinson's disease


Born in 1945 in Israel, Alex Kerten developed a magnetic affinity for music from a very young age, with a special love for jazz and improvisation. He was introduced to Martial Arts in the Israel Defense Forces. Alex studied under Grand Master Gad Skornik (Israel), Grand Master Hatsumi Masaaki (Japan), and Master Elli Leffler (Israel), where he graduated with seven black belts. He has worked with Parkinson’s patients at the Reuth Hospital in Tel-Aviv. Alex has also taught at the Maccabi Health Institute in Israel. Decades of experience in the fields of movement disorders and posture management led him to develop the Gyro-Kinetics method.


Personality & Behaviour Changes
Dr. Antonio Strafella, Movement Disorder Specialist
Friday, May 20 | 11:00am - 12:00pm PT

Session Summary

Personality & Behaviour Changes

In this session, internationally-renowned movement disorder specialist, Dr. Antonio Strafella, will join us to discuss personality and behaviour changes that can develop for individuals with Parkinson’s disease (PD). These changes may sometimes seem unpredictable, and frequently leave loved ones unsure of how to respond. Personality and behaviour changes may include apathy, aloofness, irritability, and emotional bluntness. Impulse control problems will also be explored, such as hypersexuality and compulsive gambling and/or eating.

Speaker Bio

Lang Dr. Antonio Strafella, Canada Research Chair
in Movement Disorders and Neuroimaging,
Professor in the Deptatment of Medicine
(Division of Neurology) at the Toronto
Western Hospital, University Health Network,
University of Toronto


Dr. Antonio Strafella is a Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Neurology and the Krembil-Rossy Chair in Molecular Imaging of Neurodegenerative Diseases. He is a movement disorder neurologist in the Edmond J. Sara Program in Parkinson's Disease and Morton & Gloria Shulman Movement Disorders Clinic at the Toronto Western Hospital. Dr. Strafella is the Chair of Research for the Division of Neurology, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto and a Senior Scientist at the Krembil Brain Institute and at the Brain Health Imaging Centre at the Centre of Addiction Mental Health. On the national front, Dr. Strafella is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and currently serves on its Governance and Finance Board. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research - Institute of Neuroscience, Mental Health and Addiction, and the Board of Directors for Parkinson Canada. Internationally, Dr. Strafella is involved in several other commitments with the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society and World Federation of Neurology. The focus of his research is on Parkinson’s disease and atypical parkinsonisms, using advanced neuroimaging technology.