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VCU experts to join panel to discuss latest research advances and treatment options

VCU Parkinson’s Center Teams Up with Other Local Health Organizations and Davis Phinney Foundation for The Victory Summit®

Frances Dumenci
VCU Communications and Public Relations


The Virginia Commonwealth University Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Center will join other local health organizations and the Davis Phinney Foundation to host the Victory Summit® for Virginia and West Virginia-area Parkinson’s communities.

The event takes place on Saturday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 N. Third St. There is no charge to attend the event, which is open to the public. However, registration is required. For more information and to register, visit http://www.davisphinneyfoundation.org/victory-summit/upcoming-victory-summits/victory-summit-richmond-va/.

The Victory Summit® is a national symposia series created by the Davis Phinney Foundation to provide information and inspiration for people with Parkinson’s and their loved ones. The summit includes experts who will discuss the latest research advances and treatment options.

The panel includes James P. Bennett, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., founding director of the VCU Parkinson’s and Movement Discovers Center and chair of the Department of Neurology, and Mark Baron, M.D., professor of neurology at VCU and director of the Southeast Veterans Affairs Parkinson’s Disease, Research, Education and Clinical Center at the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Medical Center in Richmond. They will be joined by several other national and local movement disorder experts. In addition, the Davis Phinney Foundation will present Ron Kessler, Midlothian resident and veteran, with the “Local Hero” award for outstanding leadership in the Parkinson’s community.

Agenda highlights include presentations on cognitive changes in Parkinson’s disease patients, sleep disturbances, gastrointestinal symptoms, care for the care partner and discussions on deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapy, local clinical trials and research programs.

The summit is presented by the Davis Phinney Foundation in partnership with the VCU Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Center; Southeast Veterans Affairs Parkinson’s Disease, Research, Education and Clinical Center at the McGuire VA Medical Center; University of Virginia Health System; and the American Parkinson’s Disease Association.

For more information, contact Wendy Emanuel at 773-255-9580 or wemanuel@davisphinneyfoundation.org.


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