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Regional Parkinson's Symposium to be Held This Month in Southwest Florida

Professors and physicians from Yale, Harvard and the Southeastern Center for Parkinson Disease will gather in Sarasota, Florida, on Jan. 31, 2015 to share the latest findings on Parkinson's disease and its treatment.

Sarasota, FL, January 11, 2015 --( On Jan. 31 2015, respected professors and doctors from Yale, Harvard, and the Southeastern Center for Parkinson Disease will gather in Sarasota to share the latest findings on Parkinson's disease and its treatment.

Hosted by the Neuro Challenge Foundation and Sarasota Memorial Health System, the annual symposium is slated to attract one of the largest gathering of Parkinson patients, caregivers and specialists in North America. With more than 500 people slated to attend, those affected by Parkinson’s come from as far away as Ontario, Georgia, and New York to attend this annual community forum and professional education event.

Speakers include the following nationally renowned experts on Parkinson's disease:
• Dr. Michael A Schwarzschild MD, PhD, MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease and Harvard Medical School;
• Dr. Kenneth Vives, MD, Yale School of Medicine; and one of Florida's predominant thought leaders in the diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson's
• Dr. Dean Sutherland, MD, PhD, Southeastern Center for Parkinson Disease and Neuro Challenge Foundation.

“Our annual symposium provides an interactive venue for people who work with or are affected by Parkinson's to come together and discuss the latest developments in Parkinson’s disease treatment,” says Judith Bell, Executive Director of Neuro Challenge Foundation. “It is also an opportunity for people with Parkinson's to truly see that they are not alone.”

Parkinson's, a neurodegenerative disease, usually affects persons over 65 years of age. Sarasota County is home to a population of more than 33 percent over age 65. It is estimated that more than 9,000 Sarasota County residents suffer from Parkinson's disease and that number is expected to increase, as the population ages and more Americans take up residence on the Gulf Coast.

Cost to attend is $25. Registration and included continental breakfast begin at 8:00 am. Early registration encouraged as places sell out quickly. Scholarships are available. Valet parking available and hotels located conveniently nearby. For more information, contact (941) 926-6413.

About the Neuro Challenge Foundation
The Neuro Challenge Foundation is a not-for-profit organization based in Sarasota, Fla., dedicated to improving the quality of life of people with Parkinson’s Disease and their caregivers. Among other services, the organization offers a Care Advisor Program that provides free individualized guidance to Parkinson's patients in Sarasota and the surrounding region. It receives no government funding or insurance compensation. Information:

About Sarasota Memorial Health Care System
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is a regional referral center offering Southwest Florida’s greatest breadth and depth of inpatient, outpatient and extended care services, with more than 800 physicians, 4,000 employees and 800,000 patient visits a year. Sarasota Memorial’s 806-bed acute care hospital has been recognized repeatedly as one of the nation’s best, with superior patient outcomes and a complete continuum of outpatient services – from urgent care centers and physician groups, to laboratory and imaging centers, home health, rehabilitation and long-term care.
Contact Information
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System
Kim Savage
(941) 917-6271

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