May 26, 2015

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Primary dystonia research project now enrolling

The Virginia Commonwealth University Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Center is serving as a research site for an observational research project that aims to learn more about the causes of primary dystonia and how the symptoms may progress over time.
 
Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and diagnosed with a primary dystonia to be eligible to participate.
 
This project is sponsored by the Dystonia Coalition, an international collaboration of medical researchers and patient advocacy groups working to advance the pace of research in the dystonias to find better treatments and a cure.
 
Dystonia is a disorder involving excessive involuntary contraction of muscles with repetitive and patterned movements.
 
For more information or to volunteer, please contact Ginger Norris at vwnorris@vcu.edu or (804) 662-5307.

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May 26, 2015

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HDYO Rock Climbing Event

Huntington’s Disease Youth Organization is hosting a free event for youth on June 17, 2015! See event information below and be sure to RSVP to Chandler Swope by June 10 – chandler@hdyo.org or (202) 674-4848.

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May 19, 2015

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Thank you!

Thank you to all who participated, fundraised, donated, volunteered, and supported our 2nd Annual Movin’ & Shakin’ 5K! You raised $54,286! These generous gifts will be used to support ongoing services, care, and research offered by the VCU PMDC.  Project information and updates will be posted on this site over the coming weeks. This event […]

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May 18, 2015

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Overview of Huntington’s Disease

In this Time with Testa video, Dr. Testa provides an overview of Huntington Disease, a genetic neurodegenerative disorder. The VCU Parkinson’s & Movement Disorders Center offers clinical, research, and outreach services for Huntington Disease, and is designated a Center of Excellence by the Huntington Disease Society of America. Dr. Testa directs our Huntington Disease program, […]

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May 18, 2015

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Huntington’s Disease Research

The Huntington’s Disease Program at VCU PMDC is currently recruiting for two HD clinical research studies.  We are an HDSA Center of Excellence committed to integrating interdisciplinary clinical care with clinical research. PRIDE-HD is a clinical research trial looking at the safety of an investigational drug, pridopidine, and its effect on the movement, thinking, and […]

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April 9, 2015

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Telemedicine services now available to Virginia’s Eastern Shore

The VCU Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Center and Riverside Neurology Specialists – Eastern Shore have partnered to provide telemedicine appointments for movement disorders patients. Dr. Leslie Cloud is the movement disorders specialist at VCU who will is offering telemedicine consultations for Dr. Paschall’s patients. Dr. Cloud is a specially trained neurologist who has completed advanced […]

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April 2, 2015

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Mindfulness group now available

Our research trial of mindfulness-based therapy in individuals with Parkinson’s disease was a great success, and we’ve decided to launch a new clinical program at our center to continue to offer mindfulness-based group therapy. Dr. Lageman and Therese Cash, M.S. will lead an 8-week program.  The program is open to patients of the VCU Parkinson’s […]

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April 2, 2015

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Parkinson’s Treatment Options

We offer state-of-the-art medical and surgical treatment options for Parkinson’s Disease.  Our movement disorders specialists are able to provide individual treatment recommendations and referrals as appropriate. Our center offers access to the most recently approved treatment options, including an extended release formulation of carbidopa/levodopa and carbidopa/levodopa enteral suspension.  Both of these drugs were approved by […]

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April 2, 2015

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April 2015 Parkinson’s Events

We are excited to participate in upcoming Parkinson’s Awareness Month events! Wed. April 8 – 1pm Northern Neck/Middle Peninsula Parkinson’s Awareness Day Rappahannock Westminster Canterbury, Irvington, VA Contact:  Rita DePew at (804) 435-9553 PMDC Representatives will be available to share information and resources. Sat. April 11 – 10am – Boardwalk Stroll and Roll Virginia Beach […]

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April 2, 2015

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Name the app contest

But we don’t have a name for it! Help us name the app! Our interdisciplinary team, led by Dr. Leslie Cloud, has received funding to develop a motor symptom app for smart phones. We are collaborating with the Computer Science program in the VCU School of Engineering and have already begun work on the project. […]

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