Archive | October, 2013

Progress in Parkinson’s Research – Part 2

October 30, 2013

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In part 2 of a 5 part blog series, VCU PMDC Director Dr. Jim Bennett reviews progress in Parkinson’s research. Parkinson’s disease laboratory and clinical research projects conducted at VCU PMDC are showing positive results, and we are confident that the results from these research projects can be rapidly “translated” into meaningful therapies for Virginians […]

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What is translational research anyway?

October 28, 2013

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VCU PMDC Director Dr. Jim Bennett explains the technical science term “translational research.” The academic and scientific community tends to get lost in our own jargon and terms and forget about the lay community audience.  I want to educate the lay community to be informed consumers of scientific material – starting with the term “translational […]

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Special movie screening coming to RVA

October 24, 2013

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Mark your calendars for February 11, 2014 for a special screening of ALIVE & WELL. We need 100 reservations to guarantee the screening! ALIVE & WELL is a documentary film about the human condition, which follows seven resilient characters coming to terms with the reality of living with Huntington’s Disease (HD); a hereditary illness that […]

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Progress in Parkinson’s Research – Part 1

October 23, 2013

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In part 1 of a 5 part blog series, VCU PMDC Director Dr. Jim Bennett reviews progress in Parkinson’s research. The major challenge in Parkinson’s disease (PD) research for the 21st century is prevention of dementia that appears in almost all PD patients, who now generally live much longer than in the recent past. Dementia […]

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DBS may not be rocket science, but it is brain surgery

October 18, 2013

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Deep brain stimulation is not rocket science but it is brain surgery.  And it sounds pretty scary, like a Frankstein experiment – especially if this is the first time you have heard the term.  For some, deep brain stimulation (DBS) can be a life-changing surgery and intervention. We’ve worked with Dr. Kathryn Holloway to take […]

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Gifts accelerate research and expand services

October 17, 2013

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Thanks to the generous support of the community, the VCU PMDC has started the important work of halting the progression of Parkinson’s and movement disorders. Private gifts have: Attracted leading experts to our faculty Supported cutting-edge basic research Accelerated clinical trials Produced seminars for individuals and families to learn strategies to improve quality of life […]

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Deep Brain Stimulation Info. Session – 11/7/13

October 15, 2013

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Don’t let these seats go unfilled! Sign up today to learn more about deep brain stimulation for movement disorders.  Attendees will receive a full perspective of the procedure from all angles – neurosurgeon, nurse and family who has undergone the process. Dr. Holloway will begin the program with a short presentation reviewing the surgery, followed […]

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Additional sessions – Staying Strong with Parkinson’s Disease

October 15, 2013

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We are excited to announce Karl Robb has agreed to present additional sessions of his “Staying Strong with Parkinson’s Disease” presentation! When: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 Times: 2:30 – 4:00 or 5:30-7:00 (two separate sessions) Where: VCU PMDC offices Capacity:  18 participants in each session Please sign up for your preferred session time. Space is […]

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5 Questions to ask your pharmacist

October 13, 2013

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Emily Peron, PharmD, MS, BCSP, FASCP; Assistant Professor at VCU School of Pharmacy shared 5 questions to ask your pharmacist at the 2013 Richmond PD Community Education Day Help your pharmacist help you – ask these questions to gain a better understanding of your treatment regimen: Why am I taking this medication? Is it safe […]

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6 Rules of Medication Use in Parkinson’s Disease

October 13, 2013

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Emily Peron, PharmD, MS, BCSP, FASCP; Assistant Professor at VCU School of Pharmacy shared these 6 rules of medication use in Parkinson’s Disease (PD) at the 2013 Richmond PD Community Education Day 1. Remember that every person with PD is unique, and so is their medication regimen   2. As PD symptoms change over time, […]

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