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Dystonia services at VCU PMDC

September 21, 2015

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  Whether your dystonia is primary or secondary, focal or generalized, VCU PMDC is a resource for evaluation and treatment as well as research. Our movement disorder specialist neurologists are available to evaluate dystonia and offer individualized treatment plans which may include: medications non-medication therapies including physical therapy and speech therapy botulinum toxin injections deep […]

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Dystonia Medical Research Foundation Celebrates Dystonia Awareness Month

September 5, 2015

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  The Dystonia Medical Research Foundation wants to see your moves!   The Dystonia Moves Me: Show Me Your Moves is a campaign that encourages people in the dystonia community to promote awareness by showing off their unique abilities and talents. This September, the DMRF invites everyone who has been affected by dystonia to use […]

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3 Facts about Dystonia

September 1, 2015

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  September is Dystonia Awareness Month, and we’d like to share these 3 facts about the movement disorder that affects an estimated 300,000 people in North America. 1. Dystonia is an involuntary contraction of muscles, causing repetitive or twisting movements that cannot be controlled. These symptoms can range from mild to severe. There are multiple […]

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Mindfulness -based group therapy sessions forming

July 20, 2015

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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 will lead an 8-week program.  The program is open to patients of the VCU Medical Center. The group will […]

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Deep Brain Stimulation Education program – South Hill

July 13, 2015

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Welcoming New Staff

June 30, 2015

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                  We are excited to announce that Jessica Utt, PA, and Bruce Parkinson, PhD have joined our staff! Jessica is a physician assistant who will be working with our neurologists.  She is helping to evaluate both new and follow up patients and will be seeing patients 4 days […]

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Eye-tracking research featured in VCU News

June 15, 2015

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Over the past decade, Dr. Mark Baron, in collaboration with Dr. Paul Wetzel and George Gitchel with the Department of Biomedical Engineering at VCU, have investigated how eye movements are related to neurological movement disorders.  They have utilized an eye tracking device, that consists of a headband with two small cameras, recording how a volunteer’s […]

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Updates from the Interim Director

June 9, 2015

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What will it take to continue the growth and success of the VCU Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Center? This question is my new charge as the interim director. I am excited to serve as director during this time of transition. I am committed to building upon the foundation developed by Dr. Jim Bennett and the […]

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Special Report: The roles of resilience and nonmotor symptoms in adjustment to Parkinson’s disease

May 28, 2015

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Special Report: The roles of resilience and nonmotor symptoms in adjustment to Parkinson’s disease by:  Andrea M. Shamaskin-Garroway, M.S. Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology Virginia Commonwealth University Clinical Health Psychology Intern VA Connecticut Healthcare System—West Haven, CT   VCU Parkinson’s & Movement Disorders Center (VCU PMDC) is committed to sharing results of our research projects […]

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Primary dystonia research project now enrolling

May 26, 2015

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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 […]

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