2011 Symposium

The 2011 Parkinson's Disease Symposium will be held Saturday, May 7, 2011 from 9:30 A.M. to 2:30 P.M. at the Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis, Central Ballroom - 3rd Floor, 3700 Central Avenue, Memphis, TN.


8:30 - 9:30 A.M. - Late registration (if seats are available)
9:30 A.M. - Welcome
Ronald Pfeiffer, M.D.

9:40 A.M. - Research Studies in Treatment... Have we made progress?
Robert L. Rodnitzky, M.D.
University of Iowa

10:30 A.M. - Saved by Parkinson's
Terese Buscher, MA
Person with Parkinson's Disease

11:00 A.M. - Break
Door Prizes (you must be present to win)

11:20 A.M. - Visit vendor tables & pick up your box lunch (cost included as part of the registration fee)

12:30 P.M. - GET MOVING! - Exercise to help manage your symptoms
Brian K. Schilling, PhD
University of Memphis

1:00 P.M. - Autonomic Dysfunction in Parkinson's Disease
Ronald F. Pfeiffer, M.D.
U.T. Health Science Center

1:45-2:30 p.m. - Question & Answer Session with the speakers


Dr. Rodnitsky is Professor of Neurology and Director of Movement Disorders at the University of Iowa. He is an internationally known and respected expert in Parkinson's Disease. He is currently Chair of the Continuing Medical Education Committee of the Movement Disorder Society and is an Associate Editor of the journal, Parkinsonism and Related Disorders. He has been a leading figure in developing experimental therapies for Parkinson's Disease and other movement disorders and has authored numerous journals articles and book chapters.

Terese Buscher was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease almost 5 years ago at the age of 48. She serves as an admissions officer at Rhodes College and lives within walking distance of work, friends and fun. Her hobbies include Tai Chi, gardening, playing guitar and singing. As a Quaker, she seeks to see the Light in every person and event, a philosophy that has informed her life with Parkinson's.

Dr. Schilling earned a PhD in Biology with a specialization in Exercise Science from The University of Memphis. He is involved in research related to resistance training and how it may improve physical and mental function in Parkinson's patients. He is the director of Neuromechanics Lab at the University of Memphis, a facility that allows him to conduct extensive research studies involving resistance exercise and nutritional supplements. He has been a strong ally for those with Parkinson's Disease as well as the physicians caring for patients.

Dr. Pfeiffer is Professor of Neurology at UT Health Science Center. He has written and spoken internationally on the many aspects of Parkinson's Disease, with a special interest in gastrointestinal problems in Parkinson's Disease. He and his wife, Brenda, coordinate Parkinson's Disease research studies along with hosting this annual symposium.
William Kann,
May 26, 2011, 11:52 AM