The Parkinson’s Disease & You Symposium, which started in 2009, is an all-day annual event that attracts people from throughout Michigan and Ohio, regardless of where they receive care. At the Parkinson’s & You Symposium, you can receive up-to-date information given by leaders in the field and connect with other people and families who are living with the condition. The University of Michigan Udall Center of Excellence for Parkinson’s Disease Research funded the last two years of the Symposium; the U-M Surgical Therapies Improving Movement (STIM) Program funded previous programs. To be notified of future events, please join our email list.
2017 Symposium Information
This year's Symposium will take place on Friday, September 22, 2017 at Laurel Manor in Livonia, Michigan:
39000 Schoolcraft Rd
Livonia, MI 48150
For a map and a link to driving directions, visit the Laurel Manor Contact Us page.
Pre-registration will be required. Registration will open on August 14 and close on September 1, or when the event is full.
If you can’t make it in person, don’t worry! As in previous years, sessions will be recorded and posted on this page soon after the event. To be notified of future events, sign up for our email list.
Friday, September 22
Welcome & Housekeeping
Parkinson's Disease Overview
Kevin Chou, MD
Exercise in Parkinson’s
Patrick Hoag, OT & Dayna Ryan, PT
Sexual Function in Parkinson’s
Daniela Wittman, PhD, LMSW
Urological Issues in Parkinson’s
Anne Cameron Pelletier, MD
2016 Symposium Videos
You can view the presentations from the 2016 Symposium as a playlist by clicking on the video window below, or by clicking on the links below the video to view the individual sessions on YouTube.
Click on the image above to access and manage the playlist for of all 6 videos from this year’s Parkinson's Disease and You Symposium. Or view the individual videos on YouTube by clicking on the links below.
- Parkinson's Disease 101: Dr. Kara Wyant. An introduction to Parkinson’s disease, including signs and symptoms, how a diagnosis is made, and treatment options.
- Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) for Parkinson's Disease: Dr. Emily Levin. Deep brain stimulation (DBS) improves Parkinson’s disease symptoms, but is it right for you? This video describes what DBS is, what it can do for you, and much more.
- Sleep Disorders in Parkinson's Disease: Dr. Andrew Berkowski. A sleep specialist describes sleep disorders that are prevalent in Parkinson’s disease.
- Cognitive and Psychiatric Disorders in Parkinson's Disease: Dr. Andrew Ridder. Parkinson’s is more than a movement disorder. Dr. Ridder explains the non-motor (non-movement) cognitive and psychiatric problems seen in people with Parkinson’s disease.
- Parkinson's Research - Neuroimaging; Martijn Muller, PhD. In addition to the loss of dopamine, other neurodegenerative pathologies may occur as well, and the presence of these additional neuropathies contributes to the severity of the disease.
- Parkinson’s Research - Patient Perspectives: Marilyn Guidinger, PhD.
Includes ways for people with Parkinson’s disease to work with researchers on PD’s most pressing issues.
2015 Symposium Videos
You can view the presentations from the 2015 Symposium as a playlist by clicking on the video window below, or by clicking on the links below the video to view the individual sessions on YouTube.
Click on the image above to access and manage the playlist for of all 5 videos from last year's Parkinson's Disease and You Symposium. Or view the individual videos on YouTube by clicking on the links below.