April 10, 2013
SIU Event to Explain Advances in Parkinson’s Disease, Other Movement Disorders
Central Illinois residents who suffer from Parkinson’s disease or other movement disorders are invited to participate in a free seminar on the latest advances, including Deep Brain Stimulation surgery. The event, sponsored by Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, will be held from 5-6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 30 at the Dove Conference Center, St. John’s Hospital, 619 E. Mason St.
Featured speakers will be Dr. Rodger Elble, professor in the Department of Neurology, Dr. Jeffrey Cozzens, professor and chief of the Division of Neurosurgery and Charlene Young, family nurse practitioner in the Department of Neurology.
Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a chronic and progressive movement disorder that continues and worsens over time. Nearly one million people in the U.S. are living with it. The cause is unknown, and there is presently no cure.
The event will discuss treatment options such as medication and surgery to manage Parkinson’s symptoms.
“Even though there is no cure at present, there are many clinical trials that appear hopeful. Parkinson’s disease affects the entire family,” Elble said. “Surgical options like Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) don’t cure the disease but often give appropriate patients a better quality of life.” Elble is a movement disorders specialist with over 30 years of experience.
DBS is a surgical procedure that improves brain function in Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, essential tremor and other movement disorders. During the procedure, a neurosurgeon implants a small, battery-operated device similar to a heart pacemaker under the skin near the collarbone. Wires from the device are then connected to tiny electrodes that are placed in specific targets in the brain. Once turned on, the implanted device sends electrical pulses to the electrodes, thereby blocking abnormal nerve activity. Cozzens has performed more than 450 DBS procedures.
Register for the free seminar by calling SIU School of Medicine at 217-545-7133 or register online at www.siumed.edu/surgery.