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March 25, 2009

SIU Med School Sponsors Parkinson’s Disease Educational Forum

Parkinson’s disease is the topic of a public educational forum to be presented in April by the Center for Parkinson Disease and Movement Disorders at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.   It will be held Saturday morning, April 18, in the Wedeberg Conference Center at Memorial Medical Center, First and Miller Streets in Springfield.

The forum will provide general information about the disease as well as information on services available through SIU’s center, which is a program of SIU’s neurology department. 

The sessions begin at 9 a.m. with “Pros and Cons of Treating Early Parkinson Disease” by Dr. Rodger J. Elble, Ph.D., professor and chair of neurology and center director.  The second session is “The Use of Dietary Supplements for Parkinson Disease – Pros and Cons” by Dr. Siddharth Kaul, Ph.D., resident physician in neurology.  The final session is “Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery” by Charlene Young, nurse practitioner in neurology, and a panel of post-surgical patients.  

The forum is free to the public and refreshments will be served.  Parking is available in the visitor lots located east and south of the hospital’s main entrance.

Reservations are requested and can be made by contacting Leslie Randolph, SIU’s Center for Parkinson Disease, at 217-545-7181 weekdays or e-mail lrandolph@siumed.edu.

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