8th Annual Parkinson’s Conference

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Louisiana’s largest Parkinson’s Disease Conference returns to the C.B. Pennington, Jr. Building in Baton Rouge on Saturday, July 20th, 2019. The annual conference offers in-depth presentations on a wide variety of Parkinson’s disease-related topics, and attracts hundreds of participants from all over the Gulf South region every year.

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In 2019, the Parkinson’s conference will feature a day of learning & networking for people interested in learning more about Parkinson’s disease.  The NeuroMedical Center’s movement disorder neurologists, Dr. Gerald J. Calegan, Dr. B. Glenn Kidder, and Dr. Rebecca E. Whiddon will also be on hand to provide valuable updates on Parkinson’s disease topics such as cutting-edge research and treatment options.  Dr. Calegan will help lead discussions with his presentation titled “Self Advocacy for Parkinson’s Patients.” Additionally, The NeuroMedical Center’s Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Darla M.R. Burnett, will present on the important role a psychologist plays in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease.

2019 Parkinson's Conference Agenda

8:30 AM       Registration begins | Visit with Exhibitors 

9:15 AM       Welcome Remarks: Dr. Jan Hondzinski 

9:30 AM       Keynote speaker: Dr. Shilpa Chitnis, Movement Disorder Specialist

10:05 AM     Q & A with Dr. Chitnis

10:15 AM     Break | Visit with Exhibitors

10:30 AM     Demonstration with the New Orleans Ballet Association:  Kelly Haber & Millette White-Lin

10:45 AM     Nutrition & Parkinson’s Disease: Don Ingram, Ph.D, Nutritional Neuroscientist

11:20 AM     Q & A with Dr. Ingram

11:30 AM     Lunch | Visit with Exhibitors

12:15 PM     Neuropsychology & Parkinson’s Disease: Dr. Darla Burnett, Neuropsychologist

12:50 PM     Q & A with Dr. Burnett

1:00 PM       Zumba Demonstration with Dominique Thomas 

1:15 PM       Self Advocacy for Parkinson’s Patients:  Randy LeBlanc & Dr. Gerald Calegan, Movement Disorder Specialist

1:50 PM       Q & A with Dr. Calegan & Randy

2:00 PM       Program Closing

The NeuroMedical Center's Parkinson's Disease Experts

Gerald J. Calegan, M.D.
Movement Disorder Neurologist

B. Glenn Kidder, M.D.
Movement Disorder Neurologist

Rebecca E. Whiddon, M.D.
Movement Disorder Neurologist

Darla M.R. Burnett, Ph.D., M.P.
Clinical Psychologist

About Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement. As many as 1 million Americans live with Parkinson’s disease, and about 60,000 more are diagnosed each year.  It’s estimated that Louisiana has one of the highest incidence rates in the nation, with Parkinson’s affecting more than 65,000 individuals. The cause is unknown, and although there is presently no cure, there are treatment options such as medication and surgery to manage its symptoms.


Registration Information

The annual Parkinson’s Conference and day-long learning event has always been offered free of charge to community members thanks to the generosity of local businesses, organizations and individuals. Since its inaugural year in 2012, The NeuroMedical Center has proudly served as an event sponsor.

Registration is now open for the 2019 Parkinson’s conference.

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