WVU Physicians to Discuss Parkinson’s Disease Treatment

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Parkinson's disease is a progressive disorder of the central nervous system affecting more than 1.5 million people in the United States.

Three West Virginia University physicians will discuss changes in the treatment of the disease in a seminar, Saturday, Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. until noon, in Hostler Auditorium on the ground floor of the WVU Health Sciences Center.

The seminar will present medication options, surgical options and future options in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. The physicians will also discuss Activa Therapy, an FDA-approved non-drug therapy for controlling some of the symptoms of advanced Parkinson’s that has been used worldwide.

The three doctors speaking at the seminar are:

Donald Whiting, M.D., is aneurosurgeon at WVU. He received his medical degree from Thomas Jefferson Medical College and specialty training from the Cleveland Clinic and Allegheny General Hospital. His special interests include movement disorders and neurosurgical management of pain.

Cathrin Buetefisch, M.D., is a neurologist at WVU. She received her degree from Free University of Berlin, Germany, and her specialty training from the National Institute of Neurological Disorder and Stroke, Free University, and WVU. Her special interests include Parkinson’s disease, dystonias, tremors and stroke.

Michael Parsons, Ph. D., is an associate professor of neuropsychology at WVU. He received his degree from the University of Texas and specialty training at the Medical College of Wisconsin. His special interests include movement disorders and functional MRI.

Clinically, Parkinson’s disease is characterized by a decrease in spontaneous movements, gait difficulty, postural instability, rigidity and tremor. The major symptoms of the disease were originally described in 1817 by an English physician, Dr. James Parkinson, who called it "Shaking Palsy."

The seminar is sponsored by Medtronic and the American Parkinson Disease Association, Inc. Please call 877-438-3574 to RSVP for the seminar.

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For more information:
Steve Bovino, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087

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