Symposia and Professional Training Events

Penn Udall Center for Parkinson's ResearchAn imporant part of the mission of the Penn Udall Center for Parkinson’s Research is to educate the public and professional health care providers about all aspects of Parkinson’s disease and to help connect and encourage discussion between basic science and clinical researchers in Parkinson's and other neurodegenerative diseases.

Events of Interest

Scroll down for information on events from the Penn Udall Center and its partners in research at the University of Pennylvania, as well as links to past events with streaming video available.

April 26, 2011


Parkinson's Disease 101
5:45pm - 8:00PM
The Dan Aaron Parkinson's Rehabilitation Center
330 S. 9th Street, 1st Floor

Parkinson's Disease 101 is a seminar for newly diagnosed (within 2 years) individuals to learn more about the diagnosis, as well as explore ways to stay well, physically and emotionally. You and your family will have the opportunity to ask questions and gain information while meeting others with a new diagnosis of PD.

Dr. Amy Colcher will discuss 'What is Parkinson's Disease?' Joellyn Dembowski will review 'Prehabilitation in PD.' Christine Salemno will review 'Making the Most of Your Doctor's Appointment.' A Q&A session and discussion follow over a light dinner.

This seminar is free but registration is required as space is limited. Please call 215-829-7273. Teva Neuroscience supports this program.

March 19, 2011


Important Strategies for Managing ET
10:00am - 12:00pm
Zubrow Auditorium, Pennsylvania Hospital

Penn Medicine and the International Essential Tremor Foundation present "Important Strategies for Managing ET" on March 19th. Featured speakers are Gordon Baltuch, MD, PhD, FRCSC, the Director of the Center for Functional and Restorative Neurosurgery at Penn and Catherine Rice, the Executive Director of the International Essential Tremor Foundation.

The event will take place in Zubrow Auditorium at Pennsylvania Hospital, located at 8th and Spruce Streets. Free parking is available in the hospital garage at 8th and Delancey Streets. The event is free, but registration is required to attend. To register, contact Julie Stutzbach at 215-829-7651 or by March 11th.

November 1, 2008


Essential Tremor Symposium
November 1, 2008
Zubrow Auditorium
Pennsylvania Hospital

Essential Tremor Symposium will be held in Zubrow Auditorium, located on the main floor of the Preston Building at Pennsylvania Hospital. Click here for a map of the building. Howard Hurtig, MD and Jurg Jaggi, PhD, from Penn, and Catherine Rice, MSM, Executive Director of the International Essential Tremor Foundation will be featured.

There is no fee to attend the symposium, but registration is required. For more information and to register, call 215-829-7273.

For parking, driving directions, and other visitor information, click here.

November 20, 2008

Genetics of Neurodegeneration symposium

Directions to BRB 2 3Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research
Marian S. Ware Research Retreat
8:00am - 5:00pm
Biomedical Research Bldg. 2/3 Auditorium
421 Curie Boulevard - University of Pennsylvania

Research continues to uncover links between neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, movement disorders, and forms of dementia. Many questions remain. At this year's CNDR Marian S. Ware Research Retreat, the focus will be on "Genetics of Neurodegenerative Diseases."

For a listing of the day's speakers, visit the event page.

To register to attend, contact Kevin Davies at CNDR, at 215-662-4474 or

December 5, 2008

Connecting the dots

Join the Penn Udall Center for Parkinson's Research and the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center on December 5th for a special event: "Connecting the Dots...the Role of Research in Parkinson's Disease."

"Connecting the Dots" will be held on Friday, December 5th from 10am to 12noon in the Zubrow Auditorium at Pennsylvania Hospital. For directions and more information about Pennsylvania Hospital, please click here. There is no charge for admission.

For more information about the event, please call Suzanne Reichwein at 215-829-7275. You can also register to attend online by clicking here.

Past Events

October 4, 2008

Research Participant Symposium

The Research Participant Symposium was held on October 4th at Ralston House to say thank you to patients, research participants, their families and caregivers, and others for their time, for their effort, and for wanting to make a difference in the lives of other patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD).


April 29, 2008

Translational Research in Lewy Body Disorders

The Penn Udall Center for Parkinson's Research held its first symposium on April 29th at BRB 2/3 on Penn's campus. Researchers, clinicians, caregivers, families of Parkinson's patients and others were encouraged to attend.

"Translational Research in Lewy Body Disorders" was open to the public and brought movement disorder physicians and researchers in cognition and neuropsychiatry from across Penn School of Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania Health System to discuss basic and clinical aspects of Lewy body disorders. Special breakout sessions in the afternoon broke down the science and tackle questions people may have.

Streaming video of April 29th Udall Center eventFor more information and to view streaming video of the day's presentations, click here.

May 6, 2008

Institute on Aging Annual Retreat with Poster Session on Aging, focus on healthy brain aging

Does healthy brain aging matter? How can the brain age in a healthy way? Is there anything you can do to help your brain?

On May 6th, the Institute on Aging's 2008 Sylvan M. Cohen Annual Retreat with Poster Session on Aging focused on the question of healthy brain aging, using a special 'Healthy Brain Aging Team' of national experts to discuss this important topic and give us all direction on what research is telling us and what we might do to keep our brains healthy as they age.

Streaming video from Institute on Aging retreat on healthy brain agingTo view streaming video of the day's Annual Retreat presentations and the a look at the Poster Session, click here.

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