CENTER’S STATEMENT REGARDING COVID-19
We would like to inform you we are still learning about the novel coronavirus. As of now, we know everyone can get COVID-19, as it is very contagious. The issue is that, once you have it, risk factors for severe disease include being older and having previous conditions, such as lung disease, heart disease, or diabetes. There is no specific comment made about Parkinson’s Disease so far. We would strongly recommend everyone to stay home, avoid close contact with others (I.e., no visiting neighbors, etc.) and only go out if absolutely needed to buy food, medications, etc., again avoiding close contact. No restaurants, gym, social gatherings, etc.
If you would like to learn more about COVID-19 and PD, please visit the Parkinson’s Foundation at the link listed below.
PARKINSON'S DISEASE AND MOVEMENT DISORDERS CENTER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
The University of Pennsylvania's Department of Neurology provides comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and management for all types of movement disorders. Movement disorders are complex neurological disorders that affect your ability to produce and control bodily movements. Movement disorders occur when changes in the brain cause either abnormal, excessive, involuntary movements or slower, delayed movements.
Recognized by the Parkinson Foundation as one of 45 worldwide Centers of Excellence, the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center (PD&MDC) is one of the largest of its kind in the country and the most pre-eminent in the Philadelphia region, providing care to thousands of patients each year.
Types of Movement Disorders
- Dystonia (including spasmodic torticollis)
- Essential tremor
- Huntington's disease
- Parkinson's disease*
- Atypical parkinsonisms
- Progressive Supranuclear Palsy
- Multiple System Atrophy
- Corticobasal syndrome
- Spinocerebellar ataxia and other ataxia disorders
- Tardive dyskinesia
- Tourette syndrome and other tic disorders
To learn more about Parkinson's Disease and other resources click here!
A Brief History of the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center
Founded at the late, great Graduate Hospital in 1982 by Drs. Howard Hurtig and Matthew Stern, and Nurse Gwyn Vernon, as a center to provide comprehensive care and education to patients and families, and to conduct clinical and basic research in collaboration with basic scientists at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (now the Perelman SOM). After 15 years of steady and expanded growth of its fundamental mission, the PD&MDC moved in 1997 to the Penn Neurological Institute at Pennsylvania Hospital, where patient services and program development accelerated to achieve its current status as one of premier facilities of its kind in the US and a Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence.
The scope of the Center’s portfolio now includes the most advanced medical therapies provided by highly trained specialists, opportunities for patients and families to participate in clinical research, expert physical rehabilitation at the Dan Aaron Rehab Program, psychological counseling, and access to educational programs and a network of support groups. As a key division of the Perelman SOM’s Department of Neurology, the PD&MDC educates medical students, residents in Neurology and post-residency neurologists planning a specialized career in movement disorders.
Saturdays, for more information contact Suzanne Reichwein (email below)
Living Well with PD will be meeting on Saturdays via video. Please contact Suzanne Reichwein for further information regarding this at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Grant Award!
The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has been awarded a grant to study the underlying mechanisms that cause and contribute to the progression of Parkinson’s disease including cognitive impairment, and also as compared with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia with Lewy bodies. This five-year grant, awarded by the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging (NIA), will fund four specific projects and four cores to conduct this research. The clinical research component is being conducted by physicians and staff at the Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorders Center at the University of Pennsylvania. See more at the link above!
Living Well at Home Series
A series of informational sessions held once a week that address the non-motor symptoms of PD. In addition, every day of the week (M-F) a program will be offered that will supplement what you learn. General Talk-Lay Audience-Affective Disorders, Living Well at Home Series, Non-Motor Symptoms of PD: GI Issues
The 16th Annual Jane C. Wright Symposium - * Updated Date *
* Due to concerns regarding COVID-19, we will be rescheduling this event to Fall of 2020. Please visit the website in the future for the verified date. This event is a full day event of speakers and resources for PD patients and their families!