Parkinson's symposium being held Saturday at UF

Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 2:36 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 2:36 p.m.

The University of Florida is hosting a symposium on Parkinson's disease for patients, caregivers and healthcare providers on Saturday.

The annual symposium, in its 11th year at UF, will cover topics such as the causes of Parkinson's disease, how it affects the body -- including speech and swallow -- and various treatments such as deep brain stimulation.

Several UF expert physicians also will serve on a panel to answer participants' questions. The event is being sponsored by UCB, a pharmaceutical company based in Brussels, the medical device company Medtronic, and the UF Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration.

Dr. Lawrence Golbe of the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J., will deliver the Robert Stockdale lecture, which was established in 2010, on “Parkinsonisms,” disorders that mimic symptoms of Parkinson's disease such as slowness and stiffness.

Registration for the symposium starts at 8 a.m. on Saturday, and the event lasts through lunch, which is included. It will be held at the Alachua County Senior Recreation Center in Gainesville, at

5701 NW 34th St.

To register in advance, or for more information, contact Amanda Eilers at 294-5434, or

- Kristine Crane

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