Yearly Archives: 2010

WPC Science Day Zero: Orthostatic Hypotension

From James Beck, Ph.D., Director of Research Programs Yesterday, an industry-sponsored session for clinicians and scientists was held prior to the official start of 2nd World Parkinson Congress. Largely a review of current medical management of PD, the session included one tidbit that I found particularly interesting – a comment made by Mark Stacy, M.D. He said that orthostatic hypotension, that is low blood pressure upon standing, is the most common, unrecognized symptom of PD. Up to 40 percent of people with PD experience orthostatic hypotension. Drugs that are currently approved to treat hypotension, like midodrine, work, but may work… read more Read More

WPC Opening Ceremonies III

Rhona Johnson, one of PDF’s WPC reporters and member of our People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council, would like to follow-up on previous posts discussing last night’s WPC Opening Ceremonies. Rhona and others communicated that they were particularly moved at the ceremonies by the words of Bryn Williams, founder of WobblyWilliams.com. Here’s Rhona’s report: “At the Opening Ceremonies last night, Bryn Williams, Founder of WobbyWilliams.com spoke eloquently of how PD impacts people living with the disease, their families, friends and carers. He issued an urgent challenge to them all the work for a cure, saying, ‘Neurologists cannot do it alone. We… read more Read More

WPC Day One

The first day of the 2nd World Parkinson Congress has begun. Scientific sessions are already underway and we hope to have some reports for you later today. Who else is reporting on the WPC? Several other community members, including some of our very own reporters, are blogging all week long as well. We’ll post some of these blogs below and start a new WPC Blogroll at right. Do you know of others? Kate: CRLI graduate Kate has a wonderful story up about how she came to the WPC. Jackie: CRLI graduate Jackie is already blogging about her experience at the… read more Read More

WPC Haiku from Renee

As we kick off the first full day of sessions of the 2nd World Parkinson Congress, we’d like to share (a bit belatedly so) a lovely Haiku emailed to us yesterday by Renee LeVerrier, as she waited for the opening ceremonies to begin Pre-Congress Haiku Cloudy sky, Glasgow fogCannot dampen spirits orClarity we seek Renee is one of our WPC reporters and a graduate of PDF’s Clinical Research Learning Institute. Later today, Renee is presenting a poster entitled, “Yoga Teacher Training for Students with Parkinson’s Disease.” Learn More: If you’d like to learn more about Renee and our other WPC… read more Read More