Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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Free Parkinson's Disease Patient & Family Forum

September 5, 2008

WHAT: The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education & Clinical Center (PADRECC) presents a free educational program and forum for veterans, family members, and friends: “Update on Parkinson’s Disease.” The guest speaker is Eugene C. Lai, M.D., Ph.D., PADRECC director and professor of Neurology at Baylor College of Medicine. A question and answer session will follow.
WHEN: Friday, September 12, 2008, 10 - 11:45 a.m.
WHERE: 4th Floor Auditorium (Near Main Elevators)
Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
2002 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, Texas 77030
Free valet parking is available.
WHO: The event is free and open to the public.
CONTACT: For more information, please call Naomi Nelson, Ph.D., R.N. at (713) 794-8938.
BACKGROUND:    

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) took a major step toward improving patient care and pursuing a cure for Parkinson’s disease by establishing six Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education and Clinical Centers (PADRECCs), one at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston.

Operating as a national consortium, each PADRECC conducts research covering basic biomedicine, rehabilitation, health services delivery, and clinical trials.  Each is participating in a landmark clinical trial to assess the effectiveness of surgical implantation of deep brain stimulators in reducing the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

The National Parkinson Foundation, Inc. estimates that up to 1.5 million Americans have Parkinson’s disease and that approximately 50,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. VA medical centers treat at least 40,000 Parkinson’s disease patients every year.

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