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"Deep Brain Stimulation: Is It for You or your Loved One"

October 20, 2009

Free Parkinson’s Disease Patient & Family Forum:
“Deep Brain Stimulation: Is It for You or your Loved One”
 

WHAT: The Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education, and Clinical Center at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center and the Houston Area Parkinson Society will sponsor a conference on Deep Brain Stimulation on November 14.  “Deep Brain Stimulation: Is It for You or Your Loved One” is the topic of the conference.  The program is designed for patients with Parkinson’s disease, their families and caregivers, and interested movement disorder specialists.
WHEN: Saturday, November 14, 2009, 8:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
WHERE: United Way Community Resource Center
50 Waugh Drive
Houston, Texas 77007
CONTACT: Seating is limited and registration is required. For more information, please call Marilyn Trail at (713) 794-7287 or marilyn.trail@va.gov.
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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