March 5, 2007
The Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education & Clinical Center (PADRECC) presents a free educational program and forum for veterans, family members, and friends: “Holding onto Hope while Living with Parkinson’s Disease.” The guest speaker is Naomi D. Nelson, PhD, RN, Co-Associate Director of Education, PADRECC. A question and answer session with MEDVAMC neurologists will follow.
Friday, March 9, 2007, 10 - 11:45 a.m.
4th Floor Auditorium
For more information, please call Naomi Nelson, Ph.D., R.N. at (713) 794-8938.
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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