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On October 29 at Redwood Shores Library in Redwood City, California, an amazing conference of Bay Area doctors, nurses, specialists and researchers, Women & PD: What’s New? will discuss the special needs of women with Parkinson’s disease.

Women & PD: What’s New? speakers who also presented at WPC 2016 include:

Dr. Julie Andersen (Buck Institute) who gave several talks at WPC 2016 for doctors and researchers on alpha signaling critical for cellular iron, and Autophagy deficits in PPD. Her talk for us will be focused on how PD affects women.

Dr. Kathleen Poston (Stanford) and lab manager Taylor Hendershott were on a team for poster P26.06, Prompting improves recall in Parkinson’s disease with comorbid depression. They will be talking about clinical trials. 

Dr. Jill Ostrem (UCSF) was in the team of researchers on poster P37.21, Tremor severity estimation using Liftware instrumented eating utensil and on the research team for P25.03 Ages of onset of psychiatric symptoms in patients with Parkinson’s disease. She was also in the research team who worked with Karen Merchant on her poster. She and Karen will be answering questions from the audience.

Karen Merchant, RN, CNRN (UCSF) was the lead on poster, P31.13, use of Rytary (carbidopa-levodopa ER) in Parkinson’s disease patients also treated with deep brain stimulation.

The organizations helping us present Women & PD: What’s New? were presented at WPC2016 too!

Parkinson’s Disease Foundation’s team presented several posters including the poster so near and dear to us, P19.13, The PDF Women and PD Initiative: identifying and addressing unmet needs. National Parkinson Foundation was represented by major speakers throughout the conference. Medtronic had a booth and representatives to answer discuss their products.

One of our very own Parkinson’s Women Support members Lisa Garvey presented LBP20: Breaking the News: An Ethical approach to Telling Family, Friends, and Co-workers About Your PD Diagnosis. She is also a top fundraiser for the NPF’s Moving Day. She isn’t a speaker at our conference, but she is on our planning committee, and she will be attending the conference.

We also have Dr. Karl Heilbron from 23andMe, and Dr. Melanie Brandabur, Medical Director, Ultragenyx Pharmaceuticals, Randy Hoffman from Parkinson’s Institute,  Dr. Daniel Zwilling, a researcher from Circuit Therapeutics, and Theresa Najjar, PT, MSPT, Synaptic Physical Therapy, Inc.

 You can see by the list, we’ve got a special group of speakers at Women & PD: What’s New? Due to popular demand, we’ve sold out of tickets. Stay tuned for a write-up on how it goes!

Thanks to Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, Metronic and National Parkinson Foundation for supporting women and PD programs.


The meeting space is provided as a community service by the City of Redwood City. The City neither sponsors nor endorses this event nor the presenting individual or organizations.


About Parkinson’s Women Support: The mission of Parkinson’s Women Support is to offer moral support, encouragement and camaraderie for women who are Parkinson’s disease patients. Check out our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/parkinsonswomen

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