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FREE Webinar: Parkinson's disease: Understanding causes, mechanisms and treatments for falls

Le 14 novembre 2017 - Le 14 novembre 2017 11:30 a.m.

Organisme d’accueil: Fall Prevention Community of Practice (fallsloop.com)

Type d’activité: Webinaire

Auditoire visé: Professionnels des soins de santé travaillant auprès des personnes âgées


Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive disorder that affects 4.1 million world-wide and costs health care systems billions of dollars annually. While dopaminergic therapies remain the gold standard of treatment, pharmaceutical interventions only mask the symptoms of PD, rather than addressing the underlying cause of symptoms. In addition, many motor symptoms, such as balance control, are resistant to dopaminergic treatments. In other cases, medications can cause additional motor complications or side effects that increase the risk of falls. (including wearing off, motor fluctuations, dyskinesias; see Almeida & Hyson, 2010 review).

Balance and mobility deficits are arguably the most debilitating symptoms associated with PD, and studying them can serve as a valuable model that can shed light on mechanisms underlying all motor symptoms in PD and other movement disorders). One example is the so-called ‘freezing phenomena’, in which patients report feeling like their feet are glued to the ground leaving them unable to make their next step and at very high risk of falling. This symptom is also argued by many to be unresponsive to typical drug treatments, and often leads to an increased risk of trips and falls. Thus, it is considered the most severe gait and balance issue associated with advanced PD.

Thus the goal of the presentation is to systematically consider the underlying factors that may underlie balance symptoms as well their interactions, in order to identify novel treatment strategies for PD. Register here.

Presenter info:

Dr. Almeida is the Director of the Sun Life Financial Movement Disorders Research & Rehabilitation Centre at Wilfrid Laurier University, one of the world’s leading authorities in movement science and rehabilitation in Parkinson’s disease. His research has been featured in the Toronto Star, the Globe & Mail, on CBC and CTV national news as well as featured in Maclean’s magazine. He has been funded by NSERC, and multi-million dollar grants from the Canada Foundation for Innovation and CIHR, and has won several awards including the Franklin Henry Young Scientist Award for motor control in Canada, Parkinson’s Society of Canada Young Investigator’s Award, Polanyi Prize for Physiology and Medicine, the Queen’s Elizabeth II Diamond Jubiliee medal and the Early Career Distinguished Scholar Award from the NASPSPA organization.

Dr. Almeida has spoken about his novel approach to understanding Parkinson’s disease across the world including widely across South America, Europe and Australia.