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The Parkinson's Disease Foundation Commemorates its 50th Anniversary with Special Scientific Symposium on Parkinson's Disease
Date:10/10/2007

gastrointestinal, urological and sexual issues; sleep disorders; caregiver support and the therapeutic effect of exercise.

A high point of the event will be the presentation, at a celebratory dinner following the first day's program, of the James Parkinson Award, PDF's highest honor, which is given only once each decade. This year, the award will go to Dr. Stanley Fahn, in recognition of his lifetime of achievement as a scientist and clinician in Parkinson's disease.

At the same reception, PDF will present a special 50th Anniversary Award for Exemplary Contributions to the Advancement of Parkinson's Science. The award will go jointly to Dr. Alim-Louis Benabid, Chairman of Neurosurgery at Joseph Fourier University in Grenoble, France, and Dr. Mahlon DeLong, Professor of Neurology at Emory University, for their pioneering work in developing deep brain stimulation (DBS) for Parkinson's disease.

PDF will also be recognizing Rhona Johnson with the very first Award for Leadership in Caregiving, an honor that will be presented by Lonnie Ali, wife and caregiver of Muhammad Ali. Ms. Johnson became involved with the Parkinson's community through the diagnosis of her now late husband Bob, in 1994, to whom she was sole caregiver.

Seats for the symposium are sold out; however, those who are not able to attend the event may view the symposium for free via webcast by visiting http://www.pdf.org/50th.

The symposium is made possible by our generous supporters: Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; HealthShares, Inc.; Novartis Pharmaceuticals; UCB, Inc.; GlaxoSmithKline; Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Carol and Melvin Taub and Family; Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America; The Avicena Group; IMPAX Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Medtronic, Inc.; the Medtronic Foundation; PatientsLikeMe, Inc.; Sepracor; Solstice Neurosciences, Inc.; Teva Neuroscience; Vernalis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Biogen Idec; Ceregen
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