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APDA/NPF Young Onset Parkinson's Conference Series Kick-Off in Dallas, October 23-24
Date:9/14/2009

Flexible Program Schedule & Live Webcasting to Increase Participation

NEW YORK, Sept. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) National Young Onset Center and the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) Young Onset Parkinson Network are co-sponsoring a series of conferences for those living with young-onset Parkinson's disease and their caregivers. The first conference will be held in Dallas, Texas on October 23-24.

The flexible program schedule allows conference attendees to customize much of their day by selecting the speaker or activity they feel will best address their needs. Offerings will include educational sessions about medication, exercise, speech and cognitive issues, as well as opportunities for socialization and relaxation.

"The goal of this conference is to arm the young onset Parkinson's disease (PD) community with practical therapeutic knowledge," says Dr. J. Eric Ahlskog, Professor of Neurology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Ahlskog will kick off the conference with his presentation, "Partnering with Your Doctor to Get the Most from Your Medications."

"This topic is especially important among younger people with Parkinson's disease, where treatment controversy may paralyze therapeutic decisions. We will attempt to cut through these controversies and provide succinct advice that will truly allow those with PD to partner with their clinicians," he said.

APDA and NPF agreed that an affordable registration fee was of a high priority and, with the help of many sponsors including Teva, Allsup, Vitaline CoQ10, Novartis, Ipsen and Medtronic, have been able to maintain a registration fee of $30 per person (includes all conference materials, an evening welcome reception, and a continental breakfast and lunch on conference day).

Online registration for the conference can be made at (www.youngparkinsons.org) or (www.parkinson.org). To make the program accessible to as many people as possible, segments will be Web cast live, and be available for download following the event through both Web sites.

All program events will be at the Doubletree Hotel Dallas - Campbell Center, which is offering registrants a reduced rate for one or both weekend nights (visit the online Event Registration for more details).

About APDA

The American Parkinson Disease Association, founded in 1961 to "ease the burden and find the cure" for Parkinson's disease, is the country's largest grassroots organization serving the Parkinson's community, operating through a national network of 53 chapters, 60 Information and Referral centers and approximately 1,000 support groups. APDA focuses on funding research, patient/caregiver support, education and raising public awareness about the disease. Additional information is available at 800-223-2732 or visit www.apdaparkinson.org.

The APDA National Young Onset Center provides young people with PD, their families and their healthcare providers with the most relevant and timely education, networking and wellness information. For more information, visit www.youngparkinsons.org, or call 877-223-3801.

About NPF

Founded in 1957 and headquartered in Miami, the National Parkinson Foundation has an extensive grassroots network of centers, chapters and support groups in the U.S., Canada, and internationally. Since 1984, NPF has invested over $140 million in disease-related programs and is committed to increasing the quality of care for Parkinson's patients through research, education and outreach. For more information, visit www.parkinson.org, or call 800-327-4545.

NPF's 2008 Young-Onset Parkinson Network (YOPN) Conference webcast is available for viewing online at www.parkinson.org (Click on "Multimedia").


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