Parkinson’s symposium for patients and families to take place April 6

Published on February 28, 2017

The annual Bill Collins Symposium for Parkinson’s Disease for patients, families and caregivers will be held this year on Thursday, April 6.

Admission is free. 

Supported by the Bill Collins family and the Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation, part of KentuckyOne Health, and presented by University of Louisville Physicians and Frazier Rehab Institute, also part of KentuckyOne Health, the symposium will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the conference center of the Rudd Heart and Lung Building, 201 Abraham Flexner Way next to Jewish Hospital.

Speakers will provide insight into a variety of topics affecting patients with Parkinson’s, including new advancements and treatments, and new developments and services within the UofL Physicians Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders program.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Michael Okun, the national medical director for the National Parkinson’s Foundation, a best-selling author and a leading national spokesman on Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Okun is chairman of Neurology and co-director of the Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration at the University of Florida College of Medicine.

Some of the topics that will be discussed include:

  • Breakthrough Therapies for Parkinson’s Disease
  • Advances in Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery
  • Hallucinations and Psychosis in Parkinson’s Disease
  • Exercise in Parkinson’s Disease – What are the Benefits?
  • Caregiving – Finding Your Village
  • The Parkinson’s Disease Buddy Program: What Have We Learned from Each Other?

“The symposium is a great resource for patients and their families, as it’s an opportunity to hear more about what we know about Parkinson’s disease, what we are learning and how we can help,” said Dr. Kathrin LaFaver, director of the UofL Physicians Movement Disorders Clinic and the Raymond Lee Lebby Chair in Parkinson’s Disease Research at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. “Patients get the opportunity to hear from and talk with several experts in one place.”

To attend the symposium, register by April 3 by calling 502-582-7654 or emailing Please provide the following information: Name, number of guests, and telephone number.

For more information, contact the UofL Physicians Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders program at 502-582-7654, or visit

About UofL Physicians Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders

The UofL Physicians Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders program, a division of UofL Physicians Neurosciences, is committed to the development of new advancements and treatments that improve the lives of patients suffering from these disorders.

About University of Louisville Physicians

University of Louisville Physicians is the largest multispecialty physician practice in the Louisville region, with more than 700 primary care and specialty providers in more than 78 specialties and subspecialties. Our doctors are the professors and researchers of the University of Louisville School of Medicine, teaching tomorrow’s physicians and leading research into medical advancements.

About KentuckyOne Health

KentuckyOne Health, the largest and most comprehensive health system in the Commonwealth, has more than 200 locations including, hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies in Kentucky and southern Indiana. KentuckyOne Health is dedicated to bringing wellness, healing and hope to all, including the underserved.  The system is made up of the former Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System, along with the University of Louisville Hospital and James Graham Brown Cancer Center. KentuckyOne Health is proud of and strengthened by its Catholic, Jewish and academic heritages.

About Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation

The Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation, a part of KentuckyOne Health, provides critical philanthropic support made possible by our generous donors. Charitable donations to the Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation have funded advances in treatments and technology and provided a skilled team of caregivers who devote their lives to saving lives. Your gift will help fund innovation and exceptional clinical care that brings wellness, healing and hope to all. And your support allows KentuckyOne Health to empower healing hands to lift up those in need.

For more information about the Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation, visit