Parkinson's Disease Patient and Caregiver Conference

Saturday, August 23, 2014
Holiday Inn Executive Center
2200 I-70 Drive SW
Columbia, MO 65203

Target Audience

Anyone who has Parkinson's disease and caregivers of people who have Parkinson's disease


Time Description Presenter
8 to 8:30 a.m. Registration
Breakfast available
8:30 to 8:45 a.m Welcome and introduction Irving Asher, MD
8:45 to 9:45 a.m. “What’s in the Pipeline: New Developments in the Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease” Kapil Sethi, MD
9:45 to 10:30 a.m. "Swallowing Disorders in Parkinson’s Disease" Matthew Page, MD, and Teresa Lever, PhD
10:30 to 11 a.m. Break  
11 to 11:45 a.m. “Deep Brain Stimulation: A Clinician’s Perspective” Irving Asher, MD
11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. "Spirituality and Health” George Johnstone, PhD
12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Lunch and panel discussion Discussion by presenters and Patsy Dalton, leader of the Columbia Parkinson’s Disease Support Group

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Kapil Sethi, MD

Dr. Kapil Sethi serves as a professor of neurology and the director of the Movement Disorders Program at Georgia Health Sciences University in Augusta, where he was director of the National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence from 2001 to 2009. He also is employed as a senior medical expert of neurology at Merz Pharmaceuticals, LLC.

Dr. Sethi received his medical degree from the Christian Medical College in Ludhiana, India. He pursued his medical training in neurology at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, India, followed by a research fellowship in neurology at the Charing Cross Group of Hospitals and Medical School in London, United Kingdom. He then served as a registrar in neurology at the Welsh National School of Medicine at Morriston Hospital in the United Kingdom, and completed residency training in neurology at Georgia Health Sciences University.

Dr. Sethi has been actively involved in numerous clinical trials on Parkinson’s disease and restless legs syndrome. He is a founding member and vice president of the Tremor Research Group, a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and the Royal College of Physicians of London, and a member of the Parkinson Study Group, American Neurological Association and World Health Organization International Advisory Board for the revision for diseases of the nervous system in the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-10). Dr. Sethi also is a frequently invited lecturer and has held visiting professorships at nearly 20 universities.

Irving Asher, MD

Dr. Irving Asher serves as the director of University Hospital’s Movement Disorders Program, a neurologist and an assistant professor of neurology at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. He is board-certified in neurology and has specialized in movement disorders for more than 30 years. He pursued research on brain monoamine systems and was introduced to clinical neurology and the field of movement disorders while attending Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut, where he received his medical degree. Dr. Asher completed his neurology residency training at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine.

George Johnstone, PhD

George “Brick” Johnstone is a professor and neuropsychologist for the Department of Health Psychology at the University of Missouri’s School of Health Professions. His research has primarily focused on the relationships among spirituality, religion and health, as well as the neuropsychology of spirituality. During the past year, Dr. Johnstone has been on sabbatical at the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, New Jersey, participating on an inquiry in religious experience and moral identity.

Matthew Page, MD

Dr. Matthew Page serves as an assistant professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of Missouri School of Medicine and a physician at University of Missouri Health Care. He received his medical degree from the University of Sydney in Australia and completed residency training at the University of Missouri. An ear, nose and throat surgeon, Dr. Page’s clinical interests include the treatment of voice and swallowing disorders. His primary academic pursuit is in developing MU’s Voice, Swallow and Airway Center into a world-class research, education and treatment facility.

Teresa Lever, PhD

Dr. Teresa Lever is a board-certified speech-language pathologist with more than 20 years of clinical experience. She received her doctoral degree in communication sciences and disorders from East Carolina University, where she completed post-doctoral fellowship training. In 2010, she joined the University of Missouri as an assistant professor of communication science and disorders. To dedicate more time to research, Dr. Lever transferred to the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery in 2013.

Dr. Lever uses the most advanced techniques and equipment, many of which she developed, to understand swallowing disorders in neurodegenerative diseases across multiple species, including humans, dogs, horses, pigs and mice. These diseases include both human case studies and animal models of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and Batten disease. She is frequently called to consult with physicians and veterinarians alike on difficult swallowing issues observed in their respective patients. Her peers frequently speak of her dedication to advancing the field as well as her great empathy toward all her patients, both human and animal.

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