UAMS Hosts Free Parkinson’s Symposium April 21

By Linda Satter

The ninth annual Parkinson’s Symposium will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Fred Smith auditorium on the 12th floor of the Jackson T. Stephens Neurosciences & Spine Institute. A virtual option is available for those who cannot attend in person.

UAMS experts will discuss the latest advances in the diagnosis and treatment of the conditions for an audience of patients, caregivers and family members, health care professionals and anyone else who is interested.

Parkinson’s disease is a brain disorder that causes unintended or uncontrollable movements or rigidity and difficulty with balance and coordination. Parkinson’s plus syndromes, also called atypical Parkinson’s, have additional features such as dementia, cognitive deficits and cranial nerve impairment.

Topics will include new research updates, the physiological processes of the nervous system related to behavior and cognition, wellness activities, advanced care planning and updates on deep-brain stimulation and other surgical interventions. A panel will also discuss frequently asked questions.

Sue Fehlberg, a certified KonMari organizing consultant in central Arkansas, will discuss organizational tips to help people with chronic illness and disability.

To attend in-person or watch at home via Zoom, register at

Parking is available in Parking 3 at 4000 W. Capitol Ave. on the UAMS campus.


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