Parkinson’s Disease Seminars

Parkinson’s disease seminar on 6 April 2013 in Cairns

This seminar features 5 speakers from different disciplines covering nutrition, depression, deep brain stimulation and the latest Parkinson’s disease research. Professor Peter Silburn will also conduct a question and answer session.

Professor Peter Silburn is Professor of Clinical Neuroscience at The University of Queensland and the Patron of Parkinson’s Queensland. He is a world expert in the treatment and research of Parkinson’s disease. Peter’s research into deep brain stimulation (DBS) is changing the lives of people with Parkinson’s disease, as well as a wide range of other neurodegenerative diseases. Peter really likes looking into people’s brains. In fact, with neurosurgeon Dr Terry Coyne, he’s been deeper into the human brain than most people in the world. With Dr Coyne and a team of researchers from a wide range of other disciplines, Peter leads one of the busiest clinical neurosciences units in Australia.

Dr Terry Coyne is a Neurosurgeon in private practice with BrizBrain and Spine. Dr Coyne has been practicing at the Wesley since 1994 and has sub-specialties in neurosurgery, spinal surgery and deep brain stimulation. His practice covers a broad range of adult neurosurgery, with particular interests in cerebrovascular surgery, skull base surgery, spinal surgery and movement disorder surgery, including deep brain stimulation (performed in conjunction with neurologist Prof Peter Silburn).

Associate Professor George Mellick is an interdisciplinary scientist who works on all aspects of Parkinson’s disease and related disorders. He is the Deputy Director of the Eskitis Institute, Griffith University and holds adjunct positions and the University of Queensland, RBWH and Princess Alexandra Hospital. George has authored over 100 research publications including articles in the Lancet, JAMA, Lancet Neurology and Annals of Neurology. He is also is an advocate for people affected by Parkinson’s disease and has served as the President of Parkinson’s Queensland (PQI) and on the Board of Parkinson’s Australia. He also has a major interest in teaching and postgraduate student supervision. He currently lectures in Neuroscience, Molecular Genetics, Bioinformatics, Pharmacology and Scientific Methods; he supervises 7 PhD students. In 2006 he won an Australia National Carrick (Education) Award for Programs that Enhance Student Learning.

Dr Nadeeka Dissanayaka is a research fellow currently undertaking clinical researcha at the Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital (RBWH) and the University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research. Her research projects primarily focus on improving diagnostic methods and treatment of anxiety and depression in Parkinson’s disease.

Jamie Sheard is a third year doctoral candidate at the Queensland University of Technology Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation and is also an Accredited Practicing Dietitian. Her research focuses on the assessment and management of nutritional status in Parkinson’s disease.

Date and time: Saturday, 6 April 2013 10.00am – 2.30pm; Registration from 9.30am (Program here)
Location: Isabella State School Hall, Walker Road, Edmonton
Registration: Call PQI on 1800 644 189 or download and submit the form to register. $5 per person for PQI members and all carers. $10 for non-members.

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