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App developed at UF Health for estimating deep brain stimulator battery life

The UF Health Center for Movement Disorders & Neurorestoration and the UF Digital Worlds Institute have developed a mobile app for clinicians that will assist them in assessing the battery life of patients’ deep brain stimulator devices.

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Parkinson’s Secrets Treatment Book a Number 1 Best Seller on Amazon

The book Parkinson’s Treatment: 10 Secrets to a Happier Life was listed a number #1 bestseller in Parkinson’s Disease books. The book has been translated into more than 20 language versions.


2013 Parkinson’s Symposium Videos

View videos of the talks from this year’s Symposium. Ask the Doctor, Deep Brain Stimulation, and How to Improve Your Memory were some of the topics.

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The Movement Disorders Team

Fourteen different specialty & subspecialty areas come together in one place to treat Parkinson’s, tremors, dystonia, ataxia & other movement disorders.

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They “breached the wall” – Interdisciplinary deep brain stimulation at UF Health profiled by Smithsonian Magazine


It’s true. There often is a wall between the neurosurgeon and the neurologist involved in deep brain stimulation (DBS) procedures.

But for the past 12 years and 1000 DBS lead implantations over that time, there has been no wall between Dr. Kelly Foote & Dr. Michael Okun, co-directors of the UF Health Center for Movement Disorders & Neurorestoration. Their story, the story of our Center’s history, the story of deep brain stimulation’s history, and the story of one of our patient’s surgeries, are profiled in a new article in Smithsonian Magazine.

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Dr. Okun talks on Orange TV’s Vital Living Forum about Parkinson’s Disease

Jul 11th, 2014

Dr. Michael Okun, co-director of our Center and Medical Director of the National Parkinson Foundation, discussed Parkinson’s Disease on the Vital Living Forum program on Orange TV which airs in […]

Dr. Michael Okun & Dr. Oliver Sacks talk about Tourette Syndrome & Tim Howard’s World Cup performance

Jul 3rd, 2014

Tim Howard’s record performance as goalie for the US team in the World Cup match against Belgium has garnered a lot of attention. Some was quite funny like his name […]

Bullying Prevention with Tourette Syndrome

Jul 1st, 2014

As with any diagnosis that would set a child apart from their classmate, having Tourette Syndrome can unfortunately make your child a target for bullying. Some possible signs and symptoms […]

Doctors McFarland and Price receive UF awards

Jun 18th, 2014

Dr. Catherine Price, faculty in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology in the College of Public Health and Health Professions and the Department of Anesthesiology in the College of Medicine, is researching Parkinson’s disease & cognition, […]

Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month Walk

May 27th, 2014

Please join the Gainesville/Lake City Support Group in supporting the national Tourette Syndrome Association Annual Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month What: Short walk to support national walk Where: Meet at first […]

Parkinson’s Treatment Tips

Tablet/iPad Apps for People with Parkinson’s Disease

Feb 13th, 2014

Using your tablet or other mobile device can be a great resource for compensatory strategies and training at home.  There are thousands of applications (apps) that you can find by […]


Expiratory Muscle Strength Training (EMST) for Parkinson’s Disease

Dec 3rd, 2013

People with Parkinson’s disease and other Movement Disorders often develop swallowing disorders, also referred to as dysphagia. A swallowing disorder can affect your ability to move food in your mouth or […]

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Parkinson’s Research: Update on Apathy

Sep 16th, 2013

Lizabeth Jordan and Drs. Bowers, Okun and Zahodne recently published their research into apathy in Parkinson’s disease. Over time many individuals with Parkinson disease seem to lose their “get up […]

Stopping Cholesterol Drugs and the Risk of Developing Parkinson’s Disease

Jul 20th, 2013

Read about this important topic that broke in the news yesterday online in Neurology. Dr. Okun reviews the paper and give some practical tips on Cholesterol therapy and Parkinson’s disease, and […]