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Learn about 10 Parkinson’s Breakthroughs in Dr. Okun’s book

Progress is being made on various fronts in the understanding and treatment of Parkinson’s Disease.

Cut outs show increase in free water in substantia nigra over one year in Parkinson disease

Diffusion MRI for measuring Parkinson’s disease progression: a UF discovery

Researchers at the University of Florida discovered a way to use diffusion MRIs as a biomarker for Parkinson’s disease progression.


CNN Vital Signs with Dr. Sanjay Gupta looks at Deep Brain Stimulation at UF Health

Dr. Sanjay Gupta came to the University of Florida to look at this new potential treatment paradigm for Tourette’s and one patient’s story.

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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.

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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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A Sneak Peek into Swallow Tests [Video]

Apr 27th, 2016

We’ve had a lot of questions about what happens during a swallowing test and even some nervousness. We made this video to hopefully answer some of those questions and alleviate […]

Celebrating Five Years in New Interdisciplinary Center

Apr 26th, 2016

We hope you enjoy this infographic which shows in picture form the milestones that have happened in the last 5 years! Scroll down to view.  

2016 Annual Parkinson’s Disease Symposium details

Apr 15th, 2016

This year’s Annual Parkinson’s Disease Educational Symposium will be on Saturday, May 7th at 9 AM (doors open at 8AM to allow you to come in and register). We look […]

Updated Gainesville Support Group Information

Apr 14th, 2016

Support Groups! We’ve updated the flyers for these local support groups. Young Onset Parkinson’s Parkinson’s Patients and their Caregivers Essential Tremor Fronto-Temporal Dementia Download the Gainesville Support Group Flyers

Dr. Foote receives Community Service Award

Apr 13th, 2016

The World Parkinson’s Program annually recognizes three people for their work to improve the lives of people with Parkinson disease. This year, our neurosurgeon Dr. Kelly Foote received the Dr. […]


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Parkinson’s Treatment Tips

Psicosis en Parkinson: identificación y manejo

Mar 16th, 2016

¿Cómo se presenta la psicosis en el Parkinson? La psicosis es un trastorno relativamente frecuente en el Parkinson que se puede presentar en alrededor del 60% de los pacientes en […]

Walk On! The benefits of walking for people living with Parkinson’s Disease

Dec 17th, 2015

By Bryan Dondero, SPT University of Vermont Imagine for a minute that you have just met with your doctor and they told you they are going to write you a […]

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Cut outs show increase in free water in substantia nigra over one year in Parkinson disease

Diffusion MRI for measuring Parkinson’s disease progression: a UF discovery

May 29th, 2015

“Free water” may sound like what happens when you drink too much water. It is actually “fluid unconstrained by brain tissue, likely because of disease-related degeneration” that turns out to […]

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 […]