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.

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.

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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North Florida Young Onset Parkinson Support Group

Sep 13th, 2018

The Young Onset Support Group meets in Gainesville the second Monday of every month, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the United Church of Gainesville; Seminar Room A.(1624 NW 5th […]

Help 4 HD HIPE Day – June 30th – Gainesville, FL – Huntington Disease Education

Jun 14th, 2018

Help 4 HD International H.I.P.E. Day, Gainesville, Florida Highly Interactive Participant Education Hosted by the Help 4 HD organization An Education Day for Families Impacted by Huntington’s Disease Saturday, June […]

Parkinson Disease Educational Symposium – April 7th, 2018

Apr 4th, 2018

The UF Health Center for Movement Disorders & Neurorestoration presents the 2018 Annual Parkinson Educational Symposium When:  Saturday April 7th, 2018   9:00am-1:30pm (Doors open at 8:00am) Where: North Central […]

Doctoral student’s research selected for presentation

Mar 27th, 2018

Congratulations to first year CHP doctoral student, Brittany Rohl,  whose research , “Construct validity of the UF DBS Cognitive Rating Scale in 270 patients” was selected for presentation in the  […]


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Living with Parkinson’s Disease…One Breath at a Time

Living with Parkinson’s Disease…One Breath at a Time

Nov 27th, 2017

By: Zachary BB Pindar, OTS Rigid joints, achy backs, tremoring fingers… health professionals typically ask individuals with Parkinson’s disease an endless list of questions concerning motor troubles. However, this is […]

Dizziness/Light headed Sensations with Parkinson’s Disease: Is it Orthostatic Hypotension?

Dizziness/Light headed Sensations with Parkinson’s Disease: Is it Orthostatic Hypotension?

Jan 18th, 2017

Written by Frank Vickory SPT, CSCS Parkinson’s Disease (PD) generally presents with some combination of four cardinal signs: Bradykinesia (slow movements), rigidity, resting tremor and postural instability. However, there are […]

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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 […]