Seventh Annual UF PSP-Lewy body disease Think Tank – April 26

Published: April 8th, 2019

By: Charles Jacobson

Category: news

The UF Health Norman Fixel Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases (and Drs. Nikolaus McFarland and Melissa Armstrong) will be hosting its Seventh Annual PSP-Lewy body disease Think Tank on Friday, April 26th at the McKnight Brain Institute. Think Tanks are an ongoing tradition for the UF Program for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration. The idea – started by Dr. Okun – was to bring together top-notch clinicians and researchers to give short talks and to stimulate discussion and new ideas to tackle tough disorders like dystonia and Parkinson disease.

The PSP-Lewy body disease Think Tank was initially started and focused on Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), an atypical Parkinson disorder characterized pathologically by abnormal tau protein accumulation—hence a “Tauopathy” disorder. A few years ago we recognized that Lewy body disorders, which include Parkinson disease, dementia with Lewy bodies, and multiple system atrophy (MSA), also needed a forum. While different from Tauopathy disorders like PSP, Lewy body disorders have many similarities including pathological accumulation of normal proteins – in this case primarily alpha-synuclein. As such, discoveries in one of these disorders can inform the other and hopefully will pave the way for novel therapeutics.

The UF PSP-Lewy body disease Think Tank is open to all clinicians, researchers, fellows and students. (Patients are encouraged to attend our future patient-caregiver symposia – stay tuned!) See the attached program for details. For more information and registration/RSVP please contact Shuri.Pass@neurology.ufl.edu.

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Charles Jacobson

Charles Jacobson

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Chuck Jacobson maintains the UFMDC Research and Clinical database called INFORM.

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