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Michael Okun

Professor of Neurology, expert on Parkinson's disease and other basal ganglia disorders, deep brain stimulation, author of over 300 research papers and the bestselling book Parkinson's Disease: 10 Secrets to a Happier Life

Should I get a DAT scan to Confirm my Parkinson’s Disease

Should I get a DaTscan or PET scan to confirm my diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease? You can find out more about NPF’s National Medical Director, Dr. Michael S. Okun, by also visiting the NPF Center of Excellence, University of Florida Center for Movement Disorders & Neurorestoration. This past month, the…

How Amantadine Went From a Flu Drug to a Parkinson’s Drug

UF Med student Grant Hubsher recently published an article describing how a single observation in a patient with Parkinson’s disease taking amantadine for flu, led to the use of amantadine in Parkinson’s disease.  His paper appears in this month’s edition of Neurology.  The abstract is below: Neurology. 2012 Apr…

STN DBS may Worsen Balance Compared to GPi DBS

Fay Horak, et. al., at the Oregon Health & Science University just published this paper suggesting that STN DBS may have a more detrimental effect on balance as compared to GPi DBS.  Many studies are now focusing on better defining the differences in the surgical targets chosen for…

TEDx Talk on Deep Brain Stimulation by Dr. Michael Okun and Dr. Kelly Foote

This TEDx talk on Deep Brain Stimulation titled the Electric Brain was given on February 11, 2012. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7udZ5ux0dYE Learn more about Deep Brain Stimulation… The human brain is a supercomputer with networks that control the various functions that make us who we are,…

Tyler’s Hope Unites Dystonia and Parkinson Patients for a Run

Tyler’s Hope and the University of Florida Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration brought together dystonia, Parkinson, and movement disorders patients in the Season of Hope Run.  Together over two years, 100,000 has been raised and will be used to address the critical shortage in clinician-scientists in the field.  The…

Hospitalization Tips: For Parkinson’s Disease Patients

This post originally came out in 2007 in the Parkinson Report and has been so popular that our patients asked us to repost on the treatment tips.  We will have more on hospitalization soon as we work with NPF on the Aware in Care campaign and on…

Season of Hope Run – Timing Final Results

Physical Therapist Meredith DeFranco celebrates with Samantha Staab Runners and walkers start UF Center for Movement Disorders & Neurorestoration Season of Hope Runner’s Time Results: 5K Times: Half-Mile Timing – Contractor License …