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Review of motor cortex effects of Parkinson disease published

Dr. David Vaillancourt from the University of Florida and Dr. Roxana Burciu from University of Delaware published a review of what different brain imaging techniques have been showing when looking at the primary motor cortex in Parkinson disease patients. The effects of Parkinson disease on the substantia nigra and related brain areas are typically discussed…

Doctoral student’s research selected for presentation

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  “Cutting Edge Research from Emerging Psychological Scientists:  Late Breaking Poster Session” during the 2018 annual  meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco. Brittany is…

Parkinson’s progression biomarker covered in UF Explore Magazine

Researchers at the University of Florida have discovered a way to measure the progression of Parkinson disease through brain imaging. See our original post on this research here. This discovery was also discussed on page 4 of the UF Explore research magazine. This new brain imaging protocol might be useful in distinguishing Parkinson’s from similar…

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

“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 be a biomarker than can be used to track Parkinson’s disease progression in a non-invasive way, thanks to a discovery by researchers at the University…

Doctors McFarland and Price receive UF awards

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, in particular the issues with white & gray matter abnormalities that may be involved. Dr. Price was awarded a University of Florida Research Foundation (UFRF) Professorship…

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

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 it can affect the ability of your muscles to successfully and safely transport food and liquid from the back of your throat to your esophagus.…

Parkinson’s Research: Update on Apathy

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 and go” and become increasingly apathetic.  Some have wondered whether this apathy is related to an inability to “experience” pleasure.  Or, whether apathy reduces the desire…

The Theory that Parkinson’s Disease Would Disappear Following the Flu Epidemic

Two medical students at the University of Florida Center for movement disorders and neurorestoration write about the demise of two Harvard neurologist’s theory that Parkinson’s disease would disappear as all the flu (influenza) epidemic survivors died off.  Read their great paper in this months journal article in Parkinson’s Disease.