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SPHHS Symposium on Parkinson's and Alzheimer's Disease

Event Details

October 14, 2016
1:00 pm-3:00 pm

Life Science Laboratories

Room: S330

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission
Risa Silverman
The School of Public Health and Health Sciences presents the Dean's Symposium on Parkinson's and Alzheimer's Diseases. This gathering will include a keynote presentation by SPHHS alumna Leslie Chambers, President and CEO of the American Parkinson Disease Association, a few short scientific presentations by researchers involved in Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimer’s research, and a panel discussion with participation of community leaders, and clinical and basic scientists.  
This initial symposium event is the precursor to future symposia offered in collaboration with the larger UMass Amherst and UMass Medical School communities on neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.
About Leslie Chambers:

Leslie Chambers was appointed President and CEO of the American Parkinson Disease Association in August of 2012 and brings to the role a rich background in successful management and leadership experience from the non-profit voluntary health sector. She has held leadership positions with several major non-profit health organizations and brings a dynamic history of executive leadership in the achievement of strategic organizational goals in the areas of leadership development, fundraising, business planning, program development and advocacy. Ms. Chambers earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Massachusetts School of Public Health and Health Sciences in the fields of nutrition and community health education, and is a graduate from the Management Institute for Non-Profit Managers at Springfield College in Springfield MA.

Additional featured speakers include:

Jing Qian, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biostatistics: “Addressing challenges in Alzheimer's disease studies through novel statistical methods”

Kelly Richardson, PhD, CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor of Communication Disorders: “The Science and Art of Speaking Loud: Intervention Approaches for Parkinson’s Disease”

Elena Vazey, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biology: “Norepinephrine and Neurodegeneration”

Youngbin Kwak, PhD , Assistant Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences:
“Brain in rhythm! Neural oscillations in Parkinson's Disease”
A panel discussion moderated by Peter Reinhart, PhD, Founding Director of the UMass Amherst Institute for Applied Life Sciences, will follow.
This event is free and open to the public. RSVP requested but not required to Risa Silverman at