Parkinson’s dystonia conference in planning stages

Los Angeles based Nessa Weinman, an advocate for people with Parkinson’s Disease, announced plans for a symposium on dystonia. Dystonia is a relatively unknown and often misunderstood symptom of Parkinson’s Disease.

The event will be hosted by Dr. Michale Tagliati of Cedars-Sinai medical hospital. Tagliati is an internationally known movement disorders neurologist who has done significant research on dystonia.

Weinman noted, “Dystonia began to come up more and more often during our support group meetings. My husband Mike struggles with this as well and there seems to be a growing interest in understanding and addressing this symptom.”

Weinman thought it would be a good idea to set up an educational presentation specifically directed on this very common but silent symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. “I’ve discussed this with Dr. Tagliati and he is very enthusiastic about putting together this event.” The event will likely be held at Cedars Sinai medical center.

Patrick LoSasso, vice president of the Parkinson’s Association will assist in promoting and producing the event, with the help of the Parkinson’s Association, a Southern California nonprofit who’s mission is to make lives better today for people who live with PD.
Parkinsons Dystonia is defined by WebMD as: “a group of movement disorders that vary in their symptoms, causes, progression, and treatments. This group of neurological conditions is generally characterized by involuntary muscle contractions that force the body into abnormal, sometimes painful, movements and positions (postures).”
For more information contact The Parkinson’s Association, (877) 737-7576