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Expert Briefings Webinars

Whether you are a person touched by Parkinson's disease (PD) or a health care professional, the Parkinson's Foundation's online seminars offer a course for you.

Learn more about PD symptoms, progression, treatments and management during our live slideshow presentations. Or watch one of more than 40 recorded past webinars at your convenience to discover the latest in Parkinson's research and practical advice.

Future Online Webinars

Join our upcoming seminars live or view recordings on our website afterwards to learn the many ways to live well with Parkinson's disease (PD) from experts.

Freezing or Sweating Falls When Walking with Parkinson's Disease 

Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, 1 to 2 p.m. ET
Fay B. Horak, Ph.D., P.T., Professor of Neurology at the Oregon Health and Science University, a Parkinson's Foundation Center of Excellence

Parkinson’s disease leads to problems walking and balancing, including freezing of gait, a feeling feet are ‘glued to the floor’ when attempting to start walking or turning, especially when dual-tasking.  Freezing is associated with abnormal balance control, cognitive issues, and reduced connections between the frontal cortex and locomotor areas in the brainstem. New studies suggest that exercises focused on the balance and cognitive issues and ability to walk and talk may improve brain function involved in walking and freezing.

At the end of this presentation, participants will:

  1. Understand how the brain controls walking and balance;
  2. Discover what types of balance and gait impairments in Parkinson’s disease result in freezing and falls; and
  3. Explore what can be done to minimize freezing and falls.

Parkinson's Disease Psychosis: Hallucinations, Delusions and Paranoia
Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018 1 to 2 p.m. ET
Christopher G. Goetz, M.D., Professor of Neurological Sciences, Professor of Pharmacology at Rush University Medical Center a Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence

As part of chronic Parkinson’s disease and its treatment, psychotic behaviors occur in over 50% of patients.  These problems include illusions (perceptual errors), hallucinations (false perceptions), delusional thinking and even suspiciousness and paranoid behaviors.  In most instances, hallucinations are visual, but they can involve the auditory, tactile, olfactory, and gustatory (taste) systems as well.  Because such experiences tend to be repetitive (the same little black dog runs across the room), the patient often has insight and recognizes the hallucination as a false perception.  However, the situation can become more problematic with rigid insistence that the images are real and even threatening.  Psychotic behaviors are a high risk for nursing home placement, because families find them difficult to manage, especially if agitation and paranoid accusations are lodged against the caregiver.  Even though hallucinations usually start out as minimal intrusions, the spectrum of psychotic behaviors is progressive, and early recognition by patient, family and physician allows for detection and treatment interventions.  Life style changes, medication adjustments, and new specifically anti-psychotic treatments are available. 

At the end of this presentation, participants will:

  • Understand the types of problems experienced by patients who develop the syndrome of Parkinson’s Disease Psychosis
  • Recognize the burdens and impact on quality of life to both patients and caregivers when Parkinson’s Disease Psychosis develops
  • List current treatments and strategies for mitigating and eliminating Parkinson’s Disease Psychosis.

Marijuana and PD: What Do We Really Know?
Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 1 to 2 p.m. ET
Benzi M. Kluger, M.D., M.S, Associate Professor, University of Colorado Hospital

There is increasing interest in the Parkinson’s patient and research community about the potential for cannabis-based products to treat PD. In this expert briefing we will review what cannabis is, how it works in the brain and why there is so much excitement about its potential in PD. We will then review animal and basic science studies suggesting some promise in treating motor symptoms and slowing the progression of PD. We will conclude by reviewing the evidence to date in human studies, suggestions for future research and practical advice for persons interested in trying cannabis-based products.

At the end of this presentation, participants will:

  1. Define cannabis, cannabinoids and endocannabinoids
  2. Review the basic science of the potential of cannabinoids to affect Parkinson’s and other movement disorders
  3. Understand the current state of the evidence of cannabinoids as a treatment for Parkinson’s
  4. Know the most common side effects of cannabinoid-based therapies

Living Alone: Home Safety and Management in PD
Tuesday, June 5, 2018, 1 to 2 p.m. ET
Erin Foster, O.T.D., M.S.C.I., O.T.R./L, Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy, Neurology and Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine

Parkinson disease can impact a person’s ability to live safely and independently in their home. This presentation will provide people with Parkinson disease, their care partners, and health professionals with information and ideas to help them manage home safety problems associated with Parkinson disease. It will focus primarily on falls but will also address other potential safety problems related to the motor and non-motor aspects of Parkinson disease. It will cover risk factors for home safety problems and strategies to prevent them.

At the end of this presentation, participants will:

  1. Describe person, activity and environment-related risk factors and contributors to home safety problems associated with Parkinson disease.
  2. Understand the impact of home safety problems on daily function and quality of life among people with Parkinson disease
  3. List potential strategies for managing home safety risks.

This series is made possible by educational grants from AbbVie, Inc., Sunovion and Lundbeck LLC.

The Parkinson's Foundation designs Expert Briefings in collaboration with the Dallas Area Parkinsonism Society (DAPS); the Houston Area Parkinson Society (HAPS); the Michigan Parkinson Foundation (MPF); the Neuro Challenge Foundation (NCF); the Parkinson Association of the Carolinas (PAC); the Parkinson Association of the Rockies (PAR); the Parkinson's Association (PA); and the Parkinson Support Center of Kentuckiana (PSCKY).

Past Expert Briefings

Expert Briefings FAQ

Browse the frequently asked questions below to learn more about how the foundation's online seminars work — including how to view them, troubleshoot technical issues and if you are a professional, how to apply for Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

General FAQ

Q. What are Expert Briefings?

A. Expert Briefings are free, hour-long online seminars that give practical tips for managing Parkinson's from experts in the field. We break each seminar into two components: a 30-minute presentation (audio and a PowerPoint presentation) and a 30-minute Q&A session where experts answer questions from online participants.

Q. When are Expert Briefings?

A. The Parkinson's Foundation hosts six annual Expert Briefings on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. EST.

Q. What topics do Expert Briefings cover? How are topics selected?

A. The seminars cover wide-ranging topics, including coping tips for motor and non-motor symptoms, caregiving and living well strategies and medical therapies. The Parkinson's Foundation surveys the Parkinson's community and uses your feedback in determining the critical issues we cover.

Viewing FAQ

Q. How do I register to view live Expert Briefings?

A. Click on one of the topics at the top of this page up to one month before the event.

Q. How do I take part in live Expert Briefings?

A. View webinars through the Parkinson's Foundation website. Online participants can send questions to speakers through the message box at the bottom of their screen. Those without a computer can listen by phone to the live presentation using a toll-free number given at registration. The Parkinson's Foundation will send phone participants a printout of the presentation slides by mail upon request.

Q. What if I miss an Expert Briefing?

A. The Parkinson's Foundation records and posts each presentation on its website one week after the live event. View more than 40 archived Expert Briefings anytime. Access recordings by computer or request one of our limited-quantity DVDs.

Q. What if I do not have access to a computer?

A. Participants without computers may access live and recorded Expert Briefings. Dial (888) 272-8710 on the day of the event and input passcode 6323567# when prompted to participate. Phone participants can call the Parkinson's Foundation Helpline at 1-800-4PD-INFO (473-4636) to request a printout of the presentation slides. The Helpline can also provide DVDs of previously recorded Expert Briefings, but quantities are limited.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for Healthcare Professionals

Q. How can health care professionals receive continuing education units for Expert Briefings?

A. Continuing education units are offered to qualifying professionals through the Parkinson's Foundation's sponsorship of the American Society on Aging (ASA). Browse the list of approved Boards here. Please note that there is a limit of one Board selection per person per event.

Q. How do I apply for CEUs?

A. Online participants who have indicated an interest in CEUs receive a link to the CEU application and a recording of the seminar within several days of the live Expert Briefing. Health care professionals have up to 30 days to view the seminar and complete the application, which covers topics from the seminar. Please note that it may take an additional 30 days to process applications.

Q. When will I receive the CEU credit?

A. We will email your CEU certificate to the address you provide within 30 days of your survey application completion.

Q. Who should I contact if I do not receive my CEUs?

A. Contact the American Society on Aging at (415) 974-9628.

Technical Support

Q. What is the best way to view Expert Briefings?

A. View Expert Briefings on PCs, Macs and mobile devices using high-speed internet access. Mac users may be asked to download the free Microsoft Silverlight plug-in.

Q. How do I view live Expert Briefings?

A. Sign up on your computer by visiting the Parkinson's Foundation's website. Download the free Proclaim application in the iTunes App Store to view on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch mobile device. You will receive a reminder email the day of the event which will include a direct link to view in your device.

Q. What do I do if the Expert Briefing does not play after opening the confirmation email?

A. Be sure to click the direct link and icon, "View This Presentation on Your Computer or Mobile Device." It is best to join a few minutes early to ensure everything is working properly. Note that you will hear music and see a welcome slide until the presentation begins.

Q. Why am I unable to complete my registration and advance to the next screen?

A. Ensure that you have completed all the registration form's required fields. If you keep returning to the registration page, you may need to update settings in your internet browser. Ensure cookies and pop-ups are enabled and check our browser compatibility test page by visiting www.netbriefings.com/support/syscheck-windows.shtml. You must complete a separate registration form for each PD Expert Briefing.

Q. What should I do if I cannot hear the presentation?

A. First ensure that your device is equipped to play sound, then check your device and internet browser setting. You may need to update your browser to a more recent version. You may also contact us to listen by phone.

Contact Information

Q. Who should I contact if I have more questions?

A. Depending on the nature of your question, please refer to the correct organization below:

  • For technical questions: Contact Netbriefings via Technical Support or at (651) 225-1532.
  • For questions about Parkinson's: Contact the Parkinson's Foundation Helpline at 1-800-4PD-INFO (473-4636) or helpline@parkinson.org.
  • For questions about CEUs: Contact the American Society on Aging at (415) 974-9628.
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