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Parkinson's Foundation Appoints John L. Lehr as Chief Executive Officer

January 10, 2017
Lehr charged with advancing Parkinson Foundation’s mission to accelerate the science and care for Parkinson’s disease.
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The National Parkinson Foundation Announces Initiative to Further Define Stages of Parkinson’s Disease

January 9, 2017
Initiative will support the creation of a tool to help physicians assess changes in the disease.
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The Parkinson’s Foundation Celebrates the Life of Janet Reno

November 7, 2016
Today we mourn the loss and celebrate the life of Janet Reno, a longtime friend of the Parkinson’s Foundation. Ms. Reno passed away at age 78 from complications of Parkinson’s disease.
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NPF Expands Expert Care Network in Italy

November 2, 2016
Announcing a Partnership with the Fresco Institute Italia.
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U.S. Senator Cory Booker Serves as Grand Marshal of Moving Day® Miami

November 1, 2016
National Parkinson Foundation’s Walk for Parkinson’s Disease Celebrates Fifth Year at Miami’s Museum Park.
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Patient Access Network Foundation and the National Parkinson Foundation Announce New Alliance to Provide Support for People Living With Parkinson’s Disease

October 20, 2016
The Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation and the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF), a division of the Parkinson’s Foundation, announced new alliance to offer support for people with Parkinson’s disease.
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The Parkinson’s Foundation Joins Global Community at 4th World Parkinson Congress in Portland, OR

September 20, 2016
Newly-Merged Organization Offers Interactive Programs for Global Community of People with Parkinson’s, Researchers and Health Professionals.
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National Parkinson Foundation Hosts Caregiver Summit

September 12, 2016
Daylong event will broadcast live from Portland, Oregon, and available online.
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Refuting Claims Regarding Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton and Parkinson’s Disease

September 9, 2016
Expert opinions regarding online allegations that Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has Parkinson's disease.
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The National Parkinson Foundation’s Moving Day® Walks Fund Parkinson’s Programs in Six Cities

June 27, 2016
Community Grants Awarded in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, and North Carolina Triangle.
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NPF and Global Kinetics Corporation Announce the Commencement of a Clinical Trial to Study Impact of Personal KinetiGraph Use in Routine Clinical Care of Patients with Parkinson's Disease

June 22, 2016
A multi-center, randomized controlled trial to assess whether the use of continuous objective measurement of changes in mobility in patients with Parkinson’s disease can improve physician treatment decisions and patient outcomes.
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The National Parkinson Foundation Partners with Honor to Help the Home Care Company Deliver Personalized Care in the Home

June 21, 2016
The National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) and Honor home care announced today a collaborative partnership to bring personalized care in the home to people diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Honor will license the NPF’s proprietary care guidance.
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The National Parkinson Foundation Announces New Findings from Largest-Ever Parkinson’s Study of 8,000 Patients Worldwide

June 20, 2016
MIAMI—June 20, 2016—The National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) announced today that there are now more than 8,000 people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) enrolled in its Parkinson’s Outcomes Project, the largest-ever clinical study of Parkinson’s disease.
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Adaptive Athlete Announces 300 Skydives in 24 Hours

June 8, 2016
MINNEAPOLIS, MN—On Wednesday, June 15, 2016, Kevin Burkart, will host “300 Imperfect Jumps,” and will attempt to jump out of a plane with one arm 300 times in one day, in honor of his father who is living with Parkinson’s disease (PD).
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NPF Celebrates the Life and Legend of Muhammad Ali

June 4, 2016
Today we mourn the loss and celebrate the life of Muhammad Ali, a longtime friend of the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF). Mr. Ali passed away at age 74 after being hospitalized for respiratory problems, a common complication in advanced Parkinson’s disease.
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FDA Approves Drug to Treat Parkinson’s Disease Psychosis

April 29, 2016
Today, the FDA approved Nuplazid (pimavanserin) as the first drug to treat hallucinations and delusions associated with Parkinson’s disease psychosis, which affects up to 40% of people with Parkinson’s.
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Pimavanserin Approved by FDA

March 29, 2016
Washington, D.C. Today, the FDA voted to approve Acadia Pharmaceutical’s new antipsychotic medication, pimavanserin, which will be marketed under the name Nuplazid™.
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National Parkinson Foundation Campaign Promotes the Power of Exercise During Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month

March 21, 2016
The National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) launched the #Move4PD campaign in recognition of National Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month today. The campaign’s goal is to highlight the importance of exercise for those with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and its positive effects on the brain.
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NPF and PDF Sign Letter of Intent to Merge

January 25, 2016
John W. Kozyak, Chair of the Board of the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) and Howard D. Morgan, Chair of Board of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF), released the following statement today.
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The National Parkinson Foundation's Moving Day® Walks Fund $1.25 Million in Parkinson's Programs in 2015

December 14, 2015
Community Grants Awarded in San Francisco/Silicon Valley, CA; Tampa, FL; and Washington, D.C.
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The National Parkinson Foundation Answers 50,000 Helpline Calls

November 23, 2015
The National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) announced today that their toll-free Helpline, 1-800-4PD-INFO, has achieved a major milestone: the Helpline reached its 50,000th caller.
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The Edmond J. Safra National Parkinson's Wellness Initiative Expands to Chicago and Tampa

November 10, 2015
The National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) announced today that the Chicago and Tampa communities will be the newest sites to join the Edmond J. Safra National Parkinson's Wellness Initiative.
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The National Parkinson Foundation Awards Four Innovative Research Grants

November 4, 2015
The National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) announced today that it has funded four new grants in Parkinson's disease (PD) research. The four grants target key scientific questions about gender differences in Parkinson's, cognition and inflammation.
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Should Patients and Families Be Considering Tasigna (Nilotinib) Therapy for Parkinson's Disease? The NPF Recommends Further Study but Not Clinical Use of this Investigational Drug

October 21, 2015
Tasigna (Nilotinib) is a leukemia drug that has recently been tested for safety in a small, phase I clinical trial on about a dozen Parkinson's disease patients...
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National Parkinson Foundation Ohio Chapter Now Serves Entire State

September 21, 2015
The National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) Central & Southeast Ohio Chapter has officially changed its name to National Parkinson Foundation Ohio...
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The National Parkinson Foundation's Medical Director Publishes New Book on Breakthrough Therapies for Parkinson's Disease

August 31, 2015
The National Parkinson Foundation's (NPF) medical director, Michael S. Okun, M.D., has released a new book, "10 Breakthrough Therapies for Parkinson's Disease."
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The National Parkinson Foundation Welcomes New Board Member

August 21, 2015
The National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) announced the election of a new member to its Board of Directors: Dr. Guido Goldman.
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The National Parkinson Foundation Launches New and Improved Parkinson.org

August 3, 2015
The National Parkinson Foundation announces today the official launch of a redesigned website, www.parkinson.org, devoted to increasing awareness and understanding of Parkinson's disease by offering free resources to people diagnosed with the disease and their families.
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NPF Funds Community Research

June 29, 2015
The National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) is proud to announce that Moving Day®, A Walk for Parkinson's, has funded nearly $1 million dollars in mission services to make life better for people living with Parkinson's.
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Data from the Parkinson's Outcomes Project Presented at the 19th International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders

June 17, 2015
Data released today from the National Parkinson Foundation's (NPF)Parkinson's Outcomes Project shows that people with Parkinson's disease (PD) who start exercising earlier experience a significant slower decline in quality of life than those who start later.
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National Initiative to Improve the Quality of Life for People with Parkinson's

June 1, 2015
The National Parkinson Foundation announced today that the greater Boston and greater Washington, D.C., communities will be the first to launch a new initiative this summer: the Edmond J. Safra National Parkinson's Wellness Initiative.
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Connect.Parkinson Study Completes Enrollment

May 29, 2015
The National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) announced today that the Connect.Parkinson national research study, comparing telemedicine care delivered to remote patients from a Parkinson's disease center of excellence to community-based care for Parkinson's disease...
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The National Parkinson Foundation Welcomes Two New Board Members

April 6, 2015
The National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) announced the election of two new members to its Board of Directors: Gregory E. Katz and Jonathan Levin.
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Rasheda Ali Joins Moving Day® Tampa

March 16, 2015
The National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) today announced that Tampa will be a host city for Moving Day ®—a grassroots campaign that spotlights Parkinson's disease (PD) across cities in the Unites States.
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The National Parkinson Foundation Invests in the Future of Parkinson's Research

March 2, 2015
Continuing its commitment to invest in the future of Parkinson's research, the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) announced today two new awards to support promising young Parkinson's disease researchers.
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The National Parkinson Foundation Welcomes New Board Member

February 18, 2015
The National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) announced the election of Ricardo Caporal to its Board of Directors. "We are delighted to welcome Ricardo to NPF's Board...
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National Parkinson Foundation Expands Expert Care Network

February 11, 2015
The Movement Disorder Center at UC San Diego Health System has been designated the 41st Center of Excellence in the National Parkinson Foundation's (NPF) global network.
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FDA Approves Revolutionary Parkinson's Treatment and NPF Is Helping Deliver it to You

January 12, 2015
The National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) is pleased to share that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved DUOPA™, developed by AbbVie Inc., as a treatment for people with advanced Parkinson's disease.
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Erin Borger and Paul Blom Join NPF's Board of Directors

January 13, 2015
The National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) announced the election of two new members to its Board of Directors: Erin R. Borger and Paul R. Blom.
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NPF Launches CareMAP

November 12, 2014
The National Parkinson Foundation Launches CareMAP: An Online Guide to Caring for Someone with Advanced Parkinson's Disease
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U.S. Senator Cory Booker Speaks about Parkinson's Disease

November 7, 2014
National Non-Profit Dedicated to Parkinson's Research, Education and Expert Care Launches Awareness Campaign to Support People Living with Parkinson's and Their Caregivers
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The National Parkinson Foundation Welcomes Two New Board Members

November 5, 2014
The National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) announced the election of two new members this month to its Board of Directors: Mindy McIlroy and Alberto Dosal.
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Emory University to Join the National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence Network

October 31, 2014
The Jean and Paul Amos Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Program at Emory University has been designated a Center of Excellence by the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF).
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NPF Partners with the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society to Deliver Health Professional Course

October 14, 2014
The National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) and the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society (MDS) Pan American Section (MDS-PAS) announced today a collaborative partnership to offer a three-day course to teach team care and increase knowledge of Parkinson's disease (PD).
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FDA Approves Northera

September 4, 2014
NPF Statement from Dr. Michael Okun, National Medical Director: "We were pleased to see the announcement on the availability of Northera (Droxidopa) for low blood pressure and dizziness in Parkinson's disease.
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NPF Statement About Robin Williams, Parkinson's and Depression

August 14, 2014
We have all been devastated by Robin Williams' death. We are further saddened to hear that he was recently diagnosed with Parkinson's. While a diagnosis of any serious disease can be overwhelming, Parkinson's and depression can go hand in hand.
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NPF Welcomes New Board Members

July 8, 2014
The National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) announced the election of two new members to its Board of Directors: James F.T. Monhart and Robert M. Melzer.
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Medicare and Parkinson's

June 17, 2014
Since 2011, NPF has worked with PAN and the NPF Center of Excellence network to address the challenges resulting from the Medicare therapy gap and the Medicare "Improvement Standard" for services such as physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech-language therapy.
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U.S. Neurologist Care Saves 4,600 Lives of People with Parkinson's Each Year

June 10, 2014
The National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) released an important study stressing the importance of neurologist care at the 18th International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders in Stockholm this week.
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NPF Funds Stem Cell, Imaging, and Exercise Research

May 22, 2014
The National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) announced today that it has funded four new grants in Parkinson's disease (PD) research. The four grants target key scientific questions about how Parkinson's develops and how to optimize treatment.
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New Research Identifies Gene Associated with Parkinson's

April 11, 2014
While it still needs to be confirmed, long-time leader in the biology of Parkinson's Ted Dawson, MD, PhD, of Johns Hopkins University, an NPF Center of Excellence, has for the first time identified how the LRRK2 mutation may cause Parkinson's.
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NPF Statement About PhRMA Report Detailing Parkinson's Drugs in Development

March 24, 2014
"We applaud PhRMA for their efforts in reviewing all the US-based pipeline medications, however we believe that they understate the promise of developing disease modifying medications...
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NPF Increases Availability of Expert Care

February 12, 2014
People living with Parkinson's disease today often face challenges when seeking care, including disability, distance from medical centers, and distribution of doctors.
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NPF Announces a New Chairmen and Board Members

February 26, 2014
The National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) announced the election of a new Chairman of the Board, John W. Kozyak, Esq., and four new members to its Board of Directors: Patricia de Stacy Harrison, Alessandro Di Rocco, M.D., Timothy Martorella and Roberto L. Palenzuela.
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NPF Congratulates Mahlon DeLong, MD

January 28, 2014
The National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) congratulates Mahlon DeLong, MD, of Emory University for receiving the prestigious 2014 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences.
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