Parkinson’s Foundation Hosts Professional Education Training in Charleston

Partnership with The Medical University of South Carolina

NEW YORK & MIAMI (May 9, 2019) — The Parkinson’s Foundation announced the location of its signature professional education program course, Allied Team Training for Parkinson’s, ATTP® in Charleston, SC. The three-and-a-half-day interactive curriculum for healthcare professionals treating patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) is provided in partnership with The Medical University of South Carolina, a designated Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence, and in collaboration with the local Parkinson Association of the Carolinas. The Allied Team Training for Parkinson’s course in Charleston, SC, will take place October 23-26, 2019.  

"As the only Parkinson's Foundation Center of Excellence in a state where about 12,400 people live with this disorder, we are very excited to host ATTP," said Vanessa Hinson, MD, PhD, Professor of Neurology and Director of the Movement Disorders Program at the Medical University of South Carolina. "It's a wonderful opportunity to extend the multidisciplinary expertise we've built in our own program and establish a network of certified PD providers across our state and beyond. The most important thing for us is that every PD patient in South Carolina can benefit from the depth of knowledge this program provides."

Designed to increase knowledge about PD and build capacity for comprehensive interprofessional care in the treatment of the disease, ATTP helps medical professionals from diverse disciplines learn the best techniques in PD care through a dynamic team-based approach. The program currently targets physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, occupational therapists, speech language therapists, physical therapists and social workers for training. The ATTP faculty consists of an interdisciplinary faculty of senior movement disorder specialists.

Since 2002, ATTP has trained more than 2,000 health care professionals in the United States and Canada on best practices based on the latest research in Parkinson’s disease care. In 2018 alone, over 200 health professionals were trained who went on to provide direct care to over 30,000 Parkinson’s patients and 25,000 care partners.

“Allied Team Training for Parkinson’s (ATTP) is an excellent program for health care professionals treating patients with Parkinson’s disease,” said Ann Marie Obrikat, Executive Director of the Parkinson Association of the Carolinas. “What I especially like about this program is healthcare professionals will learn to deliver personalized and patient-centered care at the right time throughout the duration of the disease..”

The dynamic, interactive course features a combination of online courses and an intensive curriculum including CME/CEU credit for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses and allied health professionals. The training includes interactive case presentations, care planning with people with Parkinson’s and caregivers, discipline specific breakout sessions, interdisciplinary team development sessions, patient and caregiver panels and individual and team planning for linking back to the workplace.

The Parkinson’s Foundation will be hosting future ATTP trainings in the following locations through 2021:

  • Massachusetts General Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Spring 2020)
  • Struthers Parkinson’s Center (Fall 2020)
  • Oregon Health & Science University (Spring 2021)
  • University of Kansas Medical Center (Fall 2021)

ATTP is part of the Parkinson’s Foundation professional educational offerings including Physical Therapy Faculty Program, The Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program, webinars and online courses. For more information, visit

To learn more, or to view a full ATTP program agenda, visit


About the Parkinson’s Foundation
The Parkinson’s Foundation makes life better for people with Parkinson’s disease by improving care and advancing research toward a cure. In everything we do, we build on the energy, experience and passion of our global Parkinson’s community. Since 1957, the Parkinson’s Foundation has invested more than $400 million in Parkinson’s research and clinical care. Connect with us on Parkinson.orgFacebookTwitterInstagram or call (800) 4PD-INFO (473-4636).

About Parkinson’s Disease
Affecting an estimated one million Americans and 10 million worldwide, Parkinson’s disease is the second-most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s and is the 14th-leading cause of death in the U.S. It is associated with a progressive loss of motor control (e.g., shaking or tremor at rest and lack of facial expression), as well as non-motor symptoms (e.g., depression and anxiety). There is no cure for Parkinson’s and 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in the U.S. alone.

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