Expert Briefings: Non-motor Symptoms: What’s New?

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Ronald Pfeiffer, MD

Oregon Health and Sciences University, OHSU Parkinson Center, Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence

Overview: In this webinar, Dr. Pfeiffer will focus on the detection and effective treatment of non-motor symptoms other than traditional PD medications. He will address how non-motor symptoms, such as impaired sense of smell, sleep behavior changes, constipation and depression may be present years before the classic motor features of PD appear.  You will take away specific recommendations on how to cope and live optimally with these non-motor symptoms. 

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this webinar, the participants will:

  1. Recognize that non-motor symptoms, such as impaired olfaction, REM sleep behavior disorder, pain, constipation and depression may be present years before the classic motor features of PD appear.
  2. Understand that non-motor features frequently become the most troublesome features of PD as it advances.
  3. Be aware that treatment other than traditional PD medications may be needed for non-motor features of PD.

Ronald Pfeiffer, MD

Dr. Pfeiffer received his undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska and medical degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.  He completed neurological training at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.  His research focus has been on Parkinson’s disease, primarily in 3 particular areas:  clinical trials for Parkinson’s disease, the genetic aspects of Parkinson’s disease, and gastrointestinal dysfunction in Parkinson’s disease.  He has participated in over 70 clinical trials, and is a long-standing member of the Parkinson Study Group.  He was Chair of the Movement Disorders Section of the American Academy of Neurology from 2012 – 2014, Chair of the Continuing Medical Education Committee of the Movement Disorder Society from 2004-2010, and Chair of the Other Nonmotor Subgroup of the NINDS Parkinson’s Disease Common Element Working Group from 2009-2012.  He is author or co-author of over 300 journal articles or book chapters and co-editor of 7 books or monographs.  He served as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Parkinsonism and Related Disorders from 2008-2017. Dr. Pfeiffer received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Concordia University-Nebraska in 2001.

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