Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education and Clinical Centers
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Veterans and Family
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The PADRECCs have information about movement disorders and resources for professionals.
|What is Parkinson’s Disease?|
Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a chronic, neurological disease, commonly referred to as a movement disorder. It is caused by a loss of dopamine producing cells in the brain. Classic motor symptoms of PD include tremor during rest, stiff limbs, slowness of movement, and gait and balance problems that progress over time. Non-motor symptoms, such as sleep disturbances, urinary dysfunction, constipation, swallowing problems, mood disorders, and cognitive deficits, can occur as well. There is currently no cure for PD, however, many effective medications and treatment options are available.
|What about Parkinsonism and other Movement Disorders?|
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The PADRECCs treat veterans with other types of movement disorders in addition to PD. "Parkinsonism" is the generic term used to refer to slowness and mobility problems that mimic PD. Movement disorders are a group of neurological illnesses affecting one’s ability to produce and/or control movement. Other diagnoses commonly treated by the PADRECCs include essential tremor (ET), restless leg syndrome (RLS), dystonia, atypical parkinsonian disorders or "parkinson plus" syndromes (such as Lewy body disease (LBD), progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), multiple system atrophy (MSA), and corticobasal degeneration (CBD)).
|What is a Consortium Center?|
A Consortium Center is a VA clinic that offers specialized PD and movement disorder specialty care to veterans who cannot travel to a PADRECC. These Centers are staffed by movement disorder specialists or clinicians with vast experience and/or interest in the field of movement disorders. Currently, 51 Consortium Centers work collaboratively with the PADRECCs to ensure the highest level of care for all veterans.
|What is the National VA PD Consortium?|
The National VA PD Consortium is a professional society comprised of VA physicians, nurses, therapists, and pharmacists with interest and expertise in the field of movement disorders. The Consortium was launched in 2003 by the PADRECCs to expand PD awareness and education across the VA Healthcare System. The Consortium offers peers networking, mentorship, education and training.
The VA Parkinson Report, Summer 2016 download newsletter
Parkinson's Telephone Education/Support Conference - available Nationwide by telephone. Held 2nd Tuesday each month from 10-11am PT, 11am-12noon MT, 12-1pm CT, 1-2 pm ET. Call 1-800-767-1750 enter code 54321#. download 2017 schedule
PADRECC Movement Disorder Series download FY 2017 schedule
Upcoming: May 11, 2017 - Creativity and Parkinson's Disease
Web-based Independent Study "Mood Disorders in Parkinson's Disease: What's New?" available now through July 30, 2017
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Sept 17, 2016 in Richmond Times Dispatch:Team will study eye-tracking device for diagnosing PD/VCU researchers recieve MJFF grant to study PD. Featuring Richmond/Southeast PADRECC Drs. Mark Baron and George Gitchel.
July 26, 2016: "VCU Surgeon Ranked Among Nation's Most Active in Deep Brain Stimulation". Listen to National Public Radio (NPR) interview of Neurosurgeon Dr. Kathryn Holloway on NPR Science Matters. Learn about DBS surgery and Dr. Holloway's accomplishments at Virginia Commonwealth University and Richmond/Southeast PADRECC.
July 17, 2016: Read Charles F. Bryan Jr's Richmond Times Dispatch editorial "Loosening a demon's grip" about his Parkinson's journey, McGuire VAMC Richmond/Southeast PADRECC and his upcoming DBS surgery.
Nov 2015: Richmond PADRECC Neurosurgeon, Kathryn Holloway, MD presents "Deep Brain Stimulation: Restoring Broken Circuits" at Dissecting Science, Your Amazing Brain event. Watch here.
San Francisco PADRECC is first VA in nation to perform MRI Deep Brain Stimulation surgery. Read about it here.
|What are the PADRECCs?|
In 2001, the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) created six specialized centers known as the Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education, and Clinical Centers or "PADRECCs". These Centers of Excellence are designed to serve the estimated 80,000 veterans affected by PD through state-of-the-art clinical care, education, research, and national outreach and advocacy. The PADRECCs are staffed by internationally known movement disorder specialists, neurosurgeons, psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, researchers, educators, social workers, and other PD experts. The PADRECCs are located in Philadelphia, Richmond, Houston, West Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Portland/Seattle. The PADRECCs assist veterans in effectively managing PD and other movement disorders by way of VA pharmacy benefits, physical, occupational, and speech therapies, medical equipment, surgical services, and other valuable resources.