Specialist Speaker sessions
Freezing of Gait in Parkinson's
Dr Will Young will talk about using psychological strategies to overcome freezing of gait in Parkinson’s.
Dr Will Young is a Psychologist and Human Movement Scientist specialising in how anxiety influences the way we control our balance and walking. Over the past few years Will has been working with Physiotherapists running projects looking at freezing of gait in Parkinson’s. In this session, Will will present some findings that might help us understand how anxiety influences (and is influenced by) freezing of gait, along with potential opportunities to overcome both of these. These ideas, along with Will’s plans for future research, will be discussed in what we hope to be an informal and lively discussion!
Genetics and Parkinson's
Dr. Stephen Mullin holds a clinical lectureship in Neurology at The Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at Plymouth University.
In recent years it has become clear that genetics plays a key role in the development of Parkinson’s. By understanding genetic pathways, the hope is that a novel drug to prevent or slow down Parkinson’s development can be produced.
How might supplements, diet and herbs help your Parkinson's symptoms?
Helen Rideout is a practising Member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists with a BSc in Herbal Medicine. She is based in Bristol.
Helen will talk about the use of supplements, the impact of diet on Parkinson’s symptoms, and the herbal medicines that may help alleviate Parkinson’s symptoms. She will conclude with advice on where to source and integrate herbs, supplements, and foods into your daily routine. There will be time for questions.
Parkinson's UK looking forward and open quetsion session
Katherine Crawford, Director of Services, Parkinson's UK will talk about the charity's plans for the next 5 years. She will also answer questions whch can be sunmitted in advance or asked on the session.
Why is exercise so good for Parkinson's?
Julie Jones is a senior lecturer in physiotherapy at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen.
There is much evidence that engaging in regular exercise has numerous benefits for Parkinson’s management – not solely as complementary to medication, but of equal importance. While science seeks to develop a cure to the condition, there has been a recognition of the potential value of exercise in the management of Parkinson’s. Recent reviews into Parkinson’s treatment indicate that participation in regular exercise correlates with improved symptoms, such as improvements in strength, balance, fitness, function, and walking, as well as reducing depression and fatigue.
Julie will also discuss the emerging evidence suggesting that engaging in regular high-intensity exercise brings about physiological changes within the brain, creating new neural pathways and blood vessels that may have a disease modifying effect. She will talk about her research into exercise being a key ingredient and integral component of Parkinson’s management – not solely as complementary to medication, but of equal importance.