The PFNCA Symposium is less than three weeks away. It will be held Saturday March 24th in Falls Church, Virginia and Pikesville, Maryland. For the first time, the program will be held in two locations and will feature live and webcast lectures at both locations. Two question and answer sessions will be held live at each location.
Dr. Stephen Grill and Dr. Howard Weiss are Co-Chairs of the 2018 PFNCA Symposium. Recently Dr. Grill and Dr. Weiss sat down and shared their thoughts about the PFNCA Symposium.
“The PFNCA Symposium is important for people and their family/team at every stage of the disease to learn about the latest treatments as well as ones on the horizon.,” says Dr. Grill, whose practice — Parkinson’s and Movement Disorder Centers of Maryland – is based in Elkridge, Maryland.
Dr. Weiss added: “The PFNCA Symposium provides reliable and useful information to patients and care-partners about Parkinson disease. However, the symposium is also an uplifting experience, allowing patients to mingle with hundreds of others to share their experiences. “
Dr. Weiss, who also serves as Chair of the Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area’s Medical Advisory Board, also said that “The PFNCA Symposium is particularly helpful for care-partners, who are often the forgotten victims of Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Weiss’s practice — LifeBridge Health Brain and Spine Institute – is based in Baltimore, Maryland.
Planning for the 2018 PFNCA Symposium started in March of 2017. In May of that year, PFNCA decided to expand the program to two locations. “After holding the program for many years in Falls Church, Virginia, we decided to expand to Baltimore County,” said PFNCA President & CEO Jared Cohen. “We are excited to make this exceptional program more easily accessible to those who live in Baltimore County and the surrounding areas.”
“The most challenging part of producing the Symposium is ensuring that we cover the relevant topics and recruit speakers on those topics,” said Dr. Grill. The 2018 PFNCA Symposium will feature 14 lectures by 20 Movement Disorder Specialists and others that specialize in Parkinson’s. “It is a pleasure to work with our fellow Parkinson disease specialists,” added Dr. Weiss. “Unlike some other medical specialties, we are a collegial group who are not competing with each other but work together in our common goal to provide better care for persons with PD and their families.”
Space is still available to attend the PFNCA Symposium at the Falls Church, Virginia location and at the Pikesville, Maryland location. “Some people with early disease or even later stages are afraid they will see or hear things they don’t want to,” said Dr. Grill. “I would tell them that people come out of the symposium with a better knowledge of the disease and with more optimism about how well they will do. There are always tips about lifestyle changes they can do to improve themselves.” He added: “That is empowering and inspiring.” Dr. Weiss agreed: “The Symposium is an uplifting experience.”
To learn more about the PFNCA Symposium or to register, please click here. For assistance registering, please call the PFNCA office at (301) 844-6510.