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Improving Care & Driving Research

Nov 30 - Dec 3, 2023 - Austin, TX

Registration deadline - November 6, 2023

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Dear Friends & Partners,

On behalf of the Parkinson’s Foundation and Parkinson Study Group, we invite you to our joint annual conference November 30 – December 3, 2023, in Austin, TX. Our decades-long efforts to improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s through excellence in clinical care and research are strengthened by their convergence in our common commitment to education. Appreciating the critical role of educating our clinical, patient and research communities, we are once again collaborating to convene leading investigators, coordinators, trainees, advocates and allied stakeholders to exchange the latest advances and practices to help ensure we achieve our shared mission. We look forward to our progress together and seeing you next fall!

Sincerely,

Nicole Yarab, BA, RN
Vice President
Clinical Affairs and
Information & Resources
Parkinson’s Foundation

Michael Schwarzschild, MD, PhD
Executive Committee Chair
The Parkinson Study Group

Christine Hunter, RN was one of the most remarkable women I have ever known.  As the research manager at the Parkinson’s Disease Center and Movement Disorders Clinic, Baylor College of Medicine, she was my right-hand person for quarter of century until her retirement in December 2020.  With her exceptional intelligence, wealth of knowledge, organizational skills, impeccable integrity, and unparalleled compassion, she became a leader not only of our team but in countless of local, national and international organizations. She was particularly active in Parkinson’s Foundation, Parkinson Study Group, Huntington Study Group, Michael J Fox Foundation, Tourette Association of America, and many other professional organizations.  Her passion for helping and mentoring others and her insatiable thirst for knowledge set her apart from her peers, as she consistently sought out opportunities to expand her contributions to numerous medical and social causes.  She was a beacon of hope for countless patients with Parkinson’s disease, Huntington disease, Tourette syndrome and many other movement disorders.

On a personal note, Christine was my most trusting professional partner, advisor and confidant as well as a close friend.  Because of her unique combination of warm empathy and inspiring enforcer of discipline, I often referred to her as a hybrid between Mother Theresa and General Patten.

Christine touched many lives and will be terribly missed by her family, friends, associates, and countless grateful people around the world. May her kindness, generosity, and wisdom continue to inspire us and future generations to make this a better world.

Joe Jankovic