Mary Chapman, features writer —

Mary graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in journalism. She began her career at United Press International, then spent a decade reporting for the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (now Bloomberg Industry Group). Mary has written extensively for The New York Times, and her work has appeared in publications such as Time, Newsweek, Fortune, and the Chicago Tribune. She’s won a Society of Professional Journalists award for outstanding reporting.

Articles by Mary Chapman

Parkinson’s Foundation Supports Training for Doctors, Nurses

The Parkinson’s Foundation invested $1.1 million in two fellowships programs aimed at giving neurologists and nurse practitioners more specialized and expert training in Parkinson’s disease (PD). Specifically, the investment supports the Institutional Movement Disorder (IMDS) Fellowship Program for neurologists and the newly opened Nurse Practitioner (NP) Fellowship in Movement Disorders.

UAMS Health Gains Parkinson’s Comprehensive Care Center Status

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS Health) has been designated a Comprehensive Care Center by the Parkinson’s Foundation Global Care Network, in an acknowledgement of the care it provides its Parkinson’s disease (PD) patients. The designation goes to medical facilities that have specialized teams that provide evidence-based…

Parkinson’s Foundation Distributes $2M in Community Grant Programs

Parkinson’s disease (PD) patients in 42 states stand to benefit from $2 million in community grants the Parkinson’s Foundation has distributed this year to support a variety of health, wellness, and educational programs. “Investing in community-based organizations allows the foundation to direct resources to meaningful PD programs and…

Datavant, Parkinson’s Foundation Forge Research Partnership

Datavant and the Parkinson’s Foundation are collaborating to enhance Parkinson’s disease (PD) patient registries and promote involvement in healthcare industry-sponsored research, with the broader goal of driving insights into the progressive neurodegenerative disease. Datavant seeks to improve industry-wide data sharing through technology that protects patients’ privacy while linking patient…

To Help Underserved Patients, APDA Offers 2 Key Resources in Chinese

The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA)  is now offering two key resources in simplified Chinese — part of the nonprofit’s ongoing efforts to reach and support more Parkinson’s disease (PD) patients and caregivers, particularly in underrepresented communities. The newly transcreated free resources, written in Chinese characters, are the APDA’s…

July 9 Free Program to Address Racial Disparities in Parkinson’s

A July 9 event aimed at African Americans will underscore the importance of an early Parkinson’s disease diagnosis and specialized healthcare, while addressing institutional biases and myths that can impede such detection and treatment. The free program, called “Parkinson’s Disease and the African  American Community,” will be held in…

Study Planned to Assess Severity of Speech Symptoms

The healthcare technology company Koneksa and Northwestern University plan to begin recruiting patients in the third quarter of this year for a study aimed at measuring the severity of vocal abnormalities that can occur in Parkinson’s disease. The clinical trial, which is expected to be completed in 2024, will…

Young Inventor Honored for App to Detect Disease in Facial Expression

The European Patent Office (EPO) has nominated a 22-year-old woman for its inaugural Young Inventors prize in recognition of her artificial intelligence (AI)-powered app that can detect Parkinson’s disease early through facial expressions and might assist in work toward better Parkinson’s treatments. Erin Smith of San Francisco is…

Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center, at 25, Looks Ahead With Hope

Holly Shill, director of the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at the Barrow Neurological Institute, is marking the facility’s 25th year with a bold prediction: within the next 25 years, researchers will find ways to prevent Parkinson’s disease (PD) progression. Shill, a movement disorder neurologist, started as a neurology resident…

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