DrTalks’ Parkinson’s Solutions Summit 2.0 sets dates for November

Free virtual event will focus on ways to better manage, treat Parkinson's

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DrTalks, a platform that aims to advance wellness and medicine by connecting people with health experts, has set the dates for its virtual meeting in November — dubbed the Parkinson’s Solutions Summit 2.0 — designed to provide insights into how to better manage and treat the progressive neurodegenerative disorder.

The free event, set for Nov. 5-11 and targeting patients, caregivers, and anyone interested in learning more about managing Parkinson’s disease, will feature a host of leading neurologists and experts in related fields. More than a dozen experts, including clinicians, have already signed on for this year’s event. Registration is open on the platform’s website.

Topics will include lifestyle and advanced testing, as well as ways to cope with and potentially prevent the disease, thought to affect some 500,000 individuals in the U.S. alone.

Attendees, who will have access to an abundance of free resources, may engage directly at the summit with these leading experts to discuss the challenges of living with Parkinson’s — a disease that can cause motor symptoms such as rigidity, slowed movements, balance problems, and tremor. Nonmotor symptoms can include difficulty with cognition and memory, emotional complications, and problems with sleep. Each patient journey is different.

“This summit is more than just an event,” a DrTalks press release states. “It’s a community coming together to share, learn, and support each other in the journey to regaining control of their lives. Participation is free, ensuring that everyone has access to this life-changing information.”

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Event follows similar summit for Parkinson’s held by DrTalks last year

A similar event, the Parkinson’s Solutions Summit, was held by the platform last year, also virtually.

This fall, the summit will be hosted by two neurologists, Kenneth Sharlin, MD, and Barbara Pickut, MD, who both also earned a master’s degree in public health.

Sharlin, who also co-hosted last year’s summit, has more than 30 years of experience treating Parkinson’s and other complex neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. He is the founder of Missouri-based Sharlin Health and Neurology, touted in the DrTalks press release as a top U.S. neuroscience center. The author of a number of peer-reviewed research papers, Sharlin focuses on treating Parkinson’s underlying mechanisms rather than seeking Band-aid solutions for symptoms.

The Parkinson’s Solutions Summit 2.0 serves as another springboard in [the] mission to give hope and support to people with this disease to enable them to take control of their lives.

Pickut, a neurologist and movement disorders specialist, holds board certification in both neurology and neurorehabilitation from the University of Antwerp, in Belgium. While serving as chief of neurology at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan, she was the medical director and director of research for Parkinson’s and movement disorders.

A registered yoga instructor, Pickut also has conducted research in mindful meditation — mental training that emphasizes focusing on the present without interpretation or judgment. A recent small clinical study, in which Pickut was not involved, found such meditation to be better than physical exercise at mitigating depression and maintaining emotional stability. In addition, Pickut has conducted multiple treatment development trials.

For these hosts, “the Parkinson’s Solutions Summit 2.0 serves as another springboard in their mission to give hope and support to people with this disease to enable them to take control of their lives,” the release states.

DrTalks says it seeks to provide a forum for “some of the most sought-after leaders” in medicine that allows on-demand access to talks, summits, and more. The overarching goal of the Canadian-based platform is to educate 1 billion individuals with varying diseases about their health conditions.