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2023 Parkinson's Symposium

FRIDAY, MARCH 10TH  from 8:30 AM - 3PM

Pelham Civic Center - 500 Amphitheater Road, Pelham, AL 35124

Join us for our annual educational symposium FREE for those living with Parkinson's, their care partners and family members.


Association of Alabama, INC.

Community Grant Sponsor



Check back often as more sponsors and exhibitors are added daily. We have a few openings left if you would like to exhibit. Please contact Brooklyn White.


Event Host

Since its founding in 1978, the Parkinson Association of Alabama (PAA) has been dedicated to one mission: improving the quality of life for patients, caregivers and families affected by Parkinson's disease in the state of Alabama. You want and deserve a cure. We work to find one. Through efforts of support groups, funding and targeted research, we strive to guide you through tough times, foster a community of safety and empathy and contribute to healing.

We can achieve this goal because we understand. If you or a loved one has been affected, we've been in your place. Many of our founders include medical professionals and caregivers, patients, or family members affected by Parkinson's disease. PAA represents all of those affected by Parkinson's disease throughout the state of Alabama, regardless of their location. Our Board of Directors remains up to date on the latest legislative and research information to provide knowledge and understanding for everyone affected by Parkinson's disease. Whatever you're going through, we are here to support you. You are not walking alone!

  • CARE: We believe in access to quality care for all Alabamians, providing awareness to make the best-informed decisions with the latest advancements. We believe comprehensive wellness is the key to living well with Parkinson's disease.

  • COMMUNITY: We believe community connectedness through support and camaraderie equips those impacted by Parkinson's and their care partners with a network of resources and encouragement to ensure no one travels this journey alone.

  • CURE. We believe in supporting Alabama's quality research to find a cure for Parkinson's disease. The PAA is partnering with UAB through grants and research for a cure.

Community Grant Sponsor

We are the Parkinson's Foundation. A community. An alliance. A movement. Where people living with Parkinson's, families, caregivers, scientists, advocates, donors and volunteers join forces to improve lives and advance toward a cure. For over half a century, we've made tangible progress on all fronts, from the largest clinical study of Parkinson's, which has significantly improved care, to breakthrough treatments. Today, we continue to:

  • Provide life-changing support to people living with Parkinson's and their caregivers

  • Fund game-changing research on treatment and care

  • Convene the best minds from every corner of the global Parkinson's community to find new approaches that enhance care and move us closer to a cure

Everything we do is based on experience and informed by facts. The people we serve deserve nothing less than the highest level of support based on validated research and deep encouragement grounded in reality. Our donors and volunteers need to know that we are 100% accountable. This is why we focus on verifiable outcomes, not vague promises. In partnership with the entire Parkinson's community, we are making a real difference in people's lives. And we have the research, the data -- and the stories -- to prove it. This is what happens when we all pull together as one global, determined, and inspired movement. Better Lives. Together.

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Food and Beverage Sponsor

Our division consists of nine movement disorder neurologists who specialize in the full range of neurological disorders that affect movement, such as Parkinson's disease and other Parkinsonian disorders, essential tremor and other tremor disorders, dystonia, tics and Tourette syndrome, myoclonus, ataxias, and other movement disorders. We average seeing over 3,500 patients annually at the Comprehensive Parkinson Disease and Movement Disorder Clinic located at The Kirklin Clinic at UAB.

We offer comprehensive diagnostic services and utilize a full range of treatment approaches including medications, physical, occupational and speech therapy, deep brain stimulation surgery, neuropsychological evaluations and treatment, and clinical trials testing new medical and surgical therapies, including "neuroprotective therapies" for PD. We also offer botulinum toxin injection therapy for dystonia, spasticity and other movement disorders.


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Acadia Pharmaceuticals

For more than 25 years, Acadia has been trailblazing breakthroughs for people with neurological conditions. We developed and commercialized the first and only approved treatment for hallucinations and delusions associated with Parkinson's disease psychosis, and this is only the beginning of our work.

Jaron McKenzie,, 1.508.826.4719


Acorda Therapeutics

Acorda's mission is to develop therapies that restore function and improve the lives of people with neurological disorders. Everything we do is aimed at improving lives. Millions of people with nervous system disorders are in need of new therapeutic options. We never forget that these people may include our family members or friends, and that these are not just diseases to be treated, but people who need to help make their lives, and those of their loved ones, better.

Acorda is the manufacturer of Inbrija (levodopa inhalation powder). Inbriha is a prescription medicine used when needed for OFF episodes in adults with Parkinson's treated with regular carbidopa/levodopa medicine. You can learn more information on Acorda at

Contact: Sid Golden,, 1.256.490.1256

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Amneal Specialty, a division of Amneal Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

At Amneal, we are guided by a deep sense of purpose: We make healthy possible. To us, "healthy" not only represents our commitment to producing quality, accessible medicines, but also to elevating our people and communities, striving for leadership in social and environmental stewardship and delivering meaningful value for all who depend on us.

Contact: Charles Sullivan,, 1.205.792.5184


Boston Scientific

​Boston Scientific is dedicated to transforming lives through innovative medical solutions that improve the health of patients around the world. Boston Scientific wants to be your partner on your Parkinson's disease (PD) journey, providing the latest technology, comfort options, and advances in DBS. We've spent over a decade adapting and innovating our DBS system to the specific needs of those living with Parkinson's. Our personalized and precise system gives your doctor more control managing your symptoms and provides greater results from your procedure.

Contact: Bill Cleary, 1.678.485.8148

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Carolyn Rhodes

Carolyn Rhodes represents the Huntsville Alabama area well! She is an ambassador with the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson's, and leads Rock Steady Boxing at the Rocket City location in Huntsville. Stop by her table to get information from the Davis Phinney foundation and all Parkinson's event happenings in the Huntsville area.

We help people Live Well with Parkinson's TODAY!

Carolyn Rhodes,, 1.256.694.4756

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PD Fight Club

PD Fight Club classes - taught by head coach Martin Juarez and assistant coaches Dany Egli and Molly Swain - include an exercise program that attacks Parkinson's at its vulnerable neurological points. While focusing on overall fitness, strength training, reaction time, and balance. No boxing experience is necessary, and people of all ages are invited to participate! PD Fight Club boxers range in age from 36 - 90. The club provides not only therapeutic exercise and instruction, but also community support as we fight this disease together.

Contact: Martin Juarez,, 1.205.370.8992

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Aerobic exercise is a vital treatment for people living with Parkinson's disease. Although anti-parkinsonian medication helps alleviate Parkinson's symptoms, it is not known to slow the rate of disease progression. While both moderate and high intensity aerobic exercise provides health benefits, it is currently unclear which intensity is more effective for people with Parkinson's. The SPARX3 (NCT04284436) study is the first randomized control trial to investigate the effects of moderate and high intensity aerobic exercise on disease progression in untreated patients with Parkinson's.

Contact: Sarah Jane Bruton,, 1.205.975.1008


Dance for PD

UAB Arts in Medicine and Southern Dancework's present Movement for PD. Teaching artists integrate movement from modern and theater dance, ballet, folk dance, tap, improvisation, and choreographic repertory to engage the participant's minds and bodies and create an enjoyable social environment that emphasizes dancing for dancing's sake. The dance class is an aesthetic experience that focuses on developing artistry and grace while addressing PD specific concerns such as balance, flexibility, coordination, gait, social isolation and depression. Southern Danceworks' teaching arts include Teri Weksler and Mary Margaret Scalici.

Contact: Teri Weksler,


Do you have questions about this event? Want to volunteer? Want to sponsor? Please contact the event chair and Director of Programs and Marketing for the Parkinson Association of Alabama, Brooklyn White at

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