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Parkinson's IQ + You, Columbus

Join us in Columbus, Ohio on October 14, 2023, for our free educational event designed for people with Parkinson’s and their loved ones. This in-person event features a program with sessions on navigating Parkinson's, managing care and learning about research participation. The accompanying Partner Expo includes information on treatment options and local resources for the Parkinson’s community.

Event Details

Date and Time: Saturday, October 14, 2023. Programming begins at 9:00 a.m. (Partner Expo and Registration open at 8:00 a.m.)

Venue: Hilton Columbus/Polaris (8700 Lyra Drive, Columbus, OH 43240)

Program Schedule
8:00 – 9:00
Registration and Morning Expo
Registration and Partner Expo are open. Breakfast is available. Coffee, tea, water and snacks will be available throughout the day.
9:00 – 9:15
Welcome and Introduction
The Michael J. Fox Foundation and event moderator provide an overview of the day's program.
9:15 – 10:15
Building Your Parkinson’s Care Team
Panelists discuss the importance of seeing a movement disorder specialist and building a care team of other providers.
10:15 - 10:45
Partner Expo is open. Snacks, Coffee and Tea Available
10:45 - 11:45
Exploring the Latest Parkinson’s Research
Researchers discuss progress, challenges and reasons for optimism in search for better treatments and a cure for Parkinson’s.
11:45 - 12:45
Partner Expo is open. Boxed lunch is available.
12:45 - 1:15
Turning Education into Action
Community members share ways to get involved in Parkinson's research and care.
Meet the Moderators
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    Jimmy Choi

    Diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2003, MJFF Patient Council Member

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    Sohini Chowdhury

    Chief Program Officer, MJFF

Meet the Expert Panelists

Building Your Parkinson's Care Team
Moderated by Jimmy Choi

  • Shnehal Patel, MD, MPH

    OhioHealth Physician Group

  • Emmalee Taricska, PT, DPT Headshot

    Emmalee Taricska, PT, DPT

    OhioHealth Neurological Rehabilitation 

  • Amber Blaylock, MA, CCC-SLP, OhioHealth Neurological Rehabilitation

    Amber Blaylock, MA, CCC-SLP

    OhioHealth Neurological Rehabilitation

  • Glenn Leppo, living with Parkinson’s since 2012

    Glenn Leppo

    Living with Parkinson’s since 2012

  • Karen Leppo, Glenn’s wife & care partner

    Karen Leppo

    Glenn’s wife & care partner 

Exploring the Latest Parkinson's Research
Moderated by Sohini Chowdhury

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    Bradford Casey, PhD

    The Michael J. Fox Foundation

  • Dr. James Liao, MD, PhD, Cleveland Clinic Neurological Institute

    James Liao, MD, PhD

    Cleveland Clinic Neurological Institute

  • Kevin Hunt, PhD, Vanqua Bio

    Kevin Hunt, PhD

    Vanqua Bio

Turning Education into Action
Moderated by Jimmy Choi

  • Jessica Krauser

    Living with Parkinson’s since 2019, 5KforJK 

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    Karen Jaffe

    Living with Parkinson’s since 2007, InMotion, Shaking with Laughter

  • Richard Huckabee

    Living with Parkinson’s since 2013, co-author of The PD Movers: We Keep Moving

  • Angela Huckabee

    Richard’s wife and care partner, co-author of The PD Movers: We Keep Moving

Parkinson's IQ + You

Interested in attending the event?

Parkinson's IQ + You is free, but advance registration is highly recommended. Each registration is good for the admission of one person. If you have a family member or friend coming with you, please make sure they register as well. 

More Event Details

Parking: Parking is free for all attendees in the Hilton Columbus/Polaris parking lot.

Accessibility: Programming will take place in the Polaris Ballroom on the main level.

Meals: Registered participants will enjoy complimentary breakfast, snacks and boxed lunches. There will also be coffee, tea, water and soft drinks provided throughout the day. We will make every effort to accommodate dietary restrictions. If you have any major concerns, please reach out to us directly at

Cost: Free. There is no cost to attend Parkinson's IQ + You events, thanks to support from our generous sponsors.

More information is available in the FAQs

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Parkinson’s IQ + You is brought to you with support by industry partners. Partner support allows The Michael J. Fox Foundation to furnish high-quality educational content to the Parkinson’s community while maintaining our commitment to allocate donor dollars to high-impact research.

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