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Parkinson’s Disease Therapeutics Webinars

This new series of free online events from The Michael J. Fox Foundation is designed for researchers and clinicians. Each session features presentations on a hot topic in Parkinson’s research and therapeutic development from leaders in the field as well as opportunity for discussion and questions.

Upcoming Events

Our 2020 schedule has concluded. You may watch these events on demand via the links in the Past Events section below. We also invite you to download a free booklet that provides an overview of the 2020 webinars series and includes additional resources for researchers. Please check back later for our schedule of 2021 webinars.

  • Past Events

  • Patient-Focused Drug Development: Novel Instruments to Capture Patient Outcomes in Parkinson’s

    Tuesday, June 16, 2020, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. US ET

    Assessments that meaningfully measure the patient experience are critical tools for clinical trials. This session focused on MJFF-funded research to identify the symptoms and aspects of disease burden that matter to people living with Parkinson’s. Speakers discussed how novel instruments and the methods used to develop them can serve as guideposts for eliciting information on which aspects of Parkinson’s disease are most important to patients. They also highlighted how such assessments could be developed for use in clinical trials to address gaps left by traditional assessments and drive more patient-focused drug development.

    Moderator: Catherine Kopil, PhD, Vice President, Research Partnerships, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research

    Panelists: Jesse M. Cedarbaum, MD
    Founder and Head, Coeruleus Clinical Sciences LLC
    Professor (Adjunct) of Neurology and Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine

    Lana Chahine, MD, MS
    Assistant Professor of Neurology, University of Pittsburgh

    Ira Shoulson, MD
    Professor of Neurology, University of Rochester
    Principal, Grey Matter Technologies

  • Molecular Signatures of Parkinson’s Disease

    Thursday, July 16, 2020, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. US ET

    The Michael J. Fox Foundation's landmark study, the Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI) has generated a large set of biological, clinical and imaging data to inform translational biomarker research as well as novel therapeutic development. This session delved into the available data and share some of the key insights to date from analysis of the PPMI dataset.

    Moderator: Kenneth Marek, MD, President and Senior Scientist, Institute for Neurodegenerative Disorders

    Panelists: Mark Frasier, PhD
    Senior Vice President, Research Programs, MJFF

    Kalpana Merchant, PhD
    Adjunct Professor of Neurology, Northwestern University
    President and CSO, TransThera Consulting Co.

    Brit Mollenhauer, MD
    Assistant Professor, University of Goettingen
    Attending Neurologist, Head of Clinical Research, Paracelsus Elena Klinik

    Andrew B. Singleton, PhD
    NIH Distinguished Investigator, Laboratory of Neurogenetics, National Institute on Aging

  • The Many Faces of Parkinson's

    Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. US ET

    As more companies enter the field and the number of active Parkinson’s research and development programs grows, it is imperative to prioritize an understanding of the disease from the patient perspective. This virtual “patient day” brings together industry professionals, people with Parkinson’s and care partners to share experiences of Parkinson’s; its varying onset, progression, and symptoms; and unmet needs. The goal is to foster discussion between the patient and research communities to drive more patient-centered research.

    Moderator: Larry Gifford, Michael J. Fox Foundation Patient Council member and Host, When Life Gives You Parkinson’s

    Panelists: Anne Cohn Donnelly, D.P.H.
    MJFF Patient Council Member
    Senior Lecturer, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

    Michael S. Fitts
    MJFF Patient Council Member
    Assistant Dean, The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB Libraries)  

    Soania Mathur, MD
    Author, Retired Physician, and Co-Chair, MJFF Patient Council

  • Where We Are & Where We Are Heading: A Look Ahead at Therapeutic Development in Parkinson’s

    Thursday, October 8, 2020, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. US ET

    Leaders from academia and industry discuss the momentum in our field and look ahead to what’s next. The panel will cover therapeutic development from identifying novel targets through advancing compounds to the clinic with an emphasis on emerging trends and opportunities to accelerate future development.  

    Moderator: Fiona Marshall, PhD, VP Head of Neuroscience and Head of MSD UK Discovery Research, Merck

    Panelists: Warren Hirst, PhD, Senior Director, Biogen

    Carole Ho, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Head of Development, Denali Therapeutics

    Kenneth Marek, MD, President and Senior Scientist, Institute for Neurodegenerative Disorders

    Todd Sherer, PhD, CEO, The Michael J. Fox Foundation

    Sean Smith, PhD, Executive Director, Neuroscience Discovery, Merck

    Kirsten Taylor, Biomarker and Experimental Medicine Leader, F. Hoffmann-La Roche 

Event Sponsors

These events are brought to you by Biogen and MeiraGTx, with additional support provided by Acorda TherapeuticsCharles River, NeuralySanofi Genzyme, Sunovion, UCB, and BioLegend.

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