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American Parkinson Disease Association President to Keynote UMass Symposium on Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Diseases

American Parkinson Disease Association President and CEO Leslie Chambers will keynote the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS) Dean’s Symposium on Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Diseases being held Friday, October 14, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm in Life Science Laboratories, Room S330 on the UMass Amherst campus. A Nutrition (’79) and Community Health Education (MS ’85) alumna of the School, Ms. Chambers will be joined by SPHHS faculty members and other cross-disciplinary researchers in presenting the latest research breakthroughs and potential pathways for treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. A panel discussion hosted by Dr. Peter Reinhart, director of the UMass Amherst Institute for Applied Life Sciences and Scientific Advisory Board member for the Michael J. Fox Foundation, will follow the presentations.

This initial symposium event is envisioned as the precursor to future symposia offered in collaboration with the larger UMass Amherst and UMass Medical School communities on neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.

Featured speakers include:

  • Jing Qian, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biostatistics: “Addressing challenges in Alzheimer’s disease studies through novel statistical methods”
  • Kelly Richardson, PhD, CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor of Communication Disorders: “The Science and Art of Speaking Loud: Intervention Approaches for Parkinson’s Disease”
  • Elena Vazey, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biology: “Norepinephrine and Neurodegeneration”
  • Youngbin Kwak, PhD , Assistant Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences: “Brain in rhythm! Neural oscillations in Parkinson’s Disease”

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP requested but not required to Risa Silverman at risa@schoolph.umass.edu.

About Ms. Leslie Chambers:

Ms. Leslie Chambers was appointed President and CEO of the American Parkinson Disease Association in August of 2012 and brings to the role a rich background in successful management and leadership experience from the non-profit voluntary health sector. She has held leadership positions with several major non-profit health organizations and brings a dynamic history of executive leadership in the achievement of strategic organizational goals in the areas of leadership development, fundraising, business planning, program development and advocacy. Ms. Chambers earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Massachusetts School of Public Health and Health Sciences in the fields of nutrition and community health education, and is a graduate from the Management Institute for Non-Profit Managers at Springfield College in Springfield MA.