World Parkinson’s Day lecture to explore potential benefits of exercise (10 April)

Olivia Miller
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Kent, in collaboration with the Medway Neurological Network and Parkinson’s UK Medway, is holding an online event of talks and discussions in honour of World Parkinson’s Day.

The free event, which takes place on Saturday 10 April (11:00-14:30), will explore the latest Parkinson’s disease research being carried out at Kent, the potential benefits of exercise and the exercise initiatives currently underway in Medway.

Experts from the University’s School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, and Medway School of Pharmacy, will lead sessions alongside Dr Jon Stamford (research consultant and trustee for Spotlight YOPD), Phil Bungay (Lead Coordinator of the Parkinson’s UK: Medway Working Age Group and Co Lead of the Medway Neurological Network) and Carroll Siu (Chair of the Southeast England Research Interest Group [SERIG] of Parkinson’s UK). SERIG represents the Parkinson’s community in Kent and East Sussex, and its aim is to improve communication and participation between people with Parkinson’s (PwP) and professionals.

Councillor Habib Tejan, the Mayor of Medway, will open the online event, before the series of talks and discussions begin.

Event sessions will include:

Talk 1: Will the real James Parkinson please stand up? (Dr Jon Stamford)

Talk 2: The therapeutic effects of exercise for Parkinson’s (PhD Student Anna Ferrusola-Pastrana, School of Sport and Exercise Sciences)

Talk 3: Why dancing helps people with Parkinson’s (Dr Romina Vuono, Medway School of Pharmacy)

There will also be an open discussion for the event participants to provide opinions on research involvement and exercise strategies in the Medway region.

Individuals can register to attend the open to all event via EventBrite.