Dr. Karen Hegland and Ms. Julie Hicks speak at 2016 Parkinson’s Symposium

Published: June 29th, 2016

Category: Features, Local News, University and Department news

In May of 2016, UAD directory Dr. Karen Hegland along with clinical collaborator Ms. Julie Hicks (MA, CCC-SLP) were invited to talk at the annual UF Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration (UF CMDNR) Parkinson’s symposium.  The symposium is geared towards patients and caregivers/family members, and includes faculty from the UF CMDNR that speak on a variety of topic related to management of Parkinson’s disease.  Dr. Hegland and Ms. Hicks focused their talk on airways protection, and specifically cough function, citing the high rate of dystussia (cough disorder) and dysphagia (swallowing disorder) as particularly concerning in these patients, who often succumb to aspiration pneumonia.  The video of their talk can be viewed below: