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11th Annual Centers Directors' Meeting, Morris K. Udall Centers of Excellence for Parkinson’s Disease Research

Monday, September 21 through Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Boar's Head Inn
200 Ednam Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22903

Host: James P. Bennett, M.D, Ph.D., Director, University of Virginia


Udall Center Directors, investigators and invited guests are welcome to attend the 11th Annual Meeting of the Morris K. Udall Centers of Excellence for Parkinson's Disease Research.

The Udall Centers program was established in 1997 immediately following the passage of the Morris K. Udall Parkinson's Disease Research Act into law. There are currently 13 Udall Centers of Excellence across the United States, as well as the associated Parkinson's Disease Data and Organizing Center (PD-DOC) at the University of Rochester. These Centers represent a key component of the NINDS research portfolio in Parkinson's disease and related neurodegenerative disorders.

Since 2007, the site of the annual Centers Director meetings has alternated among existing Udall Centers. This year's meeting will be hosted by Dr. James Bennett, Director of the Udall Center at the University of Virginia. The meeting is designed to provide an optimal environment in which participants can discuss emergent issues in the research and treatment of Parkinson's disease. The Agenda will include updates on recent advances in the Centers and a focused scientific session related to timely issues in Parkinson's disease research and treatment, as well-discussion sessions on cross-cutting topics and poster presentations designed to maximize interactions among participants. By providing a focused and interactive Agenda, the annual meeting fosters the initiation and maintenance of collaborative efforts among the Centers.

NINDS contact: Beth-Anne Sieber, PhD

Meeting Logistics

Meeting logistics are being organized by the University of Rochester.  For meeting registration, hotel reservations or any other questions concerning logistics please contact either Ms. Donna LaDonna at (585) 275-7937, or Ms. Sandy Plumb at (585) 275-1034,

All general sessions will be held in Pavilion 2 & 3
Monday, September 21, 2009
8:00 – 8:30amRegistration: Center Directors, NINDS, NGOsPrefunction
8:30 – 9:00amBreakfast: Center Directors, NINDS, NGOsEdnam Hall
9:00 – 11:00amUdall Center Coordinating Committee MeetingEdnam Hall
11:00am – 12:00pmNINDS and Nongovernmental Organizations MeetingAlbemarle Room
12:00 – 1:00pmLunch: Center Directors, NINDS, NGOsCommonwealth
Open Session:
11:00am – 1:00pmRegistration: Center Investigators, Invited GuestsPrefunction
1:00pmOpening Remarks/Meeting Goals
Story Landis, PhD
Director, NINDS
Pavilion 2&3
1:10pmWelcome to Charlottesville
James P. Bennett, Jr, MD, PhD
Host and Director, UVA Udall Center
1:15pmIntroduction: New Udall Centers
Moderator: Beth-Anne Sieber, PhD, NINDS
1:15 – 1:45pmUniversity of Washington
Thomas J. Montine, MD
1:45 – 2:15pmUniversity of Cincinnati
Timothy Collier, PhD
2:15 – 2:30pmBreak 
2:30pm – 5:30pmUdall Centers Advances: “Data Blitz” Format
Walter Koroshetz, MD, Deputy Director, NINDS
Beth-Anne Sieber, PhD, NINDS
Pavilion 2&3
 Presenter: Center Director
Length: maximum 2 slides
Goals: (1) Capture the most significant advance(s) from the past year;
(2) Introduction to further discussion throughout the meeting
Format: 5 minute presentation + 5 min discussion
Data Blitz: Order of Presentation:
2:30 – 2:40pmRobert E. Burke, MD, Columbia University 
2:40 – 2:50pmJames P. Bennett, Jr, MD, PhD, UVA/VCU 
2:50 – 3:00pmAnne B. Young, MD, PhD, MGH/MIT 
3:00 – 3:10pmTed M Dawson, MD, PhD, Johns Hopkins University 
3:10 – 3:20pmPeter Lansbury, PhD, Brigham and Women’s/HMS 
3:20 – 3:30pmD. James Surmeier, PhD, Northwestern University 
3:30 – 3:50pmBreak 
3:50 – 4:00pmOle Isacson, MD, McLean Hospital/HMS 
4:00 – 4:10pmGreg A. Gerhardt, PhD, University of Kentucky 
4:10 – 4:20pmMarie-Francoise Chesselet, MD, PhD, UCLA 
4:20 – 4:30pmJohn Q. Trojanowski, MD, University of Pennsylvania 
4:30 – 4:40pmDennis W. Dickson, MD, Mayo Clinic Jacksonville 
4:40 – 4:50pmJeffery M. Vance, MD, PhD, University of Miami 
4:50 – 5:30pmDiscussion 
6:15pmBuses depart for UVA Alumni Hall 
6:30 – 7:15pmReception (cash bar)  
7:15 – 8:45pmDinner: UVA Alumni Hall
211 Emmett Street, Charlottesville

Biomedical Research:  A Congressional Update
Guest Speaker: Amy Comstock Rick, Esq.
Chief Executive Officer, Parkinson’s Action Network
8:45 – 9:00pmBuses depart for The Boar’s Head Inn 


Tuesday, September 22, 2009
8:00amDisplay PostersPrefunction
8:00 – 8:30amBreakfast 
8:30 – 12:00pmScientific Symposium: Therapeutic Discovery Research in Parkinson’s Disease
Moderator: James P. Bennett, Jr, MD, PhD
Pavilion 2&3
8:30 – 9:00amThe Translational Valley of Death: Any Water in the Therapeutic Pipeline?
James P. Bennett, Jr, MD, PhD
Virginia Commonwealth University
9:00 – 9:30amApplication of Low Energy Light Therapy for Complex Neurological Disorders
Juanita Anders, PhD
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS)
9:30 – 10:00amMitochondrial Genetic and Respiratory Alterations in Parkinson’s Disease Nigral Neurons
Professor Doug Turnbull
Newcastle University
10:00 – 10:15amBreak 
10:15 – 10:45amExploring Mitochondrial Dynamics and Networking
Orian Shirihai, MD, PhD
Boston University
10:45 – 11:15amAltering the Trajectory of Parkinson’s disease: The FDA perspective
William Dunn, MD and Gerald Podskalny, DO, FDA
11:15 – 12:00pmDiscussion 
12:00 – 1:00pmLunchPavilion 1
1:00 – 3:00pmPoster SessionPrefunction
3:00 – 6:00pmCross-Cutting Issues: Discussion and Planning Pavilion 2&3
3:00 – 4:00pmDevelopment and Standardization of Animal Models/Model Systems to Advance Parkinson’s Disease Research
Ted M. Dawson, MD, PhD, Johns Hopkins University
Beth-Anne Sieber, PhD, NINDS
4:00 – 4:50pmIntegration of Genetic Information into Parkinson’s Disease Research
Jeffery M. Vance, MD, PhD, University of Miami
Margaret L. Sutherland, PhD, NINDS
4:50 – 5:00pmMini-Break 
5:00 – 6:00pmIdentification and Characterization of Biomarkers for Parkinson’s Disease Research
John Q. Trojanowski, MD, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
Walter J. Koroshetz, MD, NINDS
6:00 – 6:30pmNINDS Update
Story Landis, PhD
Director, NINDS
6:30pmNext Steps: Looking Forward to 2010
Ted M. Dawson, MD, PhD, Chair, Udall Center Coordinating Committee
Beth-Anne Sieber, PhD, NINDS
7:00 – 7:30pmRefreshments (cash bar) 
7:30 – 8:30pmDinner, Boar’s Head InnPavilion 1
8:30 – 9:00pmParkinson's Disease: The Clinician's Dilemma
Guest Speaker: G. Frederick Wooten Jr., MD

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