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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 – 8:30am Registration: Center Directors, NINDS, NGOs Prefunction
8:30 – 9:00am Breakfast: Center Directors, NINDS, NGOs Ednam Hall
9:00 – 11:00am Udall Center Coordinating Committee Meeting Ednam Hall
11:00am – 12:00pm NINDS and Nongovernmental Organizations Meeting Albemarle Room
12:00 – 1:00pm Lunch: Center Directors, NINDS, NGOs Commonwealth
Open Session:
11:00am – 1:00pm Registration: Center Investigators, Invited Guests Prefunction
1:00pm Opening Remarks/Meeting Goals
Story Landis, PhD
Director, NINDS
Pavilion 2&3
1:10pm Welcome to Charlottesville
James P. Bennett, Jr, MD, PhD
Host and Director, UVA Udall Center
1:15pm Introduction: New Udall Centers
Moderator: Beth-Anne Sieber, PhD, NINDS
1:15 – 1:45pm University of Washington
Thomas J. Montine, MD
1:45 – 2:15pm University of Cincinnati
Timothy Collier, PhD
2:15 – 2:30pm Break  
2:30pm – 5:30pm Udall 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 – 2:40pm Robert E. Burke, MD, Columbia University  
2:40 – 2:50pm James P. Bennett, Jr, MD, PhD, UVA/VCU  
2:50 – 3:00pm Anne B. Young, MD, PhD, MGH/MIT  
3:00 – 3:10pm Ted M Dawson, MD, PhD, Johns Hopkins University  
3:10 – 3:20pm Peter Lansbury, PhD, Brigham and Women’s/HMS  
3:20 – 3:30pm D. James Surmeier, PhD, Northwestern University  
3:30 – 3:50pm Break  
3:50 – 4:00pm Ole Isacson, MD, McLean Hospital/HMS  
4:00 – 4:10pm Greg A. Gerhardt, PhD, University of Kentucky  
4:10 – 4:20pm Marie-Francoise Chesselet, MD, PhD, UCLA  
4:20 – 4:30pm John Q. Trojanowski, MD, University of Pennsylvania  
4:30 – 4:40pm Dennis W. Dickson, MD, Mayo Clinic Jacksonville  
4:40 – 4:50pm Jeffery M. Vance, MD, PhD, University of Miami  
4:50 – 5:30pm Discussion  
6:15pm Buses depart for UVA Alumni Hall  
6:30 – 7:15pm Reception (cash bar)  
7:15 – 8:45pm Dinner: 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 – 9:00pm Buses depart for The Boar’s Head Inn  


Tuesday, September 22, 2009
8:00am Display Posters Prefunction
8:00 – 8:30am Breakfast  
8:30 – 12:00pm Scientific Symposium: Therapeutic Discovery Research in Parkinson’s Disease
Moderator: James P. Bennett, Jr, MD, PhD
Pavilion 2&3
8:30 – 9:00am The Translational Valley of Death: Any Water in the Therapeutic Pipeline?
James P. Bennett, Jr, MD, PhD
Virginia Commonwealth University
9:00 – 9:30am Application of Low Energy Light Therapy for Complex Neurological Disorders
Juanita Anders, PhD
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS)
9:30 – 10:00am Mitochondrial Genetic and Respiratory Alterations in Parkinson’s Disease Nigral Neurons
Professor Doug Turnbull
Newcastle University
10:00 – 10:15am Break  
10:15 – 10:45am Exploring Mitochondrial Dynamics and Networking
Orian Shirihai, MD, PhD
Boston University
10:45 – 11:15am Altering the Trajectory of Parkinson’s disease: The FDA perspective
William Dunn, MD and Gerald Podskalny, DO, FDA
11:15 – 12:00pm Discussion  
12:00 – 1:00pm Lunch Pavilion 1
1:00 – 3:00pm Poster Session Prefunction
3:00 – 6:00pm Cross-Cutting Issues: Discussion and Planning Pavilion 2&3
3:00 – 4:00pm Development 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 – 4:50pm Integration of Genetic Information into Parkinson’s Disease Research
Jeffery M. Vance, MD, PhD, University of Miami
Margaret L. Sutherland, PhD, NINDS
4:50 – 5:00pm Mini-Break  
5:00 – 6:00pm Identification and Characterization of Biomarkers for Parkinson’s Disease Research
John Q. Trojanowski, MD, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
Walter J. Koroshetz, MD, NINDS
6:00 – 6:30pm NINDS Update
Story Landis, PhD
Director, NINDS
6:30pm Next Steps: Looking Forward to 2010
Ted M. Dawson, MD, PhD, Chair, Udall Center Coordinating Committee
Beth-Anne Sieber, PhD, NINDS
7:00 – 7:30pm Refreshments (cash bar)  
7:30 – 8:30pm Dinner, Boar’s Head Inn Pavilion 1
8:30 – 9:00pm Parkinson's Disease: The Clinician's Dilemma
Guest Speaker: G. Frederick Wooten Jr., MD
9:00pm Adjournment  

Last updated May 9, 2013