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Parkinson’s disease is focus of free symposium in Sun City on April 20


SUN CITY, Ariz. (March 22, 2012) – Banner Boswell Medical Center and Banner Sun Health Research Institute invite the community to a free Parkinson's Symposium on Friday, April 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lakeview United Methodist Church, 10298 W. Thunderbird Blvd. in Sun City.

Experts from the non-profit hospital and world-renowned research institute will talk about the latest advances in Parkinson's disease, surgical and non-surgical treatment options, and cognitive and emotional changes associated with Parkinson's. Patients with any stage of the disease and their loved ones or caregivers are encouraged to attend.

“Parkinson's disease is a complex disorder that involves a proper diagnosis, medical management and support,” said Holly Shill, MD, neurologist and movement disorders specialist at Banner Sun Health Research Institute’s Cleo Roberts Center for Clinical Research. “I am excited to provide our Parkinson's community with the latest information in new medications, therapy and devices in the pipeline that will help us in our goal of achieving good outcomes.”

April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month. Parkinson’s disease is a neurological disorder that interferes with speech and motor function, making it difficult for those with the disease to function normally. It’s a degenerative disease, which means its symptoms, such as tremors, impaired coordination and diminished speech get worse over time. There is currently no cure for the more than 1.5 million Americans who suffer from the disease.

Reservations for the symposium can be made online anytime or during normal business hours by phone at (602) 230-2273. A continental breakfast and lunch will be served.

Banner Boswell Medical Center, located at 10401 W. Thunderbird Blvd. in Sun City, is a 501-bed campus specializing in neurosciences, heart care, cancer care, stroke care, orthopedics, acute rehabilitation, skilled nursing and emergency care. Supporting Banner Boswell’s mission of excellent patient care is the Sun Health Foundation, which encourages charitable giving to support the hospital. Banner Boswell is part of nonprofit Banner Health. For more information, visit

For 25 years, Banner Sun Health Research Institute, part of nonprofit Banner Health, has been a leader nationally and internationally in the effort to find answers to disorders of aging including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease. The institute’s Cleo Roberts Center for Clinical Research takes laboratory discoveries to clinical trials that foster hope for new treatments. Banner Health is Arizona’s leading health care provider and second largest private employer. For more information, visit

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