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Learn about power of attorney during a free seminar on Sept. 9
SUN CITY, Ariz. (Aug. 25, 2015) — Banner Sun Health Research Institute will offer a free class that focuses on medical and durable power of attorney, including how they work and why and where they’re needed.

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's or dementia: Class offers practical strategies for caregivers
SUN CITY, Ariz. (July 24, 2015) — Do you currently have a loved one who has a new diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or some type of dementia and are uncertain of what to do next? We highly encourage you to take this 90-minute class for caregivers. You will be introduced to the basics of disease progression, treatment and care. In addition, caregivers will learn to implement eight practical strategies to avoid many of the common problems that arise when caring for a loved one with dementia.

Banner Sun Health Research hosting seminar to help navigate through Veterans Pension Benefit
SUN CITY, Ariz. (July 15, 2015) — Banner Sun Health Research Institute is hosting a free informational seminar at the institute from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, July 31, at 10515 W. Santa Fe Dr., Morin Auditorium in Sun City. Experts will discuss the Veterans Pension Benefit, the Aid and Attendance Allowance and how it impacts your lifetime healthcare benefits and other areas.

Arizona State University and Banner Health launch major effort to fight neurodegenerative diseases
TEMPE, Ariz. (June 10, 2015) – Arizona State University and Banner Health today announced a new research alliance to advance the scientific study, treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative diseases.

BSHRI to discuss gender differences and dementia
Are women at greater risk for dementia?
SUN CITY, Ariz. (Mar. 11, 2015) Banner Sun Health Research Institute will host a free lecture from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on March 27 at the facility, 10515 W. Santa Fe Drive in Sun City, to discuss what role gender plays in dementia.

Researchers set to launch Phase 3 trial for Parkinson’s disease
SUN CITY, Ariz. (Feb. 23, 2015) – A new Phase 3 clinical trial has been launched to evaluate the drug isradipine as a potential treatment to slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease (PD).  The study is being co-led by the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) and Northwestern University and is funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of the National Institutes of Health. Holly Shill, MD, director of the Thomas H. Christopher Center for Parkinson’s Research and principal investigator for the study at Banner Sun Health Research Institute is a proud participant in this innovative research. 

The A-B-C’s of Hospice and Palliative Care
What is hospice and how and when to use this Medicare benefit
SUN CITY, Ariz. (Feb. 18, 2015) – People mistakenly think hospice care is about dying… you call hospice when nothing more can be done. Nothing could be further from the truth. Hospice focuses on life by bringing comfort, dignity and peace to those facing serious illness. Hospice is about living life to its fullest.

Banner Sun Health Research Institute investigating genetics of Parkinson’s disease
Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative seeks individuals
of Ashkenazi Jewish background for study to speed efforts toward a cure
PHOENIX (July, 1 2014) — Researchers in Phoenix at Banner Sun Health Research Institute (BSHRI) will study individuals with genetic mutations associated with Parkinson’s disease (PD) as one of 32 clinical sites of the Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI), a large-scale biomarker study sponsored by The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

Banner Health Experts Discuss Treating Tremors
Parkinson’s disease free medical symposium presented in Sun City

SUN CITY (Oct. 21, 2013) –Banner Sun Health Research Institute presents a free Parkinson’s Symposium to the community from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9 hosted at Banner Boswell Medical Center, Memorial Hall, 13180 N. 103rd Drive in Sun City.

Neurologist joins Banner Sun Health Research Institute
SUN CITY, Ariz. (Sept. 25, 2013) – Sara Dhanani, MD, a movement disorders neurologist, has joined Banner Sun Health Research Institute. Dr. Dhanani works with patients with Parkinson’s, tremors and other movement conditions.

Banner Health, Mayo Clinic receive grant to identify early Parkinson’s patients
PHOENIX, AZ (July 19, 2013) — Researchers from Mayo Clinic Arizona and Banner Sun Health Research Institute are working together on a diagnostic test to identify early Parkinson’s disease in patients thanks to a $152,486 grant from The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Currently, there is no accurate diagnostic test for early Parkinson’s disease.

Leading Alzheimer’s research scientist to join Banner Sun Health Research Institute
Sun City, Ariz. (June 4, 2013) – Dr. Salvatore Oddo, a leader in the development of genetically-engineered mouse models and their use in the study of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, will join the research team at the Banner Sun Health Research Institute (BSHRI) as a Senior Scientist and as an Associate Professor in the Department of Basic Medical Sciences at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. Oddo comes to Arizona from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, where he served as an assistant professor in the physiology department. He starts at BSHRI on July 1.

Banner Sun Health Research Institute brings brain health awareness to local elementaries
SUN CITY, Ariz. (March 29, 2013) – Area elementary students recently had the chance to view brains – animal brains and a human brain – up close and personal as members of Banner Sun Health Research Institute staff traveled to their schools to educate them on brain health during Brain Awareness Month (March).

Researcher to head to Washington to advocate for Parkinson's disease research funding
SUN CITY, Ariz. (Feb. 14, 2013) – Brittany N. Dugger, PhD from Surprise, Ariz., will join members of the Parkinson’s disease community from across America in Washington, D.C. for the Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN) Forum, from February 25 – 27.

Talented college undergraduates and high school students wanted  
PHOENIX (Feb. 5, 2013) – Students interested in learning more about biomedical research are invited to apply for Banner Sun Health Research Institute’s eight-week internship program. The program is designed to further students’ science education with hands-on work and encourage them to consider careers in health care and research.

Top doctor covers treatment options for new Parkinson’s patients  
SUN CITY, Ariz. (Feb. 5, 2013) – Dr. Holly Shill, neurologist and movement disorders specialist at Banner Sun Health Research Institute’s Cleo Roberts Center for Clinical Research, will discuss the signs and symptoms and latest treatment options available to patients newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The lecture will take place Friday, Feb. 8 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Morin Auditorium at Banner Sun Health Research Institute, 10515 W. Santa Fe Drive, Sun City, Ariz., 85351.

BSHRI opens American Parkinson’s Disease Association office
SUN CITY, Ariz. (Jan. 11, 2013) – Parkinson’s Disease patients and their families will have a new resource in the community to help them cope with their disease.  Banner Sun Health Research Institute announced this week the opening of its new American Parkinson’s Disease Association (APDA) office in Sun City. The office opened Jan. 7.

A Saliva Gland Test for Parkinson’s Disease?
PHOENIX (Jan. 10, 2013)  — Described as a “big step forward” for research and treatment of Parkinson’s disease, new research from Mayo Clinic in Arizona and Banner Sun Health Research Institute suggests that testing a portion of a person’s saliva gland may be a way to diagnose the disease. The study was released today and will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 65th Annual Meeting in San Diego, March 16–23.

Banner Health sponsors Power over Parkinson’s Conference
PEORIA, Ariz. (Sept.18, 2012) –  More than 1.5 million people in the United States are affected with Parkinson’s Disease, which is a disorder in the body’s central nervous system. Banner Health is partnering with the Arizona Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association to bring an educational event to the Valley. The 2012 Power Over Parkinson’s Community Educational Conference is slated for 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6  at Rio Vista Recreation Center, 8866 W. Thunderbird Road, Peoria.

Landmark Study Shows Tau Levels in Plasma a Predictor for Alzheimer’s
SUN CITY, Ariz. (June 6, 2012) — A study by researchers at the Banner Sun Health Research Institute suggests that plasma levels of tau – a protein formed in the brain appears to be a biomarker and a strong predictor for Alzheimer’s disease.

Reliable Beta-Amyloid Imaging in the Living Brain Presented at AAN Annual meeting in New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS (April 25, 2012) — Results of a phase III study that showed tremendous reliability in the detection of beta-amyloid in the living brain will be presented by Marwan Sabbagh, MD, director of Banner Sun Health Research Institute in Sun City Ariz..

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To schedule an appointment at The Cleo Roberts Alzheimer's and Movement Disorder Clinic, call (623) 832-6530.

Banner Sun Health Research Institute
10515 W. Santa Fe Drive
Sun City, AZ 85351
(623) 832-6500
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