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UPMC Experts Discuss Deep Brain Stimulation Approaches for Parkinson’s Disease, OCD, Epilepsy and Other Disorders

WHAT: During this day-long seminar, “Better Quality of Life: Brain Stimulation for Movement Disorders, OCD, and Epilepsy,” UPMC experts will discuss how deep brain stimulation (DBS) might improve symptoms in certain patients who have Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, tremor, epilepsy and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). While primarily intended to educate neurologists, psychiatrists and other health care professionals about DBS, patients and their families are welcome to attend.

WHY: Those who attend the seminar will learn about the scientific basis of DBS approaches, which patients might be candidates and the differences between the awake and asleep versions of the operation; meet patients who have undergone the procedure; and hear about future directions of DBS.


  • Mark Richardson, M.D., Ph.D., course director
  • Sarah Berman, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Houman Homayoun, M.D.
  • Robert Howland, M.D.
  • Robert Hudak, M.D.
  • Jamie Pardini, Ph.D.
  • Alexandra Popescu, M.D.
  • Valerie Suski, D.O.

WHEN: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 19

WHERE: University Club at the University of Pittsburgh, 123 University Place, Oakland

Patients and families may register by contacting Tara Wilson at 412-864-1839 or The fee is $25 for community members; continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments will be provided. After Sept. 12, only on-site registration is available.

Members of the media who wish to attend should contact Anita Srikameswaran at 412-578-9193 or

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