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Boston University researcher to speak at Laurier for Parkinson's Awareness Month
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Wilfrid Laurier University will commemorate Parkinsonís Awareness Month by welcoming Alice Cronin-Golomb of Boston University for a guest lecture entitled ďPerception and Cognition in Parkinsonís DiseaseĒ on April 9.
The event, sponsored by the Sun Life Financial Movement Disorders Research and Rehabilitation Centre and the Laurier Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience, will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Paul Martin Centre on Laurierís Waterloo campus.
Cronin-Golombís lecture will focus on visuospatial function ó how we see the world and navigate through it. Touching on several methods of study, she will address what life is like for someone living with Parkinsonís Disease and what can be done to improve their quality of life.
A noted professor of psychology and brain sciences, Cronin-Golomb is also director of both the Vision and Cognition Laboratory and the Center for Clinical Biopsychology at Boston University. Her research investigates the influence of visual factors on high-order cognitive capacities in normal aging and age-related diseases, namely Alzheimerís and Parkinsonís.
The April 9 event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information, contact Quincy Almeida, director, Sun Life Financial Movement Disorders Research and Rehabilitation Centre at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, or Jeffery Jones, director, Laurier Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parkinsonís Awareness Month is celebrated each April to bring light to the progressive neurological disease that affects more than 100,000 Canadians and more than 6 million worldwide. Since 1997, April 11 has been recognized as World Parkinsonís Disease Day to commemorate the birthday of Dr. James Parkinson, who first described the diseaseís symptoms in his 1817 essay ďThe Shaking Palsy.Ē