The First Annual Parkinson’s Forum: Let’s Get a Move On

April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month. Each year, 50 to 60 thousand new cases are diagnosed in the United States. Researchers are working toward finding a cure and making progress on the best treatment options. On Saturday, April 4th UAMS hosted the inaugural forum to discuss Parkinson’s disease. This event was open to Neurosurgeons, Neurologists, Patients with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s, Patient Caregivers and Family members, and anyone else interested in learning about Parkinson’s Disease, treatment options, research initiatives, and living with Parkinson’s Disease. This event was live-streamed to Washington Regional Medical Center.

We have attached links to video of the meeting below.

“Welcome” Dr. Erika Petersen and “The Challenge of Parkinson’s Disease” Dr. Steve Metzer

“Cognition in Parkinson’s Disease” Dr. Jennifer Kleiner Fausett

“The Effects of Exercise on Parkinson’s Disease” Dr. Alan Diamond

“Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson’s Disease” Dr. Erika Petersen

“God, Golf, and Parkinson’s: A Patient’s Perspective” Ms. Barbara Hogg

“Parkinson’s Research: Towards Causes and Cures” Dr. Tuhin Virmani

The M. Gazi and Dianne C.H. Yaşargil Endowed Lectureship
On January 30th, Frederick Boop, MD delivered a talk titled “Awake Craniotomy – Isn’t It Time We Put It To Sleep?” at the annual Yasargil Lectureship. After growing up in Little Rock, Frederick Boop, the son of Warren Boop, received his medical degree from UAMS, where he also completed a pediatric neurosurgery fellowship. Boop is a professor and chairman of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s Department of Neurosurgery, co-director of the Neuroscience Center of Excellence at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare and chief of pediatric neurosurgery at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, all in Memphis.

To support the education of UAMS neurosurgery residents, alumnus Frederick Boop, M.D., and former UAMS neurosurgery faculty member Warren Boop, M.D., have given $50,000 to create the Boop Family Endowment. The funds will pass to UAMS through the American Association of Neurological Surgeons’ (AANS) Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation (NREF) where they will be earmarked for use by the chairman of the UAMS Department of Neurosurgery for the residents.

Upcoming 2015 Courses Offered by the UAMS Department of Neurosurgery 

  • Advanced Skull Base Surgical Training Course: October 23-25, 2015
    This two and one half day course is specifically designed for neurosurgical residents in their final two years of training who desire to enhance their skills in microneurosurgery of cranial base lesions. This course will emphasize hands-on laboratory training with a one-to-one specimen-to-participant ratio to maximize the experience. The curriculum will cover the spectrum of anterior, central, middle, and posterior skull base approaches and techniques.
  • Advanced Considerations of Complex Brain Tumor Resection: A White Matter and Complex Approach Dissection Course
    This two and one half day course is designed for practicing neurosurgeons. This course will emphasize hands-on-laboratory training with a one-to-one specimen-to-participant ratio to maximize the experience. The Program Highlights will include Klinger method brain white matter dissection, virtual reality dissection, and rehearsal of complex approaches through cadaver dissection.

Further information on all of these courses can be obtained by contacting Amy Keeland at