News Release

December 21, 2009

Contact: Chris Kaminski, 860-679-4352

Free Programs on Parkinsonís, Womenís Health

UConn Health Centerís Discovery Series January 21 and 28

FARMINGTON, CONN. Ė The University of Connecticut Health Centerís Discovery Series returns in 2010 with two programs in January.

Parkinsonís Disease and Tremor Disorders
Thursday, January 21, 7 p.m., Keller Auditorium

Tremor disorders and Parkinsonís disease affect millions of individuals often causing uncontrollable shaking of the hands, head and other body parts.

Dr. Adam Simmons, a UConn Health Center neurologist, will address the medical management and treatment of tremor disorders including Parkinsonís disease. Dr. Patrick Senatus, a neurosurgeon in the Health Centerís New England Musculoskeletal Institute, will present information about Deep Brain Stimulation, a new surgical procedure used to treat Parkinsonís disease, dystonia and essential tremor.

The UConn Health Center is the only hospital in the Hartford area that offers DBS, which recently has been approved by the FDA for humanitarian device exemption in the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder, and is being evaluated for the treatment of other conditions such as major depressive disorder, Touretteís syndrome, and chronic pain.

Is Less Better? The Mammogram and Pap Smear Controversies
Thursday, January 28, 7 p.m., Low Learning Center

Dr. Ursula A. Steadman, an obstetrician and gynecologist, and Dr. Carolyn Runowicz, a nationally prominent expert in gynecologic cancers and womenís health, chair of the National Cancer Advisory Board, and director of the Health Centerís Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center, will provide information about the new guidelines for pap smears and mammograms. There will be ample opportunity for audience members to address their questions to the experts.

Both programs are free and require advance registration. Call 800-535-6232 or register online at

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