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"Living better with Parkinson's" theme of the Victory Summit

August 22, 2011

"Every day I am mindful of the little things that make me feel good," said Davis Phinney, quality of life advocate and founder of the Davis Phinney Foundation at the Aug. 20 Victory Summit.

Phinney, a retired professional cyclist who was diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson's said, "We need to find ways to remain motivated and to be inspired. I take my inspiration from my fellow tribe members," referring to the more than 750 Parkinson's patients and caregivers who traveled from across Michigan to attend a day of education and inspiration in downtown Grand Rapids.

The day began with the Herman Miller Grand Cycling Challenge Ride that benefited the Parkinson's disease research team at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and the Davis Phinney Foundation.

At 9am, The Victory Summit™ kicked off, where participants learned what they can do today to improve the quality of their lives – from learning about the latest research and treatment options, to participating in demonstrations of yoga, speech therapy, exercise programs, and other activities.

Presenters at the Victory Summit
  • Jack Lipton, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the Department of Translational Science and Molecular Medicine at the College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University (Victory Summit Co-Emcee)
  • Tim Collier, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Translational Science and Molecular Medicine, Michigan State University (Presentation Topic: “Research: What It Means to You”)
  • Anthony Santiago, M.D., Barrows Neurological Institute, Phoenix (Presentation Topic: “Living Well with Parkinson’s”)
  • Jay Alberts, Ph.D., Cleveland Clinic (Presentation Topic: “Exercise and the Brain”)
  • Maxine Meach of Traverse City, Parkinson’s disease advocate who will be honored at the Victory Summit with the Davis Phinney Foundation’s “Local Hero” award for her outstanding leadership and contributions to the Parkinson’s community
  • Davis Phinney, retired professional cyclist diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson's, quality of life advocate, founder of the Davis Phinney Foundation.

The Victory Summit was presented by MSU College of Human Medicine and made possible by the collaborative support of partners Saint Mary's Health Care, the Van Andel Institute, the Parkinson's Association of West Michigan, Michigan Parkinson's Foundation.

MSU College of Human Medicine is home to a Morris K. Udall Center of Excellence for Parkinson's disease research. Our scientists are at the forefront of discovering ways to help people with Parkinson's live better and longer. It is with this passion that we and our partners, Saint Mary's Health Care and the Van Andel Research Institute present the Victory Summit in West Michigan. After all, it is more than finding a cure tomorrow. We are here to help our neighbors and friends with Parkinson's receive up-to-date information and discover practical tools to live well today.

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