Ask the Expert

Ask the Expert Series

InMotion’s Ask the Expert education series on movement disorders will help you learn more about your disease, state-of-the-art Parkinson’s disease research, and ongoing issues of concern.New Advances in Parkinson’s Treatments and the Importance of Exercise


Our Current Understanding of Parkinson’s Disease and Future Directions

Presented by Steven Gunzler, M.D.

Thursday, August 25
4:30-5:30pm
InMotion, 23905 Mercantile Rd., Beachwood (map link)

This talk will offer a broad overview of Parkinson’s disease (PD).  Dr. Gunzler will discuss our current understanding of motor and non-motor symptoms of PD.  He will also review common PD treatments, including medications, as well as challenges faced in treating PD.  Finally, Dr. Gunzler will discuss current knowledge gaps, and some research that is underway to give us a better understanding of PD. 
 
Steven Gunzler, MD, is a Senior Attending Physician in the Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Center at University Hospitals (UH) and Assistant Professor of Neurology at Case Western Reserve University.  He sees patients primarily at UH University Suburban Health Center in South Euclid.  Dr. Gunzler obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with honors and his medical degree at the University of Rochester.  Following neurology residency training at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, he completed three years of fellowship training in movement disorders at the Parkinson Center of Oregon at OHSU in Portland, Oregon. Through his appointment at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Dr. Gunzler engages in teaching and research. Dr. Gunzler is the author of more than 30 peer-reviewed research articles, editorials and invited reviews, as well as four book and encyclopedia chapters.  In addition, Dr. Gunzler is a member of the American Association of Neurology, Movement Disorders Society, and Parkinson Study Group.

Those attending must show proof of being fully vaccinated (vaccination card with more than two weeks after the second dose, plus first booster shot). Proof must be presented at the registration desk on the day of the event. You will be turned away at the door if you do not comply. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease, and an inherent risk of exposure exists in any public place where people are present. By attending this event, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. Masks are required. Subject to change. InMotion’s mask/vaccination policy is available here.


Aging with Parkinson’s Disease:  How a Little Thought Today Can Vastly Improve Your Tomorrow

Presented by Professor Sharona Hoffman, the Edgar A. Hahn Professor of Law, Professor of Bioethics, and Co-Director of the Law-Medicine Center at Case Western Reserve University

Sharona Hoffman’s husband was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2013, at the age of 55. Based on this and other experiences as a patient and caregiver, she wrote a book entitled Aging with a Plan: How a Little Thought Today Can Vastly Improve Your Tomorrow. Professor Hoffman addresses some of the social, financial, legal, and medical challenges that we face as individuals with Parkinson’s disease or their care partners.  For more information see her website http://sharonahoffman.com/. This presentation was recorded on August 28, 2022, as part of InMotion’s ongoing “Ask the Expert” educational series.

  • Click here to watch the recording of Prof. Hoffman’s presentation
  • Click here to view Prof. Hoffman’s slides

New Advances in Parkinson’s Treatments and the Importance of Exercise

Presented by Cynthia Comella, MD, Professor of Neurological Sciences at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago.

Dr. Comella is Board Certified in neurology and sleep medicine; expert on Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, and other movement disorders. Read Dr. Comella’s full biography here. This presentation was recorded on June 16, 2022, as part of InMotion’s inaugural Living In Motion open house event.

To view a recording of Dr. Comella’s presentation, click here.
To view Dr. Comella’s slides, click here.


Advancing the Understanding and Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease Through Clinical Trial Participation

Presented by Jay L. Alberts, Ph.D., Vice Chair of Innovations, Cleveland Clinic Neurological Institute

Dr. Alberts’ research is focused on understanding the effects of neurological disease or injury on motor and cognitive function and developing disease-specific interventions to improve motor and cognitive performance. This talk focuses on ways participation in clinical trials can help researchers with treatments for PD. Dr. Alberts founded Pedaling for Parkinson’s and has worked to establish more than 125 Pedaling for Parkinson’s programs across North America. This presentation was recorded on March 3, 2022.

To view a recording of Dr. Alberts’ presentation, click here.
To view Dr. Alberts’ slides, click here.


The Impact of Plant-Based Nutrition on Chronic Disease

The Impact of Plant-Based Nutrition on Chronic Disease was hosted jointly by InMotion and The Gathering Place, and presented by Stephanie Hopkins, dietician at The Gathering Place. Stephanie discussed plant-based nutrition and how diet can be used as a tool to help manage chronic diseases and conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and cancer. The presentation concluded with a cooking demonstration before opening for questions and answers. This presentation was recorded on October 28, 2021.

To a view a recording of the presentation, click here.
To view Stephanie’s slideshow, click here.
To view the recipe, click here.


Research Updates in Parkinson’s Disease

Presented by Xin Xin Yu, M.D.

Dr. Yu is a Movement Disorders neurologist in the Neurological Institute’s Center for Neurological Restoration at Cleveland Clinic. She received her medical degree from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in 2011, and completed a Neurology Residency and 2-year Movement Disorders Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. She is an active member of the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society and the American Academy of Neurology. In May 2021, Dr. Yu joined InMotion’s Board of Directors. This presentation was recorded on August 26, 2021

To view a recording of Dr. Yu’s presentation, click here.


Thriving Through Uncertainty: Collective Resilience on the Other Side of the Pandemic

Presented by Françoise Adan, M.D.

Françoise Adan, M.D., is University Hospitals’ Chief Whole Health and Well-Being Officer and the Director for the University Hospitals’ Connor Integrative Health Network. With over 25 years of experience, Dr. Adan encourages clients and patients to understand the critical connection between the mind, body and spirit. She is a frequent presenter on the importance of utilizing integrative medicine to maintain optimal health. This presentation was recorded on July 27, 2021.

To view a recording of Dr. Adan’s presentation, click here.


Measuring Parkinson’s Disease

Presented by Steven Gunzler, M.D.

Dr. Steven Gunzler is a neurologist in University Hospitals Neurological Institute Parkinson’s & Movement Disorders Center at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. He is also an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. This presentation was recorded on May 13, 2021.

To view a recording of Dr. Gunzler’s presentation, click here.


Advanced Therapies for the Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease, from DBS to Focused Ultrasound: the Cleveland Clinic Experience

July 7, 2020 – Ask The Doctor: Dr. Ben Walter


The Many Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease and What To Do About Them

June 1, 2020 – Ask The Doctor: Dr. Jori Fleisher   | Powerpoint