Department of Psychiatry Meet the PI Lecture

The Nonmotor Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease: Disorders in Sleep, Motivation, Mood and Cognition

April 5, 2013
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Judy Cameron, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Cell Biology Physiology, Obstetrics-Gynecology Reproductive Sciences, and Clinical and Translational Science, University of Pittsburgh
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic Auditorium
University of Pittsburgh - Department of Psychiatry
Courtney Wallace
Administrative Assistant


Judy Cameron, PhD is a Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Science Outreach at the University of Pittsburgh and an Affiliate Senior Scientist at the Oregon National Primate Research Center. Over the past 10 years she has been a member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Early Experience and Brain Development, and she is currently a member of the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child. Dr. Cameron’s research focuses on the relationship between physical health and mental health. She is also a member of the Dana Alliances for Brain Initiatives, which is a nonprofit organization of neuroscientists committed to advancing public awareness of brain research in an accessible fashion. Dr. Cameron will be presenting her research which was featured in a PBS Frontline Special on animal research helping solve the mystery of Parkinson’s Disease.


Learning Objectives. Following the lecture, participants will be able to:


  1. Understand the nonmotor symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease, including disturbances in sleep, motivation, mood and cognition.
  2. Identify the contribution of decreased striatal dopamine neurotransmission in leading to these nonmotor symptoms.
  3. Understand how treatment with various neurotrophic factors may have therapeutic value in addressing nonmotor symptoms.


Continuing Education Credit: The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded .15 continuing education units (CEUs), which are equal to 1.5 contact hours. In accordance with Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education requirements on disclosure, information about relationships of presenters with commercial interests (if any) will be included in materials which will be distributed at the time of the conference.  WPIC is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists.  WPIC maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.  This program is being offered for 1.5 continuing education credits.


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