Michael Okun Talks About the Complexity and Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease
Michael Okun, M.D., chair of neurology, co-director of the Movement Disorders Program at the Norman Fixel Center for Neurological Diseases at UF Health, and national medical director of the Parkinson’s Foundation, was recently interviewed for the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition’s podcast, STEM-Talk, to discuss the complexity and treatment of Parkinson’s disease.
The podcast covers a lot of ground, ranging from Parkinson’s diagnosis and symptoms to new studies to what the future holds for treatment of the disease.
Nearly 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease every year in the U.S. The disease is an incredibly complex disorder that affects more than 10 million people worldwide.
Dr. Michael Okun is considered the world’s foremost authority on the treatment of Parkinson’s. He is the Adelaide Lackner Professor and Chair of Neurology at the University of Florida Health College of Medicine as well as the co-director of the university’s Movement Disorders Program at the Norman Fixel Center for Neurological Diseases at UF Health. The center is known for its interdisciplinary faculty that provides a one-stop, patient-centered clinical research experience that attracts patients from around the world.
Since 2006, Michael has been the National Medical Director for the Parkinson’s Foundation and works very closely with a wide range of organizations such as the Michael J. Fox Foundation. The American Society for Experimental Nuerotherapeutics recently awarded Michael the 2018 Presidential Award. In 2015, he was recognized during a White House ceremony by the Obama administration as a “Champion for Parkinson’s Disease.”
Michael also is an accomplished writer with more than 400 peer-reviewed articles and even a book of poetry.