The American Parkinson Disease Association, Inc.
EASE THE BURDEN - FIND THE CURE
The American Parkinson Disease Association, Inc. was founded in 1961 to "ease the burden and find a cure" for Parkinson's disease. Headquartered in New York, the organization focuses its energies on research, patient services, education and raising public awareness about the disease. APDA supports nine Centers for Advanced Research, 52 regional Information and Referral (I&R) Centers, 45 chapters, and 250 affiliated support groups nationwide. Each year, the APDA Scientific Advisory Board reviews grant applications, and submits recommendations, for funding researchers whose work shows promise for making scientific breakthroughs or for finding improved treatments for Parkinson's disease.
(Pictured Left:Members of APDA’s New Hampshire Chapter spell out their cause during a PD awareness vigil on the capitol steps in Concord. The event included the signing of a proclamation by Gov. Maggie Hassan.)
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The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) is the largest grassroots organization serving Americans with Parkinson’s. Signing up with us is a great way to get the latest news about breakthrough research projects and treatments, receive invitations to local and regional events, share tips for healthy living, and so much more. Please join our email list today!
(Pictured Left) Participants at the Hampton Roads (Va.) Chapter walk-a-thon in
Virginia Beach take a moment away from the festivities to enjoy the Atlantic Ocean vista.
Participate in an Optimism event and raise funds for
education, research, and support services
for those affected by Parkinson's disease.
Whether you are living with PD, know someone
who is, or just want to support a good cause...
Optimism is contagious!
Join us by registering for or donating to an existing event
today - because together, we can accomplish anything!
(Pictured Left) Hampton Roads (Va.) Chapter president Ann Perkins welcomes participants to the APDA walk-a-ton in Virginia Beach.
David G. Standaert, MD, PhD Assumes
Scientific Advisory Board Chairmanship
Dr. Standaert, right, explains a slide of Parkinson model
brain tissue to support group member Ken Carter
David G. Standaert, MD, PhD, the John N. Whitaker Professor and Chair of Neurology at the University of Alabama – Birmingham (UAB), has been named chairman of APDA’s Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). He also heads UAB’s Division of Movement Disorders and Center for Neurodegeneration and Experimental Therapeutics. Dr. Standaert successes G. Frederick Wooten, MD, who was chairman for 15 years, and is the board’s fourth chairman.
APDA’s 13-member SAB reviews all research applications and recommends those it deems most promising to the Board of Directors for funding.
Joel A. Miele Sr., PE
APDA sadly announces the death of Joel A. Miele Sr., PE, Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mr. Miele, a long-time dedicated board member since 1985, was elected to the Executive Committee the following year, and became chairman in 2009.
Mr. Miele was a talented, generous person devoted to his family, his community and his country. A forensic engineer and professional planner, he held four New York City commissionerships (Planning Commission, Coastal Commission, Department of Buildings, and Department of Environmental Protection), was a chairman and/or trustee of more than six major community and civic organizations in addition to APDA, a retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral, and a well-honored engineering and technical professional.
His enthusiasm and energy were contagious. His greatest love, however, was his close-knit family. He is survived by his wife Josephine; son Joel A. Miele Jr., two daughters Vita Marie Chou and Janet Ann Powers and seven grandchildren.
Mr. Miele’s legacy will be an indelible part of APDA’s history.
19th Parkinson’s Unity Walk
The APDA would like to thank all who
participated in this year's
Parkinson's Unity Walk.
It was a really great day!
(Pictured Left to Right: Rachel Monacoa a recently-diagnosed Staten Island
high school teacher, who had the largest team in the Unity Walk,
and Leslie A. Chambers, President & CEO of APDA)
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