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Portland Countdown
Conversations about Parkinson's
hosted by
Dave Iverson and Jon Palfreman

June 2015 - September 2016

Starting June 2015!

In preparation for the 4th World Parkinson Congress in Portland in 2016, two highly experienced journalists (who are also living with Parkinson's) survey the landscape of Parkinson's disease research and treatment by interviewing neuroscientists, neurologists, and people with Parkinson's (PwP). These 15 thirty-minute podcasts will not only address common questions asked by PwP but will also serve as a primer on the biomedical research currently underway.

The World Parkinson Coalition designs and hosts the unique and inspirational triennial World Parkinson Congresses (see and is now gearing up for the 4th World Parkinson Congress, also known as the WPC 2016. This Congress will be held in Portland, Oregon from September 20 - 23, 2016.

The aim of this newly created and unique Portland Countdown is to not only educate the community, but to highlight the World Parkinson Congresses as the only high level scientific global Congress that opens its doors to everyone in the Parkinson's community, including people living with Parkinson's and their caregivers/care partners. We hope this series of talks will encourage people to attend the WPC 2016 to learn more and to engage with others in the community.

The topics for this exciting program are being finalized. Check back for updates!

Meet the Portland Countdown hosts!

Jon Palfreman, PhD, is KEZI Distinguished Professor of Broadcast Journalism at the University of Oregon, USA. Palfreman is an Emmy, Dupont and Peabody Award-winning journalist, and recipient of the Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Writing. He is a three-time winner of the American Association for the Advancement of Science science-writing prize, three-time winner of the National Association of Science Writers "Science-in-Society" Journalism Award and a winner of the Writers Guild Award for best script. In the are of Parkinson's Disease research, Palfreman co-authored a book with neuroscientist Bill Langston (LPD co-Editor-in-Chief), The Case of the Frozen Addicts, and produced two NOVA documentaries chronicling the story of the MPTP cases, NOVA: The Case of the Frozen Addict and NOVA: Brain Transplant. He was recently made Social Media Editor of the Journal of Parkinson's Disease. Palfreman is a 2006 Nieman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard University. 

Dave Iverson has worked in public broadcasting for over 30 years. In addition to his work on KQED public radio's Forum program, Dave works as a television correspondent, producer and writer. He was the correspondent, writer and co-producer/director of the 2009 PBS Frontline documentary "My Father, My Brother and Me" which explored his family's battle with Parkinson's disease. He also serves as a special correspondent for the PBS NewsHour where he's reported on the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake and covered various health care stories.

His other recent film credits include the 2012 film "The Memory Be Green" which documented the creation of a new play directed by Jonathan Moscone and inspired by the story of his father, the late San Francisco Mayor George Moscone. Iverson was also the writer, narrator and co-producer of the 1999 national Emmy award winning PBS documentary "The 30 Second Candidate." He's currently working on a documentary titled Capturing Grace, which focuses on the Mark Morris Dance Group in New York and their work with Parkinson's disease patients.

As a producer/writer and executive producer, Iverson's awards include a national Emmy Award, the Alfred I. DuPont Columbia Award, the Gabriel Award, the New York Film Festival Gold and Silver Awards, the Chicago Film Festival Gold Hugo, the Corportation for Public Broadcasting Gold Award, and the Ohio State award. Regional awards include four Chicago Regional Emmy awards, as well as over 50 Milwaukee Press Club, Northwest Broadcast News Association and Wisconsin Broadcast Association awards. 

Iverson has served as an advisor and consultant for the MacArthur Foundation, Editorial Integrity for Public Media, PBS, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Independent Television Service and KQED.

Iverson is a graduate of Stanford University and received his MS in Telecommunications from Indiana University. 


We are very thankful to Parkinson's Resources of Oregon (PRO) for their sponsorship support that has allowed us to make the Portland Countdown podcast program possible.

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