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 FREE series of 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.
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Below is a a list of preliminary topics of what will be covered but the final topics will be refined over the coming months to reflect the latest research developments.
15. The Patient Perspective
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 Corporation 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 adviser 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.