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.
Meet the Portland Countdown hosts!
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.