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Dorsey Honored at White House for Parkinson’s Work

white houseURMC neurologist Ray Dorsey, M.D., M.B.A. was honored today at the White House as one of seven “Champions of Change” who are doing extraordinary work to advocate for better treatments and a cure for individuals with Parkinson’s disease.

Dorsey, who also is director of the Center for Human Experimental Therapeutics, has been a pioneer in the application of technology to improve access to specialized care for people with Parkinson’s disease. 

It is estimated that – because of geography and disability – more than 40 percent of people with Parkinson’s disease never see a neurologist.  This places these individuals at significantly higher risk for falls and hip fractures, and makes them more likely to end up in a skilled nursing facility or die from the disease. 

With regular care from a specialist, individuals with the condition can often effectively manage their symptoms.  Dorsey has shown that, using simple web-based video conferencing, neurologists can provide effective care to Parkinson’s patients regardless of their location and in the comfort of their own home

Dorsey has also recently worked with Sage Bionetworks to develop a new iPhone app to help researchers better understand how Parkinson’s impacts people’s daily lives.  The app was highlighted by Apple when it announced its ResearchKit platform on March 9.   

Read more on the White House website.

Mark Michaud | 3/23/2015

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