September 22, 1997

Media Contacts: Sarah Goodwin, 404/727-3366 - sgoodwi@emory.edu
Kathi Ovnic, 404/727-9371 - covnic@emory.edu

The Atlanta Chapter of the American Parkinson's Disease Association is planning its "Find the Cure" Walk for Saturday, Sept. 27 at Wesley Woods Health Center at Emory University

The liesurely 5K (3.2-mile) walk begins at 10 a.m.; registration tables open at 8:30 a.m. Many persons with Parkinson's disease will be walking as well as persons walking in honor of a person with the disease. Exhibit tables will line the course. The walk will be followed by a barbeque lunch at 11 a.m. then a keynote address on "New Advances in Parkinson's Treatment -- Today and Tomorrow" by Parkinson's expert Ray Watts, M.D., professor of Neurology at the Emory University School of Medicine.

Dr. Watts, who directs the the walk, will discuss the discovery of a new Parkinson's gene, new medications and devices reaching the marketplace and new surgical treatment options. Sept. 27, rain or shine. Most of the course is wheelchair accessible. The $15 registration fee includes a T-shirt.

For information or to register early, call 404/778-5120 or 770/936-3113.

For more general information on The Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center, call Health Sciences News and Information at 404-727-5686, or send e-mail to hsnews@emory.edu.

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