CurePSP Midwest Family Conference
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CurePSP Midwest Family Conference

CurePSP Midwest Family Conference

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Hyatt Regency O'Hare

9300 Bryn Mawr Avenue

Rosemont, IL 60018

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Among its various educational activities, CurePSP sponsors and organizes family conferences across the country, providing people with the opportunity to learn more about PSP, CBD and MSA and to develop a sense of community. We recognize that these diseases present daily challenges for patients and families.

The conferences include various speakers with in-the-field expertise - neurologists and movement disorder specialists who work directly with patients and their families. These experts address issues related to day-to-day life including the best ways to manage symptoms, the impact of the diseases on the family, and how to cultivate perspective of meaning and joy despite the struggles of the disease.

In addition to the educational facts learned during the session, patients, caregivers, and families learn that they are not alone. Attendees leave the meeting having forged new friendships in the PSP, CBD and MSA communities.

CurePSP strives to meet the needs of those who attend our conferences and actively seeks feedback to improve future programs. We place great value in identifying the topics or speakers that are of the greatest interest to attendees.

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Friday, June 23rd, 2017


Support Group Facilitator Training

Have you ever wondered what it takes to be a support group leader? Attend this training to bring back knowledge to your hometown to start your own CurePSP support group.


Support Groups

Two support groups will be held. One will focus on the needs of the care partner and the other support group will focus on patients.


Networking Event Featuring a U-Step Walker Demo

Come meet other attendees and some of the CurePSP board members. You'll hear about other people's journeys and how you can become involved in the foundation. There will also be a product demonstration on the newest U-Step walkers. It's an excellent chance to try them out and ask questions!

Saturday, June 24th, 2017*


Breakfast and Registration


Welcome by Dave Kemp, President, CurePSP


Your Brain, Current Research, and Clinical Trials by Alex Klein, Ph.D, Vice President-Scientific Affairs, CurePSP

Dr. Klein will be presenting on the difference between a PSP brain and a healthy brain. He will detail what the status is on current research regarding prime of life neurodegenerative diseases. He will also explain what a clinical trial is and what it means for patients.


Adjusting to Uncertainty and Cultivating Strength by Trish Caruana, MSW, Vice President of Patient and Care Partner Advocacy, CurePSP

Ms. Caruana will be presenting how to stay positive during a stage of life that has many changes and challenges. She will engage the audience as to the best ways for them to find strength in times where there are many unknowns.




Clinical Manifestations and Trajectory of the Diseases by Tanya Simuni, MD, Arthur C. Nielsen Professor of Neurology, Director, Parkinson's disease and Movement Disorders Center, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Dr. Simuni will explain what the typical trajectory of patients diagnosed with prime of life neurodegenerative diseases looks like. She will detail about adaptive equipment that may be needed in varying stages and what treatment option are available. She will also discuss what the standard of care for patients is.




Dental Care for Patients by Robert E. Rada, DDS, MBA, Department of Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, University of Illinois, College of Dentistry

Dr. Rada will discuss how to manage oral hygiene in patients before neurodegenerative diseases progresses further. He will detail what products and techniques are the most helpful for patients and care partners. He will also discuss how to work with your current dentist on a patient's special needs.


Medical Power of Attorney by Lawrence D. Levien, Partner, Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP and

You, Your Employer, and Disability Laws - David L. Weinstein, Partner, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

Mr. Levien will discuss what a medical power of attorney is and why it is critical to have one in place. Mr. Weinstein will present on how to work with your employer to keep you working for as long as you possibly can. He will also outline what resources are available and what your rights are under disability laws.




Building Your Care Team and Support Network by Diane Breslow, MSW, LCSW, Consultant in Parkinson’s Disease, CurePSP Patient and Care Partner Advocacy Committee

This presentation will explain why Team Care is the necessary approach to working with people with PSP and their family members. Participants will learn about the healthcare disciplines, kinds of interventions, and support programs that can play a significant role in disease treatment and management. We will also talk about how to develop a helping network that includes non-health care professionals. The speaker will share resources and practical pointers, and will welcome questions from the audience.


Session To Be Announced


Closing by David Kemp

*Agenda is subject to change.


What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

There is a free hotel airport shuttle. There is also valet parking and a garage.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact the Events team at or 800-457-4777

Can I update my registration information?

Yes! This can be done through your Event Brite profile however if you run into issues a member of our events team can help.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Yes, please change the information in your Event Brite profile however if you run into issues a member of our events team can help.

Can I register onsite?

Yes, however it is preferred that you register online beforehand to secure your spot. If you're not comfortable putting your credit card information in online a member of the CurePSP staff can assist you by calling 800-457-4777.

Can I update my registration information?

Yes, please change the information in your Event Brite profile however if you run into issues a member of our events team can help.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Although preferred it is not required.

The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?

Yes, we understand that last minute changes happen and we will be happy to accept the new attendee.

Can I update my registration information?

Yes, please change the information in your Event Brite profile however if you run into issues a member of our events team can help.

I have food allergies whom do I inform?

Please email the events team at as soon as possible so they may make alternate arrangements.

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9300 Bryn Mawr Avenue

Rosemont, IL 60018

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