Dr. Nijee Luthra will speak to us on the science and her research behind what we've all heard, that "Exercise Is Medicine for PD".
Dr. Luthra is a neurologist at UCSF Health who cares for patients with Parkinson's disease, tremors, dystonia (a movement disorder that causes uncontrollable muscle contractions), ataxia (a nervous system disorder that causes loss of coordination and slurred speech) and other movement disorders. She specializes in diagnosing these conditions and managing them using lifestyle changes, medications and botulinum toxin (Botox) injections. She also uses surgical therapies, such as deep brain stimulation.
One of Dr. Luthra's research interests is finding better treatments for Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders, including exercise. She is currently conducting a Phase 3 clinical research study on exercise and PD. Go here to see if you qualify, and whom to contact with questions and for enrollment: https://www.sparx3pd.com/home/volunteer
Dr. Luthra is also interested in identifying risk factors and biomarkers (measurable substances in the body that indicate a disease-related process) for Parkinson's disease as well as in identifying factors that may enhance mental function in patients with the condition.
Dr. Luthra earned her medical degree and a doctorate in neuroscience from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. She completed a residency in neurology at the University of California, Davis, followed by a UCSF neurology fellowship in movement disorders. She is a member of the Parkinson Study Group, American Academy of Neurology, and International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society.
In her free time, Luthra enjoys cooking, traveling and spending time with her family.