UAB Healthy Aging Symposium to focus on patient-centered care for Parkinson’s disease

An upcoming symposium at UAB focuses on behavioral therapies to help patients with Parkinson’s disease. 

HealthyAgingCamilie Vaugh, M.D., right, discusses behavioral therapies for older patients with Parkinson's disease. Camille Vaughn, M.D., a geriatric and clinical investigator focused on optimizing the care of older adults with multiple chronic conditions, will be the keynote speaker for the University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging 24th Annual Symposium on Friday, Sept. 2, at the Hill Student Center.  

As the keynote speaker for the event, Vaughn will present “Bladder Matters in Parkinson’s Disease: Growing Evidence to Provide Patient-Centered Care,” a presentation on her pilot study that demonstrates the feasibility and therapeutic benefit of exercise-based behavioral therapy to treat urinary incontinence in adults with Parkinson’s disease as a first step in improving evidence-based treatment guidelines.

Vaughn has worked collaboratively and in a leadership capacity with diverse teams of investigators to carry out multisite clinical trials evaluating new interventions to optimize health care for older adults. She is currently evaluating exercise-based behavioral therapy for urinary incontinence in Parkinson’s disease through a multisite randomized controlled trial at the Atlanta and Birmingham Veterans Affairs medical centers.

Vaughn was appointed in 2009 as an investigator in the Department of Veterans Affairs Birmingham/ Atlanta Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center, where she now serves as the Atlanta site assistant director for Clinical Programs. She has a joint appointment as associate section chief for Research in the Division of General Medicine and Geriatrics at Emory University.