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Bédard, Michel
Breiner, Judy
Eisenschenk, Stephen
Fernandez, Hubert
Holley, Gail
Korner-Bitensky, Nicol
Levy, Charles
McPeek, Bob
Okun, Michael

Michel Bédard portrait

Michel Bédard, PhD
Associate Professor, Master of Public Health Program, Lakehead University
Director, Centre for Research on Safe Driving
Director of Research, St. Joseph's Care Group

Dr. Bédard completed his Doctorate (PhD) in Health Studies and Gerontology at the University of Waterloo in 2000. The author or co-author of more than 90 peer-reviewed articles, Dr. Bédard's main research focus is on aging, with a particular interest regarding automobile driving, family caregiving, and mental illness. His work on driving was the basis for the Canada Research Chair award he holds, for a Premier's Research Excellence Award (PREA) he received in 2002 from the Province of Ontario, and for the R K Dewar Medical Research Award, he received in 2003. His work on family caregiving resulted in a research award from the International Psychogeriatrics Association in 1997.

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Judy Breiner portrait

Judy Breiner, PhD
Director, Research Operations, CAPT

Dr. Breiner earned her PhD in the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics at the University of Florida College of Medicine and continued at the University of Florida as a Post-Doctoral Associate in the Department of Physiology. She has since worked in various teaching and research-related positions within the Gainesville community. Presently, she manages the MBTI® Step III™ instrument Development Project and other research projects at the Center for Applications of Psychological Type.

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Stephen Eisenschenk portrait

Stephen Eisenschenk, MD
Associate Professor, Neurology, University of Florida
Director, Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, UF&Shands
Clinical Director, Adult Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, University of Florida

Dr. Eisenschenk is fellowship trained in neurophysiology in epilepsy and sleep medicine at the University of Florida. His services include diagnosis of both epileptic syndromes and sleep disorders. He evaluates patients seen in Neurology/Epilepsy clinic for both medical and surgical treatment of epilepsy. His role pertaining to the Comprehensive Epilepsy Program is to assist in electrographic localization of seizure origin for surgical resection, if possible. Dr. Eisenschenk also performs intraoperative and extraoperative testing of brain function to minimize the risk of secondary loss of motor, language, visual, etc., function following epilepsy surgery.

Dr. Eisenschenk also provides clinical care for patients with sleep disorders. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with Subspecialization in Sleep Medicine. His primary interests are assessment of abnormal movements during sleep, narcolepsy, shift work, and circadian sleep disorders.

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Hubert Fernandez portrait

Hubert H. Fernandez, MD, FAAN
Associate Professor, Neurology, University of Florida
Director, Clinical Trials for Movement Disorders, University of Florida
Co-Director, Movement Disorders Program, University of Florida
Program Director, Neurology Residency Training Program and Movement Disorders Fellowship Training Program, University of Florida

Dr. Fernandez is a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology (also Executive Board Member of its Movement Disorders Section) and an active member of several professional societies, including the American Neurological Association, Movement Disorders Society (also a member of the Scientific Issues Committee; Chair of the Task Force on Psychosis Scales), and the Florida Society of Neurology (also an Executive Board Member and the President-elect). He is a member of several consortiums of academic clinical trial investigators: Parkinson Study Group (Co-Chair of the Functional Neurosurgical Working Group), Dystonia Study Group (also a member of the Executive Board), and Huntington Study Group. Dr. Fernandez's work has been published in 3 books, 2 dozen book chapters, and over 100 abstracts. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed clinical publications on Parkinson’s disease (PD) and other movement disorders, including long-term care, drug therapy, clinical trials and the non-motor aspects of PD, especially behavioral and cognitive dysfunction. Dr. Fernandez has also served as an ad hoc grant reviewer for the Alzheimer's Society of Canada, the NIH/NINDS, the Orphan Products Development at the Food and Drug Administration. He is a member of the editorial board of Movement Disorders and Clinical Neuropharmacology, and is an ad hoc reviewer of more than a dozen peer-reviewed journals, including New England Journal of Medicine, Neurology, Annals of Neurology, Parkinsonism and Related Disorders, Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, Journal of Neurology, Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, and European Journal of Neurology. Dr. Fernandez has initiated or participated in over three dozen single-center and multi-center clinical trials. He is currently the Co-Medical Editor of the Movement Disorders Society Website.

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Gail Holley portrait

Gail Holley

Gail Holley works for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) in the State Traffic Engineering and Operations Office where she manages both the office's research program and FDOT's statewide mature driver program "Safe Mobility for Life." Program accomplishments include the development of a web based senior transportation safety and mobility resource guide, www.safeandmobileseniors.org, designed not only to assist seniors, but also caregivers and professionals in both the aging and transportation fields. Mrs. Holley also worked on the development of an older driver training course for planners and engineers to help prepare Florida communities for the inevitable increases to our 65+ year old population. Mrs. Holley is a graduate of Florida State University and brings years of experience from various areas of traffic operations, including signs, signals, pavement markings, and research, to the Department's Safe Mobility for Life Program and the traffic operations research program.

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Nicol Korner-Bitensky portrait

Nicol Korner-Bitensky, PhD
Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, McGill University
Leader of the Rehabilitation Theme, Canadian Stroke Network, Center of Excellence

Dr. Korner-Bitensky is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, McGill University and Leader of the Rehabilitation Theme for the Canadian Stroke Network (CSN), a Center of Excellence funded by the Canadian Institute for Health Research. She is also a member of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research funded team (CanDRIVE) - the acronym for the Canadian Driving Research Initiative for Vehicular Safety in the Elderly. Dr. Korner-Bitensky is a research member of CRIR - the Center for Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation Research of Montreal and REPAR - the Quebec provincial consortium of rehabilitation research. She completed her doctoral studies in Rehabilitation Science at McGill University with a Major in Epidemiology and Biostatistics taken in part at John Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland. Her post-doctoral studies at University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada, focused on cost-effectiveness of health service delivery and innovations to enhance community independence. Dr. Korner-Bitensky has authored more than 90 publications and has presented more than 250 talks related to rehabilitation, many focused on stroke rehabilitation, issues of community reintegration and driving in individuals with various health conditions.

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Charles Levy portrait

Charles E. Levy, MD
Chief, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service, North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health Service
Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy, University of Florida

Dr. Levy is leading the effort in the NF/SG VHS to care for U.S. veterans of conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan with mild traumatic brain injury. Dr. Levy also leads the Low ADL Monitoring Program, an innovative telerehabilitation/care coordination service that has gained national attention. Dr. Levy has also testified before Congress on the use and development of telemedicine technologies in rehabilitation. Dr. Levy is an active investigator in the area of TBI as PI of "Design of Effective Therapeutic Interventions for Mild TBI/PTSD using Interactive Virtual World Environments" funded by CDMRP/DoD and co-PI of "Telerehabilitation for OIF/OEF returnees with combat related Traumatic Brain Injury", also funded by CDMRP/DoD.

Dr. Levy is an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Editorial Board Member of The Open Sports Medicine Journal, and Associate Editor for the Stroke Case-of-the-Month, AAPM&R Web Site. Dr. Levy is also active in Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Center for Arts in Healthcare, Research and Education, and a Charter Member of the Advisory Board for the College of Orthotics and Prosthetics at St. Petersburg College.

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Bob McPeek portrait

Bob McPeek, PhD

Bob McPeek received his PhD in social psychology from Ohio State University in 1976. His interest in researching human behavior simmered for many years while he pursued another passion, music production. He built and operated one of North Florida's most successful recording studios for 20 years, where, in addition to recording or producing thousands of songs, he drew on his psychology training to craft award-winning radio and television copy. After selling the studio, Bob found a perfect home for his unique background in psychology, entrepreneurship, creativity and marketing as the Director of Research for the Center for Applications of Psychological Type. His abiding (and now reactivated) research interest focuses on accurate self-understanding, in contrast to self-deception, impression management, and the self-serving bias.

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Michael Okun portrait

Michael S. Okun, MD
Co-Director, Movement Disorders Program, University of Florida

Dr. Okun, received his BA in History from Florida State University, and his MD from the University of Florida where he graduated with Honors. He completed an internship and Neurology residency at the University of Florida. Following residency he was trained at Emory University, one of the world's leading centers for movement disorders research, in both general movement disorders and in microelectrode recording/surgical treatments. He is currently co-director of the Movement Disorders Center located within the McKnight Brain Institute and the University of Florida College of Medicine. The center is unique in that it is comprised of over 25 interdisciplinary faculty members from diverse areas of campus, all of whom are dedicated to care, outreach, education and research. Dr. Okun has been dedicated to this interdisciplinary care concept, and since his appointment as the National Medical Director for the National Parkinson Foundation in 2006, he has worked with the 59 NPF to help foster the best possible environments for care, research and outreach in Parkinson disease. Dr. Okun has been supported by grants from the the National Parkinson Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Parkinson Alliance, and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Disease Research, and he currently runs the online international Discussion Corner Forums, on the National Parkinson Foundation website. Dr. Okun has dedicated much of his career to helping in the development of care centers for people suffering with movement disorders, but has also has enjoyed a prolific research career exploring non-motor basal ganglia brain features and he has participated in some of the pioneering studies exploring the cognitive, behavioral, and mood effects of brain stimulation. Dr. Okun holds the Adelaide Lackner Associate Professorship in Neurology, has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles, is a published poet (Lessons From the Bedside, 1995), and has served as a reviewer for more than 25 major medical journals. He has been invited to speak about Parkinson disease and movement disorders in various regions throughout the world, and he is currently a faculty and founding member for SUPPORT-PD, which aims to bring functional Parkinson and Movement Disorders Surgery to "countries in need" around the globe.

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