Putting knowledge to work

PUTTING KNOWLEDGE TO WORK: After Sue Dubman of Tewksbury was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2009, she says she spent a year in denial.

But it wasn’t long before she put to work her 15 years of professional experience in the health care and life sciences field.

In 2010, she participated in the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation’s annual three-day research advocacy training.

As part of a network of volunteer research advocates, she partners with scientists working on the front lines to find new treatments for the disease.

Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological disorder that affects nearly 1 million people in the United States, according to the foundation. Although promising research is being conducted, there is currently no cure.


This week, Dubman is in Montreal for the World Parkinson Congress, where she is speaking to the international Parkinson’s community about the role of patients in research.

The title of her presentation is “Enabling Research Through Informatics: A Researcher Turned Patient’s Point of View.”

“People living with Parkinson’s can’t wait 15 to 20 years or more for new drugs to come out of the pipeline,” said Dubman. “Time is our most precious commodity. During my session at the World Parkinson Congress, I hope to educate others on ways we can improve trials.”

She joins 3,500 world-renowned scientists, doctors, people with Parkinson’s, care partners, and allied health professionals from 44 countries attending the congress.

“Our philosophy is to empower stakeholders — the people who live with Parkinson’s — to play a role in advancing research,” said foundation executive director Robin Anthony Elliott. “Ms. Dubman’s leadership at the third World Parkinson Congress and in her community is a driving force in our mission to find better treatments and a cure for Parkinson’s as soon as possible.”

Call 800-457-6676, e-mail info@pdf.org, or visit pdf.org. For more on the congress, visit pdf.org./world_parkinson_congress.


LOCALS IN THE CIVIL WAR: The Hamilton-Wenham Library presents a series of events about the Civil War throughout October and early November.

“North Shore Women of the Civil War” is presented by women’s studies historian Bonnie Hurd Smith from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday.

It features presentations on women abolitionists, sanitary commissioners, and writers, including Sarah Parker Remond, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Kate Tannatt Woods, and Hannah Rantoul.

“Local Boys off to War,” at 7 p.m. on Oct. 10, addresses the experiences and lives of area soldiers during the war, as revealed in primary source materials. It is presented by Scott Jewell, a local historian, teacher, and author of “Ipswich in the Civil War.”

Visit hwlibrary.org.

AN ACTOR’S LIFE: Actor Charles Shaughnessy holds a meet-and-greet Sunday at North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly to benefit the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps.

Shaughnessy, known for his television roles on “The Nanny,” “Days of Our Lives,” and “Mad Men,” is starring in North Shore’s production of “La Cage aux Folles,” through Oct. 6.

At the event, he will discuss his acting career, answer questions from audience members, share stories from the sets, pose for photos, and sign autographs.

Shaughnessy is a member of the advisory council of the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps, a national leader in developing and implementing child welfare and juvenile justice programs.

The benefit takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. at the theater’s Backstage Bistro. Admission is $25, cash or check, at the door.


Visit nsmt.org or rfkchildren.org.

WHO’S WHAT WHERE: Peter C. Lane of Haverhill has joined Sage Bank in Lowell as a commercial loan officer. Previously, he held a similar position at Bank of New England. . . . AmyLynn Arrington, a 1999 graduate of Melrose High School, is director of a new special needs program at A Plus Tutoring in Melrose Center. Arrington has 12 years of experience teaching middle and high school students with learning, behavioral, and emotional disabilities. . . . Andrea LeBlanc of Gorham, Maine, has been named vice president of Merrimack Valley Hospice in Haverhill, which serves the Merrimack Valley, northeastern Massachusetts, southern New Hampshire, and southern Maine. LeBlanc has worked in clinical and administrative roles in home health and hospice. She has a nursing degree from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and is currently an MBA candidate in health care at New England College.

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