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Coming up on Connections: Thursday, April 11, 2024

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First hour: Discussing advancements in Parkinson's disease treatment, including those made in the Rochester-Finger Lakes region

Second hour: How can climate action affect health outcomes?

Nearly one million Americans are living with Parkinson’s disease, and that number is expected to increase in the next few years. This hour, we’re joined by clinicians, nonprofit leaders, and a local woman living with the disease. They discuss the latest in research and treatment of Parkinson’s, including advancements being made in the Rochester-Finger Lakes region. Our guests:

  • Ruth Schneider, M.D., associate professor in the Department of Neurology, Movement Disorders, at the University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Yvonne Hylton, Parkinson’s disease patient and board member for the Rochester Parkinson Network
  • Maggie McGuire Kuhl, vice president of patient engagement at the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research
  • Thomas Guttuso, Jr., M.D., professor of neurology and movement disorder neurologist at the University at Buffalo

This story is reported from WXXI’s Inclusion Desk.

Then in our second hour, an upcoming summit will address how climate change affects our health. The Climate Solutions Accelerator is hosting its annual Climate Solutions Summit April 19 and 20. This hour, we’re joined by experts from around the country who discuss how climate action can improve health outcomes. Our guests:

  • Abby McHugh-Grifa, executive director of the Climate Solutions Accelerator of the Genesee-Finger Lakes Region
    Jane van Dis, M.D., assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Lemir Teron, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Earth, Environment, and Equity at Howard University
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.