APDA American Parkinson Disease Association
Information & Referral Center

2011 Events

Deep Brain Stimulation Conference -
"What's really going on in your brain with electrical stimulation?"

Saturday, September 17, 2011
9am to noon

(also called Freidenrich Auditorium)
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital
at Stanford

725 Welch Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304

Hospital main phone:
(650) 497-8000

Entering children's hospital »

Location, directions + parking »

Conference flyer

Registration deadline is 10am on Friday, September 16 »

Pre-registration is required. Register now! Deadline is
10am on Friday, September 16.

Who should attend? Anyone with Parkinson's Disease who has had deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery at any center in the US. Those with PD who are considering DBS. Anyone in the community is welcome - not just those seen at Stanford.


Two featured speakers and their presentations:

"What's really going on in your brain with electrical stimulation?"
Dr. Hong Yu, Stanford Neurosurgery

"Life with a stimulator: the bionic you"
Dr. Helen Bronte-Stewart, Director, Stanford Movement Disorders Center

There will be opportunities to ask questions of the two speakers.

The conference runs from 9am to noon.

Please arrive about 9am to check-in, enjoy a light breakfast in the adjacent atrium, and look at some of the materials in the check-in area. Speakers will begin at 9:30am.

We will end at noon. The atrium is available for people to mingle and continue talking informally after the event ends.

Entering the Children's Hospital

If You've Pre-Registered. When you enter the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford, you'll see a uniformed guard at a small counter. If you have pre-registered for the conference, tell the security guard you are there for a DBS conference or Parkinson's conference. This should be sufficient information for the guard to wave you to the conference check-in area, which will be nearby.

Health Screening Questions. At the conference check-in area, you will be asked some health screening questions that all visitors to the children's hospital are asked:

If the answer to all of these questions is "no," you are allowed to attend the conference.

If the answer to any of these questions is "yes," the conference registration staff will direct you back to the uniformed security guard. You will be asked not to enter the children's hospital (or attend the conference). If you insist on attending the conference, one of the hospital's nurse supervisors may be contacted.

Please only attend the conference on September 17th if you do not have a cough, cold, fever or rash, and if you haven't been exposed to measles, mumps or chickenpox in the preceding three weeks.

One More Rule

No food or drink is allowed in the Auditorium. In the adjacent atrium, you can enjoy a light breakfast before the event begins. If you bring any food or drink into the Auditorium, only bring in containers with lids or screw-top caps, and please be very careful not to spill anything. And leave no evidence behind! One of our PD support groups meets in the children's hospital and it would be unfortunate if they could no longer meet there because someone spilled something in the Auditorium.

Register now!

The conference is free, and includes a light breakfast and refreshments. Pre-registration is required:

The deadline for registration is 10am on Friday, September 16. Please register online now.

If you arrive on Saturday September 17th without pre-registering, you will have to wait in line at the Security Desk at the Children's Hospital. You must show ID and answer the health screening questions. You can then come to the conference check-in table to learn if there's space available in the Auditorium.

If you register for the event and then learn that you cannot attend, please contact Robin Riddle at the APDA Information & Referral Center at Stanford by phone at 650/724-6090 or email [rriddle]. If you contact us after Friday 10am, we can't make any adjustments in the food order but we will know that we can give your seat away. Someone may thank you for giving him/her a chance to attend.


The conference will be held at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford:

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford
725 Welch Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304
main phone of children's hospital (650) 497-8000
(The hospital operator will have no information on this specific event but can provide general information about location, directions, and parking.)

The conference check-in table will be to the right of the Security stations as you come in to the main entrance lobby. The event will be held in the Auditorium (also called the Freidenrich Auditorium), which is further to the right of the main entrance.

Map of hospital and surrounding area »

Directions to the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford

From Highway 101 North or South:

From Highway 280 North or South:


Visitor Parking in Front of Hospital. There is ample visitor parking in a lot directly in front of the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. The charge to park for up to 6 hours on Saturday September 17th is $6, which is paid at the booth when you exit. When you enter the visitor parking lot on a Saturday morning, you must take a ticket to open the gate. There is no attendant at the booth until 10am.

Find more information about visitor parking at the hospital here. The $6-for-6-hours lots are the two circled Ps just above the 725 Welch Road building.

Across the Street Parking. On Saturdays, there is no charge to park at 730 Welch Road, which is the Mary L. Johnson Pediatric Ambulatory Care Center. There are several handicapped spots in front of the building. The parking lot is behind the building. Hospital employees also park here on the weekends so this lot may fill quickly.

On Saturdays, there is no charge to park at 770 Welch Road. Please read all the signs because not all of the spaces are open to hospital patients and visitors. Note that the driveway from Welch Road for the entrance to 770 Welch is the same one used for 750 Welch Road, which is not a Stanford building. There are lots of signs about being towed.

Parking Lots Requiring Short Walks. There are two other parking lots closer to the Stanford Hospital than the Children's Hospital. One is a patient/visitor parking lot where the charge is $6 for up to 6 hours. Another one is parking structure 4, which is an employee A-permit lot; there is no charge for parking here on the weekends. You can see these two parking lots in bold red boxes on this map (PDF). Parking in either of these lots will require a longer walk to the Children's Hospital. Note that if you enter the Children's Hospital through the Stanford Hospital, there will be a security desk where you will be asked for identification and given the health screening questions. This security desk won't be able to wave you through to the conference registration table.

Thank you

Thanks to Medtronic for generously supporting this event.

Thanks to volunteers from PPSG (Parkinson's Patients Support Groups, Inc.) who will be helping with check-in and other details the day of the conference.


Contact Robin Riddle [rriddle], via email or phone 650/724-6090.

Conference Organizer: American Parkinson Disease Association Information & Referral Center at Stanford

Conference flyer

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