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The Israeli Parkinson's Conference 2023
in constant motion through the senses

The conference took place on 19/04/2023, in Tel Aviv
Below are the contents of the conference for viewing 

After the opening session in the morning, the conference was divided into five sections that operated simultaneously:

  1. TED talks for the general public
  2. Discussion groups for open dialogue between experts and contestants
  3. Operating workshops
  4. Art exhibition of contestants
  5. Ping pong tournament

Gathering and opening lectures

08:30-08:45 opening session - opening remarks 

  • Prof. Keren Avraham, Tel Aviv University
  • Prof. Nir Giladi, Tel Aviv Medical Center
  • Mr. Eyal Levy, Parkinson's Association in Israel

09:00-09:20 Neural circuits and the sense of smell

  • Prof. Rafi Haddad, Bar Ilan University

08:45-09:00 Lifetime Achievement award ceremony

  • Prof. Amos Korchin
  • Prof. Avi Marmor

09:20-09:40 Parkinson's and the sense of smell - what's the connection?

  • Dr. Saar Anis, Sheba Medical Center
  • Dr. Tamara Sheiner, Tel Aviv Medical Center

08:55-09:00 Replacement of the chairman of the association

  • Mr. Amir Carmin
  • Mr. Ronan Stein

09:40-10:10 The flexibility of the brain in connection with the senses

  • Prof. Amir Amadi, Reichman University


  • Diagnosis by the sense of smell - Dr. Gilad Yahlom, Shaare Zedek Medical Center

  • Pain is also a feeling - Dr. Hadas Ofek, Safed Academic College
  • feel everything out loud - Ms. Dina Shapont, Tel Aviv Medical Center


  • The visual system, the eyes and Parkinson's - Dr. Anat Robinson, eye disease specialist and surgeon

  • Sense of humor and Parkinson's - Mr. Zeev Shatsky, a Parkinson's contender

  • Beatbox practice as a tool to improve speech and voice - the Beatalk method - Prof. Michal Icht, Ariel University


  • Running and Parkinson's - Mr. Itzik Barik, a Parkinson's contender

  • Non-invasive technologies for the treatment of tremor - Mr. Yehuda Forer and Mr. Emil Kame, Papioma company

  • Optimism - the drug of choice - Prof. Nir Giladi, Tel Aviv Medical Center

Each group discusses the main topic and holds an open dialogue of the contestants together with professionals, experts and expertise in the field.


  • Sleep and Parkinson's

Points for discussion: sleep disorders, sleep hygiene, how to treat a behavior disorder during a dream and do we have to treat it? What are the most difficult sleep problems for Parkinson's patients, the dangers at night (falls, toilets, separation of beds, leg pain, etc.). 
Facilitators: Prof. Hagai Bergman, Dr. Jennifer Zitzer, Dr. Sandra Benizri, Dr. Lilia Manzer, Dr. Ze'ev Nitzan.

  • The relationship with a neurologist in the community

Points for discussion: why should one be careful in giving the diagnosis? How can the community neurologist prepare for giving a diagnosis? At what stage should the contestant be sent to a movement disorders clinic? How to ensure optimal treatment in the community? How can the relationship between the community neurologist and movement disorder departments be improved?
Facilitators: Dr. Yair Zlotnik, Prof. Ruth Geldati, Dr. Baruch Elad, Dr. Lilach Efrati, Dr. Gabi Weinstein.


  • Coping with pain

Points for discussion: types of pain, diagnosis and treatment methods, behavioral and pharmacological treatment, quality of life and pain. 
Facilitators: Dr. Hadas Ofek, Ms. Ariela Hillel, Adv.

  • The contestant's journey and the challenges on the way

Points for discussion: diagnosis, starting medication, mental and physical crises, transitions in the disease (when is it right to start... do... take...). Scheduling referral for advanced care.
Facilitators: Prof. Roi Alkalai, Ms. Hanna Strauss, Ms. Yael Abarbanal, Dr. Zion Zibley, Dr. Galit Yogev Zeligman, Dr. Yonathan Reiner.


  • Central dilemmas for the young contestant

Points for discussion: family, employment, relationship, parenting, sports. 
Facilitators: Dr. Meir Kestenbaum, Ms. Noya Geva, Dr. Munir Abu Sanina, Prof. Hillel Aviezer, Ms. Gila Bruner, Dr. Avner Teller.

  • Cognitive function in everyday life

Points for discussion: What is cognitive function? Is the decline in cognition part of Parkinson's? Is the difficulty to plan a daily routine part of the symptoms of the disease? New patient, old patient, when should you start practicing cognitive skills? Does practice really help? Tips and strategies for cognitive function in everyday life - an open discussion between experts and competitors.
Facilitators: Dr. Vared Livna, Ms. Ilanit Baum Cohen, Ms. Hagit Bar Zeev, Dr. Julie Wolf, Ms. Anat Zeit, Ms. Noa Cohen.

During the day of the conference, there were two workshop complexes that included practice and learning on a variety of topics.


  • Move like a tiger - imagination, movement and awareness workshop

The workshop was held standing.
When was the last time you walked like a tiger in the African jungle? This movement workshop combined imagination, dance and expression through body parts. With the help of rhythmic music we will imitate animal movements, we will get used to different movements and walks in space as animals, we will express different emotions inwardly and outwardly and we will create a new and liberating energy for movement. 
Facilitator: Yuval Levitan-Marchos, physiotherapist in charge of the Sheba Institute for Movement Disorders

  • Dancing and drumming to the rhythm of the body

The workshop took place sitting and standing (dance). 
An experiential workshop where each participant received a drum and joined an active rhythm circle. With the help of the drum, as a therapeutic tool, we will build a common and continuous rhythm in which we will hear and feel the heartbeat and feel the touch of the palm on top of the stretched drum. Later, we will move to the professional drumming sounds of Omri Lapidot with an emphasis on speed changes and the intensification of spontaneous movement.
Facilitators: Omri Lapidot - drumming workshops, Roni Peled - Movement Therapist - MA Movement Disorders Unit, Tel Aviv Medical Center


  • The importance of touch

The workshop focused on the importance of touch for physical and mental health, from birth to old age. Touch has the potential to reduce anxiety and pain, improve sleep and calmness, and strengthen the immune system. 
The topic is also very relevant for you, women and men living with Parkinson's. The burden and challenges associated with the disease often create social-physical distance. The essential touch for your health has disappeared.|But - it is important to emphasize - that the right to touch and enjoy is also your right: contestants and their partners.
It is true that organization and patience, open communication and personal conversations are required, but the investment is worthwhile.
Facilitator: Gila Brunner, certified sexologist, senior consultant and mentor, sexual therapy clinic, Lis Hospital, Tel Aviv Medical Center

  • Rock Studio Boxing

The workshop was held sitting or standing, depending on the needs of the participant. 
Rock Study Boxing is an American training method that was developed in 2006 and is attended by over 40,000 people with Parkinson's around the world. In the workshop, we will learn basic boxing moves, work on balance, strength and coordination and all in a fun and joyful atmosphere!
Facilitators: Avitar Rothgoltz - fitness trainer, certified by the RSB World Organization for RSB training, Eileen Spark Greenberg - social worker and fitness trainer, certified by the RSB World Organization for RSB training.


  • Effective movement

The workshop will be held in wheelchairs, sitting and standing. 
Let's try the "effective movement" method - therapeutic dance in a variety of styles specially adapted for women and men in wheelchairs, those who are assisted and also for active contestants - together we will expand ranges of movement, improve coordination, balance the balance and lift the mood! 
Moderator: Orli Sela, one of the pioneers of dancing with Parkinson's people in Israel, who has been involved in the field in Israel and around the world for many years.

  • Dance with mitochondria

The workshop will take place in a combination of sitting, standing and lying down. 
Mitochondria are the power stations of our body cells, and in Parkinson's patients these stations work less well. Mitochondria are in constant motion, and this motion is essential for their normal activity. In the workshop we will practice improvisation together in movement while watching films showing the live movement of mitochondria under the microscope. Maybe in this way we will be able to improve the movement/activity of our energy producers? 
Facilitators: Michael Lebbe - an expert in movement improvisation, Prof. Eitan Gross - Weizmann Institute of Science - an expert in mitochondrial biology, a Parkinson's survivor and loves to dance

graduation ceremony - Plenary Hall A

13:30-14:00 Isato Beatbox show

An immersive vocal performance, with audience participation.

Isato is a vocal virtuoso, an international beatbox artist, who demonstrates in a show abilities that take the potential of the human voice to the limit. Beatbox is an art of creating the sounds of musical instruments using the human voice (drums, accordion, bass, electric guitar, trumpet and more). Together with the audience he will create sounds and rhythms that will jump the body and uplift the soul.

Isato is a main actor in the "Waka People" show, a network creator, and a partner in the Beatalk method (

The program of the dedicated conference for the health professions only

14:15 – 14:35 – lecture - Unique ethical aspects of treating people with Parkinson's. Lecturer: Dr. Noait Inbar
14:40 – 15:00 – lecture - Multidisciplinary palliative care in Parkinson's disease. Lecturer: Ariela Hillel
15:10 – 15:55 – Multidisciplinary panel - Presentation of cases: Dr. Meir Kestenbaum, Dr. Noait Inbar, Hagit Bar Zeev, Yotam Ben Shatz, Yael Abarbanal. Moderator: Ilanit Baum Cohen
16:00 – 16:45 – workshop - Dancing outside the box - movement, communication and awareness. Moderator: Roni Peled

The organizing committee

  • Prof. Sharon Hassin (Sheba Medical Center, Tel Aviv University)
  • Dr. Yael Menor (Tel Aviv Medical Center, Ono Academic College)
  • Mr. Eyal Levy (Parkinson Association in Israel)
  • Prof. Nir Giladi (Tel Aviv Medical Center, Tel Aviv University)
  • Prof. Keren Avraham (Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University)
  • Ms. Tzipi Sheesh (Parkinson Association in Israel)
  • Ms. Tzipi Goldberger (Parkinson Association in Israel)
  • Ms. Ronit Oscato Bloch (Parkinson Association in Israel)
  • Ms. Rinat Zaslavsky (Tel Aviv Medical Center)