Little Big Things™ – A Parkinson’s Innovation Event

Little Big Things Austin

On Saturday, October 19th, we’re hosting Little Big Things™, a Parkinson’s innovation event in downtown Austin, TX. We’d love for you to join us as we examine the little innovations that can inspire big change in how you live with Parkinson’s.

What is Little Big Things™?

Little Big Things™ is an event that recognizes new ideas, no matter how big or small, that can help people with Parkinson’s live better today. These days, innovations can come from anywhere; from research labs at major universities to your very own kitchen table. And during this event, you’ll get to see and hear about how many of those ideas come to life.

Who Should Attend?

People with Parkinson’s, care partners, friends, family members and those who work with people living with Parkinson’s are invited to attend; the event is free to all. Meet with product inventors, healthcare professionals and staff from the Davis Phinney Foundation and Sunovion Pharmaceuticals.

Register for the In-Person Event

If you’d like to join us in Austin, please pre-register as seating is very limited. While many of The Victory Summit® events we host can accommodate 600+ people, we’re capping this event at 250 so those in attendance have the chance to easily walk around, interact with the innovations and chat with the inventors and speakers in attendance.

Register to Watch Online

Sign up today to view this event online via live broadcast on October 19th at 2:30 PM CST.

What to Expect

Live Event – Austin

Doors to the Coppertank Events Center in downtown Austin open at 1:30 pm and the program begins at 2:45 pm. We’ll have free valet parking, seating for all registered attendees and light refreshments. Movement breaks will be led throughout the day. Everyone will have time to browse the intimate exhibit hall before and after our featured presentations. The program concludes at 5:30 pm.

Renowned jazz musicians Jan and Bill Grimes will play throughout the program.

Online Viewing

Our online broadcast begins at 2:30 pm CST (12:30 PST, 1:30 MST, 3:30 EST) and will feature all speakers. At the conclusion of the presentations, we’ll take you for an exclusive tour of the exhibit hall and talk with company representatives.

Who Are the Speakers?

Little Big Things will feature an inspiring lineup of speakers who are developing products, practices, technology and systems that will shape the future of living well with Parkinson’s.

John Dean - Davis Phinney FoundationJohn Dean, CCC-SLP

John Dean is a speech-language pathologist specializing in the treatment of Parkinson’s and related disorders. He serves on the faculty of the Allied Team Training Program (ATTP) and is active within the International Parkinson’s Movement Disorder Society as well as with a number of national and regional nonprofits including the National Parkinson Foundation, Parkinson’s Disease Foundation and the Parkinson Association of the Rockies, among others. He is also a member of the Science Advisory Board for the Davis Phinney Foundation.


Ray Dorsey - Davis Phinney FoundationRay Dorsey, MD

Dr. Ray Dorsey is a Professor of Neurology and Director of the Center for Health + Technology at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Dr. Dorsey is helping investigate new treatments for movement disorders and improve the way care is delivered for individuals with Parkinson’s and other neurological disorders. Using web-based video conferencing, he and his colleagues are seeking to provide care to individuals with Parkinson’s and neurological diseases anywhere that they live.


Tim Hague - Davis Phinney FoundationTim Hague, RN

Tim is a retired nurse of 20+ years who devotes his time to professional speaking, writing and running his Parkinson’s wellness centre, U-Turn Parkinson’s. He is the author of the bestselling book Perseverance: The Seven Skills You Need to Survive, Thrive and Accomplish More Than You Ever Imagined. He has spoken for Tedx and is a sought after speaker for his motivational and inspiring topics, Live Your Best, The Practice of Wellness and The Power of Perseverance. After having been diagnosed with Parkinson’s at the age of 46, Tim and his son entered and won the first season of the reality television series The Amazing Race Canada. 


Christina Soriano - Davis Phinney FoundationChristina Soriano

Christina Tsoules Soriano is the Associate Provost for the Arts and Interdisciplinary Initiatives at Wake Forest University and an Associate Professor of dance. She teaches improvisation, dance composition, modern dance technique and a course she co-teaches with chemistry colleague Rebecca Alexander entitled Movement and the Molecular. Christina also teaches dance to people with Parkinson’s and their care partners and has been involved in multiple scientific studies that look at the ways improvisational dance can help people living with neurodegenerative disease.


Christina Hugenschmidt - Davis Phinney FoundationChristina Hugenschmidt, PhD

Christina Hugenschmidt is an Assistant Professor of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine at Wake Forest School of Medicine in the Sticht Center on Healthy Aging and Alzheimer’s Prevention. Christina investigates how age-related changes in movement and metabolism interact with the brain and cognition, and the potential of lifestyle interventions to support healthy brain and body function. In addition to her research, she has co-facilitated care partner support groups and art-based enrichment groups.


Maura Horton - Davis Phinney FoundationMaura Horton, CEO

Maura Horton’s husband, Don, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s when he was 48. As a college football coach who traveled often, he needed clothes he could get in and out of without assistance. To solve the challenge, Maura, a former children’s clothing designer, started experimenting with different magnets and fabrics and eventually found the just-right fit. Today, her clothing company MagnaReady® is a brand dedicated to making dressing simpler for able-bodied people and those facing mobility challenges.


Little Big Things™ Exhibition Hall

Little Big Things™ will feature products and technologies developed to improve the quality of life for people living with Parkinson’s. You will be able to speak with founders and representatives and see the latest products from the following companies:

  • AbiliLife
  • Bicycle Sport Shop
  • Global Kinetics
  • Magna Ready
  • Naboso Technology
  • DeOro Devices
  • SpeechVive
  • Tango Belt
  • Triad Health AI
  • Urban Poling
  • Zibrio

Register today!

Join us in person by registering here.

Watch the Livestream from the comfort of your own home by registering here.


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