The third World Parkinson Congress takes place in Montreal, Canada for the first time ever from October 1 – 4. Presentations from scientists and researchers on Parkinson’s disease will touch on everything from recent lab discoveries to workshops on quality of life and comfort, with some being offered in French and English.
Parkinson Society Canada is honoured to take the baton from Parkinson’s UK, the previous WPC host, and welcome more than 100 World Parkinson Coalition organizations from around the world.
Day 1’s theme is ‘Why and how specific neurons die in Parkinson’s disease and what can be done about it?’ and kicks off with a plenary session in both languages with additional presentations occurring throughout the day. Researchers from four countries will be providing four lectures over the session. Attendees will learn:
- About new mechanisms of neurodegeneration of Parkinson’s disease
- To understand the multifaceted nature of the neurodegenerative process in Parkinson’s disease
- To acquire knowledge as to how basic science may help in treatment for Parkinson’s disease
The theme for day 2 covers ‘Non-motor manifestations of Parkinson’s disease’. Various poster presentations will occur throughout the day such as the Tricks of the Trade Workshop where clever strategies to improve mobility will be shared. Attendees will learn to:
- Explore clever strategies to overcome challenges to daily mobility (suggestions from professional and PWPs)
- Demonstrate the integration of strategies to improve mobility into daily life (videos, live demonstrations)
- Discuss potential mechanisms underlying strategy effectiveness.
The final day of WPC wraps up the conference with discussions on ‘New views on the management of Parkinson’s disease’. One of the theme-related presentations on day 3 will cover Neurobiology and treatment of dyskinesias as a Parallel Session. Researchers from four countries collaborated to pull together the session and hope that the talks will increase knowledge and understanding surrounding movement disorders.
WPC has multiple informative sessions and seminars daily for people with Parkinson’s disease, researchers and policy makers from around the globe. Visit the WPC website for a complete rundown of the World Parkinson Congress program and schedule.
Editor’s Note: We advise that you have the WPC program on hand for the registration process, and don’t forget to check out the Parkinson’s Buddies Program to enhance your WPC experience even further.