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PD Lay and Professional Groups Plan 2006 World Congress

Eli Pollard
Program Manager, World Parkinson Congress

The Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) and other lay and professional groups are proud to announce the launch of the World Parkinson Congress (WPC), to be held in Washington, DC, February 22-26, 2006.

The WPC, a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to providing an international forum for the best scientific discoveries, medical practices and caregiver initiatives related to Parkinson's disease. The WPC will bring together physicians, scientists, allied health professionals, caregivers and people with Parkinson's disease to create a worldwide dialogue, to advance re-search and to identify and disseminate better treatment practices for Parkinson's. This sharing of ideas will help expedite the discovery of a cure and better treatment practices for Parkinson's.

Unprecedented in scale and diversity, the Congress will offer a thematically oriented program through plenary sessions, symposia and workshops devoted to diagnosis, trends in treatment and future research on Parkinson's.

In the true spirit of global collaboration, the WPC will also address national and international approaches to curing Parkinson's - including government, professional societies and voluntary associations representing patients and families - that can help build a worldwide effort to better understand, combat and ultimately conquer Parkinson's disease.

The WPC is led by Stanley Fahn, M.D., H. Houston Merritt Professor of Neurology at Columbia University, who serves also as PDF's Scientific Director. Various committees are handling specialized areas such as care delivery and quality-of-life issues, patient voluntary organization involvement and support from professional associations.

At the time of this publication, financial support for the event had been pledged from PDF as well as the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research and the National Parkinson Foundation.

"Supporting this first-ever World Parkinson Congress is in line with all of the major pieces of our mission: educating people about the disease, advocating for patients and families and helping create awareness to increase funding for research," said Robin Elliott, Executive Director of PDF. "We are proud to be a part of it."

For more information on the WPC, please visit, call (800) 457-6676 or email