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Washington Resident At World Parkinson Congress in Montreal

Washington resident and Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) Research Advocate, Steve DeWitte is in Montreal, Canada this week to speak to the international Parkinson's community about the role of patients in research. He joins 3,500 world-renowned scientists, doctors, people with Parkinson's, care partners and allied health professionals from 44 countries attending the 3rd World Parkinson Congress (WPC).

Mr. DeWitte, a local business executive, has been active in the Parkinson's cause since his diagnosis in 2005 at the age of 48. As part of PDF's network of Research Advocates, he partners with scientists working at the frontlines to find new treatments for Parkinson's disease. He also helps people living with Parkinson's participate in research studies out-of-state that may interest them by providing transportation from Connecticut.

Now, he is representing PDF at the 3rd World Parkinson Congress and co-leading a workshop entitled, "How Researchers and People with Parkinson's Can Advance Clinical Trials Together."

"I am thrilled to be a part of this international experience and to see the global effort being dedicated to finding a cure for this disease," says Mr. DeWitte. "At the World Parkinson Congress, I will advocate for the inclusion of people with Parkinson's as members of the research team and educate others on how they can help bring about better treatments at a faster pace."

"At PDF, our philosophy is to empower stakeholders, the people who live with Parkinson's, to play a role in advancing research," said PDF President Robin Anthony Elliott. "Mr. DeWitte's leadership at the 3rd World Parkinson Congress and in his community is a driving force in our mission to find better treatments and a cure for Parkinson's as soon as possible."

To learn more about Mr. DeWitte's efforts with the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, call (800) 457-6676, or visit info@pdf.org or www.pdf.org. For more information on PDF's work at the World Parkinson Congress and how people touched by Parkinson's can share their research priorities, visit www.pdf.org/worldparkinsoncongress.

Parkinson's disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects nearly one million people in the US. Although promising research is being conducted, there is currently no cure for Parkinson's. The Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) is a leading national presence in Parkinson's disease research, education and public advocacy. They are working for the nearly one million people in the US who live with Parkinson's disease by funding promising scientific research while supporting people living with Parkinson's disease through educational programs and services. Since its founding in 1957, PDF has dedicated $100 million to fund the work of leading scientists throughout the world and $42 million to support education and advocacy programs. PDF helped lay the groundwork for the World Parkinson Coalition in 2004 and is now a WPC 2013 Silver Sponsor. The WPC 2013 has 166 partner Parkinson's organizations from 44 countries.

Source Date: Oct 05 2013
Source Publication: Hartford Courant
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