WPC 2013 Opening Ceremony; PDF Research Advocate, Ben Yip (top); the Parkinson's Quilt; PDF People with Parkinson's Advisory Council Member Fred Woodlief, D.D.S., and his poster (bottom) at the WPC 2013.
Go Global at World Parkinson Congress
The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) team traveled to Montreal, Canada, for the 3rd World Parkinson Congress (WPC) in October 2013 to share the latest information with 3,300 people with Parkinson’s, care partners, scientists and health professionals.
At PDF’s booth, the team not only shared educational resources and answered questions, but asked people with Parkinson’s to submit their research priorities. At the WPC 2013, PDF launched the Community Choice Research Award, the first of its kind in the PD community. More than 300 people submitted their research questions about Parkinson's. In 2014, one will be chosen and PDF will fund scientists to answer it.
Joining staff and PDF-funded researchers at the WPC, were more than 50 PDF Research Advocates and Members of PDF’s People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council. Alongside leading scientists, they presented sessions and posters on topics ranging from clinical research barriers to the positive power of singing. They reported on their WPC experiences at www.pdf.org/blog. The PDF team was also well represented in the WPC’s various educational sessions, which included a special lecture by PDF President, Robin Elliott.
Among the other ways that PDF interacted with the global PD community was in the WPC’s Creativity Theater. The Parkinson’s Quilt, created by 600 people living with Parkinson's from around the world, served as an inspiring display.
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.