“WPC webcasts, and the Congress, enable researchers to engage and discuss findings with other scientists, caregivers and people with Parkinson’s.”
NEW YORK, Sept. 22, 2015 (PRWEB) September 22, 2015
The World Parkinson Coalition® (WPC) announced today that it is hosting the WPC Scientific Update 2015, a free, six-part webcast, with twice daily, live, interactive online panels, over three-days, from October 6 to 8, 2015. Scientists from around the world will present their latest advances in Parkinson’s disease (PD) research, furthering the dialogue on this disease among physicians, scientists, allied health professionals, as well as care partners and people with Parkinson's. Open to the public, all who are interested in learning more and registering for this event, can visit [http://www.worldpdcoalition.org/webcast2015
“We have built an international community of medical professionals and families who are committed to advancing Parkinson’s research and understanding together,” states WPC Executive Director, Elizabeth Pollard. “To keep everyone current on the latest news, we supplement our Congress, which is held every three years, with webcast updates, enabling us to bring the Parkinson’s community together more often.”
WPC Scientific Update 2015 participants will be able to engage with panelists on topics such as:
- New therapeutic strategies for Parkinson’s including pharmacology and bioengineering instruments;
- Emerging targets aimed at alleviating PD symptoms unresponsive to dopaminergic treatment;
- Neuro-physical, clinical and rehabilitation impacts of exercise on Parkinson’s;
- Cognitive challenges for people with PD at different stages; and
- The impact of gene and stem cell therapy on PD
WPC, a charitable organization dedicated to providing an international forum for the latest scientific discoveries, medical practices and caregiver initiatives related to Parkinson's disease, also hosts every three years its World Parkinson Congress. The fourth World Parkinson Congress is scheduled for September 20 to 23, 2016 in Portland, Ore.; more than 3,600 people from 65 countries are expected to attend.
“WPC webcasts, and the Congress, enable researchers to engage and discuss findings with other scientists, caregivers and people with Parkinson’s,” Pollard continues. “Through collaboration, our hope is to speed up the time it takes for new discoveries in treatment, best practices, and in finding a cure.”
About Parkinson's Disease
Parkinson's disease is a chronic and progressive movement disorder, affecting about seven to 10 million people worldwide. It is characterized by four primary symptoms: tremors in the hands, arms, legs, jaw, and face; muscular rigidity or stiffness; slowness of movement; and impaired balance and coordination. In the U.S., the disease impacts nearly a million people – more than the number of people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, and ALS disease combined. There is currently no cure for Parkinson’s disease, but treatment options in the form of medications and surgery can help with some symptoms. Researchers and scientists are working to learn more about the disease and its possible causes, including genetic and environmental factors.
About World Parkinson Coalition®
The World Parkinson Coalition Inc. is a New York-based charitable organization dedicated to providing an international forum for the latest scientific discoveries, medical practices and caregiver initiatives related to Parkinson's disease. By bringing physicians, scientists, allied health professionals, care partners and people with Parkinson's together, we hope to create a worldwide dialogue to expedite the discovery of a cure and best treatment practices for this devastating disease. For more information, visit: http://www.worldpdcoalition.org and for the Congress, http://www.wpc2016.org.