World Parkinson Coalition® Announces Eight Science Ambassadors

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WPC brings in science ambassadors to increase outreach to researchers

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I am thrilled to help encourage more scientists to come together under one roof at the 6th World Parkinson Congress to learn, connect, and collaborate

The World Parkinson Coalition (WPC) announced the appointment of eight new Science Ambassadors for the 6th World Parkinson Congress. They will act as Ambassadors for the WPC in the two years leading up to the World Parkinson Congress in June 2022 in Barcelona, Spain.

These eight Science Ambassadors represent six countries and have nearly 100 years of combined research experience working to advance our understand of Parkinson’s. They not only spend their time as professionals working to unlock the mysteries of Parkinson’s with outstanding research, they are connected to the global Parkinson’s community and support and understand the value of basic scientists interacting and learning directly from people who live with Parkinson’s.

The WPC Science Ambassadors will be promoting the most unique international conference in the Parkinson’s space. Every three years the WPC brings together basic scientists, neurologists, general physicians, nurses, rehab specialists (PT, OT, SLP), and a wide range of other clinicians (social workers, dieticians etc.), as well as people with Parkinson’s (PwP) and their caregivers. Our mission is to bring the full Parkinson’s community together to better understand each other and advance both the clinical and research goals of discovering new treatments—their purpose, impact and usage.

“We are thrilled with our newest group of Science Ambassadors,” said WPC Executive Director, Elizabeth Pollard. “Their combined years of researching PD and experience engaging in their communities gives them incredible insight to how to speak to other scientists about the importance of engaging with others outside of their ‘science bubble,’ particularly when it comes to meeting and hearing directly from people living with Parkinson’s. The World Parkinson Congress experience can leave a profound mark on any scientist.”

Ariadna Laguna, PhD (Spain)
Ignacio Mata, PhD (USA)
Mattia Volta, PhD (Italy)
Richard Gordon, PhD (Australia)
Xi Chen, PhD (USA)
Judith Bek, PhD (UK)
Marie Fuzzati, PhD (France)
Dayne Beccano-Kelly, PhD (UK)

“Being selected as a Science Ambassador is both exciting and a real honor,” said researcher Mattia Volta of Italy and recipient of the Stanley Fahn Young Investigator award presented at WPC 2019 in Kyoto, “I look forward to filling this role driving up participation by basic scientists at this unique and impactful Congress. Many scientists toil away trying to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease but often miss the chance to hear directly from people living with the disease they are trying to cure. This interaction can change a scientist’s focus and increase their passion for their work. I am thrilled to help encourage more scientists to come together under one roof at the 6th World Parkinson Congress to learn, connect, and collaborate.”

A complete list of WPC Science Ambassadors and their bios is available at

About the World Parkinson Coalition® and WPC 2022
The World Parkinson Coalition Inc. provides an international forum for learning about the latest scientific discoveries, medical practices, caregiver initiatives and advocacy work related to Parkinson's disease. The triennial World Parkinson Congresses provide a space for the global Parkinson’s community of researchers, clinicians, health care professionals, people with Parkinson’s and their care partners to meet in person, network, and discuss advances in Parkinson’s research, improve understanding and promote advocacy worldwide, while influencing future research and care options. The WPC 2022 will attract more than 4,500 delegates. Learn more at:

About Parkinson’s Disease
Affecting nearly one million Americans and 10 million people worldwide, Parkinson’s disease is the second-most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s. There is no cure for Parkinson’s and 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in the United States alone.

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