World Parkinson Congress: “Nothing else like it anywhere”


Author: Parkinson's Life editor'sPublished: 18 August 2016

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Portland Countdown Eli Pollard

More than 3,500 people from 65 countries will attend the 4th World Parkinson Congress (WPC) next month in Portland, Oregon. They will learn about the latest cutting-edge science, clinical research and comprehensive care from some of the most renowned health professionals, researchers, and advocates who are living with Parkinson’s.

Each month for the past 15 months, the Portland Countdown podcasts have tackled a whole range of issues affecting people with Parkinson’s disease – as well as counted down the months until the World Parkinson Congress (WPC).

Now, with just one month to go until the Congress, regular hosts Dave Iverson and Jon Palfreman preview the main event in the the final podcast of the monthly series. This is essential listening for those who haven’t attended the Congress before, as special guests Elizabeth ‘Eli’ Pollard (pictured left), executive director of the WPC, and Dr Serge Przedborski, WPC president and co-chair of the Portland Congress, reveal what makes the event so unique.

“The WPC is the only international space where everyone in Parkinson’s community is invited to have a seat at the table,” says Pollard. “From the very beginning, our organisation has believed that people with Parkinson’s have a role to play in advancing our understanding the disease, and are experts in their own right.

“There’s nothing quite like it anywhere.”

The aim of the Portland Countdown series is to give listeners new perspectives on the latest advances in Parkinson’s research and treatment.

The shows, developed by the World Parkinson Coalition, are aired online on the first Tuesday of every month from June 2015 to September 2016 – when the 4th World Parkinson Congress takes place in Portland, Oregon, US. The podcasts are free and available for download.

Listen back to the full schedule of previous podcasts here

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