On September 14, join neurology and movement disorder experts at MDS Virtual Congress 2020 for a media event to discuss global Parkinson's Disease awareness

London, September, 14 2020 — The World Federation of Neurology (WFN) and the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society (MDS) are hosting a joint media event at the MDS Virtual Congress 2020 to discuss the need for global awareness of Parkinson’s Disease. The press conference takes place on September 14, 2020, at 9 a.m. CT. It is free to attend and open to the media and conference attendees.

The impact of Parkinson's Disease extends through the whole body and reaches every corner of the world.

Although we cannot meet in person to dive further into Parkinson's Disease awareness because of COVID-19, the profound need to improve standards of care across the globe is still present, and this vital discussion with our partners from around the world will highlight that need.
Claudia Trenkwalder, MD, President of the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society

The press conference will highlight critical areas of need specific to Parkinson’s Disease advocacy and awareness, including disease prevalence, ways to improve the global standard of care and the research needed to unlock the cause, onset, progression and treatment of the disease across all ages. It will also include a live Q&A with leaders in the field of neurology from around the world. Registration is available at https://register.gotowebinar.com/#register/6132601280074665227 and is limited to the first 3,000 participants.

The discussion comes at the heels of World Brain Day, where the two organizations joined forces to raise awareness for Parkinson’s Disease.

During World Brain Day in July, MDS and WFN came together to create more awareness for Parkinson's Disease, and the whole world paid attention,

This press conference is the culmination of our efforts, bringing together experts from all over the world to discuss the vast impact of Parkinson's Disease and the seven million people of all ages worldwide that it affects.
WFN President Prof. William Carroll

The press conference features the following speakers:

  • Prof. Claudia Trenkwalder, President of the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society and Professor of Neurology and Movement Disorders at the University Medical Center, Göttingen, Paracelsus-Elena Hospital in Kassel, Germany
  • Prof. William Carroll, President, World Federation of Neurology and Professor in Neurology at the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Nedlands Australia
  • Prof. Tissa Wijeratne, Chair of World Brain Day, World Federation of Neurology and Professor in Neurology and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the Western Health Clinical School and University of Melbourne in Australia
  • Prof. Wolfgang Grisold, Secretary General of the World Federation of Neurology and Professor of Neurology at the  Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Experimental and Clinical Traumatology in Austria
  • Associate Prof. Victor Fung, Co-Chair, Publications and Communications Oversight Committee, MDS and Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology at the Sydney Medical School in Australia
  • Prof. Susan H. Fox, Chair-Elect, Pan American Section, MDS and Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of Toronto in Canada


When we all move together, we raise the voices of those impacted while uniting the world in a mission to end Parkinson's Disease,

We are grateful for this partnership with MDS and the opportunity to continue to share the message of World Brain Day during their congress..
Prof. Tissa Wijeratne, the World Brain Day chair

The MDS Virtual Congress 2020 features the latest research in Parkinson's Disease, related neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental disorders, hyperkinetic movement disorders and abnormalities in muscle tone and motor control. Online sessions include scientific presentations, sponsored symposia, virtual exhibits and poster presentations. The Congress is open to healthcare professionals across the globe and runs from September 11-16 with content available on-demand for free until October 1, 2020. Learn more at www.mdscongress.org.


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About the World Federation of Neurology

The World Federation of Neurology represents 122 member neurological societies around the globe whose mission is to foster quality neurology and brain health worldwide by promoting neurological education and training with an emphasis on underserved areas of the world. WFN supports the spread of accurate research and clinical information in pursuit of improvements in the field of neurology. The Federation unites the globe for brain health annually on July 22 for World Brain Day, with each year focused on a different area of brain health. Learn more about the World Federation of Neurology at https://wfneurology.org/.

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