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The following welcome letter is part of the Provisional Program for the third World Parkinson Congress. I am proud to say that as one of the Co-Chairs of the Program Committee, the voice of the patient-advocate was of utmost importance as part of the overall program. The other three gentlemen listed on this letter are truly patient-centered in their quest to help make Parkinson’s Disease a thing of the past. My heart-felt thanks to them!

To view the Provisional Program and Call for Abstracts: http://www.worldpdcongress.org/

Dear colleagues and prospective attendees:

On behalf of the WPC 2013 Program Committee, we would like to extend an

invitation to you to attend this upcoming 3rd World Parkinson Congress,

and to submit an abstract for the Congress, and be part of the WPC Legacy.

The program represents the outstanding and collaborative effort of the program

committee, which attempted to balance the interests and wishes of many

individuals and groups interested in Parkinson’s disease. The program committee

includes 51 individuals representing the international community and all

aspects of Parkinson’s disease including a wide range of health professionals,

neuroscientists, and individuals living with Parkinson’s disease. These dedicated

volunteers, who designed the program, were invited to participate in this

effort because of their great knowledge of basic science, clinical science, and

comprehensive care of Parkinson’s as well as advocacy and policy issues that

matter most to people living with the disease.

The collective efforts of the program committee and other WPC committees took

place over nearly one year and helped formulate and shape the program you

hold in your hands today. In the end, an international program was put together

that highlights the very best in Parkinson’s disease. It is truly an outstanding

program and we thank those who helped to craft it.

You will not want to miss this meeting if you are conducting basic or clinical

research in Parkinson’s disease, or if you are living with Parkinson’s. Starting with

the pre-congress courses on October 1, 2013 all the way through the three main

days of the program, there are different educational opportunities, including hot

topics, poster tours, large plenary sessions, smaller workshops and even our new

intimate round table sessions, which are sure to fill up quickly.

The program is designed in a way that will profile and highlight the latest and

hottest issues in Parkinson’s today. There will be sessions for everyone. Sessions

will be broken down into high-level science, moderate science, and introductory

science. We encourage anyone studying Parkinson’s or living with the disease

to meet us in Montreal.

Join us, and be updated on the most important aspects of Parkinson’s care and

research in the most unique forum offered today, which brings together the entire

Parkinson’s community.

We hope to see you in Montreal in 2013.

Kindest regards,

Serge Przedborski, M.D., Ph.D.

Oscar Gershanik, M.D.

Bastiaan Bloem, M.D., Ph.D.

Israel Robledo

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