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The World Parkinson Coalition® welcomes the submission of original Scientific or Living with Parkinson’s Abstracts for poster display during the 4th World Parkinson Congress (WPC 2016) in Portland, Oregon from September 20 to 23, 2016. All abstracts selected for poster display must be presented by the original author(s) at the WPC 2016. Any withdrawn abstracts will be removed from the journal supplement and CD. Please do not submit an abstract if you are not prepared to travel to the Congress to present your research. Congress registration is required to present.



Basic Science

Clinical Science

Comprehensive Care

Living with PD

Etiology, genetics, epidemiology, and toxicants

Symptoms, signs, features & non-motor manifestations

Caregiving, relationships, respite care, families

Public Education or Awareness Programs

Cell death, neuro-protection & trophic factors

Progression & Prognosis

Fitness, wellness, nutrition

Government, Advocacy, Campaigns, Public Policy

Protein misfolding and handling

Behavioral Disorders

Creativity & Alternative or complementary therapies

Living Well with PD

Mitochondria, oxid. stress, inflammation, pathogen

Cognition/ Mood/ Memory

Lay/professional health literacy & Public thought

Advancing research via fundraising, trials, educational campaigns


Sleep Disorders/ Fatigue

Disability and quality of life outcome measures


Animal & cellular models of Parkinson's disease & Parkinsonisms

Diagnosis (differential, accuracy)

Shared decision-making: PwP - caregiver - doctor


Brain physiology and circuitry


Palliative Care / End of Life Care/ Long-term care


Dopamine, receptors and other neurotransmitters

Biomarkers and neuroimaging

Health accessibility / Underserved populations



Pharmacological therapy

Sexuality & Intimacy


Electrophysiology & functional imaging, optogenetics

Surgical therapy, including cell and gene therapy

Daily life activities including working & driving


Prevention, neuroprotection neuroplasticity

Rehabilitation sciences (PT, OT, SLP)

Self-management, empowerment, coping strategies



Complications of therapies

Pharmacy and/or social work



Clinical trials: design, outcomes, recruiting etc.

Caregiving, relationships, respite care, families



Rating Scales

Fitness, wellness, nutrition



E-health and technology



Original Submissions
All submissions must be original research. Previously published papers may not be submitted. By submitting an abstract, you affirm that it is your own work either individually, or of the group.

Abstracts Presented at Other Meetings
Abstracts that have been presented at other meetings may be submitted if they have not been published and if the meeting name and date are cited accordingly.

Scientific abstracts are open to those involved in research related to the field of Parkinson’s. Living with Parkinson’s abstracts are open to those involved in education and advocacy related to Parkinson’s.

Submission fee

There is no submission fee to submit an abstract.


Abstracts must be submitted and presented in English.

Instructions for Submission of Abstracts
Submit abstracts via the official online WPC 2016 abstract site. Late breaking abstracts must be received by 11:59PM EST (US) on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 11:59PM EST. The person submitting the abstract must be the presenting author.

Review of late-breaking abstracts will take place in July 2016. 

The reviewers will be directed to reject abstracts for the following reasons:
-Subject unrelated to Parkinson’s
-Does not meet basic requirements

Should the software detect plagiarism, the abstract will be rejected.   

Hot Topics Presentations
Twelve scientific abstracts will be selected for “Hot Topics” which means an invitation to orally present your work one morning in the large plenary hall before the morning plenary starts. This is an amazing opportunity to present to up to 1,000 people, including many of the leaders in the field. If you’d like your abstract to be considered for this, you will need to check the appropriate box on the online submission form. The person who submits, will be invited to present.

Stanley Fahn Young Investigator Award
Named after WPC founder and world renowned Parkinsonologist, this NEW Award will be given to ONE outstanding abstract submitter whose work is deemed cutting edge, novel, and shows great promise.  The selected person will be invited to be part of the group of Hot Topics presenters to present his/her work and will receive a full ride scholarship with all expenses paid to participate in the WPC 2016.

 Generously supported by the Parkinson Canada.

Poster Tours
A limited number of abstracts will be invited to be part of a Poster Tour on either Wednesday or Thursday evening during the Congress. These are in addition to the period over lunch when authors are expected to host their poster. If you would like your abstract to be considered for a poster tour, you will have the chance to indicate this during the submission process.  The person who submits the abstract will be the one invited to present during the poster tour.

Notifications and Abstracts Questions
Late breaking abstract authors will be notified via e-mail of abstract acceptance by Monday, August 1, 2016. If you have not received notification by this date or if you have questions regarding the submission process, please contact:

WPC 2016 – Abstract coordinator
Tel: +514.287.9898, ext. 335

All late-breaking abstracts accepted for presentation will be published in an online scientific journal supplement and on a USB stick to be disseminated at the Congress. Registration for those with accepted late-breaking abstracts must be completed by Friday, August 5, 2016 for publication.

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