World Parkinson's Disease Day is celebrated on the 11th of April of every year. This day commemorates the birthday of Dr. James Parkinson, whose famous 1817 work, An Essay on the Shaking Palsy, first described "paralysis agitans," a condition that would later be renamed Parkinson's disease by Jean-Martin Charcot. This day continues to raise awareness and support of those affected by Parkinson's disease, to enhance the public's awareness of the disease including its causes, symptoms, and treatments, and to recognize the scientific and medical research communities working to find a cure for this disease.
The Academy is pleased to share with you a collection of the upcoming scientific research conferences in 2013 on Parkinson's disease, as well as videos, eBriefings, and Annals volumes on Parkinson's disease research.
October 24, 2013
The Seventh Annual Parkinson's Disease Therapeutics conference, presented by The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research and the Academy, will highlight novel advances in basic and translational research that impact our understanding of Parkinson's disease and its treatment.
September 18–20, 2013
This conference shall explore innovative scientific, clinical, and organizational models for advancing the translation of neuroscience research into technology to improve diagnosis and treatment of neurological and psychiatric disease.
Researchers investigating Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and Huntington's diseases met at the Academy to discuss one such feature—the effect of metals in neurodegenerative diseases—and to highlight clinical achievements using metal-binding compounds to influence disease progression.
This volume focuses on the dopaminergic system from a developmental perspective, highlighting how dopaminergic neurons form, mature, and respond to genetic and environmental factors, and how they may be regenerated.
Neurological and psychiatric conditions need good biomarkers—simple, accessible indices of complex biological phenomena. Explore how researchers are identifying and validating brain-based biomarkers for the treatment of neurological disorders.
Michael J. Fox Applauds Academy Audience
Michael J. Fox, actor, advocate and founder of The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, thanked prominent Parkinson's researchers gathered at the Academy and encouraged them to continue their vital work towards a cure for Parkinson's.
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