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The WPC 2013 is no longer accepting abstracts.

Notification for late-breaking abstracts will go out on Monday, August 5, 2013.


 

The World Parkinson Congress 2013 welcomes the submission of original abstracts for presentation during the 3rd World Parkinson Congress (WPC 2013) in Montreal, Canada from October 1 to 4, 2013.

The WPC expects that all abstracts selected for poster display will be presented by the original author(s) and that no submitted abstracts will be withdrawn. 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.

"Hot Topics” Presentations
Twelve (12) scientific abstracts will be selected for "Hot Topics oral presentations at a special daily "Hot Topics session held each morning in the main plenary hall. The abstracts selected will feature newsworthy and cutting-edge information, research about Parkinson's disease and best care delivery. If you would like your abstract to be considered as a "Hot Topic, please check the appropriate box on the online submission form. The person who submits the abstract will be the person invited to present the oral talk.

Poster Tours
A select number of posters in both categories will be invited to be part of the poster tours to take place on the evenings of Wednesday, October 2 and Thursday, October 3. The abstracts selected will feature newsworthy and cutting-edge information about Parkinson’s disease. If you would like your abstract to be considered for a "Poster Tour”, please check the appropriate box on the online submission form. The person who submits the abstract will be the person invited to present during the poster tour.

 

SUBMISSION CATEGORIES

Scientific Abstracts
Scientific abstracts will be accepted in 38 different topics of basic and clinical science as well as clinical therapeutics and comprehensive care. (See all 38 categories below).

Living with Parkinson's Abstracts
Living with Parkinson’s abstracts will be accepted in five different topics. Living with Parkinson's abstracts should highlight and share details of programs and projects being designed and implemented that help people with Parkinson’s disease and caregivers to take charge of their situation and bring about change on a local, regional, or national level. These can be projects done by individuals, groups, or organizations. (See all five categories below).
NOTE: Personal stories will not be accepted as abstracts. Personal stories are recommended as submissions for the WPC 2013 Video Competition.

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. Please note: Abstracts that have been published previously cannot be accepted with the exception of abstracts submitted to the PSG Annual Meeting that will come out in the Movement Disorders Journal.

Eligibility
Scientific abstracts are open to everyone involved in research related to the field of Parkinson's disease. Living with Parkinson's abstracts are open to everyone involved in education and advocacy related to the field of Parkinson's.

Original Submissions
All abstract submissions must be original research. Previously published papers may not be submitted for consideration. By submitting your abstract, you affirm that your abstract is your own, either individually, or of the group. Should the software detect plagiarism, the abstract will be rejected.

Submission Fee
There is no fee for submitting an abstract.

Language
Abstracts must be submitted and presented in English.

Review Process
The WPC committee members will review all abstracts in April and May 2013. Authors are required to:

Step 1: Choose a topics under ONE of the three scientific categories (basic science, clinical science, care delivery & quality of life) OR in the living with Parkinson's category

The 38 topics for scientific poster abstracts are:

Basic Science

Clinical Sciences

Care Delivery & Quality of Life

1. Etiology, genetics, epidemiology, and toxicants

1. Symptoms, signs, features, & non-motor manifestations

1. Caregiving, relationships, respite care, families

2. Cell death, neuroprotection and trophic factors

2. Progression & Prognosis

2. Fitness, wellness, nutrition

3. Protein misfolding and handling

3. Behavioral Disorders

3. Alternative & complementary therapies / Creativity

4. Mitochondria, oxid. stress, inflammation, pathogen

4. Cognition/ Mood/ Memory

4. Lay/ Professional health literacy & Public thought

5. Pathology

5. Sleep Disorders/ Fatigue

5. Disability and quality of life outcome measures

6. Animal and cellular models of Parkinsonisms

6. Diagnosis (differential, accuracy)

6. Shared decision-making:  PwP - caregiver - doctor

7. Brain physiology and circuitry

7. Co-morbidities

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

8. Dopamine, receptors and other neurotransmitters

8. Biomarkers and neuroimaging

8. Health accessibility / Underserved populations

9. Neuropharmacology

9. Pharmacology therapy

9. Sexuality & Intimacy

10. Electrophysiology & functional imaging, optogenetics

10. Surgical therapy, including cell and gene therapy

10. Daily life activities including working & driving

11. Prevention, neuroprotection neuroplasticity

11. Rehabilitation sciences (PT, OT, SLP)

11. Self-management, empowerment, coping strategies

 

12. Complications of therapies

12. Pharmacist, social worker & nonprofit team members


13. Clinical trials: design, outcomes, recruiting, etc.

14. Rating Scales

15. E-health and technology


The five topics for the Living with Parkinson's poster abstracts are:

Public Education or Awareness Programs

 

For example, posters might showcase activities to raise the profile of Parkinson's in your local community or to draw public attention to various aspects of Parkinson's disease, such as stigma of having Parkinson’s, having young onset Parkinson’s or Joint programs/initiatives between PD-related and community organization to build capacity.
 

Government Advocacy/Campaigns/ Public Policy

For example, posters might highlight campaigns to increase public funding for Parkinson's research or to reduce the cost of access to medication.

Living Well with PD

Posters could relate to different aspects of living well – physical, mental, spiritual and emotional. For example, posters might emphasize the benefits of exercise or dance for people living with Parkinson's or the importance of diet and nutrition.

Advancing research: fundraising, trials, campaigns

For example, campaigns to achieve more involvement in research for people with Parkinson’s or activities linked to specific potential of medications that engage and involve PwPs.

Other

If it doesn't fit above, please submit under ‘Other'

 

The Review Committee will be directed to reject abstracts for the following reasons:
-Plagiarism
-Marketing
-Subject unrelated to Parkinson's
-Does not meet basic requirements

WPC only accepts original work. By submitting your abstract, you affirm that your abstract is your own, either individually or of the group. Should plagiarism be detected by the software, the abstract will be rejected.

Publication
All abstracts accepted will be published in an online scientific journal supplement via 'Journal of Parkinson's Disease' published by IOS Press and will be included in the Abstract CD given out to delegates onsite. Please note: Abstracts that have been published previously cannot be accepted with the exception of abstracts submitted to the PSG Annual Meeting that will come out in the Movement Disorders Journal.

Abstract Presentation
All abstracts will be considered for poster presentation during designated times of the WPC 2013. Designated poster sessions allow the review of a poster illustration of your abstract.

Each abstract selected for "Hot Topics” will be presented both as a poster during the normally scheduled poster sessions and as an oral presentation in one of the plenary sessions. Abstracts chosen for Poster Tours will be presented both in one of the daily poster sessions as well as one of the special evening time slots on either Wednesday, October 2 or Thursday, October 3.

Internet Submission
The WPC is no longer accepting abstracts.

Note: The person submitting the abstract must also be the presenting author.

Abstract Length, Tables and Figures
Abstracts should be no longer than  300 words and use regular Times New Roman, Font size 12. You will be responsible for ensuring it does not surpass the 300 word limit. If it does, you will be asked to resubmit. Tables and figures, in black and white, may be included within the abstract. Authors must follow the official WPC 2013 abstract template, including font sizes, styles, formatting and page layout shown in the template.

(Click here for abstract template.)

 

Poster Dimensions
In Montreal, each poster board will be double-sided with two posters on each side. The board is 8 feet long and 4 feet high, so dimensions for each poster should be a maximum of 45‘’ wide x 45’’ high.

 

QR Codes (Quick Response Codes)

QR codes are two-dimensional matrix barcodes that can be encoded with information. The code must be scanned with an iPhone, Android or other camera-enabled Smartphone using a QR code reader application. You can link the code to digital content on the web. We will accept these codes on printed posters if you want to direct people to more information on your abstract's data.

 


Abstract Template

 

Title (enter title in sentence case, with a capital letter on the first word and any proper nouns only, using bold, Times New Roman text, 12 point)

 

Author Name1, Author Name2 (enter all author names (First Name Last Name) on the same line, in italics, Time New Roman text, 12 point, separated by comma)


1Affiliation (enter author affiliation here, in regular, Times New Roman text, 12 point)

2Affiliation (enter author affiliation here, in regular, Times New Roman text, 12 point)

 

NOTES: Abstract (enter abstract in regular, Times New Roman text, 12 point, single lines).
Abstract length should not be longer than 300 words.
When appropriate, please use the Objective, Methods, Results subtitles. Omit these when not appropriate.
Keep paragraphs together. Do not separate with blank lines.

If reference are included, show after results, with title References (in bold).

(Click here for abstract template.) 

 


 

Submission
Abstract submission is now closed.


Important Dates

 Call for Abstracts opens December 3, 2012
 Deadline for abstract submission April 22, 2013 @ 11:59PM EDT (USA)
 Abstracts reviewed April - May 2013
 Deadline for travel grant applications April 18, 2013
 Notice of acceptance sent June 3, 2013
 Deadline for accepted presenters to register June 14, 2013
Abstract presentation schedule confirmedJuly 31, 2013
 Congress opens October 1, 2013