Parkinson’s Queensland to Host International Consortium

It was a great start to 2017 to learn that Parkinson’s Queensland has been given the responsibility of hosting the 12th Annual Meeting of the Genetic Epidemiology of Parkinson’s Consortium (GEoPD) at the Pullman Cairns International Hotel from 12-14 October 2017.

Picture: The GEoPD scientific consortium delegates at the 2016 event in Luxembourg.
The GEoPD scientific consortium delegates at the 2016 event in Luxembourg.

GEoPD is a global consortium of researchers dedicated to promoting education, scientific research and translational development in Parkinson’s disease. The consortium has been operating since 2004, and has an active membership from more than 60 sites on six continents. The GEoPD is organized into five cores of Bioinformatics/Genomics; Biology; Communications; Epidemiology and Statistics; and Clinical.

Parkinson’s Queensland’s President and National Vice President, Professor George Mellick, was thrilled to make the announcement.

‘This is a wonderful opportunity for us here in Queensland to showcase how innovative and successful Australian Parkinson’s researchers are at a time when there will be some of the world’s leading PD scientists in attendance.  It is also a huge honour for our team at PQI to be empowered to deliver such an important event and a chance for the Parkinson’s community to learn from the best in the business’

Not to be ones to miss an opportunity to spread the word about Parkinson’s the PQI team will also be adding a full day Science to Conquer Parkinson’s Symposium which will enable delegates to engage with Australia’s leading GP’s, specialists, nurses, allied health professionals along with the leading pharmaceutical suppliers and scientists involved in GEoPD.

Professor Mellick added that there will be a special science oration presented during the Symposium. ‘GEoPD has announced the James Parkinson Bicentenary Oration, “Parkinson’s disease – personalised, precision medicine from 20 years of genetic insight”, which will be presented by Professor Matthew Farrer PhD, Professor, Department of Medical Genetics, Canada Excellence Research Chair, Dr Don Rix BC Leadership Chair in Genetic Medicine at the Brain Research Centre University of British Columbia, Canada. To have such an eminent scientist presenting in Australia is a great compliment to scientific researchers in our Country and PQI is proud to have the James Parkinson Bicentenary Oration at our event.’

The event will be held in picturesque, tropical Cairns.

There will be a host of other leading Parkinson’s scientists, researchers and health professionals attending including several from Australia.

But that’s not all; there will also be a half day program specifically for our Support Groups and Members including a luncheon with the President on the Saturday, 14 October. ‘It is important to involve our members and support groups in such events. They are the soul of our organisation and they don’t often get an opportunity to hear such leading scientists and health professionals. It is likely Members will travel from around the country to attend this amazing event. As we say when talking about Parkinson’s “we are all in this together”’.

Parkinson’s Queensland will be providing more information as the events draw closer, to receive updates about GEoPD from Parkinson’s Queensland, or to make an enquiry for more information, please fill out the form below:

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