A call to the world from Glasgow

Steve Ford It's very exciting when experts and people with Parkinson's get together from all around the world to share the latest developments in Parkinson's disease - so far this has only happened once.

But in 2010, the second World Parkinson’s Congress will be held in the UK, and the Parkinson’s Disease Society is one of the four leading partners. We’ve made a financial contribution, I am on the Steering Group and PDS staff are already involved in various planning projects.

The Congress, which takes place in Glasgow from September 28 to 1 October 2010, is open to anyone touched by Parkinson’s - and that’s what makes it unique. Scientists, healthcare professionals, experts in support and educators from over 50 countries will attend, and it's hoped a third of attendees will be people with Parkinson’s, their carers and families.

We hope that this event will generate really significant awareness of Parkinson's across the UK, and help us play a stronger role in this international community - sharing our best practice and learning from others.

The Parkinson’s Disease Society website will have more information about our involvement over the next few months. In the meantime put the date in your diary and let’s look forward to working together.

Steve Ford is Chief Executive of the Parkinson's Disease Society

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