Welcome to the 2018 IAPRD
Educational Congress in Lyon, France

⇒ Empowering the Next Generation of Clinicians, Scientists and Health Professionals

On behalf of the Board of the International Association of Parkinsonism and Related Disorders, it is our pleasure to welcome you to join us for an exciting and comprehensive educational program at the upcoming XXIII World Congress on Parkinson’s Disease and Related Disorders to be held 19 – 22 August 2018 in Lyon, France!

The Congress will begin each morning and afternoon with Plenary Sessions providing overviews of the phenomenology, pathophysiology, and current diagnostic and therapeutic strategies of various movement disorders. These sessions will be followed by Parallel Tracks, permitting participants to select specific diagnostic or therapeutic areas for more concentrated study. A highlight of the Congress will be the Grand Parade of Movement Disorders—an evening video session during which faculty and attendees will showcase the most interesting presentations of movement disorders from around the world. Experts will present Skills Workshops—practical sessions on deep brain stimulation surgeries, pump technologies, and botulinum toxin injections—as well as demonstrations on how to examine patients with movement disorders!

The final day will begin with Plenary Sessions on the emerging diagnostic tools and therapies in Parkinson disease and other movement disorders. We will finish with powerful debates on controversial issues facing our specialty today. The Congress will also offer Mentorship Sessions to allow young clinicians and scientists to interact with and learn from accomplished senior faculty members, Oral Poster Sessions to allow all delegates a chance to share their research discoveries and observations, and Sponsored Sessions to update delegates on the latest areas of focus from our industry partners.

Our venue, Lyon, the second largest city in France, is situated in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers. Lyon was the ancient capital of Roman Gaul and has a rich and long-standing history. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lyon boasts Roman amphitheaters, cobblestone streets, Renaissance old town, and traboules—covered passageways between buildings originally used by silk manufacturers. Lyon is home to a host of noteworthy museums and is world famous for gastronomy. In the late 1890s, Auguste and Louis Lumière invented the cinematograph in Lyon, making this city the birthplace of cinema.

Today, Lyon is a dynamic city attracting an increasing number of companies and talent, notably in biotechnologies. These features make Lyon a delightful location for clinicians and scientists from around the world to gain insights, learn from one another, and move the field of movement disorders forward for the benefit of patients worldwide.

Looking forward seeing you in Lyon and enjoying the spirit of summer.

Daniel Truong, MD, Prof hc
President of IAPRD
Elena Moro, MD, PhD
Congress Chair
Hubert H. Fernandez, MD
Chair Scientific Program Executive Committee