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Dublin to host international congress on Parkinson's disease

Between 4,000 and 5,000 delegates are expected in the city this weekend.

A model of the human brain made of glass by Dr Nagler of Vienna, 1953.
A model of the human brain made of glass by Dr Nagler of Vienna, 1953.
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DUBLIN WILL SEE up to 5,000 international neurologists, physicians, nurses and scientists gather at its Convention Centre this weekend for the 16th annual international congress on Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders.

It is the first time the meeting will be held in Ireland.

The conference will run from Sunday, 17 June to Thursday, 21 June and will be opened by the Taoiseach.

Enda Kenny has said that it is a “great honour” for the country to host the event.

“I am delighted that the Dublin Convention Centre is providing a forum for collective learning and sharing of ideas that will benefit the care of people with movement disorders and help advance research in this area,” he added.

Dublin Neurological Institute (DNI) clinical director and consultant neurologist at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Professor Tim Lynch also commented: “It is exciting for Dublin to have the opportunity for the first time to host this world renowned congress on Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders. It is very satisfying that we can provide a platform for some of the new research that will hopefully go on to support  patients with these devastating diseases, right across the country.”

The number of delegates expected will make the conference the second biggest neurology meeting worldwide. It is believed it could be worth more than €7 million to the economy over the next week.

The DNI was set up in 2008 to provide a comfortable and informal setting for patients with conditions including epilepsy, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, head trauma, Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. It aims to increase access to information, as well as clinical care, and decrease the waiting time for diagnosis and treatment.

For a full schedule for the congress, click here>

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