A celebration of the 200th anniversary of the publication of James Parkinson’s “Essay on the Shaking Palsy”

30 Mar 2017

James Parkinson’s “An Essay on the Shaking Palsy” was published in 1817 and described the condition that would eventually bear his name. Approximately 127,000 people in the UK are affected by Parkinson’s disease (PD).The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh is holding a two-day symposium which will cover the management of motor and non-motor complications of PD, updates on the latest scientific developments and the important role of multidisciplinary teams in caring for people with PD.The care of people with Parkinson’s disease depends on close collaboration between doctors, specialist nurses, allied health professionals (AHPs) and scientists. There will be sections of the symposium dealing with clinical conundrums, how to manage common problems in Parkinson’s disease, a scientific showcase, a Parkinson’s Nurse & AHP masterclass and current and future therapies for Parkinson’s disease. RCPE hope this symposium will appeal to a wide range of health professionals.Attendees will gain knowledge on how to manage the care of people with Parkinson’s disease throughout the illness and reflect how this might affect their own practice. The symposium will be informative and we have included time for debate and discussion.CALL FOR ABSTRACTS Young investigators are invited to submit abstracts for the scientific poster session at this symposium on Thursday 21 September 2017. RCPE would welcome abstracts from researchers from any scientific discipline relevant to Parkinson’s disease, e.g. clinical, pathology, basic science, epidemiology, psychology, physiotherapy and occupational therapy.The Scientific Advisory Board will select four abstracts with the most interest and relevance to the symposium themes for oral presentation. The main author of each selected abstract will be invited to give a 15 minute talk and there will be a prize awarded for the best presentation.The abstract deadline is midnight on Sunday 28 May 2017For further details see the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh website

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