Call for Abstracts


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FAQs about abstracts


The World Parkinson Coalition® will welcome the submission of original Scientific or Living with Parkinson’s Abstracts for poster display during the 5th World Parkinson Congress (WPC 2019) in Kyoto, Japan from June 4 to 7, 2019. All abstracts selected for poster display must be presented by the original author(s) at the WPC 2019. Any withdrawn abstracts will be removed from the journal supplement and CD. Please do not submit an abstract if you are not prepared to travel to the Congress to present your research. Congress registration is required to present.

Basic Sciences Clinical Sciences  Complementary Care & Quality of Life Living with Parkinson's
Etiology, genetics, epidemiology, and toxicants Symptoms, signs, features & non-motor manifestations Caregiving, relationships, respite care, families Public Education or Awareness Programs
Cell death, disease modification and trophic factors Progression & Prognosis Fitness, wellness, nutrition Government Advocacy/ Campaigns/ Public Policy
Protein misfolding, handling and transmission
Behavioral Disorders
Alternative & complementary therapies/ creativity
Living Well with PD
Mitochondria, oxidative stress, and pathogenesis Cognition/ Mood/ Memory Lay/professional health literacy & Public thought
Advancing research: Fundraising, Trials, Campaigns
Pathology Sleep Disorders/ Fatigue Disability and quality of life outcome measures Other
 Animal and cellular models of Parkinson's disease and Parkinsonisms Diagnosis (differential, accuracy) Shared decision-making: PwP- Caregiver - Doctor
Brain physiology, neuroplasticity and circuitry Co-morbidities Palliative Care / End of Life Care/ Long-Term Care
Dopamine, receptors and other neurotransmitters Biomarkers Health accessibility / Underserved populations
Neuropharmacology Pharmacological therapy

Sexuality & Intimacy

Electrophysiology & functional imaging, optogenetics Surgical therapy, including cell and gene therapy Daily life activities including working & driving
Neurophysiology, functional imaging, human studies Rehabilitation sciences (PT, OT, SLP) Self-management, empowerment, coping strategies  
  Complications of therapies Pharmacist, social worker & nonprofit team members  
  Clinical trials: design, outcomes, recruiting, PwP involvement, communications    
   Rating Scales    
   E-health and technology    

Original Submissions
All submissions must be original research. Previously published papers may not be submitted. By submitting an abstract, you affirm that it is your own work either individually, or of the group.

Abstracts Presented at Other Meetings
Abstracts that have been presented at other meetings may be submitted if they have not been published and if the meeting name and date are cited accordingly.

Maximum Length
350 words (approximately 2500 characters, including spaces)

Scientific abstracts are open to those involved in research related to the field of Parkinson’s. Living with Parkinson’s abstracts are open to those involved in education and advocacy related to Parkinson’s.

Submission Fee
There is no submission fee to submit an abstract.


Abstracts must be submitted and presented in English.

Instructions for Submission of Late Breaking Abstracts
We will be accepting late breaking abstracts from February 25 - March 10, 2019. Submit abstracts via the official online WPC 2019 abstract site during this window of time. The person submitting the abstract must be the presenting author.

Poster dimensions for WPC 2019

Maximum poster size is 670 mm wide x 1180 mm high (approximately 26.3” wide x 46.4” high). Posters cannot exceed these dimensions.

Printing posters:
 Fujiya, the official decorator at the International Conference Center Kyoto (ICCK), is offering poster print services, including delivery to and installation at the ICCK. Details, regarding file format, costs and deadlines, will be posted here shortly.


Evaluation and Rejection of Abstracts
The WPC retains the right to reject abstracts for the following reasons: 

-Subject unrelated to Parkinson’s
-Does not meet basic requirements
-Violates ethics to be determined by the WPC


Abstract Plagiarism Policy


Should the software detect plagiarism:


¤  The plagiarizer will be banned from registering for the Congress to which the plagiarized abstract(s) was/were submitted.  

¤  They will be banned from submitting abstracts to the WPC immediately following the Congress where they violated this plagiarism rules. This means three years after the violation. So in effect, they will have to wait six years to submit an abstract to the WPC again.

Hot Topics Presentations
Twelve scientific abstracts will be selected for “Hot Topics” which means an invitation to orally present your work one morning in the large plenary hall before the morning plenary starts. This is an amazing opportunity to present to up to 1,000 people, including many of the leaders in the field. If you’d like your abstract to be considered for this, you will need to check the appropriate box on the online submission form. The person who submits, will be invited to present.

Stanley Fahn Young Investigator Award
Named after WPC founder and world renowned Parkinsonologist, this award will be given to ONE outstanding abstract submitter whose work is deemed innovative and visionary. The selected person will be invited to be part of the group of Hot Topics presenters to present his/her work and will receive a cash prize.

Poster Tours
A limited number of abstracts will be invited to be part of a Poster Tour on either Wednesday or Thursday evening during the Congress. These are in addition to the period over lunch when authors are expected to host their poster. If you would like your abstract to be considered for a poster tour, you will have the chance to indicate this during the submission process.  The person who submits the abstract will be the one invited to present during the poster tour.

Abstracts Questions
If you have questions regarding the submission process, please contact:

WPC 2019 – Abstract coordinator

All abstracts accepted for presentation will be published in an online scientific journal supplement.

Certificate of Presentation
A certificate of presentation will be sent by email after the close of the Congress.
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