The featured presenters at the 18th International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders will be a team of Penn Medicine researchers.
Matthew Stern, MD, director of the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center in the Department of Neurology and current president of the International Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Society, will chair a plenary session entitled "New insights into the pathology, progression, and heterogeneity of Parkinson's disease."
John Q. Trojanowski, MD, PhD, director of the Penn Institute on Aging and Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research co-director, will describe the latest animal models that recapitulate the different alpha-synuclein pathologies in Parkinson's disease (PD) (Abstract #898).
Virginia M.Y. Lee, PhD, CNDR director, will present the use of how these PD animal models are being used in preclinical studies to test the efficacy of immunotherapy as well as to understand how the different types of alpha-synuclein pathologies may be responsible for the variations in the clinical presentations of PD (Abstract #56).