Join us in the European Parliament for a workshop on Parkinson’s disease: causes and cures

Parkinson’s disease has no known causes, and no cures. Yet.

Join an outstanding line-up of speakers at a joint EuChemS, EFMC and European Parliament workshop on 8 November 2018 from 09:00 – 12:00 at the European Parliament in Brussels to hear about how we can move clinically and politically towards better understanding the disease and finding ways to cure it.

Find the programme, list of speakers, abstracts and registration by clicking here.

With more than one million people living with Parkinson’s today in Europe, and with this number set to rise as our ageing population increases, the need to understand the causes of the disease and the need to be able to treat it efficiently become greater every day.

In addition to genetic mutations, a potential risk factor for Parkinson’s disease is exposure to some toxins or herbicides, including diquat. This herbicide was declared potentially harmful by the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) and its banning encouraged. The European Commission did not submit the proposal to the ScoPAFF, and invited EFSA to revise its opinion.

We highly encourage you to attend this workshop for a kaleidoscopic view of the current landscape surrounding Parkinson’s disease – from the progress being made in medicinal chemistry, novel treatments and their development, as well as the potential causes of the disease, whether genetic or from exposure to harmful toxins. Finally, the workshop will in turn look at how greater funding, especially in light of the negotiations surrounding the next research framework programme, Horizon Europe, may enable scientists to take a decisive step towards finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease.

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