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June 27, 2023
Davis Phinney Foundation Participating in the 6th Annual World Parkinson’s Congress, July 4th-7th, and Bike Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain.
BARCELONA, SPAIN — The World Parkinson Congress (WPC) provides an international forum for scientists, clinical researchers, health care professionals, people with Parkinson’s and those caring for them come to discuss, learn, and engage in debate around the latest scientific discoveries, medical and comprehensive care practices related to Parkinson’s.
Unlike other scientific congresses, the World Parkinson Congress brings together all members of the Parkinson’s community. As an inclusive event, the WPC was founded on the belief that getting world leaders out of their professional silos and forcing a cross pollination of the scientific, clinical, rehabilitation, and advocacy communities would expedite the discovery of a cure and cultivate best treatment practices for this devastating disease.
Davis Phinney Foundation’s, Connie Phinney MS, Claudia Martinez MD, Polly Dawkins MBA and a handful of our Ambassadors and Board Members will be in attendance to connect and learn more on resources to bring back and share with our Parkinson’s community.
The “Bike to Barcelona” event is the first-ever cycling event for the World Parkinson Congress. It is designed by Parkinson’s advocates in the community to raise awareness; highlight the importance of exercise of those with Parkinson’s and to raise awareness for the World Parkinson Congress. This intense ride will include multiple teams of cyclists who will depart from various locations across Europe to begin their journey. Our very own, Visionary, Polly Dawkins will be riding with the Spanish team. The team consists of eight cyclists who will be biking from Valencia, Spain to Barcelona, Spain. They will cycle over 215 miles for under 25 hours.
Connie Phinney, Co-Founder of the Davis Phinney Foundation, will be a keynote speaker and will be speaking to care partners on Wednesday, July 5th from 12:30-1:30pm local time. Join her and learn more about the resources available for the care partner community.
Minority representation, including that of the Hispanic community, continues to be a hurdle in Parkinson’s research and the medical field in general. Even as the global prevalence of Parkinson’s increases, little is known about the characteristics, risk factors, and genetics of Parkinson’s in the Hispanic community. To narrow this knowledge, gap, the Foundation’s Claudia Martinez, MD, Hispanic Community Engagement Manager, will be moderating a session “PM Working Group: Building Global Alliances”. Join her to learn more about Parkinson’s and what everyone is doing around the world.
The Davis Phinney Foundation was founded by Olympic cyclist Davis Phinney in 2004 to help people with Parkinson’s live well today. The Foundation’s focus is to provide programs, early-stage research, and resources to help people living with Parkinson’s improve their quality of life. Parkinson’s is the number two neurodegenerative disease – second to Alzheimer’s – and affects more than one million people in the United States. The Foundation’s work impacts hundreds of thousands of individuals and families annually.
Team DPF is the grassroots fundraising community of the Foundation. With a focus on fun, personal empowerment, and fundraising for Parkinson’s, Team DPF welcomes all ages and abilities. While its roots are in cycling, Team DPF hosts events that welcome runners, climbers, swimmers, hikers, community activists, and more. Team DPF is sponsored by Primal, SUR PhytoPerformance,, SCRATCH Labs, Wahoo Fitness, BOCO Gear, Rick Baker Insurance, Wild Bill’s Warriors, and Catrike.
Beth Chatterton (for English)