Featured Program

Part of the PSG’s mission is to support clinical research for Parkinson’s disease, which would not be possible without the support of the clinical research coordinators at our sites. The mentorship, support, education, and training of coordinators is something that the PSG is incredibly passionate about. For the third year in a row, the PSG will be hosting our Coordinator Workshop at our annual meeting in Nashville, TN. The workshop will take place on Thursday, December 5, from 12pm – 5pm. The goal of the workshop is to educate and train on the most current developments in the field, to network amongst piers, and to further commit to a career in PD research.

Eligibility:  This workshop is open to all coordinators who work in PD research. You do not have to be a credentialed PSG site to apply. You must complete an application for consideration to attend the workshop. Spaces are limited.  If selected, workshop attendees will be funded 2 nights hotel stay at the Grand Hyatt in Nashville, TN. No other funding will be provided (i.e. airfare, travel incidentals, etc.).

Applications open June 10, 2024. 

Deadline:  All applications must be submitted by September 13, 2024.

If you have any questions about the Coordinator Workshop or eligibility, please contact Donna Moszkowicz

Junior Investigator Workshop

As part of the PSG’s mission, we strive to engage with and educate early-stage clinicians that are interested in a career in Parkinson’s research. This grant seeks to fund travel to support exploration of this through attendance at our annual conference and through training at our Junior Investigator Workshop. The PSG supports diversity and inclusion, and we hope that this grant will also help those that otherwise might not be able to attend. This year’s workshop will be held on Thursday, December 5 from 12pm – 5pm.

Eligibility:  Open to current fellows and junior investigators (both foreign and domestic) who are within 5-years of completing fellowship training in Movement Disorders Neurology or a related area of relevance to PD and neurotherapeutics (e.g. Clinical Neuropharmacology, Psychiatry, Biostatistics, Nonpharmacologic Treatments, etc.) You do not have to be a PSG member to apply or from a PSG site. We encourage applicants to view our abstract submission portal as well.

Travel Stipend:

  • Economy airfare $650 domestic/$1,000 international
  • 3 nights hotel stay at the Grand Hyatt, Nashville, TN
  • $150 for transportation (airport parking, taxi, & rideshare)

Please note that the stipend does not cover additional meals outside of what is served at the meeting. If you would like to drive instead of fly, PSG will reimburse mileage at the current rate of $0.67 per mile. Any expenses above/outside of the costs stated above must get approval from PSG Executive Director, Sarah Sperling.

Conditions of the Travel Grant:

  • Attendance at all Plenary Sessions
  • Attendance at the PD Industry Forum
  • Attendance at the Poster Reception
  • Attendance at two or more Working Group meetings of your choice

Attendance of these events will be verified before reimbursement for conference expenses.

Applications open June 10, 2024. 

Deadline:  All applications must be submitted by September 13, 2024.

If you have any questions about the Junior Investigator Workshop or eligibility, please contact Donna Moszkowicz

The PSG is thrilled to announce that we will be hosting our 2nd Women in Neurology Forum & Networking Reception as a part of our Annual Meeting in Nashville, TN. For those that were unable to attend last year, the idea behind these events is to support women in our organization through shared experiences, mentorship, and lively discussion on topics including equity and inclusion in the workplace, leadership, and career development amongst others.

The Women in Neurology (WIN) panel will be held on Saturday, December 7, and is open to all conference attendees. The format of the event will include a panel of women who represent varying stages of their careers and backgrounds in the field of movement disorders. If you would like to submit a question for the panel or a topic that you would like to see discussed, please click HERE.

The WIN Networking Reception will be taking place on Saturday, December 7 as well and registration will be required, as space is limited. Stay tuned for more information regarding this year’s featured panelists, event time and location, and other WIN details!

If you are an industry member that is interested in sponsoring the PSG WIN programming or year-round initiatives, please reach out to Sarah Sperling.

The PSG PD Industry Forum will provide a platform for industry representatives to share updates on their research pipeline and discuss opportunities for potential collaboration. This year’s forum will be moderated by PSG Executive Committee Chair & Co-Chair, Dr. Andrew Siderowf and Dr. Joohi Jimenez-Shahed.

Benefits of participating in the forum are as follows:

  • Engaging in meaningful dialogue that aligns with your interests and values in the common quest for advancing research into cures and care for patients with PD
  • Exploring shared opportunities with the North America’s largest not-for-profit scientific network of Parkinson’s centers
  • Networking with some of the foremost key opinion leaders in Parkinson’s research in the field
  • Sharing ideas for positively impacting the future of PD research and patient care

The format for this year’s forum will be the following:

  • Each company will be given a 10 minute time slot, which will be broken up into 5 minutes of presentation and 5 minutes of Q&A.
  • Industry representatives must hold a position within their company’s research and development division (sales or marketing representatives will not be permitted to present).
  • Each presenter will be allowed one slide that may include company information, product/data updates, and discussion of their pipeline with details on target population and phase of development if applicable.

Applications open June 10, 2024. 

Deadline:  All applications must be submitted by October 17, 2024.

If you have any questions about the PD Industry Forum or eligibility, please contact Sarah Sperling.

Working Group Meetings

After the success of last year’s working group meetings in Austin, TX, the PSG will once again make the working groups meetings open to all meeting attendees.

The PSG working groups are the heart of our organization. They enable collaborations among investigators with related interests in PD. Their primary goal is to generate proposals for new research studies, either interventional or observational, as well as retrospective data mining projects. They provide a forum for initial discussion and feedback on research projects and clinical trials. Please see the list of PSG working groups below:

  • Atypical Parkinsonian Disorders
  • Motor Features
  • Biomarkers
  • Cognitive/Psychiatric (Behavior)
  • Functional Neurosurgical
  • Genetics/Environmental Risk
  • Health/Care Outcomes & Disparities
  • Other Non-Motor Features of PD

Please check back for updates regarding scheduled times for these meetings, discussion topics, and featured speakers. If you would like more information about our working groups, or to inquire about joining, please check out our working groups page HERE.

Symposium

This year will mark the 35th anniversary of the PSG symposium and due to that we have some exciting program updates! In year’s past the symposium was a block of time during 1-day of the meeting. This year, the symposium will transition into the over-arching theme for the conference with featured speakers each day. To commemorate this special anniversary, this year’s symposium will be dedicated to the PSG’s incredible founders, Dr. Ira Shoulson & Dr. Stanley Fahn.