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2019 PD Therapeutics Conference

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About the Conference
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The Parkinson's Disease Therapeutics Conference is The Michael J. Fox Foundation's annual scientific conference and the only one in the world focused exclusively on Parkinson's disease drug development. The 13th Annual PD Therapeutics Conference will be held on October 15, 2019 at Convene Midtown East, New York City.

We are delighted to have Richard Hargreaves, PhD, Corporate VP, Neuroscience at Celgene chair our 2019 event.

The PD Therapeutics Conference brings together 300 research and business development professionals from both academia and industry and showcases the most exciting and innovative research from MJFF's research portfolio. Novel advances in basic and translational research from both academic and industry labs are highlighted through speaker presentations and a poster session. The event is a platform for field leaders to share new and unpublished results and for fostering new relationships and collaborations.

Registration for our 2019 conference is now open.

Convene Conference Center
730 Third Ave. (Between 45th and 46th Streets
New York, NY 10017

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Conference Schedule
7:45 - 8:30
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8:30 - 9:00
by Todd Sherer, PhD and Richard Hargreaves, PhD
9:00 - 9:50
Emerging Targets and Novel Therapeutic Approaches
Ashley S. Harms, PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Validation of CD4 T Cell Dependent Neurotoxicity in an Alpha-synuclein Model of Parkinson's Disease
Daniel Kacy Cullen, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
Determining the Potential Role of Alpha-synuclein Aggregates as Inducers of Astrocytic Senescence
9:50 - 10:40
Disease Mechanisms and Converging Biology (Part 1)
J. Timothy Greenamyre, MD, PhD, University of Pittsburgh
Parkinson’s Disease: Where Genes and Environment Meet
Miratul Muqit, MD, PhD, University of Dundee
Investigation of the Role of PINK1-Dependent Phosphorylation of Rab GTPases in Parkinson's Disease
10:40 - 11:10
Networking Break/Poster Viewing
11:10 - 12:00
Disease Mechanisms and Converging Biology (Part 2)
Sergio Pablo Sardi, PharmD, PhD, Sanofi Genzyme
GBA-Related Biomarkers in Parkinson’s Disease
Poul Henning Jensen, MD, PhD, The Danish Research Institute of Translational Neuroscience
Novel Alpha-synuclein Pathology in Parkinson’s Disease and MSA
12:00 - 1:00
Lunch/Poster Viewing
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1:00 - 2:45
Trial Design, Clinical Studies and Insights From PD Cohorts
Jan Stoehr, PhD, AC Immune
Development of an Alpha-synuclein PET Tracer
Additional speakers to be announced
2:45 - 3:15
Networking Break/Poster Viewing
3:15 - 4:15
Hot Topics in Parkinson's Disease Research
Kenneth Marek, MD, Institute for Neurodegenerative Disorders
Measuring Phenoconversion: Design Approaches for Interventional Trials in a Prodromal Cohort
Additional speakers to be announced
4:15 - 4:30
Closing Remarks
4:30 - 6:00
Cocktail Reception/Poster Viewing
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Richard Hargreaves

Richard Hargreaves, PhD, is Corporate VP, Neuroscience at Celgene. Dr. Hargreaves previously held positions at Biogen and Merck and has decades of experience in the development of drug candidates and PET imaging agents for neuroscience indications.


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    Daniel Kacy Cullen, PhD

    Research Associate Professor Of Neurosurgery, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

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    J. Timothy Greenamyre, MD, PhD

    Professor of Neurology; Chief, Movement Disorders Division; Director, Pittsburgh Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases (PIND) at the University of Pittsburgh

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    Ashley S. Harms, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, University of Alabama at Birmingham

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    Poul Henning Jensen, MD, PhD

    Professor and Core Group Leader, The Danish Research Institute of Translational Neuroscience 

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    Kenneth Marek, MD

    President and Senior Scientist at The Institute for Neurodegenerative Disorders

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    Miratul Muqit, MD, PhD

    Professor, School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee

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    Sergio Pablo Sardi, PharmD, PhD

    Research & Development Director, Neurobiology Unit, Sanofi Genzyme

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    Jan Stoehr, PhD

    Head of Non-Alzheimer's Disease Proteinopathies, AC Immune

  • Andreas Jeromin, PhD

    Cohen Veterans Biosciences

  • Dina Katabi, PhD

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Marcus Unger, MD

    Saarland University

  • Hugo Vanderstuchele, PhD

    ADx Neurosciences

  • Fei Wang, PhD

    Weill Cornell Medicine

Conference Sponsors

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About the Venue


Convene Conference Center
730 Third Ave. (Between 45th and 46th Streets)
New York, NY 10017

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Convene at 730 Third Avenue is an incredible event space in Midtown East that is sure to impress your participants. One of our largest locations, it's perfect for your next town hall, conference, or reception and can seat up to 430 people in the Wharton Forum. The column-free, two-story room has 30 foot ceilings, with plenty of natural light and unobstructed and iconic views of Manhattan. As the first-ever Convene property and part of the company's signature collection, this property offers 40,000 square feet of space, with easy flow from the Forum space to 12 different breakout rooms which is ideal for multi-day events or trainings. Located just two blocks from Grand Central Terminal, 730 Third Avenue currently hosts the world's most important meetings and iconic events, from the James Beard Awards to attendees from the United Nations. 

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