World Parkinson’s Congress travel grants available for young researchers

November 28, 2022

Shake It Up Australia Foundation offers World Parkinson’s Congress travel grants to early career researchers.

An esteemed group of early career Australian researchers will be at the forefront of innovation at the
2023 World Parkinson Congress in Barcelona, Spain thanks to travel grants from the Shake It Up
Australia Foundation

First held in 2006, the inclusive World Parkinson Congress (WPC) brings together a diverse range of
people researching, treating and living with Parkinson’s disease to present and debate the latest
scientific discoveries and medical care practices.

The 2023 forum will take place on July 4-7 as attendees from around the globe disseminate their
knowledge and breakthrough discoveries through a cross-pollination of ideas and experiences.
Shake It Up Australia Foundation will fund travel to Barcelona for 25 Australian Honours,
undergraduates, MD and PhD students and early-career researchers with $3000 grants plus
complementary WPC registration.

To apply, researchers must:

  • Submit an abstract to the WPC Congress for consideration before January 13
  • Have at least one abstract accepted for consideration of the travel support
  • Be under the age of 40 at the opening of the Congress in July 2023 or have just launched
    their research career (details required)

Travel grant awardees will be chosen on the quality of their abstracts and relevance to Parkinson’s

Dr Richard Gordon, a leading Parkinson’s researcher at the University of Queensland who is the
Australian Science Ambassador for the WPC, says the Congress will help further the cause of
urgently-needed treatments for Parkinson’s.

“The triennial WPC meeting is a unique opportunity for Australian researchers to showcase their
discoveries on a global stage, network with world-leading experts, and most importantly, to learn
directly from people living with PD everyday” Gordon said.

“Since its inception in 2006, the WPC has proven to be a one-of-a-kind forum – open to anybody
impacted by Parkinson’s – through which essential progress has been made.”

Founded as a not-for-profit organisation in 2011 by Clyde Campbell, Shake It Up Australia’s mission
is to fund research into finding more effective treatments and, ultimately, a cure for Parkinson’s.
Together with The Michael J. Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF), Shake It Up Australia
has invested more than $22 million across 63 Parkinson’s research projects and 19 Australian
research institutes.

“I didn’t want to wait for the world to find a Parkinson’s cure – I wanted to get involved,” said Shake It
Up Chairman Campbell, who was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2021.

“Funding research into Parkinson’s, in conjunction with the MJFF, was the best avenue to help
myself and more than 100,000 other Australians living with the disease.

“Shake It Up Australia is proud to be providing travel support for a select group of junior researchers
to attend the 2023 WPC in the ultimate pursuit of a cure.”

Apply for a World Parkinson Congress Travel Grant here.

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