Call for papers: J-BHI Special Issue
Enabling Technologies in Parkinson's Disease Management

Early diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is clinically challenging due to the lack of a gold-standard test for the condition. Impaired motor function and behavior are the key clinical manifestations of the disease. The recent years have witnessed intense growth in the development of engineering solutions for both the assessment and management of patients with PD. real-time monitoring of locomotion and biosignals, signal processing and machine learning provide an excellent non-invasive basis for detecting normal and abnormal motor function. The purpose of this special issue is to address key topics in wearable sensor development, sensor data processing and novel analytical tools relevant to the diagnosis, prognosis and long-term quality of life assessment of PD patients. Our focus centers on the employment of synergistic approaches including engineering, mathematics, physics, medicine and biology.

The following topics are covered in this Special Issue of IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics:

  • Novel approaches in real-time machine learning with wearable and home monitoring technologies for the assessment of Parkinson’s disease progression.
  • Advances in minimally invasive and less intrusive technologies for continuous monitoring.
  • New assistive devices and systems for self-management.
  • Novel predictive strategies for early detection of prodromal PD based on the analysis of fine motor changes.
  • Advances in sensor-based gait assessment of Parkinson’s Disease.
  • Telemedicine systems.
  • Novel approaches in Machine-Machine interaction applied to diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson’s Disease.
  • Biobanking of large samples of clinically annotated movements from everyday activities.

The deadline to submit manuscripts for this special issue is March 27, 2015.

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Parkinson's Action Network Accepting Abstracts for 2015 Forum - Deadline is January 23, 2015

The 2015 Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN) Forum is right around the corner and we want you to be there!

Each year PAN invites postdoctoral researchers to submit abstracts for consideration for the highly anticipated Postdoctoral Investigator Poster Session at the PAN Forum which takes place March 23-25, 2015 in Washington, D.C.

PAN is offering up to 18 postdoctoral fellows the chance to present their posters in a reception session designed for invited guests and Forum attendees. Invited guests will include members of the Parkinson’s disease community such as patient advocates, doctors, therapists, pharmaceutical companies, and health professionals.

For the 18 selected individuals, PAN will pay the registration fee, transportation (airfare, train ticket, or bus fare) to the Forum, and hotel costs at the Washington Plaza Hotel during their stay in Washington. Fellows who present their research at the Poster Session are asked to participate in the Forum, including meetings on Capitol Hill.

Poster Requirements

Researchers interested in this opportunity should submit an abstract of their work by 5 PM Eastern Standard Time on January 23, 2015.

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  • Abstracts must be based on research performed in U.S.-based labs
  • The postdoctoral fellow who attends the Forum and presents the poster must be an author of the work.
  • Posters must present findings with direct implications for Parkinson’s disease or Parkinsonisms.
  • The abstract must include results
  • Posters cannot promote a particular commercial product or service
  • In addition to your original abstract submission, you will be asked to provide a lay-language summary of your work to ensure all attendees are able to understand the importance of your work for the Parkinson’s community.

All applicants who wish to be considered for this opportunity must apply no later than January 23, 2015 by 5 PM Eastern Standard Time.

Please forward this opportunity to individuals you think may be interested and help us make this event a success yet again! Contact Cheyenne Williams at or +1 202-638-4101 Ext. 111 with any questions.

Dystonia Europe Issues Call for David Marsden Award Submissions - Deadline is January 31, 2015

The call is now open for submission of papers for the David Marsden Award 2015.

The award was introduced by Dystonia Europe in 2003 and is presented every two years to stimulate research on dystonia, especially by young scientists in Europe. Professor David Marsden (1938 – 1998) was one of the leading neurologists in Europe and DE wishes to honour the enormous part he played in developing knowledge of and interest in dystonia.

The award is in the amount of € 10,000. All information can be found on the Dystonia Europe Website.

Submission deadline is January 31, 2015.

Announcing Sixth Annual Competition for the Annemarie Opprecht Parkinson Award - Deadline is March 31, 2015

We are happy to announce the 6th competition for the prestigious international award for research in Parkinson’s disease which is sponsored by the Annemarie Opprecht-Foundation (Switzerland).

The award will be presented in 2015 with a sum of 100,000 Swiss francs. Deadline for submission is March 31, 2015. All papers presenting significant results or findings in all areas of research in the field of Parkinson's disease (e.g. Basic Sciences, Epidemiology, Treatment, Social Impact, Economical Aspects) should be considered for application.

All researchers in the field of Parkinson’s disease should learn about this ambitious award. Therefore, please inform all interested members of your Department/Hospital/Clinic/Laboratory, your co-workers and research teams active and interested in the field of Parkinson’s disease about this unique opportunity.

All details regarding the award such as conditions for submission, addresses, contacts and
deadlines can be found on the Foundation’s website.

M. Sturzenegger, MD
Professor of Neurology
President of the Prize Committee