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News Release: Blue Ribbon Highlights Session 2018

International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders, Hong Kong - October 5-9, 2018

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Blue Ribbon Highlights Session Recognizes Best Posters from
International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders® in Hong Kong


HONG KONG – The annual Blue Ribbon Highlights Session took place on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, during the International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders® in Hong Kong. This special session provides a critical review of the best poster presentations by a panel of experts, highlighting the relevance, nov­elty, and quality of both clinical and basic research presented by delegates.

Of the more than 1,700 abstracts accepted for presentation at this year’s International Congress, only 11 were given this special recognition. The Blue Ribbon Highlights Session was chaired by Angela Cenci Nilsson, MD, PhD, Sweden, and Un Kang, MD, United States. 

The poster numbers chosen for the 2018 Blue Ribbon Highlights include:

  • LBA06: LRP10 genetic variants in familial Parkinson’s disease and dementia with Lewy bodies: A genome-wide linkage and sequencing study
  • 546: A wireless brain-spine interface alleviating gait deficits of non-human primates model of Parkinson's disease
  • 843: Evolution of Motor and Non-Motor Manifestations in Prodromal Parkinsonism
  • 849: Predicting Alpha-Synuclein Pathology by REM Sleep Behavior Disorder Diagnosis
  • 856: Identification of Comprehensive PD Subtypes Using PPMI Study Data with Recurrent Neural Networks
  • 1096: The BlueSky Project: monitoring motor and non-motor characteristics of people with Parkinson’s disease in the laboratory, a simulated apartment, and home and community settings
  • 1127: Bradykinesia assessment using evolutionary algorithms in Parkinson’s disease: Clinical validation
  • 1399: Closed loop spinal cord stimulation restores locomotion and desynchronizes corticostriatal beta oscillations
  • 1478: Alteration to Basal Ganglia Morphology in Freezing of Gait in Parkinson’s Disease Alteration to Basal Ganglia Morphology in Freezing of Gait in Parkinson’s Disease
  • 1715: Unraveling gut microbiota in Parkinson’s disease and atypical parkinsonism
  • 1773: Impaired performance on measures of goal-directed behavior are associated with greater caregiver burden in Parkinson’s disease

For complete abstracts, Late Breaking Abstracts and author information, visit the International Congress website.

About the International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders®: Meeting attendees gather to learn the latest research findings and state-of-the-art treatment options in Movement Disorders, including Parkinson's disease. Over 3,800 physicians and medical professionals from more than 85 countries were in attendance and could view over 1,750 scientific abstracts submitted by clinicians from around the world.

About the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society: The International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society (MDS), an international society of over 7,000 clinicians, scientists, and other healthcare professionals, is dedicated to improving patient care through education and research. For more information about MDS, visit the MDS website.

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