Rallying

Rallying to the Challenge 2021 will be virtual. All times are listed in the Eastern time zone. 


Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021

9:00 a.m.
Welcome film

9:05 a.m.
From genetic risk to the clinic – or from peas to pills
Dr. Kevin McFarthing

Where can patient involvement really add the punch?
Dr. Soania Mathur – PD Avengers

9:45 a.m.
Data collection: Concerns and opportunities – survey findings
Dr. Leah Mursaleen – Cure Parkinson’s

9:55 a.m.
Stretch and move
With thanks to the Davis Phinney Foundation

10:05 a.m.
What are LRRK2 and GBA Parkinson’s: An overview
Dr. Laurie Sanders – Duke University

10:25 a.m.
A personal story: Carrying LRRK2, my research-involved journey
Jessi Keavney (PD Avenger) 

10:55 a.m.
Stretch and move
With thanks to the Davis Phinney Foundation

11:10 a.m.
The value of LRRK2 and GBA research: Why are they important therapeutic targets?
What is the potential benefit to the broader Parkinson’s community?
Dr. Simon Stott – Cure Parkinson’s

11:30 a.m.
The pipeline of genetic clinical trials
Dr. Richard Wyse – Cure Parkinson’s

11:45 a.m.
Live Q&A


Friday, Oct. 8, 2021

9:00 a.m.
Welcome film

9:05 a.m.
Drug discovery for genetic forms of Parkinson’s in clinical trials
Marc Van Grieken (Dundee Research Interest Group) interviews Dario Alessi, Miratul Muquit and Esther Sammler

10:05 a.m.
Stretch and move
With thanks to the Davis Phinney Foundation

10:25 a.m.
The need for a YOPD genetic registry and the efforts to create one
Gaynor Edwards Spotlight YOPD

10:35 a.m.
The need, opportunities and challenges in Africa: genetic data collection – an urgent need
Omotola Thomas – Parkinson’s Africa
Rachel Agwu– Parkinson’s Africa
Dr. Mie Rizig – UCL London

11:10 a.m.
Live Q&A
Dr. Patrik Brundin – Van Andel Institute
Dr. Camille Carroll –  University of Plymouth
Dr. Simon Stott –  Cure Parkinson’s
Marc von Grieken – Dundee Research Interest Group

10:10 a.m.
Data collection – Concerns and opportunities: survey findings
Team Spark Dr. Leah Mursaleen (recap)

11:30 a.m.
PD Avengers
Larry Gifford highlights the impact to date, activities, and where future support is needed

12:30 p.m.
Closing remarks
Shaun Hindley – Team Spark