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When is the WPC 2016?

Where is the WPC 2016?


Who should attend the WPC?


When will registration open for the WPC and for booking hotel rooms?

What will the cost be to register?

Will the WPC offer scholarships/travel grants?

How do I get to Portland, Oregon USA?

How do I get around Portland?

Is there parking available to delegates at the Oregon Convention Center?

Will my handicap placard from another state/country be recognized in Oregon?

What documentation do I need to travel to the United States for the attendance at the WPC?


What are my responsibilities as a congress attendee?


Are you accepting abstracts?


When will the program be posted?


Are you offering continuing educational credit?

Who runs the World Parkinson Congresses?


How can my organization join the list of partners?

Will there be a commercial exhibition?

Which agency should Italian delegates contact for attending the WPC?

What is the official language of the Congress?

How do I get on the WPC eNews mailing list?


Is there a Mobile Event App I can download?

How can I find basic joining instructions for attending the WPC 2016?

Can I rent a wheelchair or scooter for the Congress?

Will there be childcare onsite? 

Will food be provided at the Congress?


Q: When is the WPC 2016?

A: The WPC 2016 will take place Tuesday, September 20 – Friday, September 23, 2016.


A:  It will be held in Portland, Oregon USA at Oregon Convention Center located in the beautiful and lively downtown Portland. Address: 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd Portland, Oregon USA Phone: 1.800.791.2250 www.oregoncc.org

A:  The program will offer something for everyone in the Parkinson's community including researchers studying the cause and cure of PD, the clinicians or allied health professionals who are caring for people with PD, people who are living with the disease themselves or caring for someone living with it. Basically, we expect that anyone touched by PD will find something of value in the four days of sessions. Citizens of all countries are welcome to attend the WPC 2016.

A:  Registration for the WPC 2016 will open on January 11, 2016 on the WPC website.
Hotel registration for individual delegates will also open on January 11, 2016. Group reservation of more than 10 rooms is available now by contacting the World Parkinson Congress Delegate Services by emailing housing@worldpdcongress.org. More information coming soon regarding hotel room blocks.

A: The exact cost to attend the WPC will be on a sliding scale as it has been for the past WPCs. More information coming soon.

A: The WPC offered grants to junior scholars and health professionals from developing parts of the world to attend as well as travel stipends for people living with Parkinson's.

The submission window for travel grant applications will open February 15, 2016 on the WPC website. More information on travel grant applications is coming soon.


Q: How do I get to Portland, Oregon USA?

A: 
There are a number of direct flights into Portland on a daily basis from North America and Europe. More information coming soon.

Q: How do I get around Portland?

A: There are many ways to get around Portland including the wheelchair accessible MAX light rail and TriMet busEvery WPC 2016 delegate will receive a complimentary 7-day pass for the week of the Congress at registration at the Oregon Convention Center. 



Q: Is there parking available to delegates at the Oregon Convention Center?


A: A map showing access to the Oregon Convention Center can be found by clicking on this link: https://www.oregoncc.org/visitors/inside-occ Parking rates at the OCC start at $5 (1 hour) to $10 (4-18 hrs max).

Also there are two RV parks within Portland that rent spaces by the day and week. However, neither are very close to the convention center: Columbia River RV Park & Portland Fairview RV Park

If participant does not need hookups, we suggest they contact the DoubleTree by Hilton Portland. The DoubleTree is in our guestroom block, and one of the only hotels in the city that could be able to accommodate parking for a vehicle this size ($50 per evening as long as they are a registered guest and have their lights off at night).

Additionally, visitors can park RVs on some streets in Portland. Here is the information from the City of Portland’s website:

“Over-sized vehicles of this nature can only be parked for short periods of time on the street, and then only for the specific purpose of loading/unloading. In commercial areas, the time limit is 4 hours from 7 am to 4 pm, and 2 hours from 4 pm to 7 am; in residential areas, the time limit is 8 hours.”



Q: Will my handicap placard from another state/country be recognized in Oregon?

A:  Oregon recognizes placards from other states, and most likely other countries if it is clear what they are.  Oregon is one of the few states that differentiate between wheelchair and disabled.  Wheelchair users can park free anytime, anywhere it is legal to park without time limits. Those with disabled person status must pay the posted meter rate and can stay for double the posted time stay up to 3 hours.  For example, at a 90 minutes meter a disabled person may stay for three (3) hours. 

If there is an event in Portland we can make certain our officers know what to expect and we provide information materials to the conference organizers.


Q: What documentation do I need to travel to the United States for the attendance at the WPC 2016?

A: All non-US participants require a valid passport and may require other documentation such as a visa to enter the United States. For detailed information about entry visas you can visit the U.S. Visas website.

We encourage you to consult the list of countries and territories whose citizens require visas in order to enter the United States as visitors.


Q: What are my responsibilities as a congress attendee?

A: Visas are the responsibility of individual delegates, and must be obtained before coming to and arrival in the USA. Please note that the conference organizers and secretariat do not have the authority to act on behalf of individuals in obtaining visas. It is strongly recommended that you apply at least six months in advance to ensure you receive your visa in time for travel.



Q: Are you accepting abstracts?

A:  The WPC will be accepting abstracts for posters in that fall under four categories, Basic Science, Clinical Science, Clinical Diagnosis/Quality of Life, and Living with Parkinson's. Abstract submissions will be open on December 7, 2015 and close on April 25, 2016.

All persons whose abstracts are accepted for display and publication, must register to attend the WPC in person to represent their work. Learn more about abstract submission here.
Q: When will the program be posted?

A: 
The preliminary program is available for download at www.wpc2016.org/Program.

Q: Are you offering continuing educational credit?

A:  Yes. 
OHSU School of Medicine, Division of CPD, designates this live activity for a maximum of 30.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

OHSU also recognizes 30.25 hours of accredited training for the program of the 4th World Parkinson Congress. For all other participating professionals (PTs, OTs, SLPs etc.) this program provides a certificate of participation of 30.25 hours for the 4th World Parkinson Congress. Participants should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

OHSU CME is approved for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Click here for more information. 


Q: Who runs the World Parkinson Congresses?

A:  
The triennial World Parkinson Congresses are designed, hosted, and run by the World Parkinson Coalition Inc., a US-based nonprofit organization dedicated solely to this event and to ultimately bringing the global PD community together. The philosophy of the organization is to bring the diverse PD community together and to create a space for cross-fertilization of delegates' ideas, research projects, and collaboration with the expectation that this opportunity will help expedite the discovery of both the cause and cure of PD. Learn more about the WPC Inc.

Q: How can my organization/association join the list of WPC Partners?

A:  
All nonprofit professional associations/societies and patient voluntary organizations or foundations are welcome to partner with the WPC. There is no fee to partner with the WPC, but the expectation is that your organization will help promote the WPC to your members/supporters. View WPC Partners.

The goal of the WPC is to bring as many members of the community together as possible as we believe this will advance a better understanding of the disease and the daily issues people with PD experience. The more OPs who are on board allows for a broader reach and ensures a more diverse delegate pool allowing for robust discourse on PD science and care. To join our list of growing partners, write to info@worldpdcoalition.org for more details.
Q: Will there be a commercial exhibition?

A:  
The Congress will contain a commercial exhibition. Click here to download the WPC 2016 Support & Exhibition Prospectus for more information

Q: Which agency should Italian delegates contact for attending the WPC?

A: Details coming soon.

Q: What is the official language of the Congress?

A: 
The official language of the Congress is English. Citizens of ALL countries are welcome to participate in the WPC 2016.

Q: How can I sign up to receive the WPC eNews?

A: 
You can click here to sign-up to join our eNews list.
 
A: Yes there will be! More information coming soon.

You can still download the WPC 2013 Mobile Event App, learn more by clicking here.
 

A: You can now register for the Congress. Click here to view all registration fees and to register
 


Q: Can I rent a wheelchair or scooter for the Congress?

A: ONSITE at WPC 2016

The Oregon Convention Center has a limited number of wheelchairs and electric convenience vehicles (scooters) available for daily, on-site rental. 
Rented wheelchairs and scooters cannot be taken off-site.
Wheelchair rental: $15 daily
Scooter rental: $35 daily
Contact administrative offices at (503) 235- 7575 for pricing and details. 

ONSITE & OFFSITE during WPC 2016

Delegates who wish to rent a scooter for use at the OCC and offsite moving to and from their hotel, there are some outside companies that can provide this service.
Delegates are responsible for booking and paying for this rental.
McCann’s Medical  
855-622-2661.  Ask for Nikki
Fee: Weekly rental: $95.   Delivery fee: $50.
https://www.mccannsmedical.com/medical-equipment-rental 


Q: Will there be childcare onsite?

A: Childcare is offered to registered delegates on September 21, 22 and 23 from 8AM to 5PM.

Cost: $100 per day from 8AM to 5PM; $50 per half day 8AM to 12:30PM or 12:30PM to 5PM

Space is limited and will be on a first come, first serve basis. Deadline to register for childcare is August 8, 2016. Please contact secretariat@worldpdcoalition.org for more information.


Q: Will food be provided at the Congress?

A: Tea and coffee during the official afternoon breaks is included in your registration fee. Coffee stations and food concessions are open to delegates for purchase in the Exhibit Hall at the Oregon Convention Center.  You can learn more about them on the OCC website here: https://www.oregoncc.org/planners/catering-services-and-menus/concessions.

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