insight 2020 future frontiers


There are many wonderful conferences and summits held around the world for Parkinson’s but they can be expensive to attend and logistically challenging. INSIGHT offers you the same quality of information, speakers and networking without any of the hassle, and at a fraction of the cost.

INSIGHT brings the entire conference directly to you in your living room on ANY internet enabled device 24/7! Watch the presentations, re-visit them in your own time, join the online conversation, and visit the exhibition booths…

Here are five reasons to join us at INSIGHT next year!

  1. First three days are FREE! If you want more, you can upgrade to stream-on-demand for another 30 day access.
  2. You get 50+ World Class speakers direct to your living room
  3. All of the ticket profits go to our registered Charity Partners to support Parkinson’s research and support services globally
  4. INSIGHT is a World First event and still the largest online annual event in Parkinson’s
  5. You can connect with over 5,000 researchers, academics, clinicians and other people living with Parkinson’s from all around the world!

More about the Hosts

INSIGHT is organised and hosted by PD Warrior, a team of health professionals and passionate individuals who are dedicated to improving the lives of people living with Parkinson’s all over the world. INSIGHT was an started in 2018 and ran again in 2019. Over the first two years the event has hosted over 2000 attendees, nearly 100 speakers and raised just under AUD$50,000 for the Charity Partners! Digital health and communication is growing fast and an online conference, bringing the brightest minds together on a global platform seemed an obvious solution for the PD Warrior team!!

Day 1 – Wednesday 1st April

9.00am – 9.10am Welcome address – Melissa McConaghy
9.10am – 9.50am Keynote – Prof. Bastiaan Bloem
Exercise matters for people with Parkinson’s
9.50am – 10.20am Keynote – Prof. Randy Schekman
A basic science approach to understanding Parkinson’s Disease
10.20am – 10.50am Keynote – Dr. Ray Dorsey
Ending Parkinson’s disease
10.30am - Morning tea
11.00am – 11.30am Keynote – Dr. David Perlmutter
Leveraging Lifestyle Choices for Brain Health
11.30am – 12.00pm Keynote – Dr. Jianying Hu
Computational Methods for Disease Modeling
12.00pm – 12.30pm Session 3 – Prof. Matt Cooper
Blocking harmful neuroinflammation to arrest neurodegeneration
12.30pm - Lunch
Plenary 1 - Future Frontiers 2
1.30pm – 2.00pm Session 1 – Marilyn Pattison
Occupational Therapy – High touch in a high tech world
2.00pm – 2.30pm Session 2 – Jodette Kotz
Translation of research into Advocacy
2.30pm – 3.00pm Session 3 – Annie Amjad
People Powered Research
3.00pm - Afternoon Tea
Plenary 2 - Exercise
3.30pm – 4.00pm Keynote – Prof. Meg Morris
Exercise to promote neural plasticity in Parkinson’s disease
4.00pm – 4.30pm Session 2 – Prof. Margaret Schenkman
Why, when, and how to exercise at high intensity
4.30pm – 5.00pm Session 3 – Dr. Matthew Sacheli
Why Exercise is beneficial?
5.00pm - Close


Plenary 3 - Inspired Communities
9.00am – 9.30am Session 1 – Matt Eagles
ParkyLife – The Brighter Side of Parkinson’s
9.30am – 10.00am Session 2 – Tammy Ramsey-Evans
Collaboration- Our strength is not as individuals but as a collective
10.00am – 10.30am Session 3 – Louise Ebenezer
The Evolution of Nurse Education for Parkinson’s in Sub Saharan Africa

Day 2 - ANNEX

LIVE - Women In PD
Emma Lawton
Vicki Dillon
Dr. Maria De Leon
Chair: Heather Kennedy
10.30am - Morning tea
Plenary 4 - Nutrition and Gut
11.00am – 11.30am Keynote – Dr. Laurie Mischley
Patients as Teachers: Nutritional Habits Associated with the Slowest Rate of PD Progression
11.30am – 12.00pm Session 2 – Dr. Matthew Phillips
Parkinson’s, Fasting, and Ketogenic Diets
12.00pm – 12.30pm Session 3 – Dr. Ann Liebert
Emerging research reveals a novel application of physiotherapy to influence microbiome and restore function of patients living with Parkinson’s Disease
LIVE - the essentials of a PD-specific exercise prescription
Dr. Becky Farley
Dr. Matthew Sacheli
Josefa Domingoes
Claire Mclean
Chair: Melissa McConaghy
12.30pm - Lunch
Plenary 5 - Non-motor presentations
1.30pm – 2.00pm Session 1 – Dr. Luke Smith
Neuropsychological Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease
2.00pm – 2.30pm Session 2 – Dr. Rebecca Gilbert
Tired of trouble sleeping….How to get a good night’s rest with Parkinson’s disease
2.30pm – 3.00pm Session 3 – Dr. Alice Cronin-Golomb
Non-Motor Symptoms of PD: Seeing, Thinking, Feeling, Sleeping
Plenary 5 - Role of the Carer
Session 1 – Lianna Marie
Caregiving for Parkinson’s
Session 2 – Dr. Maria Barretto
The Role of the Carer in India
Session 3 – Francesco de Renzi
Shining a spotlight on the challenges facing Parkinson’s carers
3.00pm - Afternoon Tea
Plenary 6 - Balance, Motor control and FOG
3.30pm – 4.00pm Keynote – Dr. Laurie King
Balance control in Parkinson disease
4.00pm – 4.30pm Session 2 – Tara Martin
Cuing for Parkinson’s – What, Why and How? A guide for therapists and their clients.
4.30pm – 5.00pm Session 3 – Dr. Aasef Shaikh
Freezing of gait – why and how
Demonstration: Voice and Sound
Samantha Elandary
Improving Your Communication Skills By Speaking With Intent
Dr. Jeanette Tamplin
Therapeutic effects of music and singing in Parkinson’s
Janni Goss
Social Prescribing: Laugh for PD!
5.00pm - Close


Plenary 7 - Lived Experience
9.00am – 9.30am Keynote – Dr. Maria De Leon
Maximizing medication efficacy
9.30am – 10.00am Session 2 – Janet Mcleod
Why Do You Need A Parkinson’s Nurse On Your Team?
10.00am – 10.30am Session 3 – Victor McConvey
All things between the Sheets, Sleep, sex and Parkinson’s

Day 3 - ANNEX

Gaynor Edwards
Charlie Appleyard
Kate Stone Matheson
Chair – Ben Stecher
10.30am - Morning tea
Plenary 8 - Brain and Mind
11.00am – 11.30am Keynote – Damien Finnisss
The placebo effect in Parkinson’s Disease
11.30am – 12.00pm Session 2 – Melissa McConaghy
Why Mindset and Movement Matters
12.00pm – 12.30pm Session 3 – Elisabeth Idal
Live Panel - Future Frontiers
John Dean
Kevin Krejci
Chair: Emma Collin
Dr. Ray Dorsey
Ending Parkinson’s disease
12.30pm - Lunch
Plenary 9 - Advanced PD
1.30pm – 2.00pm Session 1 – Dr. Paul Silberstein
What’s new in DBS for Parkinson’s disease
2.00pm – 2.30pm Session 2 – A.Prof Christina Vaughan
Living Well with Parkinson Disease through Palliative Care
2.30pm – 3.00pm Session 3 – Erica De March
Generations Balancing Together
Demonstration: Movement and flow
Session 1 – Melissa McConaghy
PD Warrior
Session 2 – Dance for PD/Mark Morris Dance Group
Dance for PD
Session 3 – Mandy Shintani
Nordic walking for improved balance, posture and walking tolerance
3.00pm - Afternoon Tea
Plenary 10 - Living Positively with Parkinson's
3.30pm – 4.30pm Session 1 – Allison Toepperwein
4.00pm – 4.30pm Session 2 – Christine Jeyachandran
How I got back what I lost and so much more!
4.30pm – 5.00pm Session 3 – Charlie Appleyard
The Power of Sport and Exercise in PD- mental & physical health and symptoms improvement
5.00pm - Close
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