Welcome from the Chair
Joaquim Ferreira, MD, PhD
Professor of Neurology
University of Lisbon
Each year, the International Congress constitutes an opportunity to appraise our activities and discuss what can be improved and what can be done differently. Although there is a fair sense of satisfaction due to the quantity and quality of the current MDS-ES initiatives’ portfolio, we have a clear notion that there are many aspects that can be improved.
Each European country has its own specificities with a large heterogeneity in terms of care organization, available health resources, movement disorders curriculums and training, language, etc. One of the advantages of having supported so many educational programs in countries like Georgia, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, and Ukraine is to allow for a better understanding of the different realities. At a time when we already have a large, solid and sustainable educational program supported by several schools, educational courses, Ambassador, Visiting Professor, Virtual Programs and Visiting Trainee Grants Program, we have the opportunity to be able to plan better, while being mindful of the different geographical necessities. This includes knowing in more detail what is already happening in each country and where the true needs are in order to determine the best educational approach for implementation.
To achieve this goal a meeting with representatives of the different national or regional movement disorders societies and groups was organized for the first time at the MDS International Congress in Berlin. This meeting allowed for the review of the current MDS-ES plans and programs, for an open discussion on the best ways to collaborate, and for an invitation to all groups to become MDS Affiliate Member societies. In our understanding the meeting was a success reflected in the decision to hold this meeting annually.
This initiative is in line with other projects like the creation of a team of young members who volunteer to translate MDS produced content to all European Languages.
Besides making MDS materials more widely accessible, this translation project also allows to increase the involvement of young MDS-ES members in our activities. This includes the following neurologists who, at this point, we would like to congratulate on being selected to participate in the 2016 LEAP program: Mouna Ben Djebara (Tunisia), Miguel Coelho (Portugal), Monica Kurtis (Spain), Getrúd Tamás (Hungary).