Welcome from the Chair
MDS-ES strategic plan encourages European National Societies to become MDS Affiliated and targets improvement in communication
Joaquim Ferreira, MD, PhD
Professor of Neurology
University of Lisbon
The MDS-ES executive committee met in January 2016 in Lisbon to define a new strategic plan for the next 4 years. This meeting happened at a very important time for the MDS-ES with the collaboration with the European Academy of Neurology (EAN) being implemented and a large portfolio of educational and other initiatives in process.
To better plan this new cycle, the members of the MDS-ES Executive Committee met for two days to openly discuss a new plan for the next years. The discussions covered topics suggested by meeting participants and MDS-ES members, while at the same time following the directives of the MDS strategic plan.
Since a main suggestion from our members is to improve communication, we would like to use this short report to share some notes from the meeting. Although the more detailed conclusions and proposed initiatives still need to be fully defined, there are reflections and notes that can already be shared.
These include the proposals to:
1. Encourage and facilitate the European National Movement Disorders Societies to become Affiliate members and have their members become MDS Associate Members (A meeting is in planning for the MDS International Congress in Berlin this year);
2. Improve communication with all the National and Regional Movement Disorders Societies/Groups, including a larger dissemination of MDS documents and other materials;
3. Implement an MDS-ES electronic newsletter to be disseminated to all contacts in Europe;
4. Actively collaborate with the MDS committees, identifying young neurologists representing each main European language, to assist with translation projects;
5. Increase the European web editing team, including, new young MDS members;
6. Propose an MDS-ES program to support center initiatives to commemorate World Parkinson’s Day on April 11.
The implementation of the above proposals will only be possible with the active collaboration with all our members. For this purpose, we welcome all suggestions and volunteers to help facilitate the proposals’ implementation.