Pan American Section

Welcome from the Chair

Pan American Section

Francisco Cardoso, MD, PhD, FAAN
Professor of Neurology
The Federal University of Minas Gerais
Belo Horizonte, Brazil


Dear Colleagues,

The year has just started but MDS-PAS is already in full motion with plenty of activities!

MDS-PAS Congress

Organizing a MDS-PAS congress has been in discussion for many years and now we are pleased to inform all that the 1st MDS Pan American Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Congress will be held on February 24-26, 2017 in Miami, Florida, USA. The purpose in organizing a MDS-PAS Congress is to help cultivate a culture of the section and to provide an educational activity that is relevant to the section’s needs.

Along with Cynthia Comella MD, FAAN, the chair of the Organizing Committee of the Congress, we are already working diligently to develop a meeting that is distinctly different from the MDS International Congress. For example, the plan is to highlight basic science and clinicians, incorporate practical workshops and ensure geographic, gender diversity in speaker selection and incorporate lecture topics that are cutting edge. We hope to see you in Miami next year.

MDS-PAS Strategic Planning meeting (purpose and goals)

We are also excited to embark on the first MDS-PAS Strategic Planning meeting which was held in Vancouver, Canada, BC on April 14, 2016. Fourteen MDS-PAS members, representative of the MDS-Pan American Section, spent one full day discussing and establishing the priorities, initiatives, and objectives for the section for the next four years. These priorities and goals will be measured against the overall Strategic Plan for MDS to ensure that the Strategic Plan of MDS as a whole is reflected in the Pan American Section’s Strategic Plan. We will provide you with an update in a future issue of Moving Along.

Educational Activities

MDS continues to provide outstanding educational opportunities and I would like to highlight several of them that took place recently. The 5th MDS - Pan American Section School for Young Neurologists was held at the Instituto Nacional de Neurología y Neurocirugía in Mexico City, Mexico under the direction of course Co-Directors, Dra. Mayela Rodriguez and Dra. Minerva Lopez. The course was attended by 44 selected participants from: Argentina (1), Chile (1), Colombia (4), the Dominican Republic (5), Guatemala (1), Mexico (28), Peru (3) and USA (1). The participants were selected from a pool of 57 competitive applicants.

Through the MDS-PAS Ambassador Program, Dr. Alberto Espay from the University of Cincinnati, OH, USA delivered a lecture on An Update in Diagnosis Tools of Movement Disorders and Dr. Aristides Merola Cellini from Torino, Italy delivered a lecture on The Role of Elecrophysiologic in the Diagnosis of Movement Disorders. The program was hosted by Dr. Pedro Chana-Cuevas at the CETRAM/Universidad de Santiago de Chile on November 20-21, 2015 during the VII Annual Meeting of the Center for Movement Disorders (CETRAM). The program was attended by 120 participants and was very successful and well received.

We would like to congratulate the MDS-PAS members who were selected out of 26 applicants to participate in the 2016 MDS LEAP Program: Amy Amara (USA), Marcus Della Coletta (Brazil), Anhar Hassan (USA), Lorraine Kalia (Canada). Prior to the MDS congress in Berlin, Germany, the participants will be involved in a two day leadership training program for hands on leadership assessment and training. The participants will also be matched with a mentor for further professional development. Read more information on the LEAP program.

All my best wishes,

Francisco Cardoso, MD, PhD, FAAN
Chair, MDS-PAS

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