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 MDS-PAS has had a very productive and successful year. The success is due to the commitment and dedication of the MDS-PAS committees and membership for all of the support during the MDS-PAS activities and the continuing efforts on the strategic goals of the section. I share with you the end of the year report.

MDS-PAS Congress Update

The planning of the first MDS-PAS Congress, to be held in Miami, FL, USA on February 24-26, 2017, continues to run smoothly. I am pleased to say that the scientific program will provide high quality education with many topics that are truly relevant to the section at large with a regional flare. The regional Congress theme is “Movement Disorders in the Americas: State of the Art.” We hope that you join us in our vision to cultivate a culture for the MDS-Pan American Section.

Visiting Trainee Grant Recipients

We are pleased to announce the first cycle of 2017 MDS-PAS Visiting Trainee Grant recipients:

Research Track:
Dr. Claudia Carricarte Naranjo from Havana, Cuba will train at the Movement Disorders Centre, Toronto Western Hospital, in Toronto, Canada for six months under the guidance of Dr. Lang.

Clinical Track:
Dr. Lais Machado de Oliveira from São Paulo, Brazil will train at the Movement Disorders Centre, University of Toronto, in Toronto, Canada for one year under the guidance of Dr. Munhoz. Dr. Gustavo Andres De Prat from Buenos Aires, Argentina will train at the University of Cincinnati Ohio for three months under the guidance of Dr. Espay.

MDS-PAS Strategic Planning Meeting Update

In April 2016, we embarked on the first MDS-PAS Strategic Planning meeting to set the priorities, initiatives, and objectives for the section for the next four years, which are in line with the overall MDS Strategic Plan. Some of the goals are short term goals and some are long term goals, which we will continue to work on.

Highlights of Goals in Progress:

  •  Increase partnership between North America and Latin America
    The newly established Central American Movement Disorders Work Group (CAMDWG), which recently became an MDS Affiliate Member Society, received an MDS Supported Meeting grant to hold its second CAMDWG meeting in Costa Rica. The group continues its efforts to unify neurologists and increase movement disorder education with the goal of increasing movement disorder specialists in Central America. MDS-PAS is very pleased with this partnership.

    The Colombian Neurological Society (ACN) also became an MDS Affiliate Member Society this year and will be hosting a course in 2017.

  • Continue to develop thoughtful movement disorder education that will lead to increased knowledge and skills/management in order to provide better patient care
    There are fifteen educational courses in the Pan American Section projected for 2017, with activities in three countries that we have never been to before: Lima, Peru; Cartagena, Colombia; and Montevideo, Uruguay.

We will keep you informed on the progress of other goals.

Outreach Programs Update

Dr. Oscar Gershanik, from Buenos Aires, Argentina and Dr. Alberto Espay, from Cincinnati, Ohio, were the MDS-PAS Ambassadors for the XXV Peruvian Neurological Congress held in Lima, Peru on July 8-10, 2016, hosted by Dr. Carlos Cosentino. Dr. Gershanik delivered lectures on Parkinson’s disease; diagnosis and treatment, Levodopa-induced dyskinesia and Atypical Parkinsonism, and Dr. Espay provided lectures on revisiting the identity of Parkinson disease, Functional movement disorders and movement disorders emergencies.

Myself and Dr. Gershanik were MDS-PAS Ambassadors for the 40th Mexican Academy of Neurology (AMN) Annual Meeting and the XIV Pan-American Congress of Neurology that took place in Cancún, Mexico, October 29-November 4, 2016. The program included talks on alpha-synuclein and genetics of hyperkinesias as well as participation as commentators of a panel of discussion of controversial issues in Parkinson’s disease. We were pleased to see that the movement disorders community in Mexico is thriving and highly engaged with MDS.

We are pleased that we can continue to provide outreach program funding for MDS-PAS keynote speakers to lecture at regional conferences to enhance education in the field of Parkinson’s disease and Movement Disorders.

All my best wishes,

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

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