An Introduction to Rare Movement Disorders Diseases

An Introduction to Rare Movement Disorders Diseases

Montevideo, Uruguay – September 29-30, 2017

Course Directors

Emilia Gatto, MD from Sanatorio Trinidad Mitre – Buenos Aires, Argentina
Ignacio Amorín, MD from Hospital de Clínicas Uruguay – Montevideo, Uruguay
Course Description

An Introduction to Rare Movement Disorders Diseases takes place in Montevideo, Uruguay, September 29-30, 2017.Rare diseases are characterized by low prevalence; however, their prevalence differs around the world. The European Union defines rare disorders as diseases affecting ≤50 people per 100,000 populations, while in the United States any disorder affecting ≤200,000 people is considered a rare disease.

Currently, approximately 7,000 different disorders fulfill the criteria for rare diseases, and altogether affect 6-8% of the population. This represents about 300 million people worldwide. Interestingly, a high percentage of them are genetically determined, affect children and in several cases the neurologic phenotypes are characterized by movement disorders.

The new genomics technologies (NGT) can help characterize rare diseases with movement disorders as a main symptom, to recognize variable phenotypic and genotypic expression, as well as to best understand its etiopathogenic mechanisms.

Taking into account that general neurologists, and particularly movement disorders specialists, would increasingly be confronted with the management of these patients, we need to define, identify, promote and expand the knowledge of rare disorders in the field of movement disorders.

The course “An Introduction to Rare Movement Disorders Diseases” is an opportunity for neurologists, biologists, geneticists, allied health professionals and members of the research development and technological innovation areas of the pharmaceutical companies who are interested in rare diseases with Movement Disorders as the main clinical manifestation, to learn more.

This course will instruct general neurologists on how to identify rare movement disorders diseases, use a rational approach, and recognize treatable rare movement disorders diseases. The course will also discuss the selection criteria for appropriate genetic studies and referrals to specialized centers.

Participants will attend large lectures, panel discussions with international experts, video sessions, explore new diagnosis and treatment tools (genetics techniques, clinical approach, orphan drugs, innovative technologies) and social aspects on rare disorders (organizations, management, etc.). 

Other topics will include: new genetic technologies, hypokinetic and hyperkinetic rare disorders, neuro-metabolics, ataxia disorders, and social aspects of rare disorders with movement disorders.

Language of the Course

The course will be presented in Spanish with some talks presented in English. Translation services will not be available. One of the strategic goals for MDS-PAS is to introduce English lectures gradually to courses where English is not the primary language.

Video Challenge

Participants who are young neurologists under the age of 45 are encouraged to submit a Letter of Intent for the Video Case Challenge. Up to two different cases can be submitted at one time. Cases submitted must have a known diagnosis. Selected course faculty will review and select the cases. The selected participants will be notified and asked to submit a PowerPoint presentation with a brief video of their case. Those selected to present a case will be judged by the faculty and the best case presentation will be selected on Day 1 and on Day 2. The winners will be awarded an MDS merchandise prize.  

The goal of this session is for participants to learn from a series of unusual, very interesting patient cases and to see how senior experts approach these types of challenging cases. Presenters are required to have patient consent of patients featured in the video or who are otherwise identifiable.

Video Challenge Instructions: A 2-Step Process
Step 1

Submit a Letter of Intent for the Video Challenge. Up to two different cases may be submitted in one submission. Cases submitted must have a known diagnosis. The goal of this session is for participants to learn from a series of unusual, very interesting patient cases and to see how senior experts approach these types of challenging cases. 

Letter of Intent Submission Components include:

  • Brief summary of case
  • Description of what the video will demonstrate
  • Statement of why the case is unique or of interest
  • What is the known diagnosis?

The author(s) of the Work hereby represents and confirms that he/she has obtained the written consent of any and all patient(s) featured or who are otherwise identifiable or used in the Work to such feature, identification or other use therein and that said consent fully complies with all applicable legal requirements relating to the use of said such patient identifiable material, including, without limitation, if applicable, the specific requirements of the United States Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 ("HIPAA").

Submit Letter of Intent Here

Letter of Intent Deadline is July 31, 2017

Letter of Intent notifications will be e-mailed August 16-18, 2017

Step 2

Only those selected to present a case will be provided with a link to submit their PowerPoint and Video. The faculty will review the submission and provide feedback, only if needed. Presentations should be no more than 10 minutes in length and must have a known diagnosis that is present at the end of the presentation.

Format required for your presentation:

  • History (two slides maximum)
  • Video clip (up to 3 minutes in duration)
  • Audience discussion of:
    - Phenomenology
    - Differential diagnosis
    - Investigations
  • Presentation of the known diagnosis, and relevant review of the condition (3 slides maximum)
Important Dates to Note
  • July 31:  Letter of Intent Due
  • August 16-18: Letter of Intent Email notifications of results
  • September 1: Selected cases are due, PowerPoint/Video for review
  • September 13-15: Email notification of any edits/feedback and the date your presentation will be presented

Those selected to present a case will be judged by the faculty and the best case presentation will be selected on Day 1 and on Day 2. The winners will be awarded an MDS merchandise prize.

Recommended Audience

This course is directed toward Movement Disorder specialists, general neurologists and trainees, clinical geneticists, health allied professionals, ONG organizations and pharmaceutical companies research, development and innovative teams.

Learning Objectives
  • Recognize rare movement disorders related to rare diseases
  • Identify the variability of phenotype-genotype, and according with these findings, provide rational potential new therapeutic pathways
  • Describe specific available treatments for rare movement disorders
  • Identify new innovative technologies for rare movement disorders management and their effects on specific symptoms
  • Discuss the role of research organizations in the field of rare movement disorders
  • Explain the role of the neurologists in the identification and management of patients with rare movement disorders
Physician Competencies
  • Employ evidence-based practice
  • Utilize informatics
  • Increase medical knowledge
  • Professionalism
CME Accreditation

This course will not provide Continuing Medical Education Credits (CME).


Uruguayan Medical Union Headquarters
Sindicato Medico Del Uruguay, SMU
Boulevard Artigas 1565, Montevideo, Uruguay


Registration includes entrance to all sessions, course materials, catering and 1-year associate membership for eligible non-members.  To find out more about associate membership or eligibility, please visit the Associate Membership Webpage.

MDS Members: $75.00 USD
Non-Members: $100.00 USD
Junior and Waived Dues Members: $50.00 USD
Onsite Registration Additional Fee: $25.00 USD

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Refund Policy:  For cancellation 2 weeks in advance of a course the registration fee will be 100% refunded, minus a $25 administrative fee.  For cancellation within 2 weeks of a course, the registration fee is non-refundable.

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Travel Grants

MDS recognizes that some countries have limited access to Movement Disorder Education and may be restricted by resources. The Developing World Education Program is designed to address the needs of individuals in those countries. To that end, this course has a limited amount of travel grants for interested participants residing in specific countries of MDS-PAS

The grant amount provided will be based on application and need. The grant will be provided after confirmation of attending the course. Funds cannot be provided before attending the course. 

However, the travel grant can be applied toward your course registration fee. Please do not register for the course until you are notified about the results of your application. If part of your grant is applied toward registration, this amount will be deducted from the overall grant and the remainder of the grant will be provided to you after the course, via bank wire transfer.

Important Dates

  • July 24: Travel Grant Application Deadline
  • August 18: Notifications emailed

Please submit an application to be considered for a travel grant.