Welcome from the Chair
Joaquim Ferreira, MD, PhD
Professor of Neurology
University of Lisbon
It is a great honor and privilege to assume the role of Chair of the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society’s European Section (MDS-ES). In assuming this role, I would like to start by thanking the previous Chairs, Olivier Rascol and Werner Poewe, for their example and mentoring, as well as all other current and previous members of the MDS-ES Officers, Executive and Education Committee.
The great accomplishments of our Section rely significantly on the remarkable work of our Education Committee, chaired by Angelo Antonini, whose members have been able to design and implement a portfolio of high quality educational activities that have also been adopted by other Sections. We should also not forget the generous participation of our membership, which reached an all-time high of over 1631 members from 49 countries in 2015.
Although it will not be easy to follow in the footsteps of the Section’s predecessors, we aim to continue their legacy and have defined the following as main goals for the next two years:
To strengthen the collaboration with the EAN, contributing jointly to the excellence of movement disorders and neurology in Europe
To stimulate the collaboration with all the local and national stakeholders in the field of movement disorders
To increase the number of junior members involved in the leading activities of the Society
Regarding the collaboration with the EAN, we can attest to the relevant contributions made by the MDS-ES leadership and members that added to the success of the first EAN Congress in Berlin. We have played a very active role in the development and implementation of the Movement Disorders program for 2015 and the same is already happening for Copenhagen 2016 and Amsterdam 2017. This fruitful collaboration is also extending to other educational initiatives like the EAN Regional Teaching Course that will take place in Khartoum, Sudan (October 15-17), for which Timothy Lynch generously accepted our invitation to serve as Faculty.
In the meantime, the MDS-ES educational program is hosting the next Summer School for Young Neurologists taking place in Prague (September 4-6), the DBS for Movement Disorders course in Grenoble (September 10-11) and the course Bridges and Boundaries in Movement Disorders: The Role of Neuroimaging in Pisa (November 12-13).
All this work is only possible with the efforts of a great leadership team that includes Olivier Rascol (Past Chair), Pille Taba (Secretary), Carlo Colosimo (Treasurer), Evžen Růžička (Chair-Elect), Marina De Koning-Tijssen (Secretary-Elect), Timothy Lynch (Treasurer-Elect), Tove Henriksen, Oleg Levin, Pablo Mir, Huw Morris, Yanosh Sanotsky, Klaus Seppi, Maria Stamelou, Lars Timmermann (Executive Committee members), Angelo Antonini (Education Committee Chair), Jean-Philippe Azulay, Roberta Biundo, Miguel Coelho, Paul De Roos, Mouna Ben Djebara, Mark Edwards, Elena Moro, Matej Skorvanek, Alexander Storch, Getrúd Tamás, Francesc Valldeoriola (Education Committee members). I would like to personally thank the MDS-ES Officers and Executive Committee members who have just completed their terms and welcome the new members.
I would also like to invite and encourage all MDS-ES members and all health professionals with an interest in movement disorders to actively participate in the Section’s activities and to contact us with any ideas, suggestions or proposals for new programs or collaborations.
I greatly look forward to working with all of you over the next two years in this very motivating time for the MDS European Section.