MDS News
May 2012

International Congress News

Register Now! It is recommended that ticketed sessions be chosen in advance, as ticket selections cannot be guaranteed onsite. The final pre-registration deadline is May 30. After May 30, the onsite registration rate will apply.


New event! An Evening with Lúnasa and the Brain
Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Time: 20:00
Location: National Concert Hall
Price: $35 USD per ticket

Join the RTÉ Concert Orchestra for an evening of mind blowing discussion and a full concert performance with Irish traditional phenomenon Lúnasa. Lúnasa has become one of the most sought-after bands on the international Celtic music scene. Music and the brain is an area of endless fascination - what governs hearing, learning, playing.

To mark the 16th International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders in Dublin, you are invited on an exploration of music and movement with Professor Steven Frucht as he focuses on the science of learning music and the effect this has on the brain. The performance will be held at the National Concert Hall in Dublin rated by performing artists as one of the finest concert venues in Europe.

Tickets can be purchased for $35.00 USD during the Congress registration process. If you are already registered for Congress, use your registration ID number found on your confirmation to log back in to your record and purchase the tickets.

View Preliminary Program Now! 
The Preliminary Program offers a listing of the scientific program for each day of the International Congress; including presentations, faculty listings and session dates/times. Other important information includes the location of the International Congress venue, list of industry supporters, CME information and more.

Reserve Your Hotel Room Now! You are able to reserve your room in Dublin online at any time. To reserve 10 or more rooms, please send your request by email to

16th International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders
Dublin, Ireland
June 17-21, 2012

Important Dates:

  • Final registration deadline: May 30, 2012

2013 International Congress Session Suggestions Now Open
Deadline: June 26, 2012

The Congress Scientific Program Committee (CSPC) invites you to submit session suggestions to aid in planning the 2013 International Congress in Sydney, Australia. Suggestions are being accepted for Controversies, Parallel Sessions, Plenary Sessions, Skills Workshops, Therapeutic Plenary Sessions, and Video Sessions. The CSPC will review all suggestions and may adapt or modify any topic or speaker suggestions received. Submit a session suggestion.


Invitation to attend European Dystonia Network meeting in Dublin - A one-day meeting of the European Dystonia Network will take place in Dublin on June 16th; for further information or how to register, please contact the Dystonia Europe Secretariat.

Call to Host the MDS-ES Summer Schools and Winter Schools - MDS-ES now seeks potential hosts for future Summer and Winter Schools from 2013 onwards. A major attraction of the Schools is that students are given an opportunity to examine at least 12 different patients with a Movement Disorder, each under the supervision of an international Movement Disorders expert. For more information on essential criteria and how to apply, please go to the MDS-ES website.

Website News

Understanding Gait in Aging: Finding the Way Forward
This month we take a closer look at the latest advances in the treatment of gait disorders in the aged. We hear from Dr. Robert Camicioli, MD, and Dr. Caterina Rosano, MD, MPH. Dr. Rosano works with the e-BRAIN research group, which investigates the interactions and synergisms between brain structure and function in relationship with mobility impairment in aging.

Dr. Camicioli is a Geriatric Neurologist with an interest in both cognitive and movement disorders and works at the University of Alberta. Since coming to the University of Alberta, he has focused on cognitive decline in people with Parkinson’s disease and has continued work with older “controls.” Read the articles.

Editor's Choice Article Podcast Review
For this edition, the MDS Web Editorial Board chose the Movement Disorders Journal article “Pisa Syndrome in Parkinson’s Disease: Clinical, Electromyographic, and Radiological Characterization.”

Dr. Leo Verhagen, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Neurological Sciences, Rush University Medical Center, reviews the article. Read the article and listen to the podcast review.

Journal Podcasts Now on Website!
Now you may listen to abstract readings from each issue of the Movement Disorders Journal at home or on your mobile device. Visit to hear the podcasts or to download to your mp3 player. Or, look for The Movement Disorder Society on iTunes!










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Education Announcements

MDS Meetings

Bloomsday Basic Movement Disorders Course
June 16, 2012
Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, No. 6 Kildare St.
Dublin, Ireland
E-mail: Education Staff
This course is specially designed for family physicians, general neurologists, internists, trainees and other clinicians interested in acquiring a basic understanding of movement disorders.

MDS-ES Regional Teaching Course
May 18-19, 2012
Odessa, Ukraine
E-mail: Education Staff

5th Annual MDS-ES Summer School for Young Neurologists
July 6-8, 2012
Paris, France
E-mail: Education Staff

Botulinum Toxin Training Course
August 24-25, 2012
Manila, Philippines
E-mail: Education Staff

Other Meetings
Supported or Endorsed by MDS

8th International Congress on Mental Dysfunction & Other Non-Motor Features in Parkinson’s Disease and Related Disorders
May 3-6, 2012
Berlin, Germany

EFNS Academy for Young Neurologists
May 10-13, 2012
Staré Splavy, Czech Republic

26th Annual PSG Symposium on Etiology, Pathogenesis, and Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease
May 11, 2012
Irving, TX, USA
E-mail: Donna Moskowitz

4th Teaching Course in Movement Disorders of the Neurological Clinical Research Unit/Institute of Molecular Medicine
May 26, 2012
Lisbon, Portugal
E-mail: Joaquim Ferreira

EFNS Regional Teaching Course Iasi 2012
May 30-June 2, 2012
Iasi, Romania
E-mail: Cristian Popescu

A Comprehensive Review of Movement Disorders for the Clinical Practitioner
July 30-August 2, 2012
Aspen, CO, USA

Educational Activities

Educational Opportunities

E-Learning Activities

New Therapies for Advanced Parkinson's Disease Now Available on DVD! Contains lectures recorded at the MDS workshop New Therapies for Advanced Parkinson's Disease on October 29, 2010 (Durham, North Carolina). Order your copy today!

International Congress DVDs
Order the 14th International Congress Teaching Courses DVD. Includes slides, audio, video and syllabi. Now available - Order the 15th International Congress Teaching Courses or 15th International Congress Themed Courses DVDs.

2011 VO Games DVD
Order the 15th International Congress VO Games DVD. Each DVD includes slides, audio and video, and features unique cases by representatives from Movement Disorder Centers around the world.

14th International Congress on Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders - Update on Dystonia Webcast 
Webcast course covering the spectrum of dystonias, providing insight into diagnosis and treatment.

De Novo Parkinson's Disease: Diagnosis and Treatment Based on an MDS sponsored course held in Lisbon, Portugal. Topics include natural history of PD, diagnosing PD, disease modifying strategies in PD, and management of non-motor problems in early PD. Intended for general neurologists, geriatricians and general practitioners.

Nonmotor Aspects of Parkinson's Disease Webcast
From the Edward I. Rudman Parkinson's Disease Patient and Caregiver Symposium: Non Motor Aspects of Parkinson's Disease. Intended for patients and caregivers.

KUMC 4th Annual Parkinson's Disease Symposium Webcast Intended for patients and caregivers.

Recent Online Journal CME


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