MDS News
December 2011

Society Announcements

Renew your 2012 Dues!
Get an early start on your 2012 membership and log in to the MDS Members Only section to renew today! By logging in, Members can check if dues are up to date, submit a credit card payment or request an invoice to pay dues. Forget your login or logging in for the first time?

International Congress News

Registration is Now Open! Registration before April 20, 2012 for the best rates.

Scientific Program is Now Available! 

Abstract Submission Now Open! The Movement Disorder Society invites all MDS Members and non-members to submit an abstract for review for the 16th International Congress.

There is no fee to submit an abstract. All abstract submissions must be original research.

Abstracts presented at other meetings
Abstracts that have been presented at other meetings may be submitted if they have not been published and if the meeting name and date are cited accordingly.

Please do not submit an abstract if you are not prepared to travel to the International Congress and present your research.

Letter of Intent Submission for the 5th Annual MDS Video Games Now Open! This LOI should give a brief summary of the case, a description of what the video will demonstrate and a statement about why the case is unique or of sufficient interest to be selected. For more information on the MDS Video Games, please visit the website.

Housing Now Open! 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

Deadline for Travel Grants: January 9, 2012
MDS is offering up to 100 travel grants of a maximum amount of $1,000 USD each to International Congress delegates in financial need to facilitate their travel to and participation in the 16th International Congress in Dublin, June 17-21, 2012.

International Congress registration fees will be waived for all travel grant recipients, and the amount of each travel grant given will be determined by the Awards Committee based on criteria including the applicant’s location in relation to the 2012 International Congress. Candidates must complete and return the official Travel Grant Application as well as send a copy of the abstract(s) they have submitted to the 16th International Congress.

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

Important Dates:

  • Abstract submission deadline: January 6, 2012
  • Travel Grant Deadline: January 9, 2012
  • Letter of Intents for MDS Video Games due: January 25, 2012
  • Early registration deadline: April 20, 2012
  • Final registration deadline: May 30, 2012

Regional Section News

MDS-ES is pleased to inform you of the following opportunities available from the European Federation of Neurological Societies:

EFNS Fellowship Programme
Deadline of application: December 31, 2011 Study the practice of neurology for up to 12 months in a foreign country and get up to Euro 2000.- per month.

EFNS Spring School for Young Neurologists (EFNS Academy) Deadline of application: January 31, 2012 Join young colleagues from all over Europe in Stare Splavy, Czech Republic - May 10-13, 2012.

Website News

Editor's Choice Article Review and Podcast: This edition’s Editor’s Choice Article is from the October 2011 issue of the Journal, titled, "The Relation Between Cognition and Motor Dysfunction in Drug-Naïve Newly Diagnosed Patients with Parkinson’s Disease," contributed by Dr. Susan H. Fox, MRCP (UK), PhD, Associate Professor Neurology, University of Toronto, Toronto Western Hospital. Read the review and listen to the podcast.

16th International Congress News and Updates: The 16th International Congress in Dublin, Ireland, June 17-21, 2012 has been in the planning stages for many months now. Visit the Society’s website dedicated exclusively to providing the latest information about the Congress. Get up-to-date information on housing, registration, abstract submissions, travel grants, social events and more! Also learn more about the new Skills Workshop: Movement Disorders Grand Rounds.

History in Movement Disorders: Personal Reflections
The MDS oral histories project aims to capture personal accounts of advances in the field of Movement Disorders - from 1817, when the first paper on Parkinson's disease was published, through the discovery of the underpinnings of levodopa and the founding of The Movement Disorder Society and its continued growth. View the oral histories on the website or on the MDS YouTube channel.

MDS-Owned Rating Scales: The latest scales to join MDS’s collection include the Global Assessment Scale for Wilson’s disease and the Jankovic Rating Scale Blepharospasm Disability Index. Download these scales and many others from the collection on the MDS website.








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Education Announcements

MDS Meetings

Dopamine Transporter Imaging in Neurological Practice
December 3, 2011
Houston, TX, USA
E-mail: Education Staff

MDS-ES Winter School for Young Neurologists
Applications Closed
February 24-26, 2012
Innsbruck, Austria
E-mail: Education Staff

Update on the Pathogenesis and Treatment of Parkinson's Disease and Related Disorders
March 4, 2012
La Paz, Bolivia
E-mail: Education Staff

Dopamine Transporter Imaging in Neurological Practice
March 31, 2012
Santa Clara, CA, USA
E-mail: Education Staff

Other Meetings
Supported or Endorsed by MDS

Dystonia and Dystonic Syndromes
December 8-9, 2011
Olomouc, Czech Republic

Knowledge Gaps in Parkinson's Disease and Other Movement Disorders
February 9-11, 2012
Genova, Italy

Genetics in Parkinson’s Disease – Focus on Ashkenazi Jews
February 16, 2012
Tel Aviv, Israel
E-mail: Prof. Nir Giladi

Birmingham Movement Disorders Course
March 14-16, 2012
Birmingham, United Kingdom
E-mail: Susan Pope

4th International Congress on Multiple System Atrophy
March 19-20, 2012
Toulouse, France
E-mail: Evelyne Guillaud

Educational Activities

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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