MDS News - December 2012

Society News

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International Congress News

16th International Congress Abstracts available!

Claiming CME Credit
Log in using your International Congress File Number located on your name badge or your confirmation. Follow the on-screen instructions to claim CME Credit for the sessions you attended.

Registration is now open!
Register before April 19, 2013 for the best rates!

Scientific Program is now available!

Abstract Submission Deadline – January 7, 2013!
The Movement Disorder Society invites all MDS Members and Non-Members to submit an abstract for review for the 17th International Congress in Sydney, Australia, June 16-20, 2013. For more information, go to the abstract submission website.

There is no fee to submit an abstract. All abstract submissions must be original research. 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 to present your research. The abstract submission deadline is January 7, 2013.
Submit your abstract.

Please contact the MDS Secretariat at with any questions or concerns regarding abstract submissions.

Letter of Intent Submission for the 6th 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 Sydney online at any time. Please visit the website to reserve your room now!

Deadline for Travel Grants: January 11, 2013
The Movement Disorder Society (MDS) is offering up to 100 travel grants of a maximum amount of $2,000 USD each in partial support of International Congress delegates in financial need to facilitate their travel to and participation in the 17th International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders in Sydney, Australia, June 16-20, 2013.

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 2013 International Congress.The deadline to submit the official Online Travel Grant Application is January 11, 2013. Successful awardees will be notified at the end of February, 2013. Click here for more information or to apply.

Note: You must be the first author on an abstract in order to apply for a travel grant.

Important Dates
17th International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders
Sydney, Australia
June 16-20, 2013

  • Abstract Submission deadline: January 7, 2013
  • Travel Grant Application deadline: January 11, 2013
  • Letter of Intent deadline for possible participation in the MDS Video Games: February 5, 2013
  • Early registration deadline: April 19, 2013
  • Final pre-registration deadline: May 17, 2013

Website News

Updates on Huntington's Disease
MDS is pleased to present an update on Huntington's Disease with three guest articles.

The first is contributed by Juliana Bronzova, MD, DSc, Science Director for the European Huntington's Disease Network (EHDN). She provides an update on the scope of the group's work, including the areas of Science, Clinical Research, and Care. Read the article.

Next, we hear from Louise Vetter, CEO of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America, who provides an overview of this important organization’s activities and objectives. Read the article.

Finally, MDS member William Fernandez-Escobar, MD, Head, Movement Disorders Unit, Universidad Nacional de Colombia-Bogotá shares his insights about Huntington’s after attending the 7th Plenary meeting of the EHDN which was held September 14-16, 2012, in Stockholm, Sweden. Read the article.

Video Case of the Month:
In this edition we feature the Third Place Winner of the 2012 Case of the Month Regional Section Competition. The video case, submitted by Yi-Cheng Tai, MD, and Ruey-Meei Wu, MD, PhD, Taiwan (Asian-Oceanian Section), is entitled, "A Taiwanese woman presents with involuntary movement of the right upper limb and motor disability of the left upper limb." Click here to view the case. (Members Only) Watch for upcoming information about next year's competition on the MDS website and in the MDS E-Newsletter.

Health Professionals (Non-Physician) Special Interest Group Can Access Interdisciplinary Care Resources on the Web
Visit the MDS website for information about the unique role and contribution to care by the following disciplines: Nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, genetics, social work, speech therapy, sexual health, clinical psychology/neuropsychology, and dietetics/nutrition. Read the latest Message from the Health Professionals (Non-Physician) Special Interest Group here.


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Education Announcements

MDS Meetings

Evidence Based Medicine Update on Treatments for Parkinson's Disease
January 18, 2013
Innsbruck, Austria
Register Online!

MDS-ES Winter School for Young Neurologists
March 1-3, 2013
Tartu, Estonia
Apply Now!

MDS-PAS Summer School for Young Neurologists
April 5-7, 2013
Santiago, Chile
Apply Now!

Other Meetings
Supported or Endorsed by MDS

VI Neurotoxicity Society Meeting: Mechanisms of Neurodegenerative Disorders
March 21-14, 2013
Valdivia, Chile

Merinoff Symposium 2013: Parkinson's Disease
April 10-12, 2013
Manhasset, NY, USA
Contact: Christoper Czura

Unusual Movement Disorders Symposium (7th Anniversary of the University of Cincinnati Movement Disorders Video Rounds)
March 13, 2013
Cincinnati, OH, USA
Contact: Alberto Espay

Visiting Professor Program
April 10-12, 2013
Buenos Aires, Argentina

The Interface Between Neurology and Psychiatry: Movement Disorders
April 13, 2013
Boston, MA, USA
Contact: Joseph Friedman

Educational Activities

Educational Opportunities

The MDS-ES Movement Disorders European Fellowship Program
MDS-ES will award three Movement Disorders European Fellowship Program (3) grants of €1,500 plus travel expenses up to €300 for applicants to visit a European Movement Disorders centre. Click here to learn more.

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
Teaching Course and Themed Course DVDs from the 15th and now 16th International Congress are available for purchase at the MDS E-Store. Includes slides, audio, video and syllabi.

New - 2012 VO Games DVD
Order the 16th 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.

Recent Online Journal CME


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