MDS News
February 2012

Society Announcements

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International Congress News

Register Now! It is recommended that ticketed sessions be chosen in advance, as ticket selections cannot be guaranteed onsite. Register before April 20, 2012 for the best rates.

Preliminary Program is Now Available! 
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.

Late-Breaking Abstract Submission
Deadline: The Late-Breaking Abstract deadline is April 2, 2012 at 12:00 Noon US CST.

Definition: A Late-Breaking Abstract is any abstract reporting information that became available for public dissemination after the deadline of the regular abstract submission. It must be of critical importance to the clinical and/or scientific community and/or the public and should be newsworthy.

Late-Breaking Abstracts may be submitted by MDS Members or non-members. Submit a Late-Breaking Abstract.

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:

  • Late-Breaking Abstract deadline: April 2, 2012
  • Early registration deadline: April 20, 2012
  • Final registration deadline: May 30, 2012

Website News

MDS Launches Coffee Break CME
No time for CME? No Problem! Coffee Break CME is The Movement Disorder Society's first online CME program specially designed for the busy clinician. For physicians who care for Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders patients, continuing education is critical to providing the best care possible. This program is designed to provide this information in a modular format where each module is focused on a single topic that can be completed in a short period of time and provide the clinician with updated information that is relevant to their practice. Both standard approaches and new advances will be highlighted.

Each module is broken into sub-topics that are discussed in a short article and demonstrated in 1-5 case study videos. The scope of this project includes modules on: parkinsonism, tremor, dystonia, chorea, restless legs syndrome, and other topics as identified. These modules will be rolled out over several months, beginning with three modules covering tremors. After users have registered for a module, they are able to log in to the site as many times as needed to view all the material. At the beginning and completion of each module, participants are asked content-related questions to gauge their learning.

Recommended Audience
This program is recommended for neurologists, primary care physicians with an interest in movement disorders, neurology residents and movement disorder fellows. Nurses and physical therapists may also be interested.

The Movement Disorder Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide medical education for physicians. The Movement Disorder Society designates each module for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Calling All Cases! All video cases submitted to the Case of the Month between January 1, 2012 and April 1, 2012 from the following MDS Regional Sections - Asian and Oceanian, Pan American and European - will automatically be entered into our Regional Section competition! If your case is chosen as a winner, you will receive a $200 Amazon gift card, as well as recognition from your peers.

Judging will take place in May 2012, with the winning case announced by the MDS Medical Co-Editors at the 16th International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders in Dublin, Ireland, June 17-21, 2012. Your video case will remain on the MDS website indefinitely for exclusive viewing by MDS members.

Questions? Email Heidi Friedrichs, MDS Website Manager









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Education Announcements

MDS Meetings

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

5th Annual MDS-ES Summer School for Young Neurologists
July 6-8, 2012
Paris, France
Application Deadline: April 16, 2012
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

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

Educational Opportunities

MDS-AOS Traveling Fellowship Program
Apply Now!
Application Deadline: March 31, 2012
E-mail: Education Staff

Call to Host the MDS-ES Summer and Winter Schools
Email: Education Staff

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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