MDS News
November 2011

Society Announcements

Renew your 2012 Dues!
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Annemarie Opprecht Parkinson Award:  We are happy to announce the 5th competition for this prestigious International Award for research on Parkinson’s disease, sponsored by the Annemarie
Opprecht-Foundation (Switzerland). The Award will be presented in 2012 with a sum of 100,000 Swiss Francs. Deadline for submission is April 30th, 2012.

Details regarding the Award, the conditions for submission, addresses, contacts and deadlines can be found on the foundation’s website:

International Congress News

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 Opens November 15! 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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for more information or to apply.

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

Important Dates:

  • Letter of Intent Submission for MDS Video Games Opens: November 15, 2011
  • Registration Opens: December 1, 2011
  • 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

Website News

Editor's Choice Articles: The first is “A Tale of Two Factors: What determines the Rate of Progression in Huntington’s Disease? A Longitudinal MRI Study.” The other article is “Factors Contributing to Institutionalization in Patients with Huntington’s Disease.”

We gratefully acknowledge our reviewer, Ruth H. Walker, MB, ChB, PhD, who works at the James J. Peters Veterans' Affairs Medical Center (Bronx) as a staff neurologist and Director of the Movement Disorders Clinic. She is also Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York. Read the reviews and listen to the podcasts.

Quick Opinion Please: This case concerns an 80-year-old, left-handed woman who in 1998 presented with symptoms of asymmetrical parkinsonism with worsening mobility, general slowing down and micrographia. View the video and read the case. 

We wish to thank our contributors, Dr. Khaled Amar, Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Dorset, UK, and Dr. Ralph Gregory, Poole Hospital, Dorset, UK, for sharing this intriguing case with the Society.

Health Professionals (Non-Physician) Special Interest Group: New this month are two reviews by members of the Health Professionals (Non-Physician) Special Interest Group. Jill Goldman, MS, MPhil, CGC, reviews "Exploration of transitional life events in individuals with Friedreich ataxia: implications for genetic counseling" (White VB, Leib JR, Farmer JM, Biesecker BB; Behav Brain Funct. 2010)

Gila Bronner, MPH, MSW, CST reviews "Sexual and Relationship Satisfaction among Persons with Young-Onset Parkinson's Disease" (Wielinski CL, Varpness SC, Erickson-Davis C, Paraschos AJ, and Parashos SA.); Journal of Sexual Medicine 2010.

Look for more select reviews to be posted on the Health Professionals’ webpage in the months to come.










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Education Announcements

MDS Meetings

Surgical Management of Movement Disorders: DBS and Beyond
Buenos Aires, Argentina
November 4-5, 2011
E-mail: Education Staff

Dopamine Transporter Imaging in Neurological Practice
Vienna, Austria
November 25, 2011
E-mail: Education Staff

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

MDS-ES Winter School for Young Neurologists
February 24-26, 2012
Innsbruck, Austria
E-mail: Education Staff
Application Deadline:
November 7, 2011!

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

Other Meetings
Supported or Endorsed by MDS

XXth World Congress of Neurology
November 12-18, 2011
Marrakesh, Morocco

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

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.

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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