MDS News
September 2011

Society Announcements

MDS Seeks Honorary Member Award Nominations
Each year MDS presents up to two Honorary Member Awards recognizing individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the field of Movement Disorders or otherwise to the Society. We are now accepting Honorary Member nominations from MDS members. Please include the candidate’s name and institution, as well as complete contact information when submitting your nominations. Please e-mail nominations no later than September 30, 2011.

International Congress News

Abstract Submission Opens October 3, 2011
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.

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

  • Housing opens: October, 2011
  • Abstract submission opens: October 3, 2011
  • Registration opens: December 1, 2011
  • Abstract submission deadline: January 6, 2012
  • Early registration deadline: April 20, 2012
  • Final registration deadline: May 30, 2012

Website News

New to the MDS website is a report by Joe Giuliano, Director, Clinical Operations, CHDI Management, Inc, (Advisors to the CHDI Foundation), who contributes an article on the new global Longitudinal Observational Study in HD: Enroll-HD. In addition, read the latest news about the Cooperative Huntington’s Observational Research Trial (COHORT). Read the articles.

Share your interesting video case with the Society! In every edition of the MDS website we feature one unique Case of the Month for study by MDS members. This interactive feature guides the user to watch a video, answer several questions, and then choose a likely diagnosis.

We encourage you to submit your challenging video case for consideration. The format requires an initial brief clinical synopsis with a video and questions related to the phenomenology of the movement disorders shown on the video.

Once received, cases will be peer reviewed by the Co-Medial Editors, Hubert Fernandez, MD, and Marcelo Merello, MD, PhD, as well as by two more medical reviewers. Case content and format may require revision. Once finalized, the case will be posted as a Case of the Month for exclusive viewing by MDS members.

For more information and detailed instructions for submitting a case, please click here.

Thank you for helping to make the Case of the Month an important educational tool for our Society!

Case of the Month: This case is of a 24-year-old Indian male who presented with abnormal movements of right upper and lower limb over the course of 10 days. He also had a tingling sensation in his right upper limb for five days. View the case.

Quick Opinion Please: This case features a 60-year, old right-handed man who started having orolingual movements approximately three years ago. For approximately one year, movements progressed to generalized chorea which impaired his gait and activities of daily living. Post your comments in the forum.

Archives Committee: The MDS Oral Histories project, overseen by the Archives Committee, aims to capture personal accounts of advances in the field of Movement Disorders. Interviews with MDS members were recorded during the International Congresses held in Paris in 2009 and in Buenos Aires in 2010. New - The interviews from the 2011 Congress in Toronto are now available! Watch the interviews.

Rating Scales: One of our goals is to make available tools to our members for use in their daily activities at work or at home. These tools include the MDS-owned Rating Scales, now available in downloadable pdf format for easy viewing. View all rating scales here.

Health Professionals: New on our website is a Featured Article review by Mariella Graziano, BSc (Hons), PT, Luxembourg. Mariella reviews “Striding Out With Parkinson Disease: Evidence-Based Physical Therapy for Gait Disorders” by Meg E. Morris, et al, originally published in Physical Therapy, the Journal of the American Physical Therapy Association. Subsequent reviews of various healthcare disciplines will appear on the website in the months to come. Read the review.

Also, Barbara Habermann, Associate Professor of the Department of Family Health Nursing at Indiana University, Indiana, USA, contributes her review of the paper, ""Optimism, Pessimism, Mutuality, and Gender: Predicting 10-Year Role Strain in Parkinson's Disease Spouses" by Karen S. Lyons, et al, originally published in The Gerontologist. Read the review.

MoveNet - Join MDS' newest online community! (available to members and non-members)
By joining, you can:
• Search movement disorders specialists around the globe
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• Keep up on the latest advances in movement disorders
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Education Announcements

MDS Meetings

Dopamine Transporter Imaging in Neurological Practice
September 10, 2011
Chicago, IL, USA
E-mail: Education Staff

Diagnosis and Treatment of Dystonia Syndromes
Milan, Italy
September 22-23, 2011
E-mail: Education Staff

Dopamine Transporter Imaging in Neurological Practice
Santa Clara, CA, USA
October 15, 2011
E-mail: Education Staff

Botulinum Toxin Training for Neurological Diseases
Liverpool, United Kingdom
October 18-19, 2011
E-mail: Education Staff

Pan American School for Young Neurologists
São Paulo, Brazil
October 28-30, 2011
E-mail: Education Staff
Travel Grants Available!
Apply Now!

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

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

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

Other Meetings
Supported or Endorsed by MDS

Movement Disorder Society of Australia Scientific Meeting
September 8-10, 2011
Melbourne, Australia
E-mail: Victor Fung

15th Congress of the European Federation of Neurological Societies (EFNS)
September 10-13, 2011
Budapest, Hungary

MDS Visiting Professor Program
September 16-17, 2011
Yerevan, Armenia
E-mail: Zaruhi Tavadyan

Movement Disorders Made Easy and Exciting
September 20-21, 2011
Mumbai, India
E-mail: Mohit Bhatt

5th International Dystonia Symposium
October 20-22, 2011
Barcelona, Spain
E-mail: H.A. Jinnah

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

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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