The International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society (MDS) is a professional society of clinicians, scientists, and other healthcare professionals, who are interested in Parkinson's disease, related neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental disorders, hyperkinetic movement disorders, and abnormalities in muscle tone and motor control.
Learn more about the International Parkinson and Movement
Disorder Society in this video welcome message from MDS
President Dr. Matthew Stern.
The spectrum of clinical disorders represented by the Society includes but is not limited to:
- Parkinson's disease and parkinsonism
- Chorea, Huntington's disease
- Tremor and essential tremor
- Myoclonus and startle
- Tics and Tourette syndrome
- Restless legs syndrome
- Stiff person syndrome
- Gait disorders
In recent years, there has been tremendous growth in new diagnostic information, pharmacological and neurosurgical treatments for Movement Disorders, as well as a greater understanding of impaired motor control function. MDS offers you and your patients an essential link to this knowledge.
In 1985, The Movement Disorder Society was founded on the initiative of Professors Stanley Fahn and C. David Marsden, whose leadership and vision guided the expansion of clinical expertise and research in this field. This not-for-profit organization merged in 1992 with the International Medical Society for Motor Disturbances. Publication of the journal Movement Disorders began in 1986, and the first International Congress was held in 1990.
In 2013, The Movement Disorder Society officially changed its name to the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society, in order to recognize the growing importance of Parkinson’s disease care and research within the field of Movement Disorders.
For more about the Society, visit MDS's Archives Committee webpage.