2002 International Congress

MDS 7th International Congress: A Record-Breaking Success

The Movement Disorder Society's 7th International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders was held in Miami, Florida, USA, from November 10-14, 2002, bringing together nearly 2,700 participants from 69 different countries around the globe. The Miami Congress represents a major bench-mark for the Society with numbers and praises surpassing those of previous years.

Scientific Program

The Congress' Scientific Program commenced on Sunday morning with seven industry-supported Kickoff Seminars. Following the seminars offered on Sunday, the line-up included eight Plenary and six Parallel Sessions, twenty-one late afternoon Wine and Cheese Seminars and ten Video Dinners. Sessions encompassed a wide range of topics including the treatment of Movement Disorders, neuroimaging, gene therapy and public health issues. All scientific sessions were well received with some sessions offering standing room only.

Congress attendees discussing a poster presentation

MDS received and accepted a record-breaking number of abstracts for the 7th International Congress. Over 1,100 abstracts were presented during seven Poster Sessions and due to the large number of presentations, poster session viewing times were somewhat limited. The Society looks forward to accommodating longer viewing periods in 2004. Each abstract was published in a supplement of Movement Disorders, the official journal of The Movement Disorder Society.

Exhibitors and Supporters

The 7th International Congress attracted nearly double the number of exhibitors from its previous Congress, allowing attendees to network with more international patient organizations, pharmaceutical companies, publishers and other industry leaders. Additionally, MDS was pleased to collaborate with numerous industry leaders on Platinum, Silver and Bronze Support levels in the form of unrestricted educational grants. The generated funds were put toward various Congress initiatives, including sponsorship of Congress Registration Bags, Social Events and Abstracts on CD-ROM.

Other Major Highlights

144 faculty members from 19 countries around the globe presented their expertise on Movement Disorders and related topics throughout the Congress scientific program.

Janet Reno, speaking to a standing-room only crowd at the Congress Opening Ceremony

Featured Guest
Ms. Janet Reno, former US Attorney General, was a featured speaker at the Congress Opening Ceremony on November 10th, 2002. Ms. Reno discussed her personal perspectives as a patient living with Parkinson's disease.

Lectureship Awards
On November 11, David J. Brooks of London, UK received the Stanley Fahn Lectureship Award for his outstanding work in Parkinson's disease imaging. Additionally Yoshikuni Mizuno of Tokyo, Japan received the C. David Marsden Lectureship Award in recognition of his research achievements in Parkin and Parkinson's disease.

MDS History Exhibit
Organized by Christopher Goetz, MD, the MDS History Exhibit proved to be a major interest for Congress delegates. Original books, manuscripts, letters, video footage, photographs, medical artifacts and instruments related to the development of Movement Disorders as a discipline were displayed in glass cases through the duration of the Congress. MDS members were the primary source of original artifacts. Additionally, artifacts were on loan from libraries and private collections.

A steel drum band performs for Congress attendees

Social Events
Congress participants celebrated with old and new friends during the Opening Reception on Sunday evening November 10. Guests were guided to the Great Lawn of the Fontainebleau Hilton where they were greeted by stilt walkers, a steel drum band and traditional Cuban faire.

Additionally, attendees were invited to celebrate on Wednesday, November 13 during the Congress Banquet held at the Miami Seaquarium. Guests were fascinated with the Seaquarium's featured stars, during the Dolphin and Killer Whale shows. A wonderful dinner and dancing overlooking Miami's beautiful lagoon topped off the evening.

MDS thanks faculty, delegates, exhibitors, sponsors and support staff for their contributions to the most successful Congress in MDS history. Please contact the MDS Secretariat for additional 2002 Congress information, or for ways in which you can participate in the 2004 MDS Congress in Italy.