2004 International Congress

The Movement Disorder Society's
8th International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders

President's Letter

The Movement Disorder Society's (MDS) 8th International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders held this past June in Rome, Italy was a truly unforgettable experience. Rome was a wonderful location for the meeting and we were able to enjoy the best weather that Rome has to offer.

The 8th International Congress marked a significant milestone for MDS. More than 3,500 delegates attended the 8th International Congress in Rome. This is a phenomenal 29% increase over those numbers recorded in Miami.

All aspects of the program were widely acclaimed and the members of the MDS Congress Scientific Program Committee (CSPC) and world-renowned faculty did a superb job in developing and presenting an outstanding scientific program.

Complimenting the traditional Congress sessions, several innovative and exciting additions were made to the program this year. Platform presentations of work presented during the Rome Congress and accentuating cutting-edge science on Parkinson's disease and other Movement Disorders were included. Delegates also enjoyed ground-breaking plenary presentations on controversial topics. These novel sessions were a highlight of the meeting and well-received by participants.

At each International Congress, MDS has the privilege of recognizing individuals for extraordinary achievement. Among these are the C. David Marsden and Stanley Fahn Lectureships, Junior Awards in Clinical and Basic Science, Career Awards, and Honorary Membership.

In Rome, we were pleased to welcome Dr. Donald Price, who gave the C. David Marsden Lecture, and Dr. Huda Zoghbi, who gave the Stanley Fahn Lecture. Two Junior Awards were also given in recognition of outstanding abstracts submitted by Junior MDS Members. Dr. Pedro Gonzalez-Alegre received the award for basic science, and Dr. David R. Williams received the award in clinical research. Junior Award recipients presented their abstracts during a special Congress session.

Each year, MDS recognizes individuals for career scientific achievement and contributions to Movement Disorders. Dr. Yves Agid was the recipient of the prestigious Career Award in 2004. Also this year, Honorary Membership in the Society was bestowed upon Dr. Roger Duvoisin and Dr. Hiroshi Shibasaki. Honorary Membership honors individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to MDS and Movement Disorders. Recipients become lifetime members of MDS.

Planning is now well underway for the Society's 9th International Congress in New Orleans , Louisiana, USA. New Orleans is a city famous for its French Quarter, jazz music, lively entertainment and distinctive cultures. The New Orleans Marriott Hotel, the headquarters for the 2005 Congress, and the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, will serve as the venues for the scientific sessions, poster presentations, exhibits and registration. Delegate accommodations will also be available at these locations.

The 2005 scientific program will incorporate kickoff symposia, plenary and parallel sessions, skills workshops, video seminars, and poster sessions. While kickoff and plenary sessions will remain largely unchanged from previous Congresses, parallel sessions and skills workshops have been added to meet the need for smaller, more focused sessions. Between 50 and 200 delegates will participate, allowing for more in-depth coverage on specific topics and enhancing audience interaction. Platform presentations of selected abstracts and controversies, both very well-received by delegates in 2004, will be offered again in 2005.

MDS is committed to providing a balanced and inclusive educational experience for all delegates and attendees of the 9th International Congress may expect to find modifications to the registration format in 2005. Registration fees for the meeting will include all plenary and parallel sessions, skills workshops and evening video sessions, providing delegates with an opportunity to create a personal Congress itinerary from those topics they are most interested in. Register early to take advantage of the reduced registration rates and to reserve the sessions of your choice.

Please plan to join us in New Orleans for the 9th International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders, March 5-8, 2005. The 2005 International Congress promises to offer a unique and enriching educational experience for all who attend. Please visit the MDS website at www.movementdisorders.org for all the latest updates on the 9th International Congress.