Monthly Edition: August 2008

Message from your Medical Editors: August 2008

By Hubert H. Fernandez, MD and Marcelo J. Merello, MD, PhD

We can no longer underestimate the power of the internet. In today's digital world, news and information spread faster and reach more people in our global planet then ever before through the web. Careers, enterprises, political and even presidential aspirations have risen and fallen because of the internet. We need to harness this power, and use it effectively to bring The Movement Disorder Society together, to make it stronger, and to fulfil our common mission. And we are both honored to have been chosen as the drivers and engineers of this powerful medium.

We are committed to providing our membership with a website that is universal and international, that is user-friendly and contains features useful for all sectors of our growing society. It should be the central hub of all the activities of our society's various committees, task forces, and sections. Our website should lead the educational mission of the Society. We believe that The Movement Disorder Society should be the global leader for education, and the web, must play a central and leadership role to achieve this goal.

As your Medical Editors, you have our commitment that your website will be up-to-date at all times. Whenever you log in, starting with this edition, you will find a fresh monthly edition, with new editorials and featured articles. In this August Edition, you will find a new Case of the Month that is co-managed and edited by Dr. Susan Fox; and the Editor's Choice Article from Movement Disorders, where an article of broad interest to the membership is featured each month with free access to the public, along with a pod cast summary and review. In addition, featured articles this month include: Meet your Medical Editors and Five Days in Paris–a soulful description of the City of Lights by Dr. Bruno Dubois as we prepare for next year's International Congress. In addition, we have modified our homepage headings to make them more intuitive. You will notice that as you point your cursor to each heading, the subheadings now automatically drop down for ease in navigation. We have increased the overlap between topics and sections so you can get to your destination faster, whichever route you take. Next month, a new feature called Curbside Consults where members can present their challenging Movement Disorders patients for diagnostic and therapeutic opinion to the entire MDS active membership will be launched! More enhancements are coming in the succeeding editions.

We invite you to visit and navigate . . . and we welcome you to your new home!