Website Edition: June/July 2009

Message from the Editors

By Hubert H. Fernandez, MD and Marcelo Merello, MD, PhD
Co-Medical Editors, MDS Website

Welcome to the June-July Edition of the MDS website and check out our new features!

This is a special month as we hold our 13th International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders in Paris, France from June 7-11, 2009! Please visit our home page for all your Congress needs.

In addition, we feature the men and women working toward a better future for all patients with Huntington's disease. We include two special articles starting with "Huntington's Disease Society of America: Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow" by Louise Vetter, CEO and an update from the Huntington Study Group (HSG), "Huntington Study Group dedicated to patients, research." Contributors include Dr. Ira Shoulson, MD, Dr. Steve Hersch, MD, PhD, Elise Kayson, HSG Head Study Coordinator, Leslie Kieburtz, HSG Director of Communications, andShari Kinel, HSG Executive Director.

In this edition, our Web Editorial Board has chosen “Patient profile, indications, efficacy and safety of duodenal levodopa infusion in advanced Parkinson's disease” by David Devos for the French Duodopa Study Group as our featured Editor’s Choice Article. This article can be read in its entirety by MDS members and non-members alike! We have invited Dr. Angelo Antonini to provide his comments and share some additional insights on his experience with the use of duodenal levodopa infusion.

We invite you to view our new Case of the Month and Curbside Consult. Consider also submitting your own challenging and interesting cases for our future editions, share your thoughts by sending us a note or by voting at our Online Poll. On the home page, click on the Links icon for your central source of Web addresses of non-for-profit organizations, research networks, and support groups of various movement disorders; and click on EBM Reviews and Task Force Papers for the complete collection of Evidenced-Based Medicine Reviews and Task Force Position Papers published in the Movement Disorders Journal!

Finally, we are proud to introduce a new regional section, the Pan American Section. The MDS-PAS has been modeled after the existing European and Asian-Oceanian Sections of MDS. The main goal of these Sections is to promote education in the field of Movement Disorders, and to provide a broader, more effective representation of its members by region. The proposed regions to be represented by the MDS-PAS are: Canada, USA, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and South America.