Website Edition: June/July 2011

Message from the Editors

Featuring the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation

By Hubert Fernandez, MD and Marcelo Merello, MD, PhD
Co-Medical Editors of the MDS Website

In this June/July edition, we are pleased to share the latest news from the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation, headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, USA. President Arthur Kessler, Dr. Mahlon DeLong, MD, Professor of Neurology, Emory School of Medicine, and Prof. Jan Teller, MA, PhD, Science Officer for the DMRF, provide updates on the foundation's latest activities and achievements.

Dr. DeLong writes on "DMRF Provides Essential Services for Physicians and Patients." President Kessler contributes an article entitled, "Training Tomorrow's Movement Disorder Superheroes: DMRF and Merz Partner to Offer Clinical Movement Disorders Fellowships with a Focus on Dystonia." Additionally, Prof. Teller provides us with an inside peek at the foundation's next gathering in Barcelona this October with "5th International Dystonia Symposium – It's Not What You Think!"

Editor's Choice Article

The Editor's Choice Article chosen for this edition is entitled, "Rapidly Progressive Diffuse Lewy Body Disease" by Carles Gaig MD, et al. David Burn, MD, FRCP, Professor of Movement Disorder Neurology, Newcastle University, United Kingdom, contributes the podcast review. Read the article and listen to the podcast.

Case of the Month

This edition's Case of the Month concerns a 17-year-old girl who has exhibited a progressive history of gait disturbance since she was 10. The case is contributed by Dr. Soumya Ghosh, MBBS, PhD, FRACP and Dr. Anthony E. Lang MD, FRCPC, Toronto Western Hospital, Movement Disorders Centre. Read the case.

15th International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders

The 15th International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders is just a few days away, and this year's theme, "Behavioral and motor interfaces of movement disorders: From laboratory to patient care" promises something for everyone. More than 3,000 participants from around the globe are coming to Toronto for MDS's biggest educational meeting of the year.

For the first time, MDS will be tweeting from Congress. If you are not familiar with the social network, Twitter, we invite you to log on to and follow MDS @movedisorder to keep apprised of all the goings-on during the Society's 5-day scientific meeting. From sessions to teaching courses, social events to training classes, there is a lot happening that you won't want to miss! You can also view the Congress Twitter feed on the MDS home page throughout the entire Congress.

Make sure to stop by the MDS Information Desk next to Registration in the South Building, Level 600, not only to say hello to MDS staff, but to learn more about the website and all of its features and tools. Find a moment to relax and take a short Website Survey online while at Congress for a chance to win one of three Apple iPads®. Details will be in your Registration Bag, as well as in the Final Program and at the Information Desk. You may also browse the MDS website from a computer in the Internet Café, located in Exhibit Hall E.


In other news, we are pleased to announce the launch of two new online tools for members and non-members alike: MoveNet and MDS Mobile.

MoveNet is MDS's newest online community which is free to join and open to physicians, researchers and other health professionals who are interested in learning more about the field of Movement Disorders. When you join MoveNet, which welcomes MDS members as well as nonmembers, you can:

  • Search movement disorders specialists around the globe
  • Opt-in to receive timely MDS news and information
  • Keep up on the latest advances in movement disorders
  • Connect with old friends or meet new colleagues
Welcome to MDS Mobile!

Now, you can keep your Society close at hand wherever you go. When you visit the Society website from your smartphone, you will have quick, easy access to a variety of features, including the MDS Journal, Rating Scales, Membership Directory, Members Only content, the International Congress, and more! Visit on your web-enabled phone today!