Website Edition: December 2011/January 2012

Message from the Editors - December 2011/January 2012

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

Welcome to the December/January edition of the MDS website and Happy Holidays!

Editor’s Choice Article

We would like to thank Dr. Susan H. Fox, MRCP (UK), PhD, Associate Professor Neurology, University of Toronto, Toronto Western Hospital, for contributing this edition’s article and podcast review. She reviews the article, “The Relation Between Cognition and Motor Dysfunction in Drug-Naïve Newly Diagnosed Patients with Parkinson’s Disease,” by Magdalena Eriksson Domello, MSc, Eva Elgh, PhD and Lars Forsgren, MD, PhD. Read the review and listen to the podcast.

16th International Congress News and Updates

The 16th International Congress in Dublin, Ireland, June 17-21, 2012 has been in the planning stages for many months now. Visit the Society’s new website dedicated exclusively to providing the latest information about the Congress. Get up-to-date information on housing, registration, abstract submissions, travel grants, social events and more! View the Scientific Program and read about the new Skills Workshop: Movement Disorders Grand Rounds.

Health Professionals (Non-Physician) Special Interest Group Welcomes New Chairs

We are pleased to welcome two new leaders of the Health Professionals (Non-Physician) Special Interest Group to the Society. Professor Meg Morris, BAppSc (Physiotherapy), GradDip (Geront), MAPPSC, PhD, FACP, Head, Melbourne Department of Health Sciences, The University of Melbourne (Australia), will serve as the chair. Ruth Hagestuen, RN, MA, Business Development and Community Relations Partner, Struthers Parkinson’s Center and Consultant, National Parkinson Foundation, located in Minnesota, USA, will serve as co-chair.

The two will guide the growing group in its many activities and projects in 2012, with a focus on Outreach, Education and Research. In addition, Ms. Hagestuen will work with Mariella Graziano, MSc, BSc (Hons), to update the group's webpage with news and information of interest to movement disorders health professionals.

QR Codes Are Here, But What Are They?

While browsing through the latest issue of Moving Along, you may have noticed a strange looking symbol next to a few of the articles. No, it’s not a typographical error – it’s a QR code, short for Quick Response code.

This symbol is placed next to new and relevant articles that link to the MDS website. In order to use it, you first need to download a QR Reader app onto your mobile phone. Then, simply snap a picture of the code with your camera phone and the article will download directly on your phone for instant viewing. (To download a free QR code reader app, search “QR” in the App feature on your mobile phone.)

One of our goals is to utilize new technology to connect you, faster, anytime, anywhere, to valuable information, updates and tools on the MDS website. Soon, with QR codes you will be able to view videos, podcasts, editorials, and articles from your own phone … in lightning speed! Check out the QR codes placed next to various articles in the newsletter and see for yourself!

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As we say farewell to 2011, and look ahead to 2012, the Online Co-Medical Web Editors, Website Manager, and Web Editorial Board would like to wish all of you, our colleagues and friends around the globe, a joyous and peaceful holiday season and a bright new year!