Website Edition: October/November 2013

Message from the Editors for October/November 2013 Edition

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


Welcome to the October/November edition of the MDS website.

New name, same mission

Have you noticed the Society's new name on the website? Effective September 3, 2013, the Society changed its name to the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society. MDS members voted to change the name at the annual business meeting in Sydney, Australia on June 18th, 2013.

This new name recognizes the growing importance of Parkinson’s disease care and research within the field of Movement Disorders and the activities of the Society. Though the name has changed, the MDS mission and goals will remain the same, and the Society will continue to work together to disseminate knowledge and promote research in order to favorably affect the care of patients with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. Read the news release.

Neurosurgery Special Interest Group Project Update

In this edition we are pleased to hear a report from the Chair of the Neurosurgery Special Interest Group, Prof. Per Almqvist. In his article, he states that at the MDS Congress in Sydney, the SIG agreed to adopt the NINDS/CDISC data standard for capturing adverse events data associated with DBS in Parkinson’s patients. The Neurosurgery SIG also proposed testing this new data capture tool in an epidemiological study. Read the Neurosurgery SIG report.

New Website Co-Editor Announced

We would like to welcome the new co-editor of the MDS website, Dr. Susan Fox, MRCP (UK), PhD, Associate Professor of Neurology at Toronto (ON) Western Hospital. Dr. Fox has been instrumental in guiding many website projects over the years, including Case of the Month, the EBM Reviews Section, numerous Education courses, and much more. Dr. Fox joins Dr. Hubert Fernandez in the major redesign of the website in the coming months.

Dr. Merello, who joins Prof. Kailash Bhatia as the new co-editor of the Movement Disorders-Clinical Practice Journal, will transition Dr. Fox into her new role in the coming months.