Werner Poewe, Chair
Welcome to all new and returning visitors to the MDS-ES Web page. I hope you will find much useful information here about the European Section and our activities in Europe.
Under the editorship of Carlo Colosimo of Rome, our section has introduced several new features to this web page, including a selection of outstanding European papers published in the last three months entitled “Keynote Publications from Europe.” You will also find a presentation of one of the MDS affiliate national societies and a section of links to panel activities and European disease management recommendations and the MDS-ES Education Committee’s strategic plan.
MDS-ES Educational Committee: The committee, led by Joaquim Ferreira, continues to develop the 2013 educational portfolio, including the second occurrence of our Winter School Program, in addition to the established Summer School for young neurologists. Following the inaugural Winter School in Innsbruck, the second event was held in Tartu, Estonia in early March under the direction of Pille Taba. Forty-eight participants attended, representing countries from Albania to Uzbekistan.
July marks the 6th Annual MDS-ES Summer School for Young Neurologists, to be held in London under the directorship of Kailash Bhatia. Registration is currently open, and applications will be accepted through May 17, 2013. July also marks the first occurrence of the MDS Allied Health Summer School, the first School of its kind, held in partnership with ParkinsonNet, a Dutch collaborative physiotherapy network, and directed by Bas Bloem, Samyra Keus, and Martin Munneke. Registration will be open through April 23. Finally, Fès, Morocco will be the location of the latest Developing World Education Program. This course, directed by Ouafae Messouak on April 20, is the first DWEP – a key strategic priority for MDS-ES held in this area.
MDS-ES Fellowship: The first MDS-ES Fellows have been chosen and a second call for applications is anticipated in September 2013. Please keep an eye on the website as that date draws nearer.
MDS-ES Leadership Elections: Voting is currently underway for the elections of the MDS-ES Leadership and we count on every MDS-ES member to cast his or her vote in 2013 by April 17.
The 18th Annual International Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Congress Topic Suggestions: Although the Congress in Sydney has not quite arrived, topics suggestions are now open for the 18th Annual International Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Congress, taking place in Stockholm, Sweden, June 8-12, 2014. This year, the Congress Scientific Planning Committee has made a special plea to Regional Sections to encourage topic suggestion submission from them. The theme of the upcoming Congress is “Emerging and Experimental Therapies,” and topic suggestions are now being accepted.
MDS-ES/EFNS Position Papers: Recent position papers published or in press jointly produced by MDS-ES and the EFNS Scientists Panel include: “Guidelines on Diagnosis and Treatment of Primary Dystonias,” "Recommendations on Parkinson's Disease (Early/Late)," and “Parkinson’s Disease Diagnosis.”
Joint Task Forces of MDS-ES/EFNS and ENS are currently working on atypical parkinsonian disorders, deep brain stimulation, and nomenclature of neurodegenerative disorders.
With best regards,