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European Section (MDS-ES)

All MDS members residing in the MDS-ES region are automatically members of the MDS-ES Regional Section, which provides local support and connections. 

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  Welcome from MDS-ES Chair, Pille Taba

Pille Taba, MD, PhD
University of Tartu
Tartu, Estonia
MDS-ES Chair

It is my pleasure, as MDS-European Section Chair, to welcome you to the MDS-European Section. MDS-ES is the premier European organization dedicated to disseminating knowledge and understanding about Movement Disorders within the field of Neurology.

MDS-ES continues to provide high quality and relevant online education to our colleagues in movement disorders and neuroscience, plus trainees, young neurologist and allied health specialists. We are also placing a priority on increased engagement with the European network of national movement disorder societies and MDS Affiliate Member Societies and continuation of fruitful collaborations with the European Academy of Neurology (EAN) and European Huntington’s Disease Nnetwork (EHDN) to facilitate communication and education to trainees and the general neurological community

Thank you for your continued interest and engagement in MDS-ES activities. Should you have any questions or would like to provide your ideas/feedback, please contact the MDS-ES Regional Manager, Heather Vitale at

With very best regards,

  Mission & Objectives

All MDS members living and working in Europe are automatically members of the European section of the Society and are warmly welcomed to participate in the Section’s activities and to contribute to the development of the Movement Disorders specialty in Europe.

The International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society’s European Section (MDS-ES) is the premier European organization dedicated to disseminating knowledge and understanding about Movement Disorders within the field of Neurology. 

The MDS-ES encourages general neurologists to develop an interest in Movement Disorders by offering live educational events, funding for underdeveloped regions within Europe and through collaborations with professional societies and patient organizations within Europe.  The MDS-ES is responsible for the Movement Disorders program for the newly formed European Academy of Neurology, and has recently formed an agreement with the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM) for their Movement Disorder programming as well. 

The MDS-ES encourages and facilitates education of junior members through the annual MDS-ES Summer School and Winter School for Young Neurologists, which gives attendees the opportunity to assess Movement Disorders patients under the guidance of recognized experts in the field, as well as present their own case studies.  In addition, the MDS-ES grants fellowship opportunities on an annual basis to four qualified fellows to study at Movement Disorders centers in Europe.  More information on all available opportunities with the MDS-ES is available on the MDS website.

  Regional Assembly: A Look Ahead

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MDS-ES Regional Section Secretariat Liaison 
Heather Vitale

MDS-ES Programs and Resources

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MDS-ES Regional Courses

View upcoming educational programs developed to meet the needs of the MDS-ES.

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Outreach Education

Apply for funding to support local movement disorders education.

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MDS-ES/EAN Sessions at EAN Congress

MDS Movement Disorder Sessions at the EAN Congress

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LEAP Leadership Program

A leadership training program to support the growth, development and success of young movement disorder specialists.

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MDS-ES Visiting Trainee Grant Program

Enabling young neurologists and scientists to advance their clinical knowledge or research experience. 

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MDS-ES Emergency Fellowships

Support for trainees from Ukraine whose clinical training has been disrupted by the ongoing conflict.

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Train the Trainer Program

Gain tools and resources to become a Trainer and lead regional education programs.

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The MDS-ES collaborates with the following entities on various initiatives within the regional section.


MDS-ES Affiliate Societies 

MDS encourages a continuous dialogue on a global level to bring clinicians, researchers and health practitioners together for the exchange of the latest developments in the diagnosis, treatment and research of Movement Disorders to enhance the education of physicians across the globe.

We invite neurological groups and organizations specializing in Movement Disorders to become an Affiliate Member of MDS. To apply visit, MDS Affiliate Member Society.

For any questions, please contact Heather Vitale at

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  All-Russian Society of Neurologists

Alla B. Guekht, MD, PhD
Vice President
Movement Disorders Division of the All-Russian Society of Neurologists
Russian State Medical Center
Prospect Mira 118A, Apt. 46
Moscow, 129164
Tel: +7095-2874966
Fax: +7902-1888427

  Austrian Parkinson's Disease Society

Sylvia M. Boesch, MD, MSc 
Innsbruck, Austria 


  The British and Irish Neurologists Group (BRING-MD)

Mark J. Edwards, MBBS, BSc, FRCP, PhD 
Professor of Neurology 
St George's University of London & St George's Hospital 
6 Muswell Hill 
London, United Kingdom 


  British Movement Disorders Group (BritMoDis)

Carl E Clarke, BSc, MD, FRCP
BritMoDis Chair
Association of British Neurologists Movement Disorders Special Interest Group

Richard Genever, MB, ChB, MRCP
BritMoDis Chair
British Geriatrics Society Movement Disorders Section (BGSMDS)

Jacqueline Young
Parkinson's Disease Nurse Specialists Association (PDNSA)

  Czech Movement Disorders Society

Marek Balaz, MD 
Associate Professor of Neurology 
St. Anne’s University Hospital 
Neurology Department 
Pekarska 53 
Brno, 656 91 
Czech Republic 
Tel: 420-54318-2645 


  Danish Movement Disorder Society (DANMODIS)

Tove Henriksen, MD
Chairman, DANMODIS
Department of Neurology
University Hospital of Bispebjerg
DK-2400 NV

  Dutch Movement Disorders Study Group

President: Dr. Jeroen P.P. van Vugt, Neurologist
Address: P.O. Box 2040, 3000 CA Rotterdam, The Netherlands

  Estonian Movement Disorders Society (EstoMODIS)

President: Katrin Sikk

  Finnish Movement Disorder Society

Chair: Filip Scheperjans, MD, PhD

Secretary: Tuomas Mertsalmi, MD, PhD 


  Flemish Movement Disorder Society

Wim Vandenberghe, MD, PhD
Department of Neurology
University Hospitals Leuven
Herestraat 49
Leuven 3000

  German Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society

Günter Höglinger, MD
Medical School Hannover
Dept. of Neurology
Carl-Neuberg Str. 1
Hannover, 30625



  Greek Movement Disorders Branch, Hellenic Neurological Society

Dr. Leonidas Stefanis
University of Athens Medical School

Prof. Spyridon Konitsiotis
University of Ioannina

Prof. Sevasti Bostantjopoulou
3rd University


  Grupo de Estudio de Trastornos del Movimiento (GETM)

Dr. Diego Santos García, MD, PhD 
C/ Fuerteventura, 4, Oficina 4-5 
San Sebastián de Los Reyes     
Madrid, Spain 
Tel: +34 913148453 


  Israeli Movement Disorders Society

Prof. Ruth Djaldetti
Contact: Oshrat Nadler
Tel: +972 3 697 21 42
Fax: +972 3 697 41 53

  Italian Academy for the Study of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders (Academy LIMPE-DISMOV)

Mario Zappia - President 
UOC Neurological Clinic 
"Vittorio Emanuele Polyclinic" University Hospital 
Via Santa Sofia, 78 
95123 Catania 


  Norwegian Parkinson and Movement Disorders Society (NorModis)

Norwegian Parkinson and Movement Disorders Society (NorModis)

Prof. Espen Dietrichs
President, NorModis

NorModis Secretariat

  Polish Society of Parkinson’s Disease and Other Movement Disorders

Ul. Cybernetics 7c
Warsaw 02-677
President: Prof. Monika Rudzińska-Bar

  Portuguese Movement Disorders Society

Leonor Correia Guedes, MD, MSc, PhD – President 


  Société Francophone des Mouvements Anormaux

Société Francophone des Mouvements Anormaux
Francophone Movement Disorders Society (SOFMA)
Prof. Frank Durif

  Swedish Movement Disorder Society (SWEMODIS)

Per Odin, MD, PhD, Chairman, SWEMODIS
c/o Anki Nyberg
Department of Clinical Neuroscience
University of Gothenburg
Sahlgren University Hospital
SE-41345 Göteborg
Tel: +46-31-3422439

Per Svenningsson, MD, PhD 
Karolinska Institutet 
J5 20 
Stockholm, 17176 
Tel: (085) 177-4614  

Read more about SWEMODIS


  Movement Disorder Section of the Slovak Neurological Society

Dr. Matej Skorvanek, MD, PhD
Cukrová 3
Bratislava, Slovakia
Tel: +421 949 275 277
Fax: +421 55 789 8546

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