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International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society

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, Christine Klein

Christine Klein, MD
University of Lübeck

Lübeck, Germany
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. My first MDS activity was the MDS Congress in Vienna in 1996, and I have enjoyed the MDS community of education, science and improvement of patient care for over twenty-five years since that first meeting.

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 Network (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.

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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

Timely Movement Disorder topics at the EAN Congress

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Joint Fellowship Program for Huntington’s Disease Training

Learn about Huntington's disease with a 6-week fellowship at a highly regarded multi-disciplinary clinic in Europe.

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MDS-ES Visiting Trainee Grant Program

Funding to receive valuable movement disorders training in another country.

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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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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:


European Academy of Neurology (EAN)

MDS-ES and EAN co-sponsor all Movement Disorders activities at the EAN Congress, and additional educational activities with a focus on Movement Disorders, including Regional Teaching Courses, EAN Spring and Autumn Schools. 

Additional collaboration on Guideline Development and other educational activities is supported through the EAN/MDS-ES Scientific Panel on Movement Disorders. The Scientific Panel Managment Group includes representation from EAN and MDS-ES Leadership. 

MDS also supports the EAN's Brain Health Mission


European Huntington’s Disease Network (EHDN) 

MDS-ES and EHDN collaborate on activities that support education and training in Huntington’s disease for neurologists and health professionals. Activities include the MDS-ES & EHDN Fellowship Exchange Program and the 2021 Joint Online Course Series – Huntington’s Disease: From Foundational Principles to Assessment and Treatment (Presented October 2021).


European Reference Network for Rare Neurological Diseases (ERN-RND)

MDS-ES and ERN-RND communicate to foster cooperation on education for rare movement disorders in Europe, and sharing of disease knowledge information.

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


  Armenian Movement Disorders Group


  Austrian Parkinson's Disease Society


  Association of British Neurologists Movement Disorder Group
  Czech Movement Disorders Society

Czech Republic 


  Danish Movement Disorder Society (DANMODIS)


  Dutch Movement Disorders Study Group

The Netherlands

  Estonian Movement Disorders Society (EstoMODIS)


  Finnish Movement Disorder Society


  Flemish Movement Disorder Society


  German Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society



  Greek Movement Disorders Branch, Hellenic Neurological Society
  Spanish Neurological Society - Grupo de Estudio de Trastornos del Movimiento (GETM)



  Hungarian Scientific Parkinson’s Disease Society


  Israeli Movement Disorders Society


  Latvian Society of Neurologists
  Società Italiana Parkinson e Disordini del Movimento/LIMPE-DISMOV ETS



  Norwegian Parkinson and Movement Disorders Society (NorModis)
  Polish Society of Parkinson’s Disease and Other Movement Disorders



  Portuguese Movement Disorders Society


  Société Francophone des Mouvements Anormaux


  Swedish Movement Disorder Society (SWEMODIS)
  Movement Disorder Section of the Slovak Neurological Society


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