MDS for Parkinson's Disease/World Parkinson's Day

World Parkinson's Day is April 11, 2018.

The International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society (MDS) advocates for Parkinson’s disease throughout the world, while at the same time promoting public awareness of MDS.

Under the umbrella of “MDS for Parkinson’s Disease” MDS aims to raise awareness – not just amongst doctors, nurses and politicians – but among the society at-large, about Parkinson’s disease and how we can improve its diagnosis and management.

Throughout a series of one-day events across the globe, MDS aims to bring together stakeholders as well as patient groups representing those living with the disease.


In 2018, a series of lectures, conferences, briefings and other events throughout the world that will bring “MDS for Parkinson’s Disease” to life. “MDS for Parkinson’s Disease” is intended to become an annual event that is endorsed by MDS.

Future events, if possible, should be held on or around World Parkinson’s Day (Wednesday, April 11).

The goal is that as a result of these events, it will be possible to:

  • Educate societies about Parkinson’s disease
  • Improve care and treatment for those affected by the disease
  • Increase investment in Parkinson’s disease-related research and development
  • Focus on the need of the contribution by all to improve Parkinson’s disease awareness and care
Who Can Hold an Event?

A request can be submitted by:

  • Movement Disorders centers/units/departments coordinated by MDS active members
  • Movement Disorders national societies/sections

    Apply Here
MDS Event Guidelines

The following guidelines would need to be adhered to by applying organizations when holding an “MDS for Parkinson’s Disease” event:

  • Arrange seminars, conferences or public awareness sessions about the MDS proposed theme for the year
  • Arrange press conferences and media briefings, involving local media
  • Collaborate with other organizations (movement disorders, general neurological societies, patient associations, allied health professionals, etc.)
  • Submit application of the event to obtain MDS approval
  • After the event, submit photos and/or videos to MDS documenting the initiative
MDS Contributions

Any officially approved event will be acknowledged on the MDS website, where materials and photos of the event will be posted. The participant centers will be included in the “MDS for Parkinson’s Disease” list and will be announced as such, making the event part of a larger effort.

Usage of MDS Logo

For display and presentations of the event, including website, Facebook pages and other presentations.


Note: The International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society will not provide any funding for Endorsed Meetings and shall have no fiscal responsibility for the meeting and no liability for any event associated with the meeting.

World Parkinson's Day
April 11, 2018

MDS partnered with the European Parkinson’s Disease Association (EPDA) and Parkinson’s UK to raise awareness about Parkinson’s disease by using the hashtag #UniteforParkinsons. For World Parkinson’s Day in April of 2019, please use the hashtag on social media during this time to voice your support of the Parkinson’s community.

As an MDS initiative, please also use the hashtag #MDS4Parkinsons to showcase what MDS members are doing around the world to mark this occasion.

View 2018 Endorsed Events

The Parkinson Tulip

In 1980, J.W.S. Van der Wereld, a Dutch horticulturalist with Parkinson’s disease (PD), developed a red and white tulip to honor Dr. James Parkinson. At the 9th World Parkinson’s Disease Day Conference in Luxembourg on April 11, 2005, the red tulip was launched as the official symbol of PD.


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