MDS News

May 2014
Edited by Yoshikazu Ugawa, MD, PHD
and Jonas Yeung, MB, ChB, FRCP

New MDS-AOS Website!
Visit the MDS-AOS Website to learn more about all of the activities featured in this issue and read the latest Letter from the Chair, by AOS Chair Dr. Louis Tan.

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MDS-AOS Course Reports

Evidence-Based Medicine Update on Treatments for Parkinson’s Disease and The Malaysian Movement Disorders Council (MDC) Teaching Course
Kuala Lumpur - February 21-23, 2014

The Evidence Based Medicine Update on Treatments for Parkinson’s Disease and the Malaysian Movement Disorders Council Teaching Course took place on February 21-23, 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The EBM course was the third in the course series and the first in the AOS region, the first two being in Toronto (PAS) and Innsbruck (ES). The MDC Teaching Course was also supported by the MDS-AOS Visiting Professor Outreach Program. To read more about the course, please visit the MDS Education Website.

Ambassador Program: Neurology Update Mumbai 2014
Mumbai, February 21-23, 2014

The Neurology Update Mumbai was a three day program which took place February 21-23, 2014 in Mumbai, India. There were 850 participants which accounted for over two thirds of India’s approximately 1200 neurologists. Many doctors in India find it hard to travel to conferences outside of India, and therefore a meeting such as this provides an invaluable opportunity to gain a global perspective of state of the art practices in neurology. We were very fortunate to participate as MDS Ambassadors at this program. To read more from Dr. Victor Fung and Prof. Guenther Deuschl, please visit the website.

Developing World Education Program: Understanding Parkinson’s Disease: From Clinics to Basics
Bangalore, March 5-7, 2014

The course entitled Understanding Parkinson’s Disease: From Clinics to Basics, took place in Bangalore, India on March 5-7, 2014 at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS). This MDS-AOS Developing World Education Program familiarized basic science researchers to the clinical aspects of Parkinson’s disease and clinicians to basic science, thus bringing clinicians and basic scientists together to understand the common language of Parkinson’s disease.

MDS-AOS Upcoming Courses

MDS E-Store
Visit the MDS E-Store for the latest rating scales training materials, International Congress Teaching Course, Themed Course and Video Challenge DVDs and streaming content, and movement disorders publications.

Coffee Break CME
No time for CME? No Problem! Coffee Break CME is MDS' first online CME program specially designed for the busy clinician.
MDS Members: Free
Non-Members: $50 USD per module

Online Journal CME
Vol. 29.5: "Psychiatric Issues in Cognitive Impairment" Dag Aarsland, MD, PhD, John-Paul Taylor, MD, PhD, and Daniel Weintraub, MD


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Website News

MDS Launches New and Improved Website
Six years after the last redesign, MDS has unveiled a better, faster way to navigate the Society's many offerings on the web. We encourage you to first view the video website tour which provides a brief overview of the website.

Some of the new things you will see include:

  • A comprehensive Video Library which allows you to search by keyword, title, collection or tag and to filter results
  • The first edition of the Society's new Movement Disorders - Clinical Practice
  • A new microsite devoted to the 19th International Congress in San Diego in June 2015
  • A "What's New" section on the home page highlighting the latest MDS news
  • An enhanced Education Section featuring international workshops, courses and conferences
  • A more attractive and easily searchable Conference Calendar

Also featured in the May/June 2014 update:

  • New Task Force Paper: Redefinition of Parkinson's disease
  • New Definitions of Dystonia
  • Upcoming Education Courses in Athens, Barcelona, Milan, Budapest, Buenos Aires and Munich