Pan American Section

MDS-PAS ChairPan American Section

Henrique B. Ferraz, MD
Professor of Neurology
Federal University of São Paulo
São Paulo, Brazil


April 2019

Dear Colleagues,

As the first quarter of 2019 is coming to a close, we continue to work on strategic goals such as; presenting a bi-annual PAS Congress to bring the Northern and Southern hemispheres closer together professionally with relevant topics that focus on Movement Disorders and Parkinson ’s Disease;  developing thoughtful movement disorders education that will lead to increased knowledge, skills and management which lead to better patient care; preparing and disseminating the MDS-PAS Educational Needs Assessment Survey to more fully understand the education we can develop to meet your needs; retaining, strengthening and increasing membership in the region and increasing awareness of the Society and Movement Disorders subspecialty among the public and other related societies (collaborations), just to name a few.

The following is a brief report of our region’s activities.

3rd PAS Congress - Miami, FL, USA on February 14-16, 2020

The PAS Congress Scientific Program Committee will meet in late April to develop the scientific program, themed “Therapeutics of Movement Disorders in The Americas.” The aim of the 3rd PAS Congress is to encourage a discussion of therapeutic strategies of Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders throughout the Americas, and highlight similarities and peculiarities of the clinical and surgical treatments of movement disorders in different regions of the PAS. There will be a focus not only on options already incorporated into clinical practice but also in upcoming therapeutics.

Educational Offerings

Thank you to the MDS-PAS Education Committee members for developing a year of thoughtful and relevant education. Most courses developed in 2019 are within our successful portfolio like the Movement Disorders School for Neurology Residents (a collaboration with The Michael J. Fox Foundation), A Comprehensive Review of Movement Disorders for the Clinical Practitioner (the “Aspen Course”), An Introduction to Rare Movement Disorders, Neuroscience of Movement Disorders (held before the Society for Neuroscience Congress), the 11th School for Young Neurologists, the 2nd Summer School on Neuromodulation for Movement Disorders and the 1st Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Course for Nurses. To learn more about the 2019 courses please visit the Upcoming Courses page.

Educational Needs Assessment Survey

In 2019 the global education needs assessment survey will also include regional specific questions. The integration of the regional educational needs assessment surveys with the global survey will provide succinct access and dissemination. The survey will be emailed before the MDS Congress in Nice, France.     

Membership Highlights, as of Dec 2018

MDS-PAS has 3196 members across 27 countries, with a 7.9% growth in membership since December of 2017.  In 2018, 842 individuals (26%) became new members, 2354 individuals (74%) renewed membership, and 756 individuals did not renew membership in 2018.

There was a 34.8% increase in members residing in Latin America. Increases were in: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guyana Honduras, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay. We can infer that the increase in membership is a result from the educational offerings held in these countries in late 2017/2018. In 2018, the MDS-PAS gained members in Netherlands Antilles and Suriname where there were none prior.

Congratulations to the LEAP Class of 2019

Michelle Hyczy De Siqueira Tosin from Santos, SP, Brazil; Malco Rossi from Buenos Aires, Argentina; Catalina, Cerquera-Cleves from Bogotáa Colombia and Christopher Stephen from Boston, MA, USA.

The program provides leadership training to support the growth, development and success of young movement disorder specialists. To learn more, please visit the MDS LEAP Program page.

Visiting Trainee Grant Program Awardees

Congratulations to the following recipients: Michelle Hyczy De Siqueira Tosin from Santos, SP, Brazil received a six month research grant to train at Rush University in Chicago, IL, USA. Camila Piccinin from Sumare, Brazil received a six week clinical grant to train at Toronto Western Hospital.

2019 Elections

In the coming weeks members will receive a mailed post card announcing the slate of nominees for MDS and Regional leadership positions for the 2019-2021 term. At that time, you will be provided a link to learn more about the nominees. The final voting of the slate will be held during the Regional Assembly on September 22, 2019 at the MDS Congress in Nice, France. We hope to see you in Nice. 

Thank you for your continued dedication to our Society.  


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Henrique B. Ferraz, MD


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