Letters from the Chair
||Cynthia Comella, MD, FAAN
Professor Emeritus, Neurological Sciences
Rush University Medical Center
Chicago, IL, USA
The MDS-PAS Leadership is pleased to offer the 2020 MDS-Pan American Regional Assembly on-demand, which was held virtually on September 16, 2020.
The Regional Assembly is an annual opportunity for all delegates from the Pan American Section to learn more about the section’s current and future activities, ongoing collaborations, educational offerings and resources that are available to you.
Should you have any questions or would like to provide your ideas/feedback, please contact the MDS-PAS Regional Manager, Nilda Toro at email@example.com.
Cynthia Comella, MD, FAAN
- MDS & COVID-19
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged us all in countless ways. In response to these unprecedented times the MDS leaders are working together on education continuity plans so we can continue supporting you with relevant and timely resources. We are currently working with course directors to explore opportunities for virtual education in the upcoming weeks and months.
During this time we continue to work on other strategic initiatives. At the beginning of the year, regional strategic action plans were developed. The MDS Officers found three opportunities to harmonize between the Regional Sections and other related groups in creating web-based learning for Allied Health Professionals (focusing on non-English education), increase collaboration with Basic Scientists (creating an MDS Special Interest Group) and collaborating with strategic societies at the MDS International Congress and Regional Congresses. MDS leaders will work together in accomplishing these goals while MDS-PAS continues its efforts on additional strategic action plans.
- Develop thoughtful movement disorders education that will lead to increased knowledge, skills and management, leading to better patient care and an increased understanding of the mechanisms of movement disorders
- Analyze the MDS-PAS Educational Needs Assessment Survey to design educational programs to meet your needs
- Retain, strengthen and increase membership in the region
- Collaborate with other Societies – targeting regional and local movement disorder /neurological /medical groups with overlapping goals to build strategic partnerships
- Leverage the MDS Roadmap as a unique educational resource that could be accessed by other societies in need of such education.
If there is anything we can do to support you during this time please do not hesitate to reach out to the MDS Secretariat to share your thoughts and provide feedback. Sincerely,
Cynthia Comella, MD, FAAN
The mission of the MDS-PAS is to represent and promote the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society (MDS) in Pan America. Membership of MDS-PAS is open to all members of MDS within the Pan American region (North America, Central America, South American and the Caribbean).
The MDS-PAS Officers, Executive Committee, and Education Committee.
4th Pan American Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Congress
The theme for the 4th PAS Congress is, “Basic Science to Bedside: Equity of Care in the Americas”. The aim is to encourage a discussion of the challenges and approaches to equity of all aspects of care for Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders throughout the Americas. There will be a focus on basic science, clinical care and health delivery for individuals and populations with movement disorders in the different regions in the MDS-PAS.
We encourage you to join us for the 4th Pan American Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Congress; February 4-6, 2022 in Miami, FL, USA.
||MDS-PAS Outreach Programs
The MDS-PAS Outreach Programs are specifically designed to bring movement disorders education to those areas of the world where it is most needed and often least available.
MDS LEAP was established to provide a leadership training program to support the growth, development and success of young movement disorder specialists.
MDS-PAS School for Young Neurologists
The MDS-PAS School for Young Neurologists is an opportunity for young neurologists who are interested in specializing in Movement Disorders to receive in-depth instruction from internationally-recognized Movement Disorders experts.
MDS-PAS Affiliate Societies
MDS invites other neurological organizations and groups specializing in Movement Disorders to become an Affiliate Member of the Society to encourage research and enhance the education of physicians across the globe.
- Argentine Neurological Society Movement Disorders Group
Diego Ballesteros, MD
Buenos Aires, 1221
Tel: +5411 4931 5355
- Brazilian Academy of Neurology
Rua Vergueiro 1353 sl1404
Vila Mariana, São Paulo - SP, 04101-000
Tel: + 55-11- 5084-9463 or 5083-3876
Coordinators of the Movement Disorders Scientific Department:
Marcus Vinicius Della Coletta, MD: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Canadian Movement Disorder Group
Silke Appel Cresswell, MD, FRCPC
- Central American Movement Disorders Work Group (CAMWG)
Dr. Ricardo López-Contreras, Co-Chair
Unidad de Movimientos Anormales Instituto Salvadoreño de Seguridad Social
San Salvador, El Salvador
Tel: (503) 2264-4076
- Colombian Neurological Society (ACN)
Mauricio Rueda-Acevedo, MD
Abnormal Movements and Parkinson’s Disease Group, Chair
- Ecuador Movement Disorders Group
Fernando Alarcon, MD
Chief of Neurology Department, Professor of Neurology
Hospital Eugenio Espejo
Department of Neurology
P.O. Box 17-07-9515
- Movement Disorders Study Group of the Mexican Academy of Neurology
Mayela Rodriguez-Violante, MD, MSc
Mexican Academy of Neurology
San Francisco 1384, Torre B-7, Del Valle, CP 03100
Mexico City, Mexico
- Parkinson Study Group
Michael Schwarzschild, MD, PhD
Chair, PSG Executive Committee
The Massachusetts General Hospital/
MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease
114 16th Street, Room 3002
Boston, MA 02129 USA
The MDS-PAS collaborates with the following entities on various initiatives within the regional section.
Upcoming PAS Congress
4th PAS Congress
February 4-6, 2022
Topic Suggestions Submission is Now Open.
All topic suggestions are due by March 5, 2021 (11:59 pm CST)
MDS-PAS Program Manager
555 E. Wells St, Suite 1100
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: +1 414 276-2145
Fax: +1 414 276-3349