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International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society

Pan American Section (MDS-PAS)

All MDS members residing in the MDS-PAS region are automatically members of the MDS-PAS Regional Section, which provides local support and connections. 

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  Welcome from MDS-PAS Chair, Alberto Espay

Susan FoxAlberto Espay, MD, MSc, FAAN, FANA
Cincinnati, OH, USA

Dear colleagues,

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your 2023-2025 MDS-Pan American Section Chair. I have been involved with MDS for many years and have served in many roles. I enjoy the collegiality and common goals that all members of the global MDS community have in learning, educating, mentoring, and inspiring each other to ultimately support patients living with movement disorders.

As I begin my role, I would like to acknowledge the achievements of the leadership of my predecessor, Dr. Susan Fox. With her guidance and that of others that preceded her, the MDS-PAS made notable strategic progress in increasing membership representation, ensuring diversity and balance in all aspects (regional committees and regional courses), providing young neurologists, researchers and health professionals a place at the table, providing quality education (in English, Spanish and Portuguese), continuing to hold the biennial PAS Congress, and sustaining and fostering collaborations and partnerships with like-minded organizations.

Working with my esteemed colleagues, we pledge to continue these strategic efforts and generate additional collaborations to be inclusive of all regions and people represented in the section. Along with the MDS-PAS Education Committee and strategic partners, learn about educational gaps and develop target education to ensure our members and non-members are receiving the most relevant education to better serve their patients. 

We are a strong, dedicated and diverse group who are proud to be a part of the International Parkinson’s and Movement Disorder Society. We are dedicated to serving you to the best of our ability. However, we cannot do it alone. We will lean on you to help us promote all of the educational opportunities and resources MDS has to offer and help us connect with your local leaders. Together, we will continue to move our Society and the MDS-PAS forward. I hope to see you in Cartagena, Colombia at the 5th PAS Congress, February 9-11, 2024.

With my best wishes, 

  Mission & Objectives

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.

All those with an interest in the field of Movement Disorders, who live within the region, are strongly encouraged to join the Society and thereby participate in the development of this venture. The MDS website lists the various membership categories available.

MDS-PAS aims to facilitate communication between clinicians and researchers in the region; disseminate updated knowledge about Movement Disorders; improve quality of life and independence of Movement Disorders patients and caregivers; and promote research in Movement Disorders within the region.

MDS-PAS is honored to represent the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society in the Pan American region.

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MDS-PAS Regional Section Secretariat Liaison 
Annette Schott

MDS-PAS Programs and Resources 

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MDS-PAS Regional Courses

View upcoming educational programs developed to meet the needs of the MDS-PAS.

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Pan American Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Congress

Returning in 2026.
Details to be announced.

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Outreach Education

Apply for funding to support local movement disorders education.

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Central American and Caribbean Working Group

A forum to discuss movement disorder topics of interest, and support education and membership recruitment in Central America and the Caribbean.

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MDS-PAS 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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Featured Stories from the PAS

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MDS-PAS 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.

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  Argentine Neurological Society Movement Disorders Group


  Brazilian Academy of Neurology


  Brazilian Association of Neurological Physiotherapy (ABRAFIN)


  Canadian Movement Disorders Society (CMDS)


  Central American Movement Disorders Work Group (CAMWG)

El Salvador

  Colombian Neurological Society (ACN)


  Ecuador Movement Disorders Group


  Mexican Society for the Study of Movement Disorders (SOMMA, AC)

Mexico City

  Movement Disorders Study Group of the Mexican Academy of Neurology


  Parkinson Study Group
  Pediatric Movement Disorders Group for the Argentine Child Neurology Society



The MDS-PAS collaborates with the following entities on various initiatives within the regional section. 

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  The American Academy of Neurology (AAN)
   The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF)

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
Grand Central Station
P.O. Box 4777
New York, NY



  Parkinson’s Foundation (PF)

FL: 200 SE 1st Street, Ste 800
Miami, FL 33131, USA

NY: 1359 Broadway, Ste 1509
New York, NY 10018, USA

1-800-4PD-INFO (473-4636)


  The Central American/Caribbean Movement Disorders Work Group

Chair, Ricardo Lopez-Contreras

San Salvador, El Salvador


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