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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, Susan Fox

Susan FoxSusan Fox, MRCP (UK), PhD
Toronto, ON, Canada
MDS-PAS Chair

Dear colleagues,

I am honored to be selected to serve the MDS-Pan American Section as Section Chair. I have been involved with MDS for many years. I have enjoyed the collegiality and common aims that all members of the global MDS community have to support, mentor, educate and inspire each other to ultimately help patients with movement disorders.

As I begin my role, I would like to acknowledge the significant achievements of the prior great leaders. With their guidance, the MDS-PAS has made significant progress in increasing membership at a steady rate, providing quality education (in English, Spanish and Portuguese), continuing to hold the biennial PAS Congress, and creating and sustaining 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. Another important aim will include encouraging and mentoring the next generation of clinicians, researchers and all health care professionals involved in movement disorders.

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 and thank you for your participation as we continue to move our Society and the MDS-PAS forward. I hope to meet you in Miami at the 4th PAS Congress, February 4-6, 2022.

Best,
Susan

  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 
Nilda Toro
ntoro@movementdisorders.org  

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 (PAS)

May 26-28, 2022
Miami, FL, USA

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Outreach Education

Apply for funding to support local movement disorders education.

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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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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.

For any questions, please contact Nilda Toro at ntoro@movementdisorders.org.

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  Argentine Neurological Society Movement Disorders Group

Javier Ziliani, MD
Secretary
Urquiza 609
Buenos Aires, 1221
Argentina
Tel: +5411 4931 5355
E-mail: jaziliani@gmail.com
Website: www.sna.org.ar

  Brazilian Academy of Neurology

Rua Vergueiro 1353 sl1404
Vila Mariana, São Paulo - SP, 04101-000
Brazil
Tel: + 55-11- 5084-9463 or 5083-3876
Website: http://abneuro.org.br

Coordinators of the Movement Disorders Scientific Department (2016-2018):
Chien Hsin Fen, MD, PhD: chien.74@fmusp.org.br
Delson José da Silva, MD, PhD: delsonjsilva@gmail.com
Marcus Vinicius Della Coletta, MD: neurocoletta@ig.com.br

  Brazilian Association of Neurofunctional Physiotherapy (ABRAFIN)

Avenida Rio Branco, 26
Sobreloja, Centro
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 20090-001 
Tel: (21)3090-2043
Email: diretoracientifica@abrafin.org.br
Website: www.abrafin.org.br

  Canadian Movement Disorder Group (CMDG)

Canadian Movement Disorder Group (CMDG)
Silke Cresswell, President
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC
Canada
E-mail: silke.cresswell@ubc.ca

  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
E-mail: jrlopezcontreras@yahoo.com
Tel: (503) 2264-4076

  Colombian Neurological Society (ACN)

Mauricio Rueda-Acevedo, MD
FCV
Medellin, Colombia
Abnormal Movements and Parkinson’s Disease Group, Chair
E-mail: ruedamd@yahoo.com

  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
Quito
Ecuador
E-mail: falarcon@ramt.com

  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
E-mail: mrodriguez@innn.edu.mx
Website: www.neurologia.org.mx

  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
Website: www.parkinson-study-group.org

Collaborations

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
10163-4777

Phone:
800-708-7644​

Website:
https://www.michaeljfox.org/

  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

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

Website:
https://www.parkinson.org/

  The Central American/Caribbean Movement Disorders Work Group

Chair, Ricardo Lopez-Contreras

San Salvador, El Salvador

Email: jrlopezcontreras@yahoo.com

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