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Pan American Section



Letters from the Chair

Comella Cynthia Comella, MD, FAAN
Professor Emeritus, Neurological Sciences
Rush University Medical Center​
Chicago, IL, USA

Dear Colleagues,

MDS-PAS is pleased to continue offering virtual education in 2021 with the following slate of courses. Thank you to Dr. Mestre, MDS-PAS Education Committee Chair, along with Committee members in overseeing the development of these programs. To learn more, please visit the MDS upcoming course page at MDS Website. Courses are added to the site quarterly.

Course Title / Dates

MDS-PAS New and Emerging Therapies in Parkinson's Disease and Other Movement Disorders: A Series

1. New therapies of tardive dyskinesia (March 10)

2. Gene-based therapies in Huntington's disease (March 24)

3. New therapies of OFF-time in PD - Presented in both Spanish and English (April 7)

4. Investigational disease-modifying therapies in PD (April 21)

*ACCME available

MDS-PAS Comprehensive Care in Parkinson's Disease (June 4-5) *ACCME available

Comprehensive Review of Movement Disorders for the Clinical Practitioner “Aspen Course”

(July 25-29) *ACCME available

MDS-PAS Pearls and Pitfalls of Parkinson’s Disease and Other Movement Disorders (August 26)

MDS-PAS School for Neuromodulation in Movement Disorders (October 22)  *ACCME available

6th Annual MDS-PAS Movement Disorders School for Neurology Residents, in partnership with the Michael J. Fox Foundation (November 6)

Neuroscience of Parkinson Disease and Movement Disorders (November 12)

MDS-PAS School for Young Neurologists - Presented in Spanish (December 3-5)


The Section is also planning the 4th Pan American Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Congress to be held February 4-6, 2022 in Miami, FL, USA. 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 are honored to have continued collaboration with the American Academy of Neurology (AAN). The MDS-PAS has endorsed a Core Curriculum for Movement Disorders Fellowship Training. This is intended for the movement disorders community as a suggested guidance for fellowship programs as to basic concepts that fellows may acquire during their training. It also provides current resources for the various topics. The document is comprehensive and intended as a recommendation, not a core curriculum. In addition, the MDS-PAS has been invited to present at the Invited Sciences session at the AAN annual meeting, providing an opportunity for the MDS-PAS to highlight recent developments in Movement disorders.

Our strong partnership with the Michael J. Fox Foundation on the Movement Disorders School for Neurology Residents continues to be successful as we plan the 6th annual program.

As you may already know, we are approaching the transition in regional leadership in September 2021. In May, the Section will present the slate of nominees for the 2021-2023 MDS-PAS leadership positions, Chair-Elect, Secretary-Elect, Treasurer-Elect and five Executive Committee members. During this time, membership will have an opportunity to submit additional nominations.

Lastly, as of December 31, 2020 the Pan American Section represents 37% of overall MDS membership with 4,284 members across 27 countries, which includes 48% women, and approximately half of the membership is under the age of 40. We encourage non-MDS members to visit the MDS Membership webpage to learn about membership categories and the benefits of being an MDS member.

Should you have any questions or would like to provide your ideas/feedback, please contact the MDS-PAS Regional Manager, Nilda Toro at

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Cynthia Comella, MD, FAAN

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  MDS & COVID-19

Dear Colleagues,

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,

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Cynthia Comella, MD, FAAN


MDS-PAS Leadership

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.




MDS-PAS Education 

4th PAS Congress

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.

PAS_OUTREACH 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-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

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  Argentine Neurological Society Movement Disorders Group

Javier Ziliani, MD
Urquiza 609
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 (2016-2018):
Chien Hsin Fen, MD, PhD:
Delson José da Silva, MD, PhD:
Marcus Vinicius Della Coletta, MD:

  Brazilian Association of Neurofunctional Physiotherapy (ABRAFIN)

Avenida Rio Branco, 26
Sobreloja, Centro
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 20090-001 
Tel: (21)3090-2043

  Canadian Movement Disorder Group (CMDG)

Canadian Movement Disorder Group (CMDG)
Silke Cresswell, President
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC

  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
Medellin, Colombia
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


MDS-PAS 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



  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)



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