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Movement Disorder Society of Australia

The Biannual Movement Disorder Society of Australia and New Zealand Conference
Melbourne, Australia - September 8-10, 2011

Conference Summary Contributed by Victor Fung, Carolyn Sue, and David Williams

The Biannual Movement Disorder Society of Australia Conference was held in Melbourne, Australia September 8-10, 2011 and was endorsed by The Movement Disorder Society.

We were extremely fortunate and honored to have three outstanding international guest speakers: Dr. Christopher Goetz from Chicago, IL, USA; Prof. Alexander Munchau from Hamburg, Germany; and Prof. Sarah Tabrizi from London, United Kingdom, who together with an excellent local faculty, lectured on the theme, Hyperkinetic and Behavioral Movement Disorders as well as Parkinson's disease.

Dr. Goetz spoke on "The Phenomenology and Pathogenesis of Dyskinesias" and "Phenomenology, Pathophysiology and Management of Tardive Movement Disorders"; Prof. Munchau spoke on "Phenomenology and Pathogenesis of Tics and Tourette's Syndrome" and "Management of Tourette's Syndrome Including Deep Brain Stimulation"; and Prof. Tabrizi lectured on "Huntington's Disease Phenocopies."

Approximately 200 delegates attended the conference, which was suffused with a wonderful spirit of intellectual curiosity and debate with stimulating interaction between speakers and audience.

The Movement Disorder Society of Australia and New Zealand would like to extend its thanks to the sponsors of this meeting, as well as to MDS for its endorsement. The MDSA has over 100 members and will be co-hosting with the MDS-AOS an MDS Basic Movement Disorders Course as part of the combined meeting of the 13th Asian Oceanian Congress of Neurology and Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists Annual Scientific Meeting in Melbourne in June 2012.

The MDS 16th International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders will take place in Dublin, Ireland, after that meeting in June 2012. The MDSA is looking forward to welcoming everyone to the MDS 17th International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders in Sydney in June 2013!

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