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Women in Movement Disorders Special Interest Group

SIG Activities

The SIG has been organized into subgroups to achieve the goals of the 2021-2023 Strategic Plan. 

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If you would like to volunteer for one of these activities, please contact Ericka Blackford, MDS Staff Liaison, at 

Leadership Spotlight Series

Watch a compilation of women leaders from the Leadership Spotlight series.  

The MDS Women in Movement Disorders Special Interest Group “Leadership Spotlight” series features an interview conducted by a member of the Women in Movement Disorders SIG, focusing on a woman leader's work within MDS, career highlights, and leadership advice. 

One of the aims of the Women in Movement Disorders SIG is to establish a link between women leaders in MDS and women who are at the start or in the middle of their clinical and academic careers. We believe this link will serve to support and guide women through their career pathways while helping them to develop leadership skills.

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Goals/Main Objectives: 

The main objectives of Women in Movement Disorders SIG will be: 

  1. To create a network of MDS women (neurologists, scientists and other health care professionals) who lead successful professional and/or research teams and promote research collaborations and academic exchange. 
  2. To establish a link between women leaders in the MDS and women who are at the start or in the middle of their clinical and academic career. This link will serve to support and guide women through their career pathways (including how to apply for grants, form collaborations, making career decisions, etc) and develop leadership skills for women in early and mid-career. 
  3. To support women with regard to social issues and management in the clinical and academic field, such as parenting and balancing private with work life. 
  4. To raise awareness of processes in the infrastructure of MDS and how to achieve leadership positions within the MDS and other societies. 
  5. To advance to the top levels of leadership in the field of Movement Disorders. 
  6. To collaborate with the LEAP program to support its goals. 



Submit an Activity Proposal

Email Address: 

Activity / Idea for the SIG:


Elena Moro, MD, PhD

Yih-Ru Wu, MD

Steering Committee Members:

  • Leila Ali, MD
  • Melissa Armstrong, MD
  • Tamine Capato, PT, PhD
  • Deepa Dash, MD
  • Susan Fox, MRCP, PhD
  • Francesca Morgante, MD, PhD
  • Claudia Trenkwalder, MD, FEAN

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