The MDS Non-Motor Parkinson's Disease Study Group gathers for a photo in San Diego, CA, USA in June 2015.Study Groups develop international collaborative research in the field of Movement Disorders whenever this is meaningful. The duration of the Study Group is unlimited in time; however, there will be an annual report requested on the progress and next steps of the Study Group.

Functional Movement Disorders Study Group
Kathrin LaFaver and Alberto Espay, Chairs

Epidemiology Study Group
Meike Kasten, Chair

Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) Study Group
Gregor K. Wenning, Chair

Neuroimaging Study Group in Movement Disorders
Antonio P. Strafella, Chair

Non-Motor PD Study Group
K. Ray Chaudhuri, Chair

Pedunculopontine Nucleus Area DBS Working Group (PPN DBS)
Elena Moro and Joachim Krauss, Chairs

Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Study Group (PSP)
Günter Höglinger, Chair

Rare Movement Disorders Study Group
Emilia Gatto, Chair

Spasticity Study Group
Ryuji Kaji, Chair 

Tremor Study Group
Roger Elble, Chair

Validation of Mild Cognitive Impairment in Parkinson's Disease (MCI) Study Group
Gert J. Geurtsen, Chair


About MDS Study Groups

If there are collaborations in an area where clinical studies for etiology, diagnosis and/or treatment or collaborative basic science research is needed, members of the Society can apply for the status of an MDS Study Group for specific research questions.

Study Groups and their chairpersons are appointed by the MDS Officers and the President. Members of Study Groups are appointed by the chairpersons and the President. New members are continuously included or retired when necessary.

Benefits for Study Groups

  • Official recognition by the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society
  • Receiving a letter of support and recommendation by the MDS President
  • Financial support for telephone conferences
  • Meeting space during the annual MDS Congress

Duties and Responsibilities of Study Groups

  • Defining the needs in a specific area of research
  • Developing a scientific task on a long-term basis
  • Reporting annually on the progress and next steps
  • Scientific results should be submitted to the Movement Disorders journal

    Note: To the extent possible, Study Group Chairs will assign copyright in rating scales to MDS, which may license rights for use by others.

Requirements for Approval of Study Group

  • The topic of the study is of major interest for the field of Movement Disorders
  • The membership is open to world-wide participation and should include the major researchers in the field
  • The members of the Study Group are MDS members (exclusions from this rule are possible on special request)

Application Process

  • Submission of the project, its objectives and aims (timelines and deliverables)
  • List of participants

Please submit proposals of new Study Groups, including the above information, as well as questions regarding the formation of new Study Groups, to MDS at