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International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society
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Neuroimaging Study Group

Chair: Thilo van Eimeren Vice Chair: Cecilia Peralta


MDS Staff Liaison: Abigail Kopchinski

MDS Neuroimaging Study Group members gather at the 20th International Congress in Berlin in June 2016.

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  Steering Committee

Jee Young Lee, South Korea
Oury Monchi, Canada
Cecilia Peralta, Argentina
Irena Rektorova, Czech Republic
Kristina Simonyan, USA
Antonio P Strafella, Canada
Alessandro Tessitore, Italy
Thilo van Eimeren, Germany

  Standing Members
Angelo Antonini, Italy
Julieta Arena, Argentina
Bénédicte Ballanger, France
Nicolaas Bohnen, USA
Per Borghammer, Denmark
Roberto Ceravolo, Italy
Roberto Cilia, Italy
Daniel Claassen, USA
Carmen Gasca-Salas, Spain
Rick Helmich, Netherlands
Makoto Higuchi, Japan
Naroa Ibarretxe, Spain
Valtteri Kaasinen, Finland
Ji Hyun Ko, Canada
Jee Young Lee, South Korea
Stéphane Lehéricy, France
Simon Lewis, Austria
Penny MacDonald, Canada
Mario Masellis, Canada
Michele Matarazzo, Canada
Matrin McKeown, Canada
Vincent CT Mok, Hong Kong
Oury Monchi, Canada
Martijn Muller, USA
Nicola Pavese, UK
Cecilia Peralta, Argentina
Marina Picillo, Italy
Marios Politis, UK
Angelo Quartarone, Italy
Aldo Quattrone, Italy
Andrea Quattrone, Germany
Nicola Ray, UK
Richard Reilly, Ireland
Irena Rektorova, Czech Republic
Marià Rodríguez Oroz, Spain
James Rowe, UK
Bàrbara Segura, Spain
Klaus Seppo, Austria
Hartwig R Siebner, Denmark
Kristina Simonyan, USA
Vesna Sossi, Canada
A Jon Stoessl, Canada
Antonio P Strafella, Canada
Alessandro Tessitore, Italy
Stéphane Thobois, France
Sule Tinaz, USA
David Vaillancourt, USA
Ysbrand D van der Werf, Netherlands
Thilo van Eimeren, Germany
Andrea Varrone, Sweden
About the Neuroimaging Study Group

Advances in neuroimaging techniques improved our ability to evaluate basal ganglia functions, to understand pathophysiological and therapeutic mechanisms in Parkinson’s disease, atypical parkinsonian disorders and other movement disorders, to diagnose parkinsonian syndromes and monitor disease progression.  Imaging methods like positron emission tomography (PET), single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), electro- /magnetoencephalography (EEG/MEG), have been used both in patient groups and animal models to investigate neuropathological mechanisms and/or compensatory changes underlying motor and non-motor symptoms, treatment-related complications (e.g., impulse control disorders), and as a biomarker for diagnosis, prognosis and disease monitoring.

Our study group brings together clinical experts and researchers who apply neuroimaging technologies in parkinsonian and other movement disorders. Our aim is to foster translation of research from basic to clinical science and to accelerate the deployment of more advanced clinical standards of neuroimaging in these disorders. To this end, we develop collaborations and studies centered on clinical, preclinical, and translational approaches. 

Mission and Objectives
  • To improve our understanding of pathophysiological and therapeutic mechanisms in movement disorders including cellular metabolism, neuroinflammation, protein deposition, receptor abnormalities, (micro-)structural disintegration, and consequences for anatomical and functional brain connectivity
  • To facilitate and promote cross-collaboration among preclinical and clinical researchers
  • To create critical synergies for “big-imaging-data”-research, i.e., the collection, curation, and analysis of multicentric neuroimaging data
  • To deploy latest advances in data and imaging science for the development of imaging biomarkers supporting personalized diagnostics and treatments


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