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International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society

Basic Science SIG

An MDS Special Interest Group bringing together basic science professionals interested in movement disorders. 

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  • Ongoing and past videos from the Basic Science SIG webinar series
  • Educational content about basic science in movement disorders
  • Current updates about SIG projects 

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About the Basic Science SIG

Main Objective(s)

To establish a group of research-oriented neurologists and neuroscientists with interest in fundamental mechanisms underlying Movement Disorders. An important goal is to update clinical neurologists and neuroscientists on the forefront of research related to genetics, imaging, preclinical models and pathophysiological mechanisms of Movement Disorders and their therapies.

The Basic Science Special Interest Group (SIG) oversees the development of educational programs, online materials and interacts with the MDS leadership to promote and survey interest in Basic Science of Movement Disorders.


  • Arrange an annual Steering Committee meeting at the MDS International Congresses
  • Arrange and support annual courses in Basic Science of Movement Disorders in the ES, PAS and AOS regions. The courses aim at engaging young neurologists and neuroscientists into research on Movement Disorders and to promote translational research involving multidisciplinary approaches
  • Propose educational topics/sessions for the MDS International Congress
  • Have consistent presence and make Basic Science visible at the MDS International Congresses and offer support to “meet the expert” sessions
  • Promote MDS membership among Basic Scientists.
  • Video record lectures from MDS Neuroscience of Movement Disorders courses and put on MDS webpage
  • Select topics selected for Online course modules for Basic Science
  • Survey interests of MDS members in aspects of Basic Science of Movement Disorders
  • Engage with the next generation researchers in Movement Disorders and advice on “how to write, submit, review and revise a scientific paper”, “how to propose a project”, and “how to make an oral presentation”
  • Look for opportunities to collaborate with other organizations with interest in basic and translational research on Movement Disorders

Brit Mollenhauer

Chair: Brit Mollenhauer

Per Svenningsson, MD, PhD

Vice-Chair: Lorraine Kalia

Steering Committee Members

Erwan Bezard
Marie Davis
Sara Elfarrash
Juan Ferrario
Young-Eun Kim
Eiko Minakawa
Tiago Outeiro
Mohamed Salama
Esther Sammler
David Standaert
Per Svenningsson
Lolade Taiwo
Kaviraja Udupa
Miquel Vila

MDS Staff Liaison: Shelby Shuster

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