MDS LEAP Program

Applications open November 1, 2019


MDS Staff Liaison: Kate Rudolph

LEAP Program Purpose:
MDS LEAP was established to provide a leadership training program to support the growth, development and success of young movement disorder specialists.


Congratulations to the LEAP Class of 2019

  • Hanan Khalil, Jordan
  • Roopa Rajan, India
  • Cholpon Shambetova, Kyrgyzstan
  • Woong-Woo Lee, Republic of Korea
  • Antonella Macerollo, United Kingdom
  • David Breen, Scotland
  • Gesine Respondek, Germany
  • Aurelie Meneret, France
  • Michelle Hyczy De Siqueira Tosin, Brazil
  • Malco Rossi, Argentina
  • Catalina Cerquera-Cleves, Columbia
  • Christopher Stephen, United States
MDS Africa
  • Oluwadamilola Ojo, Nigeria
  • Biniyam Ayele, Ethiopia

About the MDS LEAP Program

Program Objectives
  • Facilitate the personal leadership growth and effectiveness of early career movement disorders specialists
  • Enhance the leadership skills of early career movement disorders specialists through education of group leadership principles
  • Promote engagement of early career movement disorders specialists in the leadership in MDS as well as in their own professional environment
  • Integrate early career leaders into appropriate leadership positions within MDS 
Program Eligibility

Eligible candidates must be current members of the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society (MDS); be in the early stages of career development (ages 30-40), and hold an interest in developing leadership skills and applying these leadership skills to MDS service.  



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