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International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society
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Health Professionals (Non-Physician) Special Interest Group

(L to R): Ruth Hagestuen, Hanneke Kalf, and Ingrid Sturkenboom have a little fun at the International Congress in Berlin in June 2016. Photo credit: Jens JeskeMDS HP-SIG Mission

To establish within the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society an international interdisciplinary network of professionals in counseling, nursing, rehabilitation and genetics, who enrich and broaden the scope of care, management and research initiatives in Movement Disorders. Learn more

The Health Professionals (Non-Physician)
Special Interest Group (HP-SIG) has a Facebook Group. Join us!



HP-SIG Leadership

Victor McConveyVictor McConvey


Hanneke KalfHanneke Kalf

Maria Elisa Pimentel PiemonteMaria Elisa Pimentel Piemonte


John Dean, MA, CCC-SLPJohn Dean, MA, CCC-SLP
Chair, Website Editorial Group of the HP-SIG

Mariella Graziano will serve as a resource to John as past-Chair of the Website group.



MDS Staff Liaison: Liz Clausen

Who We Are

The Health Professionals Special Interest Group of the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society is a resource for non-physician members of the interdisciplinary movement disorders team including nursing, psychology and social work, rehabilitation professionals including physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech language pathology as well as geneticists and other medical professionals.

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  Steering Committee Members of the HP-SIG

Elaine Book
Gila Bronner
Patrick Browne
Julie Carter
Clynton Correa
John Dean
Terry Ellis
Mariella Graziano
Susan Heath
Samyra Keus
Pravin Khemani
Meg Morris
Alice Nieuwboer
Ashwini Rao
Lynn Rochester
Vicki Segro
Siok-Bee Tan
Cathi Thomas
Gwyn Vernon

  Movement Disorders Specialist Directory

The Movement Disorders Specialist Directory is a unique global online tool for patients and their families to search for a movement disorder specialist in their area. Users can search for a specialist by name, geographic location, or expertise. MDS Health Professional Members are invited to opt-in via the Members Only section in order to be listed in the directory.

  Basecamp Meetings

Watch for your invitation to the next MDS HP-SIG Basecamp meeting

The MDS HP-SIG is pleased to announce that as the Health Professional group continues to grow within the Society there is an increasing need to facilitate communication via an online platform in order to pursue the group’s mission. Due to the increased global reach, versatility and growing number of time zones to be considered, the group moved to communication via the online project management and meeting platform Basecamp. To date, the MDS HP-SIG has held six meetings online via Basecamp. 

Read Basecamp Posts and Minutes

Interested in joining the HP SIG on Basecamp? Contact Elizabeth Clausen.

  News for Health Professionals

Updates from the Sub-Sections

Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty 2018 Program Dates 

Read the The Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program at the Parkinson's Foundation program sites and dates from 2018. Read more

MDS HP-SIG Asian and Oceanian Section (HP-SIG-AOS)

Read the March report from the Chair and the report from the 4th Asian and Oceanian Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Congress

MDS HP-SIG Pan American Section (HP-SIG-PAS)

Read the March report update from Health Professionals in the Pan American Section

International Congress Meetings
  More Resources for Health Professionals


Moving Along
The MDS HP-SIG was highlighted in Moving Along article "Health Professional (Non-Physician) Special Interest Group: A Conversation About Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease". Read more.


International Congress - Nice, France, September 2019

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