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International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society

Moving Along Newsletter

June 2023   Vol. 27, Issue 2

MDS's quarterly newsletter, providing up-to-date information on new developments in the field of Movement Disorders, as well as MDS announcements and other news.

Main Content

Do not miss MDS's biggest annual event:
International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders ®

Copenhagen, Denmark
August 27-31, 2023

Bella Center Copenhagen 

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President’s Message

In his final message as MDS President, Prof. Francisco Cardoso shares his top picks for the International Congress, and one final word of advice. 

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AOPMC Awardees

Read about the research and projects of interest from the esteemed awardees at the 2023 Asian and Oceanian Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Congress (AOPMC)


2023 Philip Thompson Lectureship Award
Early onset parkinsonism (EOPD) in India vs. Western populations 

Dr. Pramod Pal used his distinguished Presidential Lecture to outline the breadth of unique features and challenges of EOPD in India vs. Western populations.  

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2023 Yoshikuni Mizuno Lectureship Award
Harnessing technology and innovation in Movement Disorders

How will novel technology improve diagnosis and care? Dr. Roongroj Bhidayasiri explored the possibilities and next steps in his esteemed Presidential Lecture. 

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2023 Junior Research Award
Genetic profile in primary dystonia

Dr. Debjyoti Dhar discusses his findings, which provide insights into the genetic basis of dystonia.

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2023 Junior Research Award
Unraveling the mechanisms of tremorogenesis

Dr. Shweta Prasad discusses her study on network-based statistics of the tremor network in tremor-dominant Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor plus syndrome.

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Scientific Updates

Findings from the PPMI Study

The authors of this highly publicized study discuss its breakthrough in biomarker development and how it may affect future clinical care.

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Mitigating misdiagnosis of MSA: Demonstrating the specificity and sensitivity of MDS' new clinical diagnostic criteria in a cohort

Clinical diagnosis of MSA is complicated by the overlapping of symptoms with other neurodegenerative disorders, so updated diagnostic criteria requires neuropathological evidence to secure categorization as definite MSA.

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Quantification of muscle activity during sleep indicates differences between PD and MSA

Diagnosis of neurodegenerative diseases is complex due to the similarity of clinical symptoms, but a new study suggests that quantification of EMG activity in various muscles during sleep may be a useful tool to develop prognostic biomarkers for differentiating MSA from PD.

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COVID-19, parkinsonism and Parkinson’s disease: Where are we now?

Discover the results of a recent review of the available data on a potential link between the pandemic and movement conditions.

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Race, ethnicity and gender in Parkinson’s disease

Dr. Allison Willis examines health disparities, our beliefs, and practical recommendations to reduce inequality in research. 

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MDS joins global alliance to end Parkinson’s

In observance of World Parkinson’s Day, MDS highlighted the unique work of our partners from around the world.

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Fellowships across India: A growing opportunity

Charting the expansion of specialty training availability in India — and what will be needed to serve the next generation of professionals.

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My Center: Ain Shams Movement Disorder Group

The first specialized unit for movement disorders prides itself as a flourishing example of success in a developing country.

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Why nursing is vital

A look at the critical role nurses play in movement disorders care.

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Meet the newest MDS committee

The Communications Oversight Committee has launched several new public initiatives in its first term, with plans to increase its reach.

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Meet the next class of Society leaders

Keep an eye on these latest LEAP leadership program graduates.

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Event Highlights

Huntington’s Disease Youth Organization draws patients from every continent 

Young attendees got updates on the latest science, access to mental health services, or simply to enjoy the camaraderie.

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Students explore cutting-edge modalities in neuroimaging course 

Experts represented the latest in research, science, and clinical use in this fast-growing area.

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Course provides practical training in neurophysiology

Students were able to learn hands-on with both patients and analysis techniques. 

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Member Updates

Keep up with member changes, passings and more. 

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Browse job openings, grants, fellowships, and other opportunities. 

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Editorial Board

Moving Along Editor (2019-2024)
Antonio Strafella, MD, PhD, FRCPC

Dr. Strafella is a Professor of Neurology and Krembil-Rossy Chair, in the Neurology Division at Toronto Western Hospital-UHN at the University of Toronto, and is a long standing member of MDS, having served in numerous committee roles within the Society, as well as a former Associate Editor of Movement Disorders.

Catalina Cerquera-Cleves, MD, MSc


Shaimaa El-Jaafary, MD

Anhar Hassan, MD

Prashanth Kukkle, DM

Sergio Rodriguez-Quiroga, MD

Chaewon Shin, MD, PhD

Katarzyna Smilowska, MD, PhD

Indu Subramanian, MD

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