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November/December 2018 Website Edition

Susan Fox, MRCP(UK), PhD     Brandon Barton     Santiago Perez-Lloret

From your Website Editorial Team: Susan Fox, MD, PhD; Brandon Barton, MD; and Santiago Perez-Lloret, MD, PhD

November/December 2018

Welcome to the last website edition of the year and Season’s Greetings to all our members! 

  • We had a very successful annual conference in Hong Kong, October 5-9, 2018 with thousands of delegates hailing from dozens of countries around the world.  The Social Media Ambassador Program helped the Society communicate via Twitter and Facebook the many activities and events taking place at the Convention Centre (The Society's Twitter platform lit up during October with users tweeting #MDSCONGRESS 800 times). Check out the many photographs of attendees taken during the meeting in the photo gallery below. More than 3,000 attendees downloaded the MDS Congress app, allowing them to easily navigate the Society's largest meeting of the year.

    By the Numbers
    •    4,000 total people registered (including press and exhibitors)
    •    86 countries represented
    •    250 Travel Grant awards awarded
    •    250 Travel Grant registrations awarded
    •    100 Waived Dues Registration Waivers awarded
    •    181 faculty members participated in the Scientific Sessions
    •    1,818 abstracts accepted
    •    23 Late-breaking abstracts accepted
    •    18 MDS Study Group abstracts accepted
    •    34 companies and 5 non-profit organizations exhibited
    •    14 representatives from the press attended
  • An important new development is the setting up of the African Steering Committee.  MDS Africa is comprised of international MDS members who are working toward improving the field of Movement Disorders in Africa. For more information, please contact
  • We are undertaking some changes in the layout of our home page in 2019, and you will start to see more streamlined and user friendly webpages, beginning with the News Section. Don’t forget to visit the MDS Blog and check out the educational offerings via the Education Roadmap. We also have a web-based case quiz called Movement Inquisitive (Members Only); check out Case 1 and watch for a new case every month.   
  • There is ongoing success of attracting the next generation of leadership in the MDS via the annual LEAP Program; the next round of applications for Class of 2019 opened Nov. 1, 2018.
  • Regional conferences and information about live courses in 2019 can be found at the bottom of the home page. The 6th AOPMC takes place in Hangzhou, April 12-14, 2019. Late Breaking Abstract submissions are now open Nov. 1, 2018 and Registration is now open.
  • Renew Your MDS Membership Campaign is under way as of October 1. Stay engaged with the movement disorders community and your colleagues. Benefits include: 

    - Annual subscription to the print and online Journal, Movement Disorders
    - Online-only journal, Movement Disorders Clinical Practice
    - Quarterly Newsletter Moving Along
    - Access to the Members Only online Membership Directory
    - Reduced Registration rates to worldwide Education Courses
    - Access to Members Only CME Activities – and much more!


  • Please support ideas from our members, such as the PD Diary. The MDS Technology Task Force and the MDS Rating Scales Program Electronic Development Ad-Hoc Committee have brainstormed on a set of desirable characteristics and developmental steps for a technology-enhanced diary to serve the needs of both clinical trials and clinical practice. Learn More.
  • Movement Disorders Clinical Practice now is on Twitter! Please follow MDCP at#MDCP. Or go to their Twitter account here:  @MDCP_Journal.