I am pleased to look back on a highly successful year for The Movement Disorder Society (MDS). The accomplishments of the Society depend heavily on the participation of its membership, which reached an all-time high this year to over 3,000 members from more than 80 countries.
This active participation was seen at the 13th International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders held in Paris, France in June 2009, which turned out to be one of the most successful, attracting a record breaking attendance of over 5,000 attendees.
The success of the Society and the growing enthusiasm from members around the world led the Society to expand a number of programs this year that encourage scientific developments in our field and enhance physicians' knowledge of Movement Disorders. Please explore the MDS Website to learn how to participate during 2010 in the specific programs highlighted below.
MDS Visiting Professor Program supports educational opportunities in Movement Disorders in regions of the world not adequately served by local resources. Visiting Professor Programs took place in the following countries:
Beijing, China; Shanghai, China; Bangkok, Thailand, March 2009
Beijing, China, July 2009
Tunis, Tunisia, March 2009
MDS Regional Section Education Fund provides funds for educational opportunities in developing countries in their region. Courses were held in the following countries:
- Movement Disorders: From Basic to Clinical Update. Bandung, Indonesia, January 2009
- ASNA & MDS-AOS Educational Course on Movement Disorders. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, April 2009
- The Treatment of Parkinson's Disease & Recognizing Hyperkinetic and Hypokinetic Movement Disorders.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, May 2009
- Ephedrone Epidemic - The New Cause of Chronic Maganism. Tartu, Estonia, September 2008
- Non-motor symptoms in Parkinson's disease teaching course. Brasov, Romania, April 2009
MDS Ambassador Program provides the opportunity for internationally recognized experts to speak at existing regional neurological meetings. Programs took place in the following countries:
- Cebu City, Philippines, November 2009
- Bamako, Republic of Mali, November 2009
MDS Supported Meetings provides support for new and novel scientific meetings. The following meetings were supported in 2009:
5th International Workshop on Dementia with Lewy Body and Parkinson's Disease Dementia. March 8-11, 2009, Kassel, Germany.
Psychogenic Movement Disorders & Other Conversion Disorders. April 2- 4, 2009, Washington, DC, USA.
Parkinson Study Group 23rd Annual Symposium on Etiology, Pathogenesis and Treatment of Parkinson's Disease and Other Movement Disorders. October 11, 2009, Bethesda, MD, USA.
Looking forward to 2010, I expect this growth in programming to continue. Our MDS Committees are hard at work and a number of new programs are planned.
During the first quarter of 2010, the Society will be launching the online MDS-UPDRS certificate program.
Under the direction of numerous program leaders, the MDS-UPDRS is being translated and validated in Spanish, Italian, French, Estonian, German, Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Slovakian. To participate in this project, please review the material on the Website.
As you may have seen, a new Health Professionals Section of the MDS Web site was launched in December. Additional enhancements to these pages are expected in 2010.
Plans are also under way for the next Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina June 13-17, 2010. Under the direction of Chris Goetz and Oscar Gershanik, a superb scientific program is planned.
As you know, our shared goal is to enhance patient care by advancing scientific and medical knowledge in our field. By working together, it is possible for us to achieve this worthwhile goal. Thank you for your ongoing participation in The Movement Disorder Society and best wishes for another successful year.
Philip Thompson, MB, BS, PhD, FRACP
MDS President 2009 - 2011