Welcome from the President

Oscar GershanikIt is a great honor for me to assume the position of President of The International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society (MDS). I would like to express my gratitude to our Past President, Matthew Stern, for his outstanding leadership over the past two years, and I look forward to working with the Officers and International Executive Committee (IEC) to ensure the continued success of our Society.

I would also like to thank our outgoing Officers and members of the IEC, who worked tirelessly for our Society. Their leadership also contributed greatly to the past success of MDS.

19th Congress in San Diego, CA, USA

The 19th International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders in San Diego, CA, USA, June 14-18, 2015, was a tremendous success attended by over 3,700 enthusiastic delegates celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the International Congress. I would like to thank and congratulate the Congress Scientific Program Committee, Local Organizing Committee and International Congress Oversight Committee.

With feedback from this year’s International Congress participants, the Society has started planning for the 20th International Congress in Berlin, Germany. Thank you to all the members and attendees who submitted session ideas and filled out evaluation forms. Christine Klein and the Congress Scientific Program Committee are hard at work on the scientific program for the next International Congress!

MDS to Undergo Strategic Planning

Every three years, the Society embarks on a strategic planning process to identify priorities for the Society in the coming years. The next such planning process will begin in October 2015, and will confirm the 2017-2020 iteration of the MDS Strategic Plan. Representatives from the IEC and Past Presidents will convene to discuss the future goals and objectives of MDS. New challenges are ahead to foster the creation of scientific and clinical collaborations within the Society which will be followed in the next year. Should members have feedback or suggestions about future activities, please email Pamela Fierst.

I look forward to working with my fellow Officers and International Executive Committee (IEC) members, and will do my utmost to be responsive to the membership, which now includes over 5,500 members from 118 countries. With more members engaged in advancing the neurological sciences pertaining to movement disorders, I look forward to bringing you updates on the progress of the Society’s growing programming.

I look forward to working with all of you to ensure the continued success of our Society.

Oscar S. Gershanik, MD
MDS President, 2015-2017

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