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        VOLUME 28, ISSUE 1 • March, 2024.  Full issue »

MDS Ambassador lends insights and inspiration at Bolivian meeting

Dr. Alberto Espay, the current Pan American Section Chair, played a pivotal role during the Bolivian Society of Neurology National Meeting, leaving an indelible mark through the Ambassador Program of the Movement Disorders Society (MDS) — which provides support for leading MDS experts to speak at conferences and events in underserved regions. 

This event in Santa Cruz de la Sierra from November 9-10, 2023 welcomed specialists in neurology, internal medicine, and residents from all over the country and marked a significant milestone in the field of movement disorders. 

One highlight of the event was a working breakfast, where neurologists and professionals from related specialties convened. This informal gathering fostered collaboration and set the stage for an enriching exchange of ideas and experiences.  

A series of morning lectures on Parkinson's disease and atypical parkinsonism captured the attendees' attention. Dr. Espay delved into the clinical manifestations and most common diagnostic pitfalls associated with these conditions. His expertise and insights provided invaluable guidance to the audience, enhancing their understanding of these complex disorders. 

Adding to his multifaceted involvement, Dr. Espay served on the international panel that evaluated clinical case competitions presented by residents. Additionally, he contributed to the assessment of original works submitted by newly graduated physicians aspiring to join the national neurology society. His role in these evaluations highlighted a commitment to fostering the next generation of neurologists.

During the event, the participants received a comprehensive overview of the Movement Disorders Society, its training opportunities, special interest groups, and the extensive online education catalog featuring numerous courses. Dr. Espay's presence illuminated the Society's commitment to advancing education and expertise in the realm of movement disorders. 

The impact of Dr. Espay's visit reverberated beyond the conference walls. Inspired by his insights and expertise, a surge of interest in the field of movement disorders emerged among attending physicians. This enthusiasm culminated in the formation of a dedicated study group focused on furthering research and knowledge in this specialized area. 

Dr. Espay's departure was not the end but a new beginning, as he shared his anticipation of a heightened presence and influence in the field of movement disorders on his social media platforms. The ripple effect of his visit promises a legacy, with Bolivian neurologists poised to contribute significantly to advancements in the understanding and treatment of movement disorders. 


Learn more about the MDS Ambassador Program and other Outreach Programs that support education in underserved regions around the globe.  

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