PAS Congress 2018 Summary

Cynthia Comella presents Oscar Gershanik with the 2018 MDS-PAS Leadership Award.The 2nd Pan American Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Congress was hosted in Miami, Florida, USA on June 22-24, 2018. With an attendance of 715 delegates traveling from 30 different countries, it was the perfect size for networking, collaborating and learning about the latest research in the field of Movement Disorders and how it relates to the Pan American Region.

Under the direction of Henrique Ferraz and Cynthia Comella, the PAS Congress Scientific Program Committee made every effort to ensure that the science for the Congress reflected the region, which produced the theme of the meeting, Movement Disorders Across the Americas: Translating Science to Clinical Practice.

The Society would like to recognize the PAS Congress Scientific Program Committee, who were instrumental in making the program a success: Henrique Ferraz, Marcelo Merello, Emilia Gatto, Jennifer Goldman, Mayela Rodriguez Violante, Jill Ostrem, David Standaert, Francisco Cardoso, William Fernandez, Okasana Suchowersky, Oscar Gershanik, and Christopher Goetz.

The Scientific Program incorporated Themed Plenary Sessions, Parallel Sessions, Skills Workshops, Poster Sessions, Guided Poster Tours and a Video Tournament. A world renowned group of faculty members was carefully selected. 

Highlights included:

  • 50 Travel Grants awarded by MDS
  • 30 Fellowship Scholarships awarded by MDS
  • 61 faculty members participated in the Scientific Sessions
  • 265 abstracts accepted
  • 7 Late-Breaking abstracts accepted
  • 7 Plenary Sessions
  • 8 Parallel Sessions
  • 6 Skills Workshops
  • 2 Video Sessions
  • 4 Guided Poster Tours
  • 14 companies and 5 non-profits exhibited

Alberto Espay, Paula Christina de Azevedo, Camila Aquino, Karlo Lizarraga, Anthony Lang, Orlando Barsottini, Michael Okun, and Sagari Bette celebrate the Challenging Case MDS-PAS Rounds.Under the direction of the Social Media Sub-committee, the Social Media Ambassador Program also took place before and during the PAS Congress. The Secretariat contacted the MDS Young Members Group for volunteers who would attend the meeting and who hold strong skills in social media. The responsibilities of an ambassador include promoting the PAS Congress prior to the meeting, as well as helping generate interest and engagement onsite in Miami. There was a large amount of social media activity around the meeting’s #PASCongress hashtag and MDS considers this Social Media Ambassador Program a great success.

The Society would like to thank the following doctors for their involvement: Catalina Cerquera-Cleves, Jason Crowell, Paulina Gonzalez-Latapi, Karlo J. Lizarraga, Diana Carolina Ibanez Martinez, Daniel Martinez-Ramirez, Claudia Carricarte Naranjo, Wellington Ramirez, Martin A. Tourreilles, and Mayela Rodríguez Violante.

MDS President Christopher Goetz is pictured here with the attendees of the Young Delegates Reception.On Friday night, delegates were formally greeted by MDS President Christopher Goetz, MDS-PAS Chair Henrique Ferraz, and by PAS CSPC Chair Cynthia Comella, at the Welcome Ceremony.

On Saturday night, delegates assembled to watch the Challenging Case MDS-PAS Rounds where Movement Disorder clinical experts, Orlando Barsottini, Anthony Lang, and Michael Okun, discussed cases on phenomenology, syndromic classification and differential diagnosis. The cases presented were selected from a large number of submissions by the host of the event, Alberto Espay.

The International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society - Pan American Section extends its gratitude to faculty, supporters, exhibitors and delegates for traveling to Miami and helping make the 2nd Pan American Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Congress a successful meeting.

Some of the Social Media Ambassadors pose for a picture at the MDS Booth.Mark your calendars: the MDS-PAS is already planning for the 3rd Pan American Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Congress in Miami, FL, USA, February 14-16, 2020. Given the city’s appeal, Miami is intended to be the host city for the PAS Congresses in the foreseeable future, and the meeting will occur on even-numbered years. Please visit the MDS website in the coming months for more information.




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