1st PAS Congress Report

Contributed by Cynthia Comella, MD, CSPC Chair

Cynthia Comella, MDThe 1st Pan American Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Congress was hosted in Miami, Florida, USA on February 24-26, 2017. This is a city rich in culture and history that provided the perfect location for delegates traveling from 30 different countries. Given the city’s appeal, it was the ideal location to host our first congress. With attendance of 427, it was the perfect size for networking, collaboration 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 Cynthia Comella, MD, the Congress Scientific Program Committee (CSPC) made every effort to ensure that the science for the congress reflected Latin America/Caribbean and North America, which produced the theme of the congress, Movement Disorders Across the Americas: State of the Art. 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 were carefully selected.

Some Congress highlights:

  • 20 Travel Grants awarded by MDS
  • 61 faculty members participated in the Scientific Sessions
  • 150 abstracts accepted
  • 5 Late-Breaking abstracts accepted
  • 7 Plenary Sessions
  • 9 Parallel Sessions
  • 3 Skills Workshops
  • Challenging Case MDS-PAS Rounds
  • 4 Guided Poster Tours
  • 14 companies and 1 non-profit exhibited
  • 2 representatives from the press attended


Delegates were formally greeted by MDS President Oscar Gershanik, MDS-PAS Chair Francisco Cardoso, and by CSPC Chair Cynthia Comella, at the Welcome Ceremony. Following the Welcome Ceremony, delegates gathered at the Welcome Reception where they networked and enjoyed local food and beverages.

On Saturday night delegates assembled to watch the Challenging Case MDS-PAS Rounds where Movement Disorder clinical experts, Alberto Espay, Steven Frucht and Helio Teive, hosted and discussed cases on phenomenology, syndromic classification and differential diagnosis. The cases presented were selected from a large number of submissions by the hosts of the event.

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 1st Pan American Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Congress a successful meeting!

Mark your calendars!  MDS-PAS is already planning for next year’s Pan American Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Congress in Miami, FL, USA, July of 2018. Please visit our website in the coming months for further details.

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Challenging Case MDS-PAS Rounds