The International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society is made up of more than 11,000 scientists, clinicians and other healthcare professionals. The aim of the society is to improve the care of patients with movement disorders through research and education.

Promoting Research

The Society promotes research into the causes, prevention and treatment of movement disorders using a variety of means, including using the organisation’s resources and influence to enhance support for research. It also works to encourage the training of basic and clinical scientists in movement and other related disorders, and to disseminate information about research in this field.

Annual International Congress

Every year the Society holds an International Congress, which is an opportunity for the thousands of attending professionals to share ideas and network. The International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders features guest speakers; past speakers include Society member Marios Politis, Professor of Neurology and Director of Neurodegeneration Imaging Group at the University of Exeter.

Take a look at the embedded PDF for more information about Professor Politis and the other international events he has spoken at.

The 2023 International Congress will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 27th to 31st August, and the 2024 event is scheduled to take place in Philadelphia, USA, from 27th September to 1st October.

Training Programmes

The Society has established a training programme regarding two different rating scales: the MDF-Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating and the Unified Dyskinesia Rating Scale. In the training, participants learn about the use of each scale, view an example of how the tests are administered to patients and see examples of the rating items.

The Society offers tailored industry courses and can create bespoke immersive educational programmes for a company’s employees, to fit the needs of the business.

Society Membership

There are many benefits to becoming a member of the Society. Joining allows individuals to remain up to date with the latest information in the field of movement disorders, expand their global interdisciplinary network, and have opportunities to make an impact on the profession’s development.

Members will pay a discounted rate on many courses as well as being given access to various relevant educational activities. The Society offers its members a wide range of innovative resources, including a video library, access to the MDSGene genetic mutation database, and the Prodromal PD Calculator.