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Late-Breaking Abstracts

Late-breaking abstracts recognize novel, critically important research developments that occur during the lead-up to International Congress.

Late-breaking abstract submissions due July 1, 2024, 11:59 CST

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International Congress delegates look over posters of top movement disorder abstracts in the Poster Hall.


Late-Breaking Abstracts will be considered for the International Congress if they fulfill the following criteria:

  • The topic must be of critical importance to the clinical/scientific community and/or the public.
  • The abstract must be report data that became available for public dissemination only after the deadline of the regular abstract submission, and has not been previously published or presented.
  • The study and results reported should be novel (not simply an extension of previously published work) or be definitive of confirming or refuting other critically important work.
  • The following categories are typically suited to the main poster sessions and will not be considered for Late-Breaking Abstracts: case reports, qualitative surveys, reviews of existing treatments, practice reviews, rating scale validation, small confirmatory studies, small scale epidemiology studies, research proposals.
  • The Late-Breaking Abstract program is not designed to favor investigators who inadvertently missed the deadline for regular abstract submission.

Late-Breaking Abstract selection strictly adheres to these criteria. Many high-quality abstracts are rejected on the basis of not meeting these criteria as outlined.  Historically, MDS only accepts an average of 25-30% of Late-Breaking Abstract submissions annually.

The following types of studies are NOT appropriate for the Late-Breaking Abstract program and will not be considered for acceptance: 

  • Case reports or small series of cases
  • Replication studies
  • Descriptions of study designs or plans with no presentation of data
  • Extensions of previously reported studies
  • Qualitative surveys
  • Reviews of existing treatments
  • Practice reviews
  • Rating scale validation
  • Research proposals

The Late-Breaking Abstract submission process is not intended for regular abstract submissions that inadvertently missed the deadline, and does not accept encore submissions.


Late-Breaking Abstract Presentations 

All accepted abstracts will be invited to be presented onsite in the poster hall during the International Congress. 


Late-Breaking Abstract Publication

All Late-Breaking Abstracts will be published on the MDS International Congress website.

To cite an MDS published Late-Breaking Abstract, follow this example:

[Author’s Last Name], [Author’s First and Middle Initials]. (year). International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders. Late-Breaking Abstracts, [Abstract Title], [pages].
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Late-Breaking Abstract Archive

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