19th International Congress Blue Ribbon Highlights Session

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Blue Ribbon Highlights Session Features Best Poster Presentations from 19th International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders

SAN DIEGO – The annual Blue Ribbon Highlights Session will take place on Thursday, June 18th, during the 19th International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders. This session will provide a critical review of the best poster presentations by a panel of experts, highlighting the relevance, nov¬elty, and quality of both clinical and basic research presented by delegates.

Of the nearly 1,500 abstracts accepted for presentation at this year’s International Congress, only a select few have been given this special recognition. The Blue Ribbon Highlights Session is chaired by Charles Adler, Scottsdale, AZ, USA and Marcelo Merello, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and the panel will be led by Christine Klein, Lübeck, Germany, and David Standaert, Birmingham, AL, USA.

Victor Fung, Director of the Movement Disorders Unit at Westmead Hospital in Sydney, and Chair of the 2015 MDS Congress Scientific Program Committee states, “Most of the sessions at a major International Congress are about the State of the Art - what is current cutting edge knowledge and best practice. The Poster Presentations represent the future - the work in progress now or just being completed, which will lead to the next breakthroughs. The Blue Ribbon Highlights Session distils the best and most exciting work being done by the thousands of clinicians and scientists attending the meeting, and draws attention to that work to all the delegates. This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the MDS International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders. It is wonderful to see the work presented in posters of past International Congresses become standard knowledge and care, and a privilege to be able to hear the future of our specialty in this year’s Blue Ribbon Session.”

About the 19th International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders:
Meeting attendees are gathered to learn the latest research findings and state-of-the-art treatment options in Movement Disorders, including Parkinson's disease. Over 3,500 physicians and medical professionals from more than 80 countries will be able to view over 1,500 scientific abstracts submitted by clinicians from around the world.

About the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society:
The International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society (MDS), an international society of over 5,000 clinicians, scientists, and other healthcare professionals, is dedicated to improving patient care through education and research. For more information about MDS, visit www.movementdisorders.org.