Masters of Ceremony
Anthony Lang, OC, MD, FRCPC, FAAN, FCAHS, FRSC
Dr. Anthony Lang is Professor and Director of the Division of Neurology at the University of Toronto where he holds the Jack Clark Chair for Parkinson’s Disease Research. He is the Director of the Morton and Gloria Shulman Movement Disorders Center and the Edmond J. Safra Program in Parkinson’s Disease and holds the Lily Safra Chair in Movement Disorders at the Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network. He is one of the most highly cited investigators in the field of Movement Disorders with over 600 published peer-reviewed papers. Dr. Lang has served the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society (MDS) in many capacities: on the MDS Executive Committee as Treasurer from 1988-1992, Secretary from 1996-1998 and then President from 2007- 2009 and Co-Editor-in-Chief of Movement Disorders between 1996 and 2003 inclusive. He received the MDS Distinguished Service Award in 2010, was invited to give the Stanley Fahn Lecture in 2011 and was designated an Honorary Member of the Society in 2014.
Kapil Sethi, MD, FRCP
Dr. Kapil Sethi is a Professor of Neurology at the medical College of Georgia at Augusta University Augusta Georgia where he was Director of the Movement Disorders Program from 1985-2016 and the Director of the National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence from 2001 to 2009. He is also employed as a Senior Medical Expert of Neurology at Merz Pharmaceuticals, LLC.
Dr. Sethi served as an Associate Editor of Movement Disorders 2009-2011. He has served as the Vice President of the Tremor Research Group. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) member of the American Neurological Association, and World Health Organization International Advisory Board for the revision for ICD-10 diseases of the nervous system. Dr. Sethi has been a chair of the Development committee of the MDS and has and served on a number of committees for AAN and MDS. These include memberships of the MDS International Executive Committee from 2001 to 2005, and of the board of directors of the AAN 1998-2002. He has served as a Treasurer of AAN Foundation.
Kailash Bhatia, MD, DM, FRCP
Prof. Kailash Bhatia is a Professor of Clinical Neurology in the Sobell Department of Movement Neuroscience at the Institute of Neurology, UCL, Queen Square, London and an Honorary Consultant Neurologist at the affiliated National Hospital for Neurology, Queen Square, London.
Prof. Bhatia obtained his basic medical degree and neurology training in Mumbai India and further training in neurogenetics and movement disorders with the late Professor’s Anita Harding and David Marsden. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and corresponding Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and American Neurological Association.
Prof. Bhatia has over 500 publications including 380 peer reviewed papers. He is the current Associate Editor of the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society’s Movement Disorders - Clinical Practice Journal and is on the referee panel of 8 neurology journals including Brain, Annals of Neurology and Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry. He is a grant reviewer for Telethon, Inserm France, UK PD society and a medical advisor to the UK Dystonia Society. He is the current chairman of the Movement Disorders subcommittee of the European Neurological Society and member of European Federation of Neurological Societies Education Committee and has served on various committees of The International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society.
His main research interest is in Movement Disorders, merging clinical, electrophysiological, and genetic methods to study the pathophysiology of conditions like dystonia and Parkinson’s disease.
Alberto Espay, MD, MSc, FAAN, FANA
Dr. Alberto Espay is Associate Professor and Endowed Chair of the James J and Joan A Gardner Center for Parkinson’s disease at the University of Cincinnati. After neurology training at Indiana University, he completed his clinical and electrophysiology training in Movement Disorders as well as an MSc program in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research (Toronto Western Hospital, University of Toronto, 2001-2005). He has published over 120 peer-reviewed research articles and 5 books, including Common Movement Disorders Pitfalls (Cambridge, Highly Commended BMA Medical Book Award, 2013) and Disorders of Movement (Springer, 2016). Dr. Espay has received the Dean’s Scholar in Clinical Research Award (2006-09), the Dystonia Coalition Career Development Award (2010-2012), the NIH-funded KL2 Research Scholars Mentored Award (2010-12), and the NIH-funded K23 Career Development Award (2011-17).
He currently serves as Chair of the Technology Task Force, Chair of the Membership and Public Relations Committee of the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society, and Executive Committee member of the Parkinson Study Group. He is former Chair of the Movement Disorders Section of the American Academy of Neurology and former Associate Editor of Movement Disorders. He became honorary member of the Mexican Academy of Neurology in 2008, has been on the Best Doctors in America list since 2009, and has received several awards including: the Business Courier’s Forty Under 40 award in 2010; the Patients' Choice and Compassionate Doctor awards in 2011; the Cincinnati Business Courier’s Health Care Hero Award in 2016; and the Spanish Society of Neurology’s Cotzias Award in 2016. His research efforts have focused on the measurements of motor and behavioral phenomena and clinical trials for Parkinson's disease.
Jennifer Friedman, MD
Dr. Jennifer Friedman serves as Clinical Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics and University of California San Diego, Senior Staff Neurologist at Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego, and Clinical Investigator at Rady Children's Institute for Genomic Medicine. She is an expert in adult and pediatric movement disorders and has particular interest in genetic and metabolic disorders that affect movement. She is a partner in the International Working Group for Neurotransmitter and Pterin disorders (iNTD). She directs the Movement Disorders Clinic and Tourette/Tic Disorder Center at Rady Children’s Hospital and has done research in the areas of neuro-genetics/genomics, Tourette’s syndrome and disability awareness education. In addition, she teaches medical students residents, fellows, and undergraduate students.
Outside of Rady/UCSD, Dr Friedman is a strong proponent of education of children to improve understanding of and tolerance toward those with disabilities. In 2005, in partnership with the Del Mar Heights Elementary School, Dr. Friedman developed the Understanding Differences program a curriculum designed to teach K-6 children tolerance through a basic understanding of the biology of disease and disability and environmentally related factors that affect health and wellness. Through 2016, Dr. Friedman continued to run this program which has been awarded the 2008-2009 Program Award of Excellence award from the North Coastal County PTA as well as the 2010 California School Board Golden Bell Award.
Dr. Friedman received her undergraduate training at Princeton University and earned her MD from Stanford University in 1991. She completed an internship in internal medicine at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center followed by residency in neurology at Harvard Longwood Training Program. She was a clinical fellow in Movement Disorders at Boston University Medical Center and a clinical and research fellow in Neurogenetics and Dystonia at Massachusetts General Hospital. She served as a neurologist at several Boston hospitals and was an Instructor in Neurology at Harvard Medical School before joining Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego in 2004. Dr. Friedman is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the Movement Disorder Society, the Tourette Syndrome Association, and the Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society.
Victor Fung, MBBS, PhD, FRACP
Dr. Victor Fung is Clinical Associate Professor at Sydney Medical School, The University of Sydney and Director of the Movement Disorders Unit, Department of Neurology, Westmead Hospital, Sydney, Australia. He is Treasurer-Elect of the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society. He has a clinical and research interest in Movement Disorders. His mentors include John Morris, Philip Thompson, Con Yiannikas and Ivan Lorentz, and he continues to learn from his Australian and international Fellows.
Claudia Trenkwalder, MD
Dr. Claudia Trenkwalder started her clinical education in neurology and movement disorders at the University Hospital of the Ludwig-Maximilian-University in Munich in 1988 and was head of the “Movement Disorders and Sleep” research group at the Max- Planck Institute of Psychiatry in Munich from 1993-2000, before moving to the Department of Clinical Neurophysiology at the University of Goettingen. She is neurologist and Professor for Movement Disorders at University Medical Center in Goettingen, and Medical Director of Elena Klinik, the largest hospital for Parkinson and Movement Disorders in Germany since 2003.
Her main research interests are early symptoms and therapy in Parkinson's disease and movement disorders in sleep (RBD and RLS). She is currently Secretary of the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society, but was also founding member of the World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM), and President of WASM from 2011-13.