How to Submit an Abstract

Abstract Submission Format

Please read the following section before submitting your abstract for review:

View examples of MDS abstracts.


Please limit the total abstract text to 2,500 characters (including spaces). The size limit includes Abstract Title and Abstract Body. Please refrain from using special characters within the abstract text.

Abstracts should adhere to the following format:

  • Objective
  • Background
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusions
  • References

You will be asked to list the name, affiliation and e-mail for each co-author. However, all communications and notifications regarding abstract submissions will be sent only to the person identified as ‘Contact for Official Abstract Correspondence’ in the online abstract submission form.

The use of standard abbreviations is desirable. A special or unusual abbreviation should be placed in parentheses after the first appearance of the full word for which it stands. Non-proprietary (generic) drug names should be used and should be written without capitals.

If you are including tables or figures within your abstract, you must enter the appropriate ID tag in the abstract body where you would like your tables and/or figures to appear. Tags must be entered as shown - [table1] for your first table; [table2] for your second table; [figure1] for your first figure; [figure2] for your second figure. You may upload the tables within the abstract submission system. A maximum of 10 image files of tables and/or graphs may be uploaded.

Attendance is Required

Accepted abstracts must have a presenter in attendance at the International Congress in Nice, France to present their poster(s), and should plan to attend from September 22 - 26, 2019, as poster presentation dates are subject to change.

It is not mandatory that the first author be pre-registered and present; the presenter may be any of the contributing authors or a colleague.

Registration for the 2019 International Congress will open March 12, 2019.

Please do not submit an abstract unless you are prepared to travel to the 2019 International Congress September 22 - 26, 2019 to present your research.


Withdrawing an Abstract

You may withdraw an abstract at any time while abstract submissions is open. If you decide to withdraw an abstract, please click on 'Withdraw' in the system. There is no penalty to withdraw your abstract.

If you wish to withdraw your submitted abstract after the abstract submission period closes (March 1, 2019), withdrawals must be received in writing by the MDS International Secretariat by July 1, 2019. If your withdrawal request is received after July 1, 2019, it cannot be withdrawn and will remain a part of the 2019 MDS published abstracts. All submitted abstracts become the property of MDS.



Abstracts accepted for presentation will be published in an electronic supplement to the Movement Disorders Journal, online edition.


Review Process

The International Congress Scientific Program Committee will review all abstracts.

Authors were required to select one category under which their abstract should be reviewed.

The Committee shall be directed to reject abstracts for the following causes:

  • Plagiarism detected
  • Marketing
  • Subject not related to the field of Movement Disorders
  • Does not meet basic submission requirements


Terms and Conditions

MDS expects that all abstracts selected for presentation will be presented by the original author(s) and that no submitted abstracts will be withdrawn. Please do not submit an abstract if you are not prepared to travel to the meeting and present it in the session selected by MDS.

Accepted abstract presenters should plan to attend the 2019 International Congress from September 22 - 26, 2019 in its entirety, as poster presentation dates are subject to change.

MDS only accepts original work. By submitting your abstract, you affirm that your abstract is your own, either individually or of the group. Should plagiarism be detected, the abstract will be rejected.

All abstracts accepted for presentation may be published in an electronic supplement to the Movement Disorders Journal, in the online edition.

All submitted abstracts become the property of MDS.

Important Dates

September 22-26, 2019
International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders®

For More Information

International Secretariat
555 East Wells Street, Suite 1100
Milwaukee, WI 53202 USA
Phone: +1 (414) 276-2145
Fax: +1 (414) 276-3349

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