International Congress Abstracts

2020 Call for Abstracts: December 2, 2019 – March 1, 2020

Submit a 2020 International Congress Abstract

The International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society (MDS) welcomes the submission of original abstracts for presentation during the International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders® in Philadelphia, PA, USA, September 13-17, 2020.

Please click here to visit to access the 2020 abstract submission website.

Abstract submission deadline: March 1, 2020

Planning to submit an abstract?
Here are some helpful Abstract Preparation Tips and FAQ’s to help prepare for submission. Submission guidelines and information can be found below.

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  Abstract Submission Guidelines

Abstract submission deadline: March 1, 2020, 11:59PM CST.

An individual may be the first author on a maximum of three (3) abstracts.

An individual may be a contributing author on an unlimited number of abstracts.

All submitted abstracts become the property of MDS.


Text limit of 2,500 characters (including spaces). The size limit includes characters and spaces in the Abstract Title and Abstract Body. Please note that spaces are included in the overall character count. The size limit does not include author information.

Abstracts should be arranged as follows:

  • Objective
  • Background
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusions

*You may submit a case report using the standard abstract format

Do not include any identifying information directly on the abstract.

Only non-proprietary (generic) drug names should be used and should be written without capitals.

Do not include branded product names in the abstract. If the abstract is found to contain marketing, rather than scientific content, the abstract will be rejected.

Select one (1) category under which the abstract should be reviewed. If the abstract covers more than one topic, please choose the most appropriate category and indicate additional related topics via corresponding keywords. This will aid online searches and further organization of your abstract within the listed category (see “Review and Categorization” regarding re-categorizing a submitted abstract).
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.

Please note there is a separate upload field for tables and graphs. To include tables or figures, enter the appropriate ID tag within the abstract body where the tables and/or figures should 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.

To list references, enter the appropriate ID tag. [1] for your first reference, [2] for your second reference, [3] for your third reference, etc.

  Submission and Eligibility

Abstract submissions must be received by March 1, 2020, 11:59PM CST.

The sole means of submission is via the Internet. Please do not e-mail, fax, or mail abstract submissions.

Abstracts must be submitted and presented in English.

MDS members and non-members are eligible to submit abstracts.

There is no fee for submitting an MDS abstract.

MDS does not offer CME credit for poster viewing or submitted abstracts.

MDS International Congress faculty are not required to submit an abstract.

MDS expects that all accepted abstracts will be presented during the scheduled poster session time during the 2020 International Congress and that no submitted abstracts will be withdrawn. Please do not submit an abstract unless you are prepared to travel to the 2020 International Congress to present your abstract as a printed poster as scheduled by MDS.

All abstract presenters are required to register and pay applicable registration fees to attend the MDS International Congress.


  Review and Categorization

The MDS Congress Scientific Program Committee will review all abstracts in March of 2020. The Committee shall be directed to reject abstracts for the following reasons:

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

All submitted abstracts will be run through an online plagiarism detection software. Should plagiarism be detected, the abstract will be rejected.

If it is determined by the Congress Scientific Program Committee that a submitted abstract is not entered in the optimal abstract category listing, MDS reserves the right to re-categorize the abstract on behalf of the author(s) without prior notification. The new category placement will be confirmed in the official abstract notification letter.

If it is determined that the abstract should be re-categorized, MDS will ensure that the new category placement is in the best interest of the work and easily searchable by International Congress attendees as well as online researchers.

  Notification and Correspondence

All notifications regarding a saved or submitted abstract will be sent only to the person identified as ‘Contact for Official Abstract Correspondence’. It is expected that the designated contact person will circulate updates regarding the abstract as needed.

All successfully submitted abstracts will receive a confirmation e-mail to the designated contact person. If the confirmation e-mail has not been received within 24-hours of submitting the abstract, please log in to the abstract submission site to verify the status of the submission.

Abstract acceptance notifications will be sent to the designated contact person via e-mail in May 2020.

An official abstract notification letter will be available through the submission site and can be downloaded and printed at any time after notifications have been sent in May 2020.

All confirmed abstract submissions will be reviewed for acceptance by MDS.

Abstracts with a status of ‘saved’ are not confirmed submissions and will not be reviewed by MDS.

Please ensure that and are designated as a “safe senders” to ensure timely correspondence regarding the abstract submission.

Please check your spam and junk e-mail folders before contacting MDS regarding the status of your abstract. Abstract notices will come from or

Abstract status can also be checked directly on the submission site in May 2020.

  Withdrawing a Submitted Abstract

December 2, 2019 – March 1, 2020
You may withdraw a submitted abstract at any time while submission is still open (before March 1, 2020). To withdraw an abstract, simply log in to your submission and click on 'Withdraw'. There is no penalty to withdraw your abstract.

March 2 – June 15, 2020
Requests to withdraw a submitted abstract after the submission deadline (March 1, 2020) must be received in writing by June 15, 2020, to

June 16, 2020 – Onward
After June 16, 2020, your abstract cannot be withdrawn and will remain a part of the 2020 MDS published abstracts. All submitted abstracts become the property of MDS.


  Publication of Accepted Abstracts

All accepted abstracts will be published in an electronic supplement to the Movement Disorders journal online edition. All submitted abstracts become the property of MDS.

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

  Abstract Presentation

All accepted abstracts will be presented as a printed poster during designated times of the MDS International Congress. Please visit for updates and specific information regarding poster size and layout.

Daily poster presentations will be scheduled Monday through Wednesday during the International Congress. A detailed schedule, including poster set up and removal times, will be included in the abstract acceptance notification for each poster. The general poster presentation and viewing schedule can be found on the MDS International Congress website in June 2020.

Note: Accepted abstract presenters should plan to attend the International Congress for the duration of the meeting, from September 13-17, 2020, as poster presentation dates are subject to change.

All abstract presenters are required to register and pay applicable registration fees to attend the MDS International Congress. MDS will be verifying proof of registration for at least one (1) presenter for every accepted abstract by June 15, 2020.

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

  Previously Published Abstracts and Plagiarism

All submitted abstracts will be run through an online plagiarism detection software. Should plagiarism be detected, the abstract will be rejected.

Abstracts that have been presented at other meetings may be submitted if they have not been previously published. Submitted abstracts that have been presented at other meetings must include the previous meeting name and presentation date cited accordingly in the abstract body, after the Conclusion.

If the abstract is found to have been previously published in another MDS publication or a previous edition of the Movement Disorders journal, the designated contact person will be notified and required to revise the abstract, or the abstract will be rejected.

All abstracts presented at a previous MDS International Congress have been published by MDS.


Travel Grants and Junior Awards

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  2020 Travel Grant Awards – Application Deadline: March 1, 2020

MDS is offering up to 250 Travel Grant Awards in the amount of $1,000 USD each in partial support of delegates in financial need to facilitate their travel to and participation in the 2020 International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders® in Philadelphia, PA, USA. Travel Grant recipients will also receive complimentary International Congress registration.

MDS is also offering up to 250 registration-only grants. Registration Grant recipients will be selected from the Travel Grant Award applicants that are not selected for the award. 

To qualify, candidates must be the first author on at least one submitted abstract, and complete the official Travel Grant application incorporated into the abstract submission process. The sole means of application is within the abstract submission system. Please do not apply for a Travel Grant unless you are prepared to travel to the 2020 International Congress to present your research.

Please note: You will not be able to apply for a 2020 Travel Grant after your abstract submission is confirmed.

Only one (1) Travel Grant application per candidate will be considered for the 2020 International Congress. If an individual submits multiple Travel Grant applications, only the abstract receiving the highest cumulative score will be reviewed by the Awards Committee.

Qualified applicants are not required to be a current MDS Member; however current Members do receive additional points on their cumulative application score. To apply for or renew your MDS Membership, please visit

  2020 Junior Awards – Application Deadline: March 1, 2020

The Junior Awards are given for significant contribution to clinical and basic science research in the field of Movement Disorders. Junior Award recipients will present their abstract at the Presidential Lectures Plenary Session during the International Congress, and will receive an award plaque, $1,000 USD stipend, and complimentary International Congress registration.

Junior Awards Application Criteria

  1. Applicants must be a Junior Member of MDS or a Regular MDS Member under 40 years of age.
  2. Applicants must be the first authors of their submitted abstracts.
  3. Applications can only be submitted by MDS Members through the abstract submission process for the International Congress.
  4. Applicants will be required to submit a statement regarding their contribution of work for their submitted abstract.



2019 Nice International Congress Abstract Publication

International Congress abstracts are published in Movement Disorders, the official Journal of the International Parkinson and Movement Disorders Society (MDS).

Visit the searchable 2019 International Congress Abstracts Website to view published abstracts, or download the 2019 Abstracts PDF.


Abstract Publications Archive

To browse the meetings archive of published International Congress abstracts from 2016-2019, visit the searchable International Congress Abstracts Website.

To view International Congress abstracts from 2002-2015, visit the MDS Past / Future Congresses webpage.



Feel free to contact the MDS International Secretariat at  


Important Dates

December 2, 2019
Abstract Submission Opens

March 1, 2020
Abstract Submission Closes

March 31, 2020
Registration Opens

July 15, 2020
Early Registration Deadline

August 13, 2020
Final Pre-Registration Deadline

September 13-17, 2020
International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders®

For More Information

International Secretariat
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Milwaukee, WI 53202 USA
Phone: +1 (414) 276-2145
Fax: +1 (414) 276-3349

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