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Awards 

MDS annually recognizes recipients of prestigious awards during International Congress. 

The Society honors impactful contributions to the field of Movement Disorders, as well as the outstanding professionals advancing science and care around the globe. Awardees are selected by the MDS Awards Committee, unless otherwise noted. 

Honorary Membership Award

The MDS Honorary Membership Award Program recognizes individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the field of Movement Disorders or otherwise to the Society. Recipients of this prestigious award shall be entitled to lifetime MDS Membership.

Recipients are nominated by current members.

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2021 – K. Ray Chaudhuri, Kapil Sethi
2020 - Khalish Bhatia, Caroline Tanner 
2019 - Oscar Gershanik, José Obeso
2018 - Cynthia Comella, Matthew Stern 
2017 - Susan Bressman, Werner Poewe
2016 - Günther Deuschl, Pierre Pollak
2015 - C. Warren Olanow, Anne Young
2014 - Anthony Lang, William Weiner
2013 - Joseph Jankovic, John Nutt
2012 - Mark Hallett, Eduardo Tolosa
2011 - John GL Morris, Masaya Segawa
2010 - Ann Graybiel, Andrew Lees
2009 - Yoshikuni Mizuno, Ira Shoulson
2008 - Alim Benabid, Mahlon DeLong
2007 - Eldad Melamed, Ali H. Rajput
2006 - Niall Quinn, Patrick McGeer
2005 - Peter Jenner, Thomas Chase (Career Award)
2004 - Roger C. Duvoisin, Hiroshi Shibasaki, Yves Agid (Career Award)
2002 - Stanley Fahn, Oleh Hornykiewicz, Gerald Stern

 


 

Presidential Honorary Membership Award

The Presidential Honorary Membership Award acknowledges MDS Past-Presidents for their years of commitment and contributions as President and terms as an Officer of MDS. 
 

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2021 - Christopher Goetz
2021 - Philip Thompson
 


 

Presidential Distinguished Service Award

The President’s Distinguished Service Award is chosen exclusively by the MDS President in recognition of distinguished service to the Society.

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2021 –  Vincenzo Bonifati & Cristina Sampaio
2020 - Christopher Goetz & Njideka Okubadejo
2019 - Bruno Dubois
2018 - Yoshikuni Mizuno
2017 - Francisco Cardoso & Christine Klein
2016 - Matthew Stern
2015 - Roongroj Bhidayasiri & Louis Tan
2014 - Esther Cubo
2013 - Philip Thompson
2012 - Hubert Fernandez & Marcelo Merello
2011 - Oscar Gershanik
2010 - Anthony Lang
2009 - Serge Przedborski
2008 - Cynthia Comella
2007 - C. Warren Olanow 
2006 - Eduardo Tolosa
2005 - Stanley Fahn
​​​​​​​2004 - Mark Hallett


 

Public Service Award

The Public Service Award recognizes individuals who exhibit the highest standard of excellence, dedication, and accomplishment over a sustained period of time. These contributions may be in a wide variety of areas, including but not limited to increasing public awareness of the mission of the Society and the promotion of research, education and training in Movement Disorders and related neurological sciences. 

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2011 - Michael J. Fox


 

Presidential Lecture Awards

The field’s most esteemed honorees are invited to speak at the International Congress about the research and topics that have most interested them through their storied careers.  

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The Stanley Fahn Presidential Lecture Award

The Stanley Fahn Lecture Award was created to recognize an outstanding scholar and role-model clinician in the field of Movement Disorders. The selected lecturer must show evidence of exceptional contributions which have resulted in better understanding of the cause, diagnosis, or treatment of Movement Disorders, and have translated into meaningful improvements in the standard of clinical practice.

2021 - Oscar Gershanik 
2020 - Werner Poewe
2019 - Cynthia Comella 
2018 - Marie Vidalhet 
2017 - Ali Rajput   
2016 - Eduardo Tolosa
2015 - Günther Deuschl
2014 - Joseph Jankovic
2013 - Philip Thompson
2012 - Andrew Lees
2011 - Anthony Lang 
2010 - Gerald Stern
2009 - Christopher Goetz 
2008 - Susan Bressman  
2007 - Pierre Pollak
2006 - Ira Shoulson  
2005 - Heiko Braak   
2004 - Huda Zoghbi 
2002 - David Brooks

C. David Marsden Presidential Lecture Award

The C. David Marsden Lecture Award was created to recognize an outstanding scholar and inspiring neuroscientist in the field of Movement Disorders. The selected lecturer must show evidence of exceptional contributions which have resulted in better understanding of the neurobiology of Movement Disorders, and have translated into tangible improvements in clinical therapy and/or providing insight into normal brain function in the control of movement.

2021 - Etienne Hirsch
2020 - Hiroshi Shibasaki 
2019 - Christine Klein
2018 - Eng King Tan 
2017 - Glenda Halliday
2016 - D. James Surmeier 
2015 - Jose Obeso
2014 - Olle Lindvall
2013 - Peter Jenner
2012 - John Hardy
2011 - Serge Przedborski
2010 - Yves Agid
2009 - Richard Morimoto
2008 - Ann Graybiel
2007 - Niall Quinn
2006 - Mark Hallett
2005 - Alim Benabid
2004 - Donald Price
​​​​​​​2002 - Yoshikuni Mizuno
 


 

Junior Awards

Junior Awards acknowledge the work of up-and-coming specialists 40 years old or younger who submit top-ranked abstracts for the annual International Congress. Honorees are invited to speak about their research during the event. 

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2021 – Jeffrey Boertien, Alba Tristán-Noguero
2020 - Rachael Lawson, ChenChen Zhang
2019 - Niccolo Mencacci, Juan Li
2018 - Seyed-Mohammad Fereshtehnejad, Stefan Lang, Elie Matar
2017 - Ziv Gan-Or, Vladana Markovic, Raul Martinez-Fernandez
2016 - Mar Carmona Abellán, Brianada Koentjoro, Poonam Thakur 
2015 - Bettina Balint, Carine Maurer, Md. Mashir Rahman
2014 - Anhar Hassan, Julia Muellner, Samuel Shribman
2013 - Alison Yarnall, Mun Kyung Sunwoo, Jee Young Lee
2012 - Marios Politis, Norbert Brüggemann, Karin Tuschl
2011 - Alexander Schmidt (Clinical), George Tofaris (Basic Science)
2010 - Roberto Cilia (Clinical), Raphael Hourez (Basic Science)
2009 - Helen Ling (Clinical), Carlos Juri (Basic Science)
2008 - Luke Massey (Clinical), Myriam Khondiker (Basic Science)
2007 - Christine Daniels (Clinical), Myriam Khondiker (Basic Science)
2006 - Andre Troiano (Clinical), Akiko Imamura (Basic Science)
2005 - Peter Novak (Clinical), Nutan Sharma (Basic Science)
2004 - David R. Williams (Clinical), Pedro Gonzalez (Basic Science)
2002 - Sylvie Raoul (Clinical), Jan H. Raethjen (Basic Science) 


 

Paper of the Year Awards

The Movement Disorders Research and Review Papers of the Year awards are chosen by the Journal’s Editors and Editorial Board to recognize quality work being submitted by authors and the important articles published in the Journal. The winning articles are selected from five finalists in each category, all which shared a high scientific level and interest.

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Research Article of the Year Award

2020
Blinded RT-QuIC Analysis of α-Synuclein Biomarker in Skin Tissue From Parkinson's Disease Patients 

Sireesha Manne, Naveen Kondru, Huajun Jin, Geidy E. Serrano, Vellareddy Anantharam, Arthi Kanthasamy, Charles H. Adler, Thomas G. Beach, Anumantha G. Kanthasamy. 

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2019
Randomized Controlled Trial of Exercise on Objective and Subjective Sleep in Parkinson’s Disease

Amy Amara,  Kimberly Wood, Allen Joop, Raima Memon, Jennifer Pilkington, S. Craig Tuggle, John Reams, Matthew Barrett, David Edwards, Arthur Weltman, Christopher Hurt,  Gary Cutter, Marcas Bamman.

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2018
Mediterranean Diet Adherence is Related to Reduced Probability of Prodromal Parkinson’s Disease

Maria Maraki, Mary Yannakoulia, Maria Stamelou, Leonidas Stefanis, Georgia Xiromerisiou, Mary Kosmidis, Efthimios Dardiotis, Georgios Hadjigeorgiou, Paraskevi Sakka, Costas Anastasiou, Eleni Simpoulou, Nikolaos Scarmeas
 

2017
Dysregulation of the Causative Genes for Hereditary Parkinsonism in the Midbrain in Parkinson’s Disease

Yun Joong Kim, Junbeom Jeon, Jaemoon Shin, Nan Young Kim, Jeong Hoon Hong, Jae-Min Oh, SangKyoon Hong, Yeo Jin Kim, Young-Eun Kim, Suk Yun Kang, Hyeo-Il Ma, Unjoo Lee, Jeehee Yoon 
 

2016
Peripheral Synucleinopathy in Early Parkinson’s Disease: Submandibular Gland Needle Biopsy Findings

Charles H. Adler, Brittany N. Dugger, Joseph G. Hentz, Michael L. Hinni, David G. Lott, Erika Driver-Dunckley, Shyamal Mehta, Geidy Serrano, Lucia I. Sue, Amy Duffy, Anthony Intorcia, Jessica Filon, Joel Pullen, Douglas G. Walker and Thomas G. Beach
 

2015
Exercise Improves Cognition in Parkinson’s Disease: The PRET-PD Randomized, Clinical Trial 

F. J. David, J. A. Robichaud, S. E. Leurgans, C. Poon, W. M. Kohrt, J. G. Goodman, C. L. Comella, D. E. Vaillancourt, D. M. Corcos 

 

Note: Papers of the Year are awarded in the year following their publication. 

Review Article of the Year Award

2020
Variability of Movement Disorders: The Influence of Sensation, Action, Cognition, and Emotions 

Rok Berlot MD, PhD, John C. Rothwell PhD, Kailash P. Bhatia MD, PhD, Maja Kojović MD, PhD
 

2019
Value of in Vivo α-synuclein Deposits in Parkinson's Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis 

Kazuto Tsukita, Haruhi Sakamaki-Tsukita, Kanta Tanaka, Toshihiko Suenaga, Ryosuke Takahashi.

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2018
Current Therapies and Therapeutic Decision Making for Childhood-Onset Movement Disorders

Shekeeb Mohammad, Simon Paget, Russell Dale
 

2017
Biomarker-Driven Phenotyping in Parkinson’s Disease: A Translational Missing Link in Disease-Modifying Clinical Trials 

Alberto J. Espay, Michael A. Schwarzschild, Caroline M. Tanner, Hubert H. Fernandez, David K. Simon, James B. Leverenz, Aristide Merola, Alice Chen-Plotkin, Patrik Brundin, Marcelo A. Kauffman, Roberto Erro, Karl Kieburtz, Daniel Woo, Eric A. Macklin, David G. Standaert, Anthony E. Lang 


2016
Nomenclature of Genetic Movement Disorders: Recommendations of the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society Task Force 

Connie Marras, Anthony Lang, Bart P. van de Warrenburg, Carolyn M. Sue, Sarah J. Tabrizi, Lars Bertram, Saadet Mercimek-Mahmutoglu, Darius Ebrahimi-Fakhari, Thomas T. Warner, Alexandra Durr, Birgit Assmann, Katja Lohmann, Vladimir Kostic and Christine Klein 
 

2015
MDS Research Criteria for Prodromal Parkinson’s Disease 

D. Berg, R. B. Postuma, C. H. Adler, B. R. Bloem, P. Chan, B. Dubois, T. Gasser, C. G. Goetz, G. Halliday, L. Joseph, A. E. Lang, I. Liepelt-Scarfone, I. Litvan, K. Marek, J. Obeso, W. Oertel, C. W. Olanow, W. Poewe, M. Stern, G. Deuschl 

 

Note: Papers of the Year are awarded in the year following their publication. 


 

LEAP Graduates

The MDS LEAP Program provides leadership training to support the growth, development and success of promising early-career movement disorders specialists.

LEAP class members undergo a year-long training that includes mentoring from established leaders in the field, and complete an intensive didactic skills program. 

Learn about LEAP

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African Section

2021

Nomena Finiavana Rasaholiarison, Madagascar
Marcelle Smith, South Africa

Class of 2021 profiles

2020

Shaimaa El-Jaafary, Egypt
Yared Zewde, Ethiopia

Class of 2020 profiles

2019

Oluwadamilola Ojo, Nigeria
Biniyam Ayele, Ethiopia

Class of 2019 profiles

 

Asian & Oceanian Section

2021

Shazma Khan MBBS, Pakistan
Shivam Mittal, UAE
Gerard Saranza, Philippines
Laura Williams, Australia

Class of 2021 profiles

2020

Kai-Hsiang Chen, Taiwan
Ryan Davis, Australia
Chaewon Shin, Republic of Korea
Christine Wools, Australia

Class of 2020 profiles

2019

Roopa Rajan, India
Hanan Khalil, Jordan
Cholpon Shambetova, Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan)
Woong-Woo Lee, Republic of Korea

Class of 2019 profiles

2018

Ming-Kai Pan, Taiwan
Pattamon Panyakaew, Thailand
Zheyu Xu, Singapore
Jinyoung Youn, South Korea

Class of 2018 profiles

2017

Mona T. Obaid, Saudi Arabia
Hee Kyung Park, Korea
Prashanth L. Kukkle, India
Shinsuke Fujioka, Japan

Class of 2017 profiles

2016

Taku Hatano, Japan
Jee-Young Lee, Korea
Praween Lolekha, Thailand
Ai Huey Tan, Malaysia

Class of 2016 profiles

2015 

Jawad Bajwa, Saudi Arabia
Han-Joon Kim, Korea
Chin-Hsien Lin, Taiwan
Genko Oyama, Japan

Class of 2015 profiles

 

European Section

2021

Valentina Leta, United Kingdom
Diana Angelika Olszewska, Canada
Iva Stankovic, Serbia
Jennifer Zitser-Koren, Israel

Class of 2021 profiles

2020

Conor Fearon, Ireland
Michele Matarazzo, Spain
Alastair Noyce, United Kingdom
Katarzyna Smilowska, Poland 

Class of 2020 profiles

2019

Gesine Respondek, Germany
Aurélie Méneret, France
Antonella Macerollo, United Kingdom
David Breen, Scotland

Class of 2019 profiles

2018

Bettina Balint, United Kingdom
Margherita Fabbri, Portugal
Christos Ganos, Germany
Ali Shalash, Egypt

Class of 2018 profiles

2017

Maria Fiorella Contarino, Netherlands
Hana Brozova, Czech Republic
Roberto Erro, Italy
Álvaro Sánchez-Ferro, Spain

Class of 2017 profiles

2016

Mouna Ben Djebara, Tunisia
Miguel Soares Coelho, Portugal
Mónica M. Kurtis, Spain
Gertrúd Tamás, Hungary

Class of 2016 profiles

2015

Jean-Christophe Corvol, France
Susanne A. Schneider, Germany
Matej Skorvanek, Slovak Republic
Maria Stamelou, Greece

Class of 2015 profiles

Pan American Section

2021

Camila Aquino, Canada
Xiomara Garcia, Colombia
Karlo Lizárraga, USA
Abhimanyu Mahajan, USA

Class of 2021 profiles

2020

Veronica Bruno, Canada
Sarah Lidstone, Canada
Sergio Rodriguez-Quiroga, Argentina
Kathryn Wyman-Chick, USA

Class of 2020 profiles

2019

Catalina Cerquera-Cleves, Colombia
Christopher Stephen, United States
Malco Rossi, Argentina
Michelle Hyczy de Siqueira Tosin, Brazil

Class of 2019 profiles

2018

Lana Chahine, USA
Mario Cornejo-Olivas, Peru
Jorge Jesus Llibre Guerra, Cuba
Daniel Martinez-Ramirez, USA

Class of 2018 profiles

2017

Carlos Juri, Chile
Sarah Pirio Richardson, USA
Thiago Cardoso Vale, Brazil
Aparna Wagle Shukla, USA

Class of 2017 profiles

2016

Amy W. Amara, USA
Marcus Vinicius Della Coletta, Brazil
Anhar Hassan, USA
Lorraine V. Kalia, Canada

Class of 2016 profiles

2015 

Roy N. Alcalay, USA
Brandon R. Barton, USA
Tiago A. Mestre, Canada
Santiago Perez Lloret, Argentina

Class of 2015 profiles

 


 

Travel Grant Awardees

Travel Grant Awards provide support for first authors of high-scoring abstracts to travel to International Congress to present their work. Authors may enter for consideration of this award during the abstract submission process. 

Travel Grant information

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2022 Grantees

Travel Award Grants for 2022 are currently in selection, and will be posted here once all awardees have been notified. 

 

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