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2022 MDS Awardees


Honorary Membership Awards

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.

Pablo Martinez-Martin 

Pablo Martinez-Martin currently serves as Associate Professor Emeritus at the Consortium for Biomedical Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases here in Madrid, Spain, and as Co-Chair of MDS’s Clinical Outcomes Assessment Program.  

Previously, Dr. Martinez-Martin has served as Co-Chair of the MDS Rating Scales Program, Scientist Researcher of the Spanish Public Boards of Research at the National Center of Epidemiology Carlos III Institute of Health, Member of the Consortium for Biomedical Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases, and Scientific Director of the Research Unit for Alzheimer’s Disease at the Alzheimer Center Reina Sofia Foundation. 

Prof. Martinez-Martin has been presented with 16 Awards in Neurosciences, Aging and Parkinson’s disease. He currently has authored 561 publications in scientific journals, 111 chapters of books or monographs, and edited or co-edited 18 books. His specific areas of research are rating scales and questionnaires, patient-reported outcomes, epidemiological studies, outcomes research, and neurodegenerative diseases, particularly Parkinson’s and dementia. 

Marie Vidailhet 

Marie Vidailhet is Professor of Neurology at Salpêtrière Hospital, Sorbonne University, in Paris, France. She has a long-standing interest in Movement Disorders, Parkinson’s disease, and dystonia in clinical practice  

Her areas of research range from pathophysiology to experimental therapeutics. Within her research group at the ICM Brain & Spine Institute, she has contributed to the understanding of the pathophysiology of dystonia and other, rare movement disorders and to the development of therapeutic approaches such as deep brain stimulation in dystonia and noninvasive stimulation in tremor. 

Prof. Vidailhet is active in the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society (MDS) and has served as a member of its International Executive Committee, Bylaws Committee, and Congress Scientific Program Committee. She was a member of the Congress Local Organizing Committee for the 2019 International Congress in Nice, served as Secretary of the MDS European Section (MDS-ES), participated as faculty of several MDS International Congresses and core faculty of the MDS-ES Schools for Young Neurologists. 

Presidential Honorary Membership Award

The Presidential Honorary Membership Award is a biannual award to acknowledge MDS Past-Presidents for their years of commitment and contributions to the Society.  

Claudia Trenkwalder

Claudia began her term as MDS President at the last in-person Congress in Nice, and managed the tremendous task of leading the Society through the two most challenging years of the global pandemic.  

Distinguished Service Awards 

The President’s Distinguished Service Award is chosen directly by the MDS President in recognition of long and distinguished service to the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society (MDS). 

Claudia Trenkwalder, MD, FEAN

Claudia Trenkwalder, MD, started her clinical education in neurology and movement disorders at the Dept. Neurology of the University Hospital in Munich in 1988, was head of the “Movement Disorders and Sleep” research group at the Max- Planck Institute of Psychiatry in Munich before moving to the University of Goettingen. She is Medical Director of the Paracelsus-Elena Klinik in Kassel, a specialized hospital for Parkinsonism and Movement Disorders, and Full Professor of Neurology as a Foundation Chair at the Dept. of Neurosurgery, University Medical Center Goettingen, Germany.  

Her main research interests are early symptoms and therapy in Parkinson's disease and movement disorders in sleep (RBD and RLS).  

She has published more than 400 peer reviewed articles, was also President of the World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM) and is an active member of many national and international scientific societies and committees including Fellow of the EAN from its start. 

Luiz Augusto Franco Andrade, MD, PhD

Luiz Augusto Franco Andrade is a Brazilian neurologist who trained in London at the National Hospital (Queen Square). After returning to Brazil, he held an academic position at the Federal University of São Paulo. During his career he pioneered the field of Movement Disorders in Brazil and Latin America, exerting a powerful influence over the next generations that in great part explains the remarkable growth of our field in that area of the world. 

COA Director Awards 

These awards acknowledge two very prominent MDS figures who have helped shape and establish the Society’s Clinical Outcome Assessments program, formerly known as the MDS Rating Scales Program.  

Glenn Stebbins and Pablo Martinez-Martin

Since 2017, Glenn Stebbins and Pablo Martinez-Martin have served as the Directors of the MDS Clinical Outcome Assessment Program, developing the program from the ground-up. In 2016, they created an outline for a program that would comprehensively reorganize rating scale development, training, and translation activities within the Society which was revised again in 2021 to further expand and include clinical outcome assessments. 

Since the Program was launched, we have seen an increase in the number of clinical assessments directly maintained by Society and an increase in the number of new scale development initiatives supported by the Society in order to meet the needs for rating scales in the areas of psychosis, non-motor symptoms and tremor. Through the Program, MDS is also addressing the increasing digital landscape for clinical assessment administration, actively developing electronic Scales (eScales) and investigating questions about whether digital scales are equivalent to the pen and paper version.  

The Translation initiative alone has engaged hundreds of MDS members across the globe so that rating scales, such as the MDS-UPDRS can be provided to patients in their native language. 

Their work has helped advance the science of COAs in the field of Movement Disorders. 

Presidential Lecture Awards

Kailash Bhatia, Stanley Fahn 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.

Back to the future: Is the Clinical Phenomenologist Obsolete?
Learning Objective: Appreciate the challenges faced by clinicians in the era of genetic and other advances in the field and how to approach this in clinical practice.

Prof. Bhatia is a Professor of Clinical Neurology in the Department of Clinical and 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. Prof. Bhatia obtained his medical degree and also neurology degree from Bombay University India and obtained further training in neurogenetics and movement disorders with the late Professors Anita Harding and David Marsden at Queen Square London. Prof. Bhatia is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and corresponding Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology. His main research interest is in Movement Disorders, merging clinical, electrophysiological, and genetic methods to study the pathophysiology of movement disorders conditions like dystonia, Parkinson’s disease and atypical parkinsonian syndromes.

Prof. Bhatia currently has over 620 peer reviewed publications, several book chapters and has edited four books including a large reference tome “Marsden’s book of Movement Disorders” by Oxford University Press (OUP) which was the recipient of the Best Book in Neuroscience award at the BMA awards in 2013. Prof. Bhatia is the current and founding editor in chief of Movement Disorders Clinical Practice Journal (MDCP) and has previously been the Associate Editor of Movement Disorders Journal (MDJ). Prof. Bhatia has served on several international committees of MDS and the ENS, EFNS including the International Executive Committee (IEC) of international Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society and the Congress Scientific Program Committee (CSPC). Prof. Bhatia is on the executive committee for movement disorders for the Association of British Neurology (ABN). Prof. Bhatia has been an active member of the EAN as a delegate and full individual member and was the subcommittee chairman of movement disorders when the EAN was formed. Prof. Bhatia started a term in 2019 for two years as Secretary- Elect of the MDS- ES to continue the close collaboration in the education programmes with the EAN and other bodies.

Nobutaka Hattori, C. David Marsden 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.

Challenge to elucidate the pathomechanisms of Parkinson’s disease: From the Pathogenesis to Biomarkers
Learning Objective: At the conclusion of this session, participants should be better able to understand the pathomechanisms of Parkinson’s disease as they relate to the etiology of hereditary Parkinson’s disease and the importance of developing effective biomarkers for disease differentiation.

Dr. Hattori received an MD degree from Juntendo University in 1985. He became a resident in the Department of Neurology of Juntendo Hospital. After finishing residency training at Juntendo Hospital, he was appointed as an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Juntendo University in Tokyo, Japan in 1988. He was certified by the Japanese Neurological Society in 1989. He was admitted to the graduate school of Juntendo University in 1990. Dr. Hattori trained in molecular biology at the Department of Biomedical Chemistry of Nagoya University from 1990 to 1993 before graduating from graduate school in 1994. Dr. Hattori was appointed as the Assistant Professor of Neurology at Juntendo University School of Medicine in 1995, and then became an Associate Professor of Neurology in 2003. Finally, Dr. Hattori became the Professor and Chairman of neurology at Juntendo University School of Medicine in 2006. Dr. Hattori is an active member and Director of the Japanese Neurological Association and a corresponding fellow of the American Neurological Association. Dr. Hattori is also a full member of the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society and MDS-Asian and Oceanian Section (AOS) Chair (2015-2017). Dr. Hattori is a member of the International Executive Committee of MDS (2021-2025). Dr. Hattori serves as an ad hoc reviewer of many international journals.

As a scientist as well as a clinician, Dr. Hattori has been interested in the etiology and pathogenesis of Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Hattori found a decrease in the amount of complex I in the substantia nigra of Parkinson’s disease patients (Ann Neurol 1992). More recently, Dr. Hattori and his collaborators identified the disease gene for an autosomal recessive form of young onset familial Parkinson’s disease and named the gene “parkin”. This is the second form of familial Parkinson’s disease in which the disease gene was identified. In addition, Dr. Hattori and his collaborators found that the gene product, parkin is directly linked to the ubiquitin-proteasome pathway as a ubiquitin ligase and is involved in mitophagy. This discovery suggested that the protein degradation system is involved in the pathogenesis of not only the monogenic form of Parkinson’s disease but also sporadic Parkinson’s disease. In addition, Dr. Hattori and his colleagues have identified novel genes, CHCHD2 and PSAP. CHCHD2 and PSAP products are associated with mitochondrial and lysosomal functions, respectively. In addition, Dr. Hattori and his colleagues are interested in the relationship between biomarkers and PD. Dr. Hattori obtained several awards including the award for the Japanese Society of Neurology and the Minister of Education Award. Dr. Hattori is the first Japanese doctor to be selected as an Honorary Member of the Spanish Neurological Society. Dr. Hattori has published more than 900 scientific papers and has an h-factor of 83 with 38,125.

Junior Awards

MDS Junior Awards are presented in recognition of significant contribution to clinical or basic science research in the field of Movement Disorders, to qualified individuals submitting top ranked abstracts for the International Congress.

Thomas Payne, United Kingdom

Multimodal mechanistic disease stratification in sporadic Parkinson’s disease.

Margot Van Cauwenberge, Belgium

Synaptic density in cortical and subcortical gray matter is associated with mild parkinsonian signs (MPS) in healthy older adults: a [11C] UCB-J PET study.

Article of the Year Awards

The Movement Disorders Research and Review Articles of the Year awards were 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 were selected from five finalists in each category, all which shared a high scientific level and interest.

Research Article of the Year Award: A Multi-Step Model of Parkinson’s Disease Pathogenesis

Campbell Le Heron, DPhil, FRACP; Michael MacAskill, PhD; Deborah Mason, FRACP; John Dalrymple-Alford, PhD; Tim Anderson, MD, FRACP; Toni Pitcher, PhD; Daniel Myall, PhD

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Review Article of the Year Award: The Movement Disorder Society Criteria for the Diagnosis of Multiple System Atrophy

Gregor K. Wenning, MD, PhD; Iva Stankovic, MD, PhD; Luca Vignatelli, MD, PhD; Alessandra Fanciulli, MD, PhD; Giovanna Calandra-Buonaura, MD, PhD; Klaus Seppi, MD, PhD; Jose-Alberto Palma, MD, PhD; Wassilios G. Meissner, MD, PhD; Florian Krismer, MD, PhD; Daniela Berg, MD, PhD; Pietro Cortelli, MD, PhD; Roy Freeman, MD; Glenda Halliday, MD; Günter Höglinger, MD, PhD; Anthony Lang, MD; Helen Ling, MD, PhD; Irene Litvan, MD; Phillip Low, MD; Yasuo Miki, MD, PhD; Jalesh Panicker, MD, FRCP; Maria Teresa Pellecchia, MD, PhD; Niall Quinn, MD, FRCP; Ryuji Sakakibara, MD, PhD; Maria Stamelou, MD, PhD; Eduardo Tolosa, MD, PhD; Shoji Tsuji, MD, PhD; Tom Warner, MD, PhD; Werner Poewe, MD; Horacio Kaufmann, MD

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Reviewer Awards

The Editors of Movement Disorders and Movement Disorders Clinical Practice are pleased to recognize the top reviewers for their service in 2021. These reviewers each contributed more than 10 reviews in 2021, submitting their detailed reviews on time and with valuable comments for the editors and authors.

Movement Disorders Reviewers

Guangwei Du
Roberto Erro
Tiago Mestre
Erwin Montgomery
Francesca Morgante
Lucilla Parnetti
Ronald Postuma
Alessandro Tessitore

Movement Disorders Clinical Practice Reviewers

Bettina Balint
Alfonso Fasano
Jacky Ganguly
Anthony Lang
Francesca Magrinelli
Francesca Morgante
Lucilla Parnetti
Ronald Postuma
Alessandro Tessitore

LEAP Graduates 

The MDS LEAP program provides a leadership training program to support the growth, development and success of young movement disorder specialists. This 12-month program encompasses the development of leadership skills through mentored development and a didactic skills training program.

MDS-AOS Region

Shivam Mittal, United Arab Emirates
Laura Williams, Australia
Shazma Khan, Pakistan
Gerard Saranza, Philippines

MDS-ES Region

Iva Stankovic, Serbia
Valentina Leta, United Kingdom
Diana Agelika Olszewska, Ireland
Jennifer Zitser-Koren, Israel

MDS-PAS Region

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

MDS-AS Region

Nomena Finiavana Rasaholiarison, Madagascar
Marcelle Smith, South Africa

2022 Travel Grant Awards

The International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society proudly welcomes the 2022 Travel Grant Award recipients to the International Congress.

Mrinal Acharya, India
Ayush Agarwal, India
Mohit Agrawal, India
Dilshoda Akramova, Uzbekistan
Abdullah Al Jaja, Canada
Sohaila Alshimemeri, Saudi Arabia
Erind Alushaj, Canada
Mariam Alwerdani, Egypt
Andrew Ameri, USA
Rohit Anand, India
R Anandapadmanabhan, India
Mai Anwar, Egypt
Amal Atrous, Tunisia
Aditya Aundhakar, India
Micol Avenali, Italy
Md Azharuddin, India
Carolina Azoia, Portugal
Kyoungwon Baik, Republic of Korea
Roon Banerjee, India
Francisco Barros, Portugal
Louise Bellizzi, Australia
Nestor Beltre, USA
Seetha Lekshmi Bhadran, India
Sujas Bhardwaj, India
Amitabh Bhattacharya, India
Abhishek Bhoyar, India
Deblina Biswas, India
Nicole Bonsavage, USA
Azyadeh Camacho-Ordonez, Mexico
Inês Carvalho, Portugal
Gloria Cerda-Hernández, Mexico
Victoria Cerino Palomino, Mexico
Jia Ren Chai, Canada
Vyshak Chandra, USA
Hee Jin Chang, Republic of Korea
Tanushree Chawla, India
Chen Chen, China
Ajith Cherian, India
Shivani Chib, India
Nikhil Choudhary, India
Yung-Tsai Chu Chu, Taiwan
Seok Jong Chung, Republic of Korea
Emma Churchill, USA
Jesse Cohen, USA
Ross Elizabeth Cortes, Philippines
Megan Courtman, United Kingdom
Lauryn Currens, USA
Talita D'Aguiar Rosa, Brazil
Daryl Dakay, Philippines
Lilit Darbinyan, Armenia
Amlan Datta, India
Nicholas D'Cruz, Belgium
Anu Deenadayalu, India
Devangi Desai, India
Soaham Desai, India
Saikat Dey, India
K P Divya, India
Erin Donahue, USA
Kevin Duque, USA
Arunmozhimaran Elavarasi, India
Ananda Carolina Falcone, Brazil
Tsvia Fay-Karmon, Israel
Seyed-Mohammad Fereshtehnejad, Canada
Paulo Ferreira, Portugal
Margarida Ferro, Portugal
Carina França, Brazil
Jessica Frey, USA
Andrea Fuentes, USA
Luis Gaibor, Ecuador
Valakunja Ganaraja, India
Jacky Ganguly, Canada
Luis Garcia-Marin, Australia
Divyani Garg, India
Surabhi Garg, India
Nicholas Garner, Australia
Amanda Glickman, USA
Ana Gonçalves, Portugal
Gulnoza Goyibova, Uzbekistan
Talyta Grippe, Canada
Priti Gros, Canada
Rachel Guimaraes, Brazil
Richa Gupta, India
Lauren Hammer, USA
Hae-young Hawong, USA
Dimuthu Henadeerage Don, Canada
Ana Hernández-Medrano, Mexico
Siegfried Hirczy, USA
Jennifer Hislop, USA
Vikram Holla, India
Salman Hussain, India
Wael Ibrahim, Egypt
Eduardo Ichikawa-Escamilla, Mexico
Aizhamal Il'yazova, Kyrgyzstan
Abhilasha Indoria, India
Lauren Jackson, USA
Swapnil Jain, India
Maha Jamoussi, Tunisia
Jin Ho Jung, Republic of Korea
Rauan Kaiyrzhanov, Kazakhstan
Daiki Kamiyama, Japan
Jessi Kane, USA
George Kannarkat, USA
Jaslovleen Kaur, Singapore
Ignacio Juan Keller Sarmiento, USA
Asha Kishore, India
Sushma Kola, USA
Liang Kou, China
Syam Krishnan, India
Prashanth Kukkle, India
Marium Kulsum, India
Pardeep Kumar, India
Saroj Kumari, India
Suman Kushwaha, India
In Hee Kwak, Republic of Korea
Cynthia Kwan, Canada
Dmitriy Labunskiy, Ukraine
Tjerk Lagrand, Australia
Joyce Lam, Canada
Abhishek Lenka, USA
Valentina Leta, Italy
Maria João Lima, Portugal
Chetsuda Limwatthana, Thailand
Joana Lopes, Portugal
Cynthia López Botello, Mexico
Syeda Madiha, Pakistan
Andreia Magalhães, Portugal
Chitaranjan Mahapatra, India
Camille Malatt, USA
Zhijuan Mao, China
Viviana Martinez-Villota, Argentina
Elie Matar, Australia
Vaibhav Mathur, India
Rustambek Matmurodov, Uzbekistan
Suppata Maytharakcheep, Thailand
Adys Mendizabal, USA
Wael Mohamed, Malaysia
Diksha Mohanty, USA
Priyanka Moondra, USA
Sherri Mosovsky, USA
Sanaullah Mudassir, India
Bakhtiyor Mukhammedaminov, Uzbekistan
Bekzod Muminov, Uzbekistan
Aya Murakami, USA
Siti Sarah Musthafa, Indonesia
Yahya Naji, Morocco
Aditi Naskar, India
Muhammad Nazmuddin, Indonesia
Gustave Lebeau Ndji Otto, Cameroon
Christelle Nilles, Canada
Carina Oehrn, USA
Lena O'Flynn, USA
Rajeev Ojha, Nepal
Diyorakhon Okhunova, Uzbekistan
Francisco Ortega, Guatemala
SAMIR Panda, India
Bhavna Pandey, India
Shishir Pandey, India
Camila Pantoja-Ruiz, Colombia
Giulia Paparella, Italy
Georgia Parkin, USA
Jacy Parmera, Brazil
Jacopo Pasquini, United Kingdom
Meghan Pawlik, USA
Ori Peleg, Israel
Gabriela Pereira, Brazil
Laura Pesantez Pacheco, USA
Warongporn Phuenpathom, Thailand
Kanchana Pillai, India
Nicholas Piniella, USA
Sabrina Poonja, Canada
Karishma Popli, USA
Abhishek Prabhu, India
Stéphane Prange, Germany
Shweta Prasad, India
Jessica Qiu, Australia
Divya Radhakrishnan, India
Vineeth Radhakrishnan, India
Nitish Rai, India
Aishwarya Raj , India
Roopa Rajan, India
Venkateshwarla Rama Raju, India
Shilpa Rao, USA
Nomena Finiavana Rasaholiarison, Madagascar
Daniel Rebolledo García, Mexico
Arwa Rekik, Tunisia
Etienne Reséndiz-Henríquez, Mexico
Cricia Rinchon, Canada
Francisco Rivas, Mexico
Irving Rodríguez, Mexico
Brittany Rurak, Australia
Saadia Saadi, Pakistan
Arti Saini, India
Maria Salcedo-Arellano, USA
Olivia Samotus, Canada
Diego Sandoval-Lopez, Mexico
Emna Sansa, Tunisia
Hiroaki Sekiya, USA
Mansi Shah, India
Apurva Shah, India
Vrutangkumar Shah, USA
Eshita Shah, USA
Deepal Shah-Zamora, USA
Cholpon Shambetova, Kyrgyzstan
Praveen Sharma, India
Jung Hwan Shin, Republic of Korea
Luis Sigcha, Portugal
Cristiana Silva, Portugal
Hugh Simpson, USA
Inder Singh, India
Ambrish Singh, India
Shamsher Singh, India
Rakesh Singh, India
Govinda Siripurapu, India
Nicola Slater, New Zealand
Miriam Soares, Brazil
Dwi Alfian Soraya, Indonesia
Julia Soto, USA
Jirada Sringean, Thailand
Neeharika Sriram, India
Achal Srivastava, India
Kostiantyn Stepanchenko, Ukraine
Dongning Su, China
Vishnu Swarup, India
Louis CS Tan, Singapore
Paola Testini, USA
Aziza Tohirjonova, Uzbekistan
Cesarina Torres Vásquez, Dominican Republic
Stephanie Tran, Canada
Dyah Tunjungsari, Indonesia
Alok Uppar, India
Carme Uribe, Canada
Hector Valdez Ruvalcaba, Mexico
Rani Priyanka Vasireddy, USA
Damaris Vazquez-Guevara, Mexico
Beatriz Veiga, Brazil
Nitin Verma, India
D J Vidyadhara, USA
Sasivimol Virameteekul, United Kingdom
Aayushi Vishnoi, India
Thomas Welton, Singapore
Laura Williams, Australia
Thomas Wirth, France
Katherine Wong, USA
Kyung Ah Woo, Republic of Korea
Sasi Yaisawang, Thailand
Ramachandra Yelamanchi, India
Andrea Yoo, USA
Tian Yuan, China
Eliza Zhunusova, Kyrgyzstan
Sheida Zolfaghari, Canada

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