Helpful Congress Information

First time attending an MDS International Congress?

We’re pleased you’ve chosen to join us. Each year the International Congress attracts delegates from around the world who come to learn from world renowned speakers and be exposed to the most up-to-date information in the field of Movement Disorders.

Please take a minute to review some helpful information, put together just for first-time attendees. MDS is excited to welcome you to Nice.

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  Abstract Information
Abstract Publication

All regular accepted abstracts are published as a supplement to the MDS
Journal and are available utilizing a searchable feature on the International
Congress website,, as of
September 21, 2019.

Please also visit to access
Movement Disorders, where a PDF of accepted abstracts can be downloaded.
All registered International Congress delegates will also receive the published
abstracts on a USB, available for pickup at the Poster Information Desk at Agora
3 West, Level 3 during regular Congress hours.

Late-Breaking Abstracts and MDS Study Group Abstracts are published
as an online supplement on the International Congress website,

Basic Science Designated Posters

Basic Science abstracts will be flagged within each category. See "Poster Sessions" section below for more information.

Guided Poster Tours

Guided Poster Tours give groups of delegates an opportunity to hear discussion
on a select group of abstracts in several sub-categories.

The 2019 Guided Poster Tour Schedule can be found here.

Late-Breaking Abstracts

All accepted Late-Breaking Abstract posters are displayed in Agora 2 South,
Level 2, Monday - Wednesday of the International Congress. Late-Breaking
Abstract poster presentations will take place Wednesday, September 25, from
13:15 - 14:45.

The 2019 Late-Breaking Abstract Poster Tour Schedule can be found here.

MDS Study Group Abstracts

Abstracts presented on behalf of an MDS Study Group, or formal MDS Task Force
or Committee, are indicated with special signage and displayed throughout the
poster areas during the scheduled poster sessions.

Poster Sessions

Poster sessions give each delegate an opportunity to view their colleagues’
posters on the most current research in the field of Movement Disorders.
Authors will be present for 90 minutes to explain their work and answer
questions. All accepted abstracts are presented as a poster at the 2019
International Congress.

Basic Science abstracts will be flagged within each category.
Poster sessions are held Monday - Wednesday. Posters are available for viewing
in Agora 2, Agora 3, Les Muses and Les Muses Terrace, from 8:00 – 17:30
Monday and Tuesday, and 8:00 – 17:00 on Wednesday.

Poster session topics
and schedules vary by date.
The complete listing of scheduled poster
presentation dates and times can be found here.


All International Congress attendees must be registered and wear a name badge. Plenary Sessions do not require a ticket to attend. All breakout sessions in the afternoon require a ticket. Please make sure you choose your ticketed sessions in advance during registration as ticket availability is not guaranteed onsite. If you wish to attend a session that is full, session ushers are instructed to allow delegates without tickets to enter the room 10 minutes after the session has started if there are seats available. You may also check at the registration desk for any available tickets to a session you wish to attend. Selected session tickets will be provided to you onsite during check-in at the registration desk.


All International Congress delegates will receive a name badge with their registration materials. Badges must be worn at all times as they are used to gain access into all International Congress sessions and activities. Badge colors will be identified as follows:

Blue = Delegate

Yellow = Exhibitor

Purple = Press


  Certificate of Attendance

Starting on Wednesday, September 25, a certificate of attendance will be available for download through the MDS International Congress website and onsite at the registration desks.     


Delegates are asked to refrain from bringing children to the International Congress.


Target Audience
Clinicians, researchers, post-doctoral fellows, medical residents, medical
students, allied health professonals with an interest in current clinical trends and
approaches for the diagnosis and treatment of movement disorders.

1. Evaluate the pharmacological and non-pharmacological management
options available for Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders
2. Discuss the diagnostic approaches and tools available for Parkinson’s disease
and other movement disorders
3. Describe the pathogenesis and neurobiology of Parkinson’s disease and
other movement disorders

Accreditation Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the
accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for
Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). The International Parkinson and
Movement Disorder Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing
medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement
The International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society designates
this education activity for a maximum of 33.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.
Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their
participation in the activity.

Satisfactory Completion
Participants must complete an evaluation for each session they attend to receive
continuing medical education credit. Your chosen session(s) must be attended in
their entirety. Partial credit of individual sessions is not available.

Evaluations are considered part of the course. All evaluations must be completed
by Monday, September 30, 2019. Evaluations are available via the MDS
International Congress app. Delegates must be logged in to the MDS International
Congress app to access evaluations.

Claiming CME
Please visist to claim CME for this activity. Please be
advised CME must be claimed by November 26, 2019. Please contact with any questions.

Faculty Disclosures
All individuals in control of content for the MDS International Congress are
required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial interests
as defined by the ACCME. Disclosure information is available online at and via the MDS International Congress app.

Content Validity Statement
All recommendations involving clinical medicine in MDS activities are based
on evidence that is accepted within the profession of medicine as adequate
justification for their indications and contraindications in the case of patients.
All scientific research referred to, reported or used in CME in support or
justification of patient care recommendations conforms to the generally
accepted standards of experimental design, data collection and analysis.
Activities that promote recommendations, treatment or manners of practicing
medicine not within the definition of CME or are knowing to have risks or
dangers that outweigh the benefits or are knowing to be ineffective in the
treatment of patients do not constitute valid CME.

EACCME Accreditation Statement
The International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and
Movement Disorders, Nice, France, 22/09/2019-
26/09/2019 has been accredited by the European
Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education
(EACCME®) with 32* European CME credits (ECMEC®s).
Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of
credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.
Through an agreement between the European Union of Medical Specialists and
the American Medical Association, physicians may convert EACCME credits to an
equivalent number of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.
Information on the process
to convert EACCME credit to AMA credit can be found at
Live educational activities, occurring outside of Canada, recognised by the
UEMS-EACCME for ECMEC credits are deemed to be Accredited Group Learning
Activities (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of
The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
*The EACCME® awards ECMEC®s on the basis of One hour = 1 ECMEC ® The
EACCME® does not award fractions of credits

  Coffee Breaks

Coffee and tea will be available for all delegates throughout the International Congress venue during the following times:         

Sunday, September 22: 10:00 – 11:00 

Monday, September 23: 10:00 – 10:30 

Tuesday, September 24: 9:30 – 10:30  

Wednesday, September 25: 9:30 – 10:00

Thursday, September 26: 9:30 – 10:00  



The official currency of Nice is the Euro (€). Coins range from 1 to 50 cents and to 1 to 2 Euro coins and the paper bills range from 5 to 500 Euro. Most of the top restaurants, shopping centers, boutiques, guided tour companies, hotels, etc. accept credit cards. Only US Dollars and Euros will be accepted as cash payment for any onsite registrations at the International Congress registration desk.

  Dress Code

The suggested meeting attire for attendees is business casual.

  Events During the Congress

Join other International Congress delegates at the events below to network and socialize. These non-ticketed events will be open to all registered delegates for no additional fee:

Welcome Ceremony – Sunday, September 22

19:30 – 21:30

Apollon Auditorium

 All International Congress delegates are invited to attend the Welcome Ceremony at the Nice Acropolis Convention Centre. This event is open to all registered delegates for no additional fee.

Young Delegates Networking Event – Tuesday, September 24

19:30 – 21:00

Le Palace (about 600m away from the Nice Acropolis Convention Centre)

Sponsored by ACORDA Therapeutics and Medtronic

 MDS invites all Young Delegates at the International Congress to attend the Young Delegates Networking Event.  Join your colleagues at Le Palace, walking distance away from the Convention Centre; transportation is not provided.


MDS Video Challenge – Wednesday, September 25

Pre-Event Gathering:  19:00 – 20:00

Agora 2 and Agora 3

MDS Video Challenge Event:  20:00 – 22:00

Apollon Auditorium

Please join Masters of Ceremony Anthony Lang and Kapil Sethi for the 12th annual MDS Video Challenge!  A world-renowned panel of Movement Disorders experts will guide participants though unique Movement Disorder cases that were received from all over the world. Awards will be presented for the most interesting and challenging cases. The goal of this session is for delegates to learn from a series of unusual and interesting patients, and to see how senior experts approach a challenging case.

2019 Panel of Experts:

Stewart Factor, USA

Manju Kurian, United Kingdom

Tiago Mestre, Canada

Francesca Morgante, United Kingdom

Martin Paucar Arce, Sweden

This event is open to all registered delegates for no additional fee.

Sponsored by Boston Scientific.



The official language of the MDS International Congress is English. While French is the language spoken in Nice, English is also widely spoken.

  MDS Mobile App

Be sure to download the 2019 Congress App (available for Apple and Android devices) to access the full Congress schedule, session evaluations, event information, faculty roster, and so much more. Search for “MDS Congress” in the App store of your choice, or go to for more information.

The app will require your registration ID and last name to log in.

Ways to have a great experience at the International Congress by using the App:

  • Access the International Congress schedule and customize your schedule by adding favorites
  • Quickly find a session room using the interactive maps
  • Find sessions by topic number or by using the search tool
  • Get important updates on the App through Push Notifications
  • See who’s attending and share contact information by networking with other attendees


Search your App Store for MDS Congress and download the app.



  MDS Pavilion

The MDS Pavilion is an interactive presentation space designed
to provide delegates with valuable information on MDS’ initiatives and
programs, insight and MDS expert advice, and various ways to get involved with
the Society.

The MDS Pavilion will be located in Les Muses Terrace, Level 3.

Even when there are not active presentations, we invite you to visit the MDS Pavilion area and engage with other attendees. The schedule of all the MDS Pavilion presentations is available here.

The MDS Pavilion is sponsored by Medtronic.

  Passports and Visas

For attendees requiring additional entry documentation, advance travel planning and early visa application are important as visa applications are subject to a great degree of scrutiny. It is strongly suggested that all attendees review the websites below and/or contact their local embassy to determine what, if any, travel documents they will need to travel to France.

MDS is able to provide you with an Invitation Letter and any International Congress related documentation needed to assist in this process. Please note that MDS is unable to contact the Embassy on your behalf. It is the responsibility of each delegate to make the necessary arrangements related to this process. However, if the official handling your application needs further clarification, please have them contact Sarah Smith at


Want to plan your week at the International Congress? The Final Program is now available to download. Please check the program to view all of the sessions and speakers that you are available to attend. Make sure to sign up for the ticketed sessions in advance as selections are not guaranteed onsite.


Upon arrival to the meeting, please bring your registration confirmation with you (printed out or on your mobile device) to check in at the registration desk in Agora 1 during the following hours:

Saturday, September 21: 16:00 – 20:00

Sunday, September 22: 7:00 – 20:00 

Monday, September 23: 7:00 – 18:00 

Tuesday, September 24: 7:00 – 18:00             

Wednesday, September 25: 7:00 – 18:00 

Thursday, September 26: 7:00 – 12:00

Name badges and scientific session tickets can be picked up at the Registration Desk. Abstract USBs, Final Programs and  International Congress notebooks can be collected in the registration area. Please refer to the registration desk for session tickets (or ticket changes), lost badges, etc. Your full registration includes:

  • Access to scientific sessions
  • Access to the Exhibit Hall
  • Final Program
  • Abstracts on USB
  • International Congress notebook
  • Entrance to the Welcome Ceremony
  • Entrance to the MDS Video Challenge
  • Daily morning coffee breaks
  • Lunch

Note: You will not receive a bag as part of your registration.

  Social Media

MDS’ social media allows you to interact and stay connected with MDS and other attendees before, during and after the meeting.

Use the hashtag #MDSCongress for your comments, questions, photos or to see what everyone else is talking about. 

Twitter:  @movedisorder

Facebook:  MDS


MDS will not be providing shuttle service between the meeting venue and hotels.


Nice Acropolis Convention Centre
1 Esplanade Kennedy 06364
Nice Cedex 4

International Congress attendees.

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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