Abstract submission for the 2020 Pan American Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Congress is now open. The deadline for abstract submissions has been extended to Monday, September 30, 2019 11:59 PM (CDT). Late submissions will not be accepted.

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The International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society invites all MDS members and non-members to submit an abstract for review for the 2020 PAS Congress. Please note the following criteria:

  • There is no fee to submit an abstract
  • All abstract submissions must be original research
  • All abstracts must be submitted and presented in English
  • Abstracts that have been presented at other meetings may be submitted if they have not been published and if the meeting name and date are cited accordingly
  • If your abstract is accepted, you must be prepared to travel to the 2020 PAS Congress  to present your abstract on the assigned date


  Abstract Submission Format

Please read the following section before submitting your abstract for review. To view examples of MDS abstracts, please visit: www.mdsabstracts.org.

Please limit the total abstract text to 2,500 characters (including spaces). The size limit includes Abstract Title and Abstract Body. The size limit for the abstract includes characters and spaces in the Abstract Title and Abstract Body. Please refrain from using special characters within the abstract text.
Abstracts should adhere to the following format:

  • Objective (250 characters)
  • Background (250 characters)
  • Methods (750 characters)
  • Results (750 characters)
  • Conclusions (750 characters)
  • 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 submitting author.

You may upload up to three files. The size limit for each file is 4MB.

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 capital letters.

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.


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

  Changes or Withdrawing an Abstract

Changes After Abstract Has Been Submitted Are Strongly Discouraged 

If critical changes need to be made to your abstract content after it has been submitted, please request those changes by email to pascongress@movementdisorders.org.

Changes will not be accepted after September 30, 2019.

  Review Process

The PAS Scientific Program Committee will review all abstracts in September 2019. Authors are 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.

Attendance is required. Accepted abstracts must have a presenter in attendance at the 2020 PAS Congress in Miami, FL to present their poster(s), and should plan to attend from February 14-16, 2020 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.

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 Clinical Practice journal, online edition

All submitted abstracts become the property of MDS.


Please do not submit an abstract unless you are prepared to travel to the 2020 PAS Congress to present your research.

Questions regarding the online abstract submission process or about the 2020 PAS Congress should be submitted to pascongress@movementdisorders.org

Important Dates

September 5, 2019
Challenging Case Submissions Open

September 30, 2019
Abstract Submissions Close
Travel Grant Submissions Close

November 25, 2019
Challenging Case Submissions Close

January 15, 2020
Early Registration Deadline

February 14-16, 2020
3rd Pan American Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Congress

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
Email: pascongress@movementdisorders.org
Website: www.pascongress.org

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