4th PAS Congress Abstract Submissions

Abstract submission for the 4th Pan American Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Congress is now open.

Submit an Abstract

The deadline for PAS Congress abstract submissions is October 1, 2021 11:59PM (CDT). Late submissions will not be accepted. If you require special permissions or authorizations with regards to your abstract, they must be received prior to submission. If you are unsure if you have applied for and received permission to use a rating scale owned by MDS, please visit the MDS Rating Scales webpage for more information.


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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 4th 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 PAS Congress in Miami 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: http://www.mdsabstracts.org/.

Please limit the total abstract text to 2,500 characters (including spaces). 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 (up to two)

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

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.

  Review Process

The PAS Scientific Program Committee will review all abstracts in October 2021. 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
  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 or Movement Disorders Clinical Practice journal, the designated contact person will be notified and required to revise the abstract, or the abstract will be rejected.


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

July 1, 2021 – October 1, 2021
You may withdraw a submitted abstract at any time while submission is still open (before October 1, 2021). To withdraw an abstract, simply log in to your submission and click on 'Withdraw'. There is no penalty to withdraw your abstract.

October 1, 2021 – December 15, 2021
Requests to withdraw a submitted abstract after the submission deadline (October 1, 2021) must be received in writing by December 15, 2021, to pascongress@movementdisorders.org

December 15, 2021– Onward
After December 15, 2021, your abstract cannot be withdrawn and will remain a part of the 4th PAS Congress abstract publication in an electronic supplement to the Movement Disorders Clinical Practice journal, online edition. All submitted abstracts become the property of MDS.

  Abstract Presentation

All accepted abstracts will be presented as a printed poster during designated times of the 4th PAS Congress.

Daily poster presentations will be scheduled Friday and Saturday during the 4th PAS 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 PAS Congress website in December 2021.

Note: Accepted abstract presenters should plan to attend the 4th PAS Congress for the duration of the meeting, from February 4 - 6, 2022, as poster presentation dates are subject to change. 

All abstract presenters are required to register and pay applicable registration fees to attend the 4th PAS Congress. It is not mandatory that the first author is pre-registered; the presenter can be any of the contributing authors or a colleague.


Please do not submit an abstract unless you are prepared to travel to the 4th PAS Congress in Miami, FL, USA to present your research.

Questions regarding the online abstract submission process or about the 4th PAS Congress should be submitted to pascongress@movementdisorders.org


Feel free to contact the MDS International Secretariat at pascongress@movementdisorders.org.