Late-Breaking Abstracts Now Being Accepted

The deadline to submit a Late-Breaking Abstract is Monday, April 3, 2017 at 11:59 PM (CDT).  Late submissions will not be accepted. Please visit the Late-Breaking Abstracts tab for full eligibility information and submission instructions.

Attendance is Required

Accepted abstract presenters must be in attendance at the International Congress in Vancouver, BC, Canada to present their poster(s), and should plan to attend from June 4-8, 2017, as poster presentation dates are subject to change.

Presenting authors must pre-register for the International Congress by April 3, 2017 and pay applicable registration fees. There is no registration discount for accepted abstract authors. Abstracts without a registered author will be withdrawn from publication and removed from the poster presentation. Exceptions will be granted upon notification to congress@movementdisorders.org prior to April 3, 2017.


All accepted abstracts are presented as a printed poster and will be presented according to their category grouping schedule.

If your abstract is accepted, you (or a registered co-author or colleague) are required to:

  • Travel to the International Congress, June 4-8, 2017 in Vancouver, BC, Canada, to present your abstract.
  • Present your poster according to the scheduled presentation date/time.
  • Abstract presentation dates/times are subject to change; it is advisable to plan to attend the International Congress in its entirety from June 4-8, 2017.
  • Abstract presentations are scheduled by category; individual presentation date change requests will not be granted.


All accepted abstracts will be published in an electronic supplement to the Movement Disorders journal, online edition. Published abstracts from recent International Congresses can be found at: www.mdsabstracts.org.

To cite a published abstract, use the publication link to locate the abstract. When viewing the full text of a specific abstract, citation instructions will be provided at the bottom of the page. Please contact info@movementdisorders.org with further questions.

Questions about the 21st International Congress can be sent to congress@movementdisorders.org.

Changes After Submitting Abstract Are Strongly Discouraged 

If critical changes need to be made to your abstract or disclosure information after your abstract has been submitted, you may request your change via e-mail to congress@movementdisorders.org.

For changes to be considered, you must provide the following:

  • Abstract Number
  • Abstract title
  • Your name, and the name of the first author on the abstract (if different)
  • Clearly indicate the requested change and location within your abstract

Please note: Only minor (yet critical) change requests will be made to your submitted abstract. Multiple change requests may not be accepted, and your abstract could be withdrawn. Drastic changes to abstract data will not be accepted.

Withdrawing a Submitted or Accepted Abstract

If an abstract must be withdrawn for any reason, please contact congress@movementdisorders.org prior to April 3, 2017. There is no penalty to withdraw your abstract; however, if your withdrawal request is received after the abstracts have been sent for publication, it cannot be withdrawn and will remain a part of the 2017 MDS published abstracts. All submitted abstracts become the property of MDS. Changes or withdrawal requests will not be accepted after April 3, 2017.

Questions about the 21st International Congress can be sent to congress@movementdisorders.org.

Please Note:

Abstract notification letters are scheduled to be sent to the submitting author in early March.  Travel Grant Award recipients will also be notified at this time.

Important Dates

April 3, 2017
Early Registration Deadline

May 2, 2017
Final Pre-Registration Deadline

June 4-8, 2017
21st International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders