Asian & Oceanian Section

Welcome from the Chair

Louis Tan, FRCP
Senior Consultant Neurologist at National Neuroscience Institute
MDS Asian Oceanian Section Chair

April 2014

Louis TanMDS-AOS has recently organized a large number of outreach programs and MDS courses that have benefitted 2,219 participants from the region. 

We are grateful for the hard work and contributions of MDS-AOS members and the MDS-AOS Education and Executive Committees in bringing these educational programs to fruition. These programs are summarized below.

MDS-AOS will also be launching a number of new programs. On April 12-13 2014, MDS-AOS organized its first educational program in the Middle East. The organization of the First Middle East Camp for Parkinson’s, Movement Disorders and Neuromodulation in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, was led by Dr. Jawad Bajwa, a member of the MDS-AOS Education Committee. Following this course will be the first MDS-AOS Basic Science Summer School in Taipei in July 2014, directed by Prof. Robin Wu, past MDS-AOS Chair. This summer school is specially catered to young basic and translational researchers from the region. By reaching out to these scientists from the region, MDS-AOS hopes to increase participation in MDS from the region and to foster greater collaborations within the region.

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Date Program/City, Country Host Attendees
August 23-24, 2013 Developing World Education Program
Penang, Malaysia
Thien Thien Lim 159
September 14-15, 2013 Developing World Education Program
Tagaytay, Philippines
Roland Dominic Jamora 174
September 21, 2013 Developing World Education Program
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Minh Le 171
November 2,
Developing World Education Program
Cheng Du, China
HuiFang Shang 300
December 13,
Botulinum Toxin for Neurological Disorders
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Shen-Yang Lim 200
February 21-23, 2014 Ambassador Program
Mumbai, India
Bhim Singhal 850
February 21,
Evidence-Based Medicine Update
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Shen-Yang Lim 196
March 5-7, 2014 Developing World Education Program
Bangalore, India
Phalguni Alladi 50
April 12-13, 2014 First Middle East Camp for Parkinson's
Movement Disorders & Neuromodulation
Dubai, UAE 119


MDS-AOS is also preparing for the 4th Asian and Oceanian Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Congress (AOPMC).  MDS-AOS is grateful to Dr. Roongroj Bhidayasiri, Chair of the AOPMC Scientific Program Committee and Local Organizing Committee, and his team in Thailand and MDS-AOS for their tremendous work in providing the logistic support, fundraising and developing the program for the 4th AOPMC with the support of the International Secretariat. The plans are coming along well, thanks to their hard work and commitment to the AOPMC. 

Recently, there have been some concerns raised about the political situation in Bangkok.  After much consideration, MDS-AOS leadership has decided to move the 4th AOPMC from Bangkok to Pattaya to ensure the success of the AOPMC.  The dates remain the same from November 28-30, 2014. Pattaya is located south of Bangkok and is conveniently accessible by highways from the Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport.  In line with this decision, the leadership has also decided to postpone the 10th International Symposium of the Asian Pacific Parkinson Association (APPA), a meeting for patients and caregivers, to 2015. 

The success of MDS-AOS depends on the active support and contributions of all its members.  We look forward to your continued help to:

                    - Encourage MDS membership
                    - Organize education programs in your countries
                    - Participate at the 4th AOPMC in Pattaya, Thailand in November 2014


With best regards,

Louis Tan, FRCP