Asian & Oceanian Section

Welcome from the Chair

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

December 2014

Louis TanI am pleased to report that the members of MDS from the Asian-Oceanian region currently constitutes more than 30% of the membership of MDS.  These 1,341 members consist of 33% Regular Members, 4% Health Professional (Non-Physician), 3% Student/Junior members, 7% Associate Members, and 53% Waived Dues members.

In July 2014, the MDS-AOS accomplished another first by organizing its first Basic Science Summer School in Taipei. The summer school was attended by 42 participants from six countries and was the result of the hard work of Prof. Ruey-Meei (Robin) Wu and her co-directors Prof. Ryosuke Takahashi, Prof. Eng-King Tan and Prof. Carolyn Sue.  We are grateful to them and to the other course faculty for their time and efforts in making this summer school a success.

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To build on this success, we are already planning the 2nd Basic Science Summer School that will tentatively be held in Japan in 2015.

Since the last Moving Along update, the MDS-AOS has helped fund two Outreach Education Programs in Roxas City, Philippines and Shanghai, Peoples Republic of China, organized by Dr. Cid Diesta and Dr. Xiaoping Wang, respectively. The courses were very successful with each course educating over 200 individuals.

Additionally, the MDS-AOS Visiting Trainee Grant (previously the MDS-AOS Training Fellowship) has awarded four grants since its inception. The program has supported fellows from Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Singapore. The 2015 MDS-AOS Visiting Trainee Grant is currently accepting applications.

This year’s highlight for the MDS-AOS was the 4th Asian and Oceanian Parkinson and Movement Disorders Congress (AOPMC) held in Pattaya, Thailand, November 28-30, 2014. We are grateful to Dr. Roongroj (Richard) Bhidayasiri, Chair of the AOPMC Scientific Committee and Local Organizing Committee; the various AOPMC Committees and the MDS International Secretariat for their hard work in putting the AOPMC together. We received 250 abstracts and 70 travel grant applications, and over 700 delegates at the Congress.

This Congress inaugurated two lectureships to honor MDS-AOS pioneers, Prof. Yoshikuno Mizuno and Prof. Philip Thompson, for their leadership and many contributions to the Section. These are the Yoshikuno Mizuno Lectureship and the Philip Thompson Lectureship. The recipients of the first Lectureship Awards are Prof. Nobutaka Hattori and Prof. Robert Iansek respectively.

Looking ahead, MDS-AOS leadership also met in Pattaya, Thailand for a strategic planning retreat to chart and plan the next three to five years for the Section. Leadership renewal is also in progress and an MDS-AOS Nominations Committee has been formed, received nominations from MDS-AOS members and leadership, and has now proposed their recommended slate for the next MDS-AOS Officers and Executive Committee (2015 to 2017) to the Section and MDS leadership.

We thank all members for your support of MDS-AOS and look forward to more exciting activities in 2015.

With best regards,

Louis Tan, FRCP