Asian & Oceanian Section


Welcome from the Chair

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

May 2015

Louis TanThe highlight of the last quarter of 2014 for the MDS-AOS was the 4th Asian and Oceanian Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Congress (AOPMC) that was held in beautiful Pattaya, Thailand at the Pattaya Exhibition and Convention Hall from November 28-30, 2014. It was the largest AOPMC to date with more than 800 participants from over 30 countries. We are grateful for the hard-work, dedication and support of the following organizations, committees, and individuals for making the meeting a success:

  • AOPMC Scientific Program Committee and Local Organizing Committee, led by  Dr. Roongroj Bhidayasiri
  • Thai Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Society, led by Dr. Roongroj Bhidayasiri
  • Neurological Society of Thailand, led by Dr. Somchai Towanabut
  • AOPMC Oversight Committee and MDS-AOS Executive Committee for their support and leadership
  • AOPMC Secretariat led by Anne McGhiey and Jenny Quebbeman

In addition to the many excellent plenary and parallel sessions at the AOPMC, one novel event for the Congress was the Video Tournament that was organized by a dedicated committee, led by Dr. Priya Jagota from Thailand. In this Video Tournament, 26 junior participants from eight countries were grouped into eight mixed teams comprising members from different countries. After a preliminary speed round where teams had to vie to be the fastest fingers on the buzzer to answer questions, four teams proceeded to the finals. In the final round, teams were asked to comment on various movement disorder videos presented by discussing their likely diagnosis, investigations and management. The winner of the Video Tournament was the team named as “The Restless” that consisted of Drs. Zheyu Xu (Singapore), Ee-Wei Lim (Singapore) and Ai-Huey Tan (Malaysia).

Another highlight of the Congress was the inaugural MDS-AOS Lectureships. We were honored to have Prof. Nobutaka Hattori present the Yoshikuno Mizuno Lecture, entitled “Pathogenesis of PD: mechanistic insights from gene functions of monogenic forms of PD” and Prof. Robert Iansek present the Philip Thompson Lecture, entitled “Comprehensive care in PD: are we ready yet?”. We would also like to congratulate the Junior Awards winners who were Dr. Linda Oosterveld from Singapore/Netherlands (clinical research) and Dr. Norihito Uemura from Japan (basic science research).

Moving ahead, the MDS-AOS is already planning for the 5th AOPMC that will be held in Manila, Philippines, March 11-13, 2016.  The scientific committee, led by Prof Raymond Rosales and the local organizing committee, led by Dr. Dominic Jamora, together with the MDS Secretariat have commenced work for this meeting.

In addition, a Deep Brain Stimulation Course for Movement Disorders was held March 13-14, 2015 in Seoul Korea under the leadership of Prof. Beom Jeon, as well as the China Continuing Education Classes for Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders in Hangzhou, China on April 11-12, 2015, under the leadership of Baorong Zhang. We look forward to the 2nd Middle East Camp for Parkinson's Disease, Movement Disorders and Neuromodulation that will take place in Dubai, UAE, on November 19-21, 2015, under the leadership of Dr. Jawad A. Bajwa,

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

With Best Regards,

Louis Tan, FRCP
Chair, MDS-AOS