1st AOPMC Singapore
By Robert Iansek, PhD, FRACP
The inaugural meeting of the MDS-Asian & Oceanian Section (AOS) was held in Singapore from October 20-22, 2007 and proved a huge success. The 1st Asian and Oceanian Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Congress (AOPMC) was extremely well attended with over 500 delegates from a diversity of countries within the region. The scientific and educational program was well balanced with kick-off seminars, plenary sessions, workshops, and original scientific presentations. The faculty was a mix of regional and international speakers with an emphasis on speakers from countries within the AOS region. The feeling from the meeting was extremely friendly with an air of enthusiasm from all the delegates.
The AOS was proud to sponsor 17 traveling fellowships to scientists, trainees and neurologists from emerging economies. All fellowship recipients presented either a poster, or if selected, a platform presentation at the meeting. The meeting was well supported by pharmaceutical industry representatives, and the information booths proved very popular with the delegates. The social program gave delegates a taste of Singapore with young dancers demonstrating the cultural background of this country at the opening ceremony and a cocktail reception at a vantage point over the Singapore River.
One highlight at the AOPMC was the case studies, which were presented by neurology trainees from a variety of countries. This session was excellently chaired by Tony Lang and John Morris. The case studies were unusual, but characterized the diversity of Movement Disorders within the AOS and each case study, with the help of the Chairmen, enabled enthusiastic audience participation and contributions.
The Asia and Pacific Parkinson's Association (APPA) symposium was held concurrently with the AOS meeting. This was the 10th anniversary of the APPA which focused on providing an update on Parkinson's for patients, caregivers and health care professionals in the Asia-Pacific region. The APPA shared some of the faculty with the AOPMC meeting as well as the posters, pharmaceutical sponsored booths and dining areas. The combination of meetings of this type is unique to our region and all members of the AOS take great pride in our relationship with the APPA and plan to continue this association for future meetings.
The Executive and Education Committees of the Section met at the conference and endorsed the guidelines and application forms for educational event funding over the next 12 months. All information should be available on the MDS Web site, and requests for funding are sort from the AOS membership. Planning for the next AOS meeting in New Delhi, India is well underway under the direction of Professor Madhuri Behari.
We all wish to extend our congratulations and thanks to Dr. Louis Tan and his colleagues and the NNI secretariat for providing the AOS with such a successful and enjoyable meeting.