Asian and Oceanian Section

Welcome from the AOS Chair

Dear Colleagues,

Robin Wu

The AOS section had a very successful 2012. There were a number of Outreach Education Programs in India, Myanmar, Malaysia, and Sri Lanka, in which over 1,000 participants gained further knowledge in Movement Disorders. There was also a highly successful Botulinum Toxin Course in Manila, Philippines, directed by Prof. Raymond Rosales.

2013 is off to a great start with many educational programs in their planning stages, including a Visiting Professor Program in Vietnam and a Developing World Education Program in Malaysia. In February 2013, there was a Developing World Education Program in Thailand. Planning for the 2014 AOPMC in Thailand is ongoing. Please plan to attend.

Another exciting educational opportunity is the AOS Training Fellowship Program. This program enables education, training and experience in movement disorders across the region and will foster long term links between medical training and research sites within the AOS. The 2013 AOS Training Fellowship Program submission period closed. A subcommittee consisting of AOS leadership will review the applications and present their suggestions to the AOS Executive Committee. The 2013 recipient will be announced in early March. The 2012 AOS Training Fellowship recipient, Dr. Tai Ngoc Tran, will begin his fellowship in February at The University of Queensland and St. Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital in Australia. Please look forward to information regarding the 2014 AOS Training Fellowship Program.

I am also happy to announce the 2013-2015 AOS Election candidates. These candidates were chosen by the AOS Nominating Committee and approved by the AOS Executive Committee. They reside in a variety of different countries to help ensure representation from the entire AOS region. The candidates include Prof. Nobutaka Hattori for Chair-Elect, Prof. Raymond Rosales for Secretary-Elect, and Prof. Carolyn Sue for Treasurer-Elect. Executive Committee Member nominations include Dr. Mandy Au-Yeung, Dr. Jou-Hsien Chen, Dr. Hee Tae Kim, Dr. Miho Murata, and Prof. Baorong Zhang.

AOS membership continues to greatly increase, with large increases in Indian and Chinese membership. AOS membership currently comprises 21% of overall MDS membership, with over 1,000 AOS members. It is a goal of the AOS leadership for AOS membership to eventually reach 30%. The many AOS education programs have had a positive effect on membership, as well as individual promotion from AOS Members. Thank you all for your efforts and please continue to promote MDS membership within your institutions and national societies.    

I am looking forward to seeing you all at the 17th International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders in Sydney, Australia, June 16-20. The 2013 MDS Congress is an exciting opportunity for the AOS region and I hope all of you can attend. I am looking forward to a productive 2013 and I wish you all peace and success in the New Year!

Best regards,
Ruey-Meei (Robin) Wu
MDS-AOS Chair