Asian and Oceanian Section

Course Report Summaries

The MDS-AOS Botulinum Toxin Training Course in Manila: First of its kind 

by Workshop Director – Raymond L. Rosales

MDS-AOS Botulinum Toxin Training Course, August 24-25, Manila Philippines

On August 24-25th, the first ever MDS-sponsored course in The Philippines took place at the Philippine International Convention Centre. The course was attended by 126 neurologists from The Philippines and several other countries of Asia. This two day workshop was intended to address the practice gap for Botulinum Toxin training through didactic lecture from international experts, interactive case discussions, and a patient practicum. The targeted audience for this course were medical practitioners in relevant fields with a working knowledge of the diagnosis and general management of various movement disorders, be the individual a first time injector, or a newly experienced injector.

The BoNT course had Platinum Sponsorship from Ipsen and Gold Sponsorship from Allergan. The practicum vials were kindly provided by Ipsen, while the support nursing personnel and utilities were provided by the CNS (Center for Neurodiagnostic and Therapeutic Services) of Metropolitan Medical Center. The 3 assistant faculties also belong to the same hospital. There were a total of 25 Filipino cases with various dystonias, spasticity and hemifacial spasm, who gave informed consents for the injection demonstration.

The goal of the BoNT Training course was to provide medical practitioners relevant training in BoNT treatments in their clinical practice. 53% of the attendees strongly agreed and 47% agreed that the program was relevant to their practice. Effective marketing efforts targeting this group, as well as overwhelming positive evaluative results in learning during the course, indicate that the BoNT Training in Neurological Practice was a highly successful educational effort.

AOS Educational Course on Movement Disorders
Guwahati, Assam, India

February 18-20, 2011

An Educational Course on Movement Disorders was organized at GNRC Hospitals, Guwahati, Assam, India, on the 18th, 19th and 20th of February, 2011, in association with The Movement Disorder Society-Asian and Oceanian Section. Experts from China, Japan, and India jointly conducted the course.

The faculty comprised Prof. Yoshikuni Mizuno (Tokyo, Japan), Prof. Shu Leong Ho (Hong Kong, China), Prof, Rupam Borgohain (Hyderabad, India) and Dr. Vinay Goyal (New Delhi, India).

The purpose of the course was to enhance and develop the study and practice of medicine and research related to Movement Disorders. The format included educative lectures on movement disorders profusely interspersed with elegant and explanatory videos bought by the faculty. It covered the entire spectrum of Parkinson's disease and Movement Disorders from basic science to clinical practice.

The three-day educational and scientific event was very well received in the Northeastern region of India. The audience of the CME included clinicians, health professionals, researchers as well as medical students with interest in movement disorders right from its beginning to the end. The course was interactive and the participation by delegates very encouraging. The participants were greatly benefited by the course wherein the purpose of improving quality of life and care of the patients with movement disorders was served.

The course organizers would like to acknowledge their deeply felt gratitude to The Movement Disorder Society-Asian and Oceanian Section for their constant cooperation and support to make this event a success.

Dr. Nomal Chandra Borah - February 24, 2011

AOS Educational Summit
Kerala, India

August 27-29, 2010

The Asian and Oceanian Movement Disorder Educational Summit - 2010 was held at Kannur Medical College and Super Specialty Hospital, Anjarakandy, Kerala from August 27– 29, 2010. The summit was organized by the James Parkinson's Movement Disorder Research Centre and sponsored by The Movement Disorder Society-Asian and Oceanian Section. Sessions were attended by over 200 delegates, both national and international, who benefited from many renowned speakers known for their contributions in the field of movement disorders.

 The program was inaugurated on the evening of August 27th by Dr. K Mohandas, Vice Chancellor, Kerala University of Health and Allied Sciences and was presided over by Mr. Abdul Jabbar, Chairman, Prestige Educational Trust. The two-day educational summit which followed was coordinated by Prof. Madhuri Behari, Professor and Head of Department, Dept. of Neurology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.

The symposium presented seminars on various movement disorders by acclaimed speakers, including: Prof. Madhuri Behari, Prof. Kailash Bhatia (Institute of Neurology, London, UK); Dr. Victor Fung (Westmead Hospital, Westmead, Australia); Dr. Asha Kishore (Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical, Trivandrum, India); Dr. Uday Muthane (Parkinson's & Aging Research Foundation, Bangalore, India); and Dr. Sujith Ovallath (Kannur Medical College, Kerala, India).

The main topics discussed in the forum were:

• Approach to tremor and Dystonia; Chorea, tics and myoclonus – Prof. Kailash Bhatia.
• Recent Advances in the Management of Early Parkinson’s disease; Drug induced Movement Disorders – Dr. Victor Fung
• Management of advanced PD; Indications for Therapy with Botulinum Toxin – Prof. Madhuri Behari
• Parkinson Plus syndromes, Diagnosis and management; Deep Brain Stimulation, Indications & Outcome – Dr. Asha Kishore
• Restless leg syndrome; Wilson's disease – Dr. Uday Muthane
• Dopa responsive Dystonia – Dr. Sujith Ovallath

There were also interesting video presentations on various neurological cases, followed by interactive discussion between the faculty and audience. The three day long summit concluded with a workshop on Botulinum toxin by Dr. Madhuri Behari and Dr. Victor Fung.

The first ever Asian and Oceanian summit in the state of Kerala, India, not only enlightened the audience on different types of movement disorders, but also became a platform where the various queries and concerns of the audience were addressed by experts. The cultural events and the film organized by students of Kannur Medical College complemented the summit.

A video summary of the course is available at:

Movement Disorders: Pattern, Diagnosis and Causes
Ludhiana, India

January 30-31, 2009

The Movement Disorder Society – Asian Oceanian Section Educational Course was organized at Dayanand Medical College, Ludhiana, Punjab, India on January 30th and 31st, 2010. The faculty for the course comprised Prof. Philip Thompson (Adelaide, Australia), Prof. Kapil Sethi (Georgia, United States), Prof. Madhuri Behari (New Delhi, India) and Dr. Mohit Bhatt (Mumbai, India).

The format of the course included didactic lectures on hypokinetic as well as hyperkinetic movement disorders profusely interspersed with elegant and exemplary videos bought by the faculty as well as live cases that were recruited locally. The Course concluded with a half-day workshop with live demonstrations of Botulinum toxin injections.

That the two-day educational and scientific event was very well received in the Northwestern region of India was clear by the fact that the meeting hall was packed full with delegates comprising neurologists and physicians and well as paramedics with interest in movement disorders right from its beginning to end. The course was interactive and the participation by delegates very encouraging. The enthusiastic participation is a clear indication of the popularity of movement disorders as a practicing branch of medicine in the region and underscores the need for organizing similar courses in different locations within the Asian-Oceanian Region.

The Course Organizers are extremely grateful to The Movement Disorder Society – Asian Oceanian Section for the generous support provided.

Contributed by Prof. Birinder Singh Paul
Course Director


Movement Disorders in Focus
Cebu City, Philippines

November 18-19, 2009

Dubbed "Movement Disorders in Focus," this educational activity was held in  tandem with the annual scientific conventions of the Philippine Neurological Association (PNA) and the Child Neurology Society of the Philippines (CNSP). We aimed to educate and learn amongst ourselves the current state of XDP researches, amidst a panel of invited international Movement Disorder specialists and Filipino experts alike. The flavor of the meeting was capped by the presence of MDS President, Prof Phillip Thompson, who delivered the PNA Gilberto Gamez Memorial Lecture and participated through the MDS Ambassador Program. Read more.





Treatment of Parkinson's disease & Recognizing Hyperkinetic and Kypokinetic Movement Disorders
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

May 23, 2009

Treatment of Parkinson’s disease and Recognizing Hyperkinetic and Kypokinetic Movement Disorders was held on May 23, 2009. This one-day, stand-alone course addressed the diagnosis of Hyperkinetic and Hypokinetic movement disorders. The course also covered the medical and surgical treatment of PD, use of botulinum toxin in movement disorders, and movement disorder emergencies.

The feedback from the more than 100 participants was excellent and many highlighted the need for more of such programs in Vietnam. It was hosted by Professor Nguyen Thi Hung and invited MDS-AOS experts were Professors Neil Mahant, Le Minh, and Louis Tan.

Faculty (L to R): Neil Mahant, Daniel Truong,
Le Minh, Louis Tan and Nguyen Thi Hung



8th Biennial Convention of the ASEAN Neurological Association (ASNA) & Neurosciences 2009
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

April 3, 2009

On April 3, 2009, MDS-AOS hosted a 1-day conjoined Movement Disorders course with the 8th Biennial Convention of the ASEAN Neurological Association (ASNA) & Neurosciences 2009, the 20th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Malaysian Society of Neurosciences.

Using didactic lectures with question and answer sessions and interactive video-based seminar, this intensive course covered the key aspects of movement disorders and provided an update on the various treatment options available today. Disorders covered included Parkinson’s disease, Wilson’s disease, Dystonia, Tics & Myoclonus, Huntington’s disease & Huntington look-alike syndromes, Psychogenic Movement Disorders, Gait disorders, and Movement Disorders emergencies.

Among the excellent faculty who participated in this event, MDS-AOS sponsored the speakers Professors Robert Iansek (Australia), Apichart Pisarnpong (Thailand) and Louis Tan (Singapore). There were over 150 participants from 10 countries attending this course at the conference. The delegates were those specializing primarily in Neurology, Movement Disorders, Geriatrics and General Medicine. This was the first time the ASNA and MDS collaborated on movement disorders education and positive feedback from delegates indicates that future opportunities of this kind will be well received.

More information on the ASNA can be found on their website.

Faculty (L to R): Lee Moon Keen, Samuel Easaw,
Christopher Chong Kang Tird, Yoshikuni Mizuno,
Santhi Datuk Puvanarajah, Robert Iansek, Louis Tan,
Raymond Rosales, Nguyen Thi Hung.


Movement Disorder: From Basic to Clinical Update
Bandung, Indonesia

January 10-11, 2009

Aiming to improve regional clinician's knowledge about basic science, clinical assessment and management of movement disorder diseases, Movement Disorder Society (MDS) Asian & Oceanian Chapter jointly with Department of Neurology Hasan Sadikin Hospital Faculty of Medicine Padjadjaran University Indonesia hosted a teaching course "Movement Disorder: From Basic To Clinical Update."

The course was conducted in Bandung City on January 10th-11th, 2009. Three invited MDS experts Erle Chuen-Hian Lim MD (Singapore), Roongroj Bhidayasiri MD (Thailand) and Andrew Evans MD (Australia) together with Tan Siau Kuan MD (Indonesia) delivered wide range of topics in didactic lectures with question-answer, an interactive videos seminar, live patient demonstration with panel discussion by experts, video case presentations by participants and video quiz sessions. This first MDS sponsored teaching course in Indonesia was attended enthusiastically by a total of 267 participants, consisting of 222 Neurologists and 45 residents of Neurology from all regions of the country.

Contributed by Paulus Anam Ong, MD
Course Director


A Review of Parkinson's disease and Related Disorders
Nanchang, China

June 12, 2008

A CME course entitled as "A Review of Parkinson's Disease and Related Disorders" sponsored by the educational grant from the Asian and Oceanian Section of the MDS (AOS-MDS) was successfully held in Nanchang city, Jiangxi Province, China on June 12th, 2008. It was held as a satellite program in conjunction with the biennial conference of the Chinese Movement Disorder Society. Professors Tim Anderson and Barry Snow from New Zealand and local speaker Professor Shengdi Chen gave comprehensive talks on clinical features and diagnosis of PD, treatment options in PD, management of motor and non-motor features and complications in PD, and other forms of parkinsonism and their management. As part of the course, the speakers and audience had interactive discussions on more than 10 video cases of PD and their related disorders. The local organizer had arranged simultaneous oral translation carried out by 3 expert interpreters to Mandarin during the whole course.

About 85 neurologists and neurology trainees from almost 20 provinces across China took part in this education course. The course was very well received with very encouraging feedback from the audience. Among the comments, the most popular suggestion is that they hoped that the MDS will present more of such topics including the pathogenesis and differential diagnosis on PD and other forms of parkinsonism, and other movement disorders such as dystonia, tremor, RLS, myoclonus, chorea, and gait disorders.

Contributed by Professor Shengdi Chen


MDS-AOS Education Course
Varanasi, India

March 29-30, 2008

In an attempt to increase awareness of Movement Disorders among the clinicians as well as common people, The Movement Disorder Society - Asian & Oceanian section (AOS) sponsored the first two-day Educational Course on 29 & 30 March, 2008. Hosted by the Neurology Department of Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, it was attended by around 85 participants who included clinicians, neurologists, psychiatrists, physiotherapists and medical students. It was the first such Educational Course to be organised by AOS and the first to be held in this region of the country.

The educational course included update lectures and interesting video sessions which were presented by the invited faculty members comprising of Dr. Ruy Meei Wu from Taiwan, Dr. E.K. Tan from Singapore, Dr. Madhuri Behari from New Delhi, and Dr. S.K. Das from Kolkata. The highly informative & critical presentations made by the distinguished Faculty members have left deep impression on the minds of the keen participants present in the workshop. The first session included Examination of a patient of parkinsonism by Dr. S. K. Das and Dr. Behari's presentation which dealt with problems of advanced PD and their management. The session continued with Dr. E.K. Tan's lecture on presymptomatic diagnosis and genetics of Parkinsons Disease.

The second day consisted of lectures on dystonia by Dr. Wu and Dr. Das and an update on Tourette syndrome by Dr. E.K. Tan. Dr. Deepika Joshi presented diagnosis and management of Wilson's disease which was followed by discussions on various interesting cases and videos of essential tremor, spinocerebellar ataxia, dystonia, and more.

The final session covered hands-on training for Botulinum Toxin injections in the patients of focal dystonia and hemifacial spasm with brief information on Botulinum toxin provided by Prof. Behari.

This educational course provided a platform for the experts as well as the students for vivid discussions on various complicated issues pertaining to movement disorders. We hope to conduct another such course in the region in the near future.

Contributed by Dr. Deepika Joshi