Asian and Oceanian Section

AOS Chair Letter from Dr. Louis Tan

As we move into a leadership transition in the MDS-AOS, we are grateful for the work and distinguished service of our past AOS leaders. These are:

Past Chair: Ruey-Meei Wu
Past Secretary: Victor Fung
Past Treasurer: Eng-King Tan
Past Executive committee members: Zhen Xin Zhang, Raymond Rosales, Apichart Pisarnpong,
Beom Jeon, Ryosuke Takahashi
Past Education Chair: Ryosuke Takahashi
Past Education committee members: Kwang-Soo Lee, Roongroj Bhidayasiri, Shu-Leong Ho,
Saeed Bohlega

Together they have worked hard to serve the AOS and MDS over the past 2 years. We are grateful that many of them will continue to serve in other capacities after they have stepped down from these positions.

The MDS-AOS has achieved a great deal over the past 2 years under the leadership of Ruey-Meei Wu. They have raised the overall AOS membership within MDS from 18% to 27% from 2011-2013. The AOS now has more than 1,100 members. In addition the leadership successfully organized the 3rd Asian and Oceanian Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Congress (AOPMC) in 2011 with more than 1,000 participants in total. Additionally, they have implemented the AOS training fellowship program and the AOS E-newsletter. They have also organized more than 8 outreach programs and an MDS organized live course in Manila over the past 2 years.

As we move into the 2nd half of 2013, the new AOS leadership will continue to look for your support on two fronts:

  1. To raise the membership of the AOS to constitute more than 30% of the total MDS membership. As 2/3 of the world’s population live in our region, there is an urgent need to raise the membership and profile of the MDS-AOS so that we may be able to do more to help patients and caregivers who live with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders in our region. We urge you to make use of the waived-dues and reduced rates membership categories to encourage your colleagues, nurses and allied health professionals to join the Society.
     
  2. To organize a successful 4th AOPMC meeting in Bangkok, Thailand in November 28-30, 2014. The various AOPMC and AOS committees are working hard to put together the plans and program for the AOPMC. We encourage every member to join us for the coming Congress. Alongside this meeting will be the 10th International Symposium of the Asian and Pacific Parkinson’s Association (APPA). This meeting is especially for patients and caregivers with PD to attend and learn more about their conditions. More information for these meetings may be found in the websites:
    http://www.movementdisorders.org/aopmc2014/
    http://www.movementdisorders.org/appa2014/

We look forward to your support in bringing your local PD and MD communities to Bangkok in November 2014.

The AOS will only be able to function well with the active participation of all members. We therefore look forward to your help to:

  • encourage membership in the MDS
  • organize education programs in your countries, and
  • contribute new ideas and plans to develop the MDS-AOS.

If you have some ideas to contribute to the AOS or need help with any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact me by email (louis_tan@nni.com.sg), our secretariat liaison Megan Daniels (mdaniels@movementdisorders.org), or any member of the leadership for assistance.

We look forward to working with you!

With best regards,

Louis Tan

Louis Tan
Chair MDS-AOS