Asian and Oceanian Section

AOS Visiting Professor Programs Course Reports

The Movement Disorder Society (MDS) is committed to assisting healthcare professionals in under-represented countries throughout the world. As part of this mission, the MDS Visiting Professor Program provides greatly needed learning opportunities to countries whose healthcare professionals lack adequate access to Movement Disorders education.

For the full list of VPP worldwide or for information on how to apply to host a Visiting Professor, click here.

VPP Shanghai
October 31 - November 1, 2010

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

As Conference Director of the 2010 MDS VPP Shanghai, I want to express my deep appreciation to all those who contributed to the organization and realization of this great moment/day. The visiting Professor Program took place on October 31-November 1, 2010 in Shanghai, China. Over 300 people attended the conference, including participants from Inner -Mongolia and Hong Kong. Many hospitals participated in the program including Beijing 301 Hospital, PUMC Hospital, Beijing Tiantan Hospital; Shanghai Huashan Hospital, Shanghai Ruijing Hospital, Renji Hospital, Shanghai 9th hospital, Shanghai Child's Hospital, Shanghai Xinhua Hospital, Jiangsu Nanjin Medical University, Suzhou University, and Zhejiang University.

After taking a bit of time to hear reactions to the conference, I'm glad to inform you that the responses have been fantastic on every aspect of the course ranging from the primary objective - the scientific program - to the cultural events program, to positive comments on the MDS International Secretariat and Local Committee organizations.

I would like to thank all the members of the Scientific Committee, chaired by RM Yang, and Profs. Xie, Zhao and Chen, for their hard work in producing an extraordinary scientific program. The program incorporated a wide selection of lectures covering the various aspects of basic and clinical Neurology, movement disorders and neurodegenation, as well as several fundamental aspects of biological sciences, and finally, the most recent researches in the field, chaired by Prof. Zhou.

The conference proudly benefited from the knowledge and experience shared by our international speakers including Profs. Anderson and Lim. A big thank you must be give to Prof. Hallett who gave an excellent welcome speech. Lecture topics included Parkinson's disease, CBS, chorea, dementia and cognition, dystonia, MSA, spasm, tics, Wilson's disease, and related disorders.

I wish also to thank Shanghai First People's Hospital, chaired by Prof Liu GH and assisted by Drs. Gao and Wu, for the outstanding social program presented within the Pyramidal International Conference Center to study extra-pyramidal symptoms, which included amazing scientific arts events. I also wish to thank the National Educational Ministry of China and Shanghai STCSM International Exchanging Center, led by Dr. Zhu Jun-Hao for kind support. Finally, thanks also to the MDS Secretariat for their hard work and finally, my biggest thanks to MDS President Prof. Thompson for supporting this program.

Everyone joined together to make this program a success. For all these reasons I couldn't be more proud to speak here for MDS Shanghai, China. Thank you!

Dr. Xiao-Ping Wang

VPP Beijing, China
June 29-30, 2009
2009 VPP Beijing, China

Program Faculty (L to R): Dr. Karl Kieburtz; MDS Visiting Professor Dr. Caroline Tanner, MDS Visiting Professor Dr. G. Webster Ross, VPP Course Host Dr. Piu (Bill) Chan).

The Visiting Professor Program was conducted on June 29-30, 2009 at Xuanwu Hospital, Capital Medical University in Beijing, China. The local organizing committee was headed by Professor Piu Chan, the Director of Chinese Study Group. The Symposium was also supported by Chinese Medical Association and Department of Neurology, Xuanwu Hospital, Capital Medical University. The symposium was attended by 105 physicians from different fields of medicine, including movement disorder specialists, attending neurologists, neurology residents and graduated students from Beijing and other regions of China.

This was the third symposium of Visiting Professor Program in China. Following the last two symposiums, lecturers focused on Parkinson’s disease, and also covered other related topics such as Parkinson-plus syndromes, dystonia, essential tremor, and other type of movement disorder, involving progress of etiology, epidemiology, diagnosis and treatment. They also used videos to give the participants an excellent opportunity to discuss real cases.

This program plays an important role in educating movement disorders specialists in China, and establishes a bridge between China and the world in the field of movement disorders.

VPP Bangkok Thailand
March 27-28, 2009

Bankok, ThailandMDS Visiting Professorship Lecture Program
in Treatment of Parkinson's Disease

Chulalongkorn Comprehensive Movement Disorder Center together with Thai Parkinson's Disease Society held the MDS Visiting Professor Program (VPP) in the treatment of Parkinson's disease (PD) on the 27-28th March 2009 in Bangkok, Thailand.

The objectives of the course were to: 1) Discuss the roles of pathogenesis of PD; 2) List and discuss different therapeutic options in PD as well as its management at various stages of severity; 3) Address specific management of motor and nonmotor manifestations of PD; 4) Recognize various movement disorders through interactive video session.

The course, directed by Roongroj Bhidayasiri, MD., FRCP (Chulalongkorn Comprehensive Movement Disorder Center) had the following faculty: Stanley Fahn (Neurological Institute, Columbia University, New York), Jeff Bronstein (UCLA, Los Angeles), and a number of local faculty. We are very grateful to the MDS educational committee for their generous support of this VPP. In addition to a number of lectures, there were also interactive video sessions presented by residents in which Profs. Fahn and Bronstein have awarded the gold, silver, and bronze medals to the top three interesting cases.

Beijing Faculty

Program Faculty (L to R): Drs. Zhen-Xin Zhang, Stanley Fahn, and Louis Tan.

VPP Beijing
March 21, 2009

Zhen-Xin Zhang, Department of Neurology and Clinical Epidemiology, Peking Union Medical College Hospital (PUMCH), Chinese Academy of Medical Science hosted a one-day educational course on the latest advancements in Parkinson's disease. The course was also hosted by the Chinese Movement Disorder and PD Society, and Novartis China, and co-organized with Shu-Leong Ho from the Asian Oceanian Section of the MDS.

The program in Beijing involved two foreign speakers (Dr. Stanley Fahn and Prof. Louis Tan), and one local teacher (Zhen-Xin Zhang). The course materials and the discussion were eloquently translated by two local neurologists, Zhang Zhi-Zheng and Li Lin from PUMCH. The morning session covered (1) Early detection of PD and the differential diagnosis of parkinsonism; (2) Early therapeutic options of PD; Beijing, China(3) Management of motor complications in advanced PD; and (4) Discussion: The afternoon session covered (1) Management of non-motor symptoms of PD, and (2) Case discussions with video.

This educational course in Beijing had a live video-link to eight additional cities in PR China (see below). A total of 563 participants (Neurologists, trainee Neurologists, General Physicians) from 104 hospitals attended the course in Beijing through the China United Telecommunications Corporation, shown below. This format of teaching was highly cost-effective and educational, and reached a wide audience through the video-link.



Region City Chairman No. of attendees Hospitals
1. Northeast Beijing Zhang Zhen-Xin 137 21
2. Northeast Tianjin Ye Wen-Xiang 35 9
3. East Hangzhou Hu Xing-Yue 76 17
4. East Nanjing Xu Yun 52 11
5. Northwest Xi'an Zhao Gang 35 7
6. Mid Wuhan Sun Sheng-Gang 39 8
7. Mid Changsha Tang Beisha 45 8
8. Southeast Guangzhou Chen Ling 88 16
9. Southeast Fuzhou Xu Guo-Ying 56 7
  Total 569 104

The Faculty provided very well-received lectures on early detection of PD and differential diagnosis of parkinsonism, including the clinical, pathological, biochemical, imaging features of PD, and management of presymptomatic features of PD. The treatment strategies and options in different stages of PD were expertly reviewed along with motor and non-motor complications, based on currently available evidence.

In the case discussion section, videos of patients with PD for over the past 21 years from PUMCH were provided. It is an excellent opportunity for the participants to review the content of the one-day course. Comprehensive discussion on the practical management was extremely well-received by the audience. Videos which were shot with informed consent were provided by Dr. Zhen-Xin Zhang.

Their feedback was extremely positive and appreciative.

Zhang ZX, Prof. of Neurology
Peking Union Medical College Hospital
Chinese Academy of Medical Science
Beijing, China

VPP Shanghai
October 17-18, 2007

Evidence-Based Management Course on Parkinson's Disease
Scientific & Technology Plaza, Ruijin Hospital, Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine, Shanghai, P.R. China

Shengdi Chen, Department of Neurology, Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine hosted a 1½ day course on the concept of evidence-based medicine and its applications in clinical trials on Parkinson's disease (PD) at Ruijin Hospital. The course was co-organized with Shu-Leong Ho from the Asian Oceanian Section of the MDS. Cristina Sampaio and Oliver Rascol, who were sponsored via the MDS Visiting Professorship program presented the talks and led the interactive discussions. They provided a very well-received overview of evidence-based medicine, design and conduct of various forms of clinical trials, including ethical considerations. The treatment strategies and options in different stages of PD were expertly reviewed along with motor and non-motor complications, based on currently available evidence.

The course materials, talks and the discussion were eloquently translated by a team of interpreters led by Dr. Xiao Qin. GSK (China) provided the wireless voting devices to the participants for their immediate reaction and analysis of the discussions, via an unrestricted educational grant. This voting equipment was extremely helpful in promoting a lively and constructive discussion with the participants during the course. About 70 participants took part in the course. Their feedback was extremely positive and appreciative. This course took place the day after a symposium on basic and clinical aspects of PD and movement disorders which was held at the same venue. The invited speakers at this symposium included Philip Thompson and Peter LeWitt. This event was coordinated with the 1st AOPMC, which was held October 20-22, 2007 in Singapore.