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Movement Disorders Teaching Course in Myanmar, Supported by the MDS Developing World Education Program (DWEP) Mandalay

Movement Disorders Teaching Course in Myanmar, Supported by the MDS Developing World Education Program (DWEP) – Mandalay

December 26, 2012

A one-day teaching course on Movement Disorders was held in Mandalay, Myanmar on 26 December 2012, under the auspices of the Myanmar Medical Association, Myanmar Neurological Association, ASEAN Neurological Association and the Movement Disorder Society (MDS). The event was coordinated by Prof. Tin Htar Nwe (local organizing chairperson) and Dr. Lim Shen-Yang (course director), and supported by the MDS under the Developing World Education Program (DWEP).

170 people, including senior and junior Myanmar neurologists, general physicians, students from various postgraduate programs (Doctorate in Neurology, Master in Internal Medicine, Master in Paediatrics and Master in Psychiatry), general practitioners and other enthusiastic young doctors, attended the course. Faculty members comprised Movement Disorders experts from the ASEAN region: Dr. Apichart Pisarnpong (Thailand), Dr. Lim Shen-Yang (Malaysia), Dr. Lim Thien Thien (Malaysia) and Dr. Prakash Kumar (Singapore). Members of the local neurology community also contributed presentations.

Lecture topics, covered in half-hour sessions, included: “Parkinson’s disease - Early stage”, “Advanced Parkinson’s disease”, “Atypical parkinsonism”, “Dystonia”, “Athetosis, hemiballismus & chorea”, “Tremor” and “Interesting/Unusual movement disorders”. Many videos were shown and there was good participation from the audience.

The event was a great success and helped to improve participants’ knowledge and skills in Movement Disorders in a region currently still facing limited access to subspecialty resources. The organizers are grateful to the speakers for their time and efforts, and to the MDS and industry partners (Sun Pharma, UCB and SML) for financial and logistical support. The speakers received very generous hospitality from the local hosts and would like to record sincere thanks to their Myanmar friends and colleagues.

Report contributed by Dr. Lim Shen-Yang and Prof. Tin Htar Nwe