Asian and Oceanian Section

Welcome from the Chair

Asian Oceanian Section

Beomseok (BJ) Jeon, MD, PhD
Seoul National University Hospital
Seoul, South Korea

September 2018

In alignment with the goals of the MDS-AOS Strategic Plan for 2018-2020, which are to increase AOS membership; increase diversity within MDS leadership, committees, and faculty; increase MDS-AOS visibility as a whole of MDS; strategic development of the Middle East through the Middle East Task Force; and increase educational programs in the MDS-AOS, we are well underway. Here is an overview of the region’s activities for the second half of 2018.


The International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society (MDS) and the MDS Asian and Oceanian Section (MDS-AOS) invite you to attend the 6th Asian and Oceanian Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Congress (AOPMC), April 12-14, 2019 in Hangzhou. Registration and housing will open in November. 

Live Courses

The AOS has completed two of four regional courses being held this year. The Neuropathology and Neuroimaging in Movement Disorders course, which was held in Seoul, Korea, June 15-16, 2018 had 86 attendees from 14 countries and was met with great success.

The second course recently completed was the Osaka Basic Science Summer School, which took place in Osaka, Japan from August 3-4, 2018. This course had 63 students attend, also from 14 countries. Stay tuned for a course report in an upcoming issue of Moving Along.

The Neuroimaging Course will take place next month in Hong Kong on October 4, 2018. Lastly, the MDS-AOS will close out 2018 with a SYNERGIES course November 6-7 in Seoul, South Korea.

We have also begun planning for the 2019 educational courses.

Outreach Courses

In 2018, the MDS-AOS has completed four Ambassador Programs in India (2), China, and Jordan; three DWEP courses in Bangladesh, China, and Philippines; one Visiting Professor Program in Nepal; and one Virtual Professor course in Iran. 


Since June 2018, the AOS has 2,296 members across 34 countries, representing 30% of MDS. 394 individuals became new members in 2018 and 83% renewed their membership. With 49% of our members being under 40 years old, and 10% residing across the Middle East, we look forward to increasing membership and working with our members to deliver quality education and programming that meets their needs. 

Visiting Trainee Grant Program                       

The 2019 MDS-AOS Visiting Trainee Grant application process will soon be opening. Please check the webpage for more information.

LEAP Class of 2018

The LEAP program received over 70 applications with the quality and caliber of the applicants at a very high level. After an extensive review by the LEAP Steering Committee the following individuals were selected as participants to the LEAP Class of 2018 from the MDS-AOS and will be meeting in-person during the MDS International Congress in Hong Kong:

Zheyu Xu, Singapore
Pattamon Panyakaew, Thailand
Ming-Kai Pan, Taiwan
Jinyoung Youn, South Korea

Thank you for your continued support and interest in the MDS-AOS program initiatives. I look forward to working together with all of you in continuing our efforts to further develop educational programs and increase membership in the MDS-AOS. 


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