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Asian and Oceanian Section


Letters from the Chair

AOS ChairRaymond Rosales, MD, PhD
Quezon City, Philippines


It is my pleasure, as MDS-AOS Chair, to welcome you to the MDS-Asian and Oceanian Section. MDS-AOS is the premier organization dedicated to disseminating knowledge and understanding about Movement Disorders within the field of Neurology in Asia and the Oceanian region.

I have been with MDS since 2003, and started becoming actively engaged with the MDS-AOS leadership around 10 years ago when I began with the AOS education committee. At the time the Philippines had no representation in the AOS Leadership, and I realized if I wanted to change that then I had a responsibility to my community to get involved. Now that I am AOS Chair, I hope my legacy will focus on enticing others to become engaged with the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society, so together we can build a more inclusive society. MDS has always been a source of education and professional networks, and combined with the friendships and warm collegial community has made my involvement with MDS a pleasure. During my term as AOS Chair, we will continue offering a variety of educational activities for neurologists, movement disorder specialists, and our allied health and neuroscience colleagues. Educational courses are the most important activities, and one of main aims is to involve more specialties and more countries.

Thank you for your continued interest and engagement in MDS-AOS activities.

With very best regards,

MDS-AOS involvement is open to all members of MDS within the Asian and Oceanian region. MDS-AOS aims to facilitate communication between clinicians and researchers in the region; disseminate updated knowledge about movement disorders; improve quality of life and independence of movement disorders patients and caregivers; and promote research in the field of Movement Disorders within the region.

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  MDS & COVID-19

Dear Colleagues,

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged us all in countless ways. In response to these unprecedented times the MDS leaders are working together on education continuity plans so we can continue supporting you with relevant and timely resources. We are currently working with course directors to explore opportunities for virtual education in the upcoming weeks and months.  

During this time we continue to work on other strategic initiatives. At the beginning of the year, regional strategic action plans were developed. The MDS Officers found three opportunities to harmonize between the Regional Sections and other related groups in creating web-based learning for Allied Health Professionals (focusing on non-English education), increase collaboration with Basic Scientists (creating an MDS Special Interest Group) and collaborating with strategic societies at the MDS International Congress and Regional Congresses. MDS leaders will work together in accomplishing these goals while MDS-AOS continues its efforts on additional strategic action plans.

  • Develop thoughtful movement disorders education that will lead to increased knowledge, skills and management, leading to better patient care and an increased understanding of the mechanisms of movement disorders
  • Analyze the MDS-AOS Educational Needs Assessment Survey to design educational programs to meet your needs  
  • Retain, strengthen and increase membership in the region
  • Collaborate with other Societies – targeting regional and local movement disorder /neurological /medical groups with overlapping goals to build strategic partnerships;
  • Leverage the MDS Roadmap as a unique educational resource that could be accessed by other societies in need of such education.

If there is anything we can do to support you during this time please do not hesitate to reach out to the MDS Secretariat to share your thoughts and provide feedback.


Roongroj Bhidayasiri Signature

Roongroj Bhidayasiri, MD, FRCP, FRCPI
Chair, MDS Asian and Oceanian Section

AOS_OUTREACH MDS-AOS Outreach Programs
The MDS Outreach Programs are specifically designed to bring movement disorders education to those areas of the world where it is most needed and often least available.
MDS LEAP was established to provide a leadership training program to support the growth, development and success of young movement disorder specialists.


MDS-AOS Leadership

The AOS Visiting Trainee Grant program offers a special opportunity for one resident, fellow, or recent graduate of a program in neurology to receive a grant to travel outside his or her home country for a traineeship in movement disorders. 
MDS-AOS Officers, Executive Committee, Education Committee

MDS-AOS Resources

Middle East Working Group Middle East Working Group
The Middle East Working Group (MEWG) was created to provide a forum for discussion of movement disorder topics of interest for Middle East members and to direct education efforts when assigned by the AOS Leadership. 
MDS_JAPANESE_ED Movement Disorders Japanese Edition (日本語版)
This publication is supported by an educational grant from Kyowa Hakko Kirin Co., Ltd. for the purpose of furthering medical education in Japan.
Asian and Oceanian Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Congress
The Asian and Oceanian Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Congress (AOPMC) occurs every two years as a forum to further develop the field of Movement Disorders in the region
MDS-AOS Social Media Sub-Committee
The MDS-AOS Social Media Sub-Committee helps to increase visibility and regional engagement through promotion of MDS-AOS education and activities on various social media platforms. Members post content on the private MDS-AOS Facebook Group, as well as on any other MDS social media channel or personal accounts on platforms utilized in the MDS-AOS region.
Task Force on Movement Disorders in Asia
The Task Force on Movement Disorders in Asia was created to help identify movement disorders in Asia that are unique, need special consideration, or are under studied.

MDS-AOS Affiliate Societies

MDS-AOS Affiliate Societies


MDS encourages a continuous dialogue on a global level to bring clinicians, researchers and health practitioners together for the exchange of the latest developments in the diagnosis, treatment and research of Movement Disorders to enhance the education of physicians across the globe. We invite neurological groups and organizations specializing in Movement Disorders to become an Affiliate Member of MDS. To apply visit, MDS Affiliate Member Society. For any questions, please contact Stephanie Jensen at

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  Bahrain Neuroscience Association (BNA)

P.O. Box 26126
Manama, Bahrain
Phone: +937 17827818

  Hong Kong Movement Disorder Society

Yuk-Fai Nelson Cheung, FRCP, MPH, FHKAM
Department of Medicine
Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Hong Kong, SAR

  Korean Movement Disorder Society (KMDS)

Tae-Beom Ahn MD, PhD
President, Korean Movement Disorders Society
Kyung Hee University Hospital, Seoul, Korea

  Movement Disorders Council of Malaysia

Prof. Lim Shen Yang, Secretary
University of Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC)
Neurology Laboratory, 5th Floor (Main Block)
Kuala Lumpur, 50603

  Movement Disorder Society of Australia and New Zealand

Barry Snow, MD
Department of Neurology
Auckland Hospital
Private Bag 92024
Auckland, NZ
President, Movement Disorder Society of Australia and New Zealand

  Movement Disorders Society of India (MDSI)

Pramod Kumar Pal, MBBS, MD, DNB, DM, Secretary
Professor of Neurology
National Institute of Mental Health & Neurosciences (NIMHANS)
Bangalore, India  560029

  Movement Disorder Society of Japan

Mr. Nobuhiko Takeda, Executive Assistant
The Association for Supporting Academic Societies
5-3-13-4F Otsuka, Bunkyou-ku
Tokyo 112-0012

  Movement Disorder Society of Pakistan (MDSP)

President: Prof. Muhammad Athar Javed

  Movement Disorder Society of the Philippines (MDSP)

Raymond L. Rosales, MD, PhD, President
University of Santo Tomas Hospital
Manila, Philippines

  Movement Disorders Society of Sri Lanka (MDSSL)

Bimsara Senanayake MBBS, MD, FRCP (London), FCCP
Convener, MDSSL
Department of Neurology
Colombo South Teaching Hospital
Colombo 10350
Sri Lanka

  Nepalese Society of Gerontology and Geriatrics-MDS (NSGG-MDS)

President: Dr. Babu Ram Pokharel
Dept. of Neurology Upendra Devkota Memorial National Institute of Neurological and Allied Science Nepal Mediciti Hospital

  Neurological Association of Uzbekistan

M.Musakhanov Str. 103
Tashkent City, 700048
President: Yoqutkhon Madjidova -
Head of the Movement Disorders Section: Bakhtiyor Mukhammedaminov -

  Taiwan Movement Disorder Society

Ruey-Meei Wu, MD, PhD, Standing Supervisor
Department of Neurology
National Taiwan University Hospital
No. 7 Chung-Shan S Road
Taipei 100
Fax: +886 2 23413935

  Thai Parkinson’s Disease – Movement Disorders Society (Thai PDMDS)

7th Floor, Royal Garden Jubilee Bldg.
2 Soi Soonvijai, New Petchaburi Rd.
Huaykwang, Bangkok 10330

MDS-AOS Collaborations

The MDS-AOS collaborates with the following entities on various initiatives within the regional section.

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  Movement Disorder Society of Australia and New Zealand
  Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Society of India
  Movement Disorder Society of Japan
  Movement Disorder Society of Philippines
  Parkinson's Disease Society Singapore
  Taiwan Movement Disorder Society
  Thai Parkinson Disease-Movement Disorders Society

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