Asian and Oceanian Section

Welcome from the Chair

Asian Oceanian Section

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

April 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 Taskforce; and increase educational programs in the MDS-AOS, we are well underway. Here is an overview of the region’s activities for 2018.

Live Courses

The AOS has six courses in development for 2018, with the first three being: Neuropathology and Neuroimaging in Movement Disorders, Seoul, Korea, June 15-16, 2018; Osaka Basic Science Summer School, August 3-4, 2018; and Neuroimaging, Hong Kong, October 4, 2018. We have also begun planning educational programs for 2019 and 2020.

Outreach Courses

We have completed two Ambassador Programs, and have three outreach courses slated for later this year, with additional applications currently in review.


Since December 2017, the AOS has 2,451 members across 34 countries, representing 32% of MDS. 40% became new members in 2017 and 60% individuals renewed their membership. With 48% of our members being under 40 years old, and 8% 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 2018 MDS-AOS Visiting Trainee Grant recipients are Dr. Shazma Khan, Pakistan, and Dr. Ying Wu, China.

Both recipients will be training at the National Neuroscience Institute, Department of Neurology, Singapore General Hospital for 12 months.

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:

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


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, China. Registration and housing will open this fall.

Thank you for your continued interest and support of the region. 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.