Asian and Oceanian Section

Welcome from the Chair

Asian Oceanian Section

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

April 2019

In alignment with the goals of the MDS-AOS Strategic Plan to increase AOS membership; diversity within MDS leadership, committees, and faculty. The additional goal of increasing visibility of the MDS-AOS within MDS; strategic development of the Middle East; and to increase educational programs in the MDS-AOS, we are well underway. Here is an overview of the region’s activities for the first part of 2019.


The International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society (MDS) and the MDS Asian and Oceanian Section (MDS-AOS) successfully completed their 6th Asian and Oceanian Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Congress (AOPMC), April 12-14, 2019 in Hangzhou, China. This registration record setting AOPMC had over 1000 attendees from 30 different countries.

Live Courses

The AOS has two regional live courses scheduled for this summer. The Basic and Clinical Science School in Seoul, South Korea from August 8-9, 2019. The Treatment for Advanced Parkinson’s disease course will take place immediately follow on August 10 in Seoul.

On November 8-10 will be DBS in Movement Disorders in Hyderabad, India. This December will hold the SYNERGIES/Mini LEAP course in Bangkok, Thailand on December 7-8, and then the Second School for Young Neurologists in Kuwait City, Kuwait, December 10-11. Finally the Third Middle East Allied Health course and Fourth Middle East Camp for Parkinson’s Movement Disorders and Neuromodulation on December 13, and December 13-14 respectfully in Dubai, UAE.

Stay tuned for more AOS regional course announcements for 2019.

Outreach Courses

In 2019 the MDS-AOS has completed one Ambassador Program in New Delhi, India and one DWEP course in Bethlehem, Palestine territory.


As of December 31, 2018, the AOS has 2,475 members across 35 countries, representing 29% of MDS. 527 individuals became new members in 2018 and 79% renewed their membership. With 49% of our members being under 40 years old, and 10% residing across the Middle East. We look forward to working with our members to deliver quality education and programming that meets their needs.

Educational Needs Assessment Survey

In 2019 the global education needs assessment survey will also include regional specific questions. The integration of the regional educational needs assessment surveys with the global survey will provide succinct access and dissemination. The survey will be emailed before the MDS Congress in Nice, France

Congratulations to the LEAP Class of 2019

Hanan Khalil (Jordan), Roopa Rajan (India), Cholpon Shambetova (Kyrgyzstan), Woong-Woo Lee (Republic of Korea).

The program provides leadership training to support the growth, development and success of young movement disorder specialists. To learn more, please visit the MDS LEAP Program page.

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 in 2019.

Best regards,

Beomseok (BJ) Jeon
Chair, MDS-AOS



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