The MDS LEAP Program was established to provide a leadership training program to support the growth, development and success of young movement disorder specialists while maximizing their contributions to the goals and objectives of the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society (MDS).  

The LEAP Program is an 18-month program encompassing the development of leadership skills through a mentored development and a didactic skills format. The two-day didactic training program takes place immediately prior to the MDS International Congress.

2016 MDS-AOS LEAP Participants

Taku Hatano, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Neurology
Juntendo University School of Medicine
Tokyo, Japan

Taku Hatano, MD, PhDDr. Hatano received his MD degree from Juntendo University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan in 1999. Thereafter he was a resident in the Department of Neurology of Juntendo Hospital. He entered the Graduate School of Juntendo University in 2003, graduated with his PhD in 2007, and was appointed Assistant Professor of Neurology at Juntendo University in the same year. Since 2011, he has been Associate Professor of Neurology at Juntendo University.

Dr. Hatano has been engaged in more than 30 clinical investigations in Parkinson’s disease (PD) and published more the 50 articles focused on PD and movement disorders (MD). He received a silver medal for a case presentation at a Video Olympic event at the 14th International Congress of PD and MD in Buenos Aires. He is currently working as an assistant manager of the committee for the clinical guideline of PD in the Japanese Society of Neurology. He is also executive member of Young Japanese Expert Group for PD and MD: YJ-EXPANDS. In this consortium, they published three papers for clinical issues of PD.

He enjoys driving cars, watching movies and reading Japanese novels.

Jee-Young Lee, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Neurology
Seoul National University Boramae Hospital
Seoul, Korea

Jee-Young Lee, MD, PhDDr. Lee is a clinical neurologist and Associate Professor at Seoul National University (SNU) College of Medicine, South Korea. She completed her medical degree at the College of Medicine, Seoul National University and obtained her PhD degree in Neuroscience at the same college. She completed Internship and Neurology Residency at SNU Hospital (2003-2006) and movement disorders fellowship (2007-2008) at Movement Disorders Center, SNU Hospital under the direction of Prof. Beomseok Jeon.

Since 2010, she has been a faculty and teaching neurologist at SNU-affiliated Boramae Hospital. Her major research area is molecular and functional neuroimaging on neurodegenerative diseases, and has particular interest on retinal imaging. She is also conducting active clinical researches on levodopa-induced dyskinesias and impulse control disorders in Parkinson’s disease. She received Junior Award at the 17th international MDS congress in 2013, and was a member of the MDS CME Committee (2011 - 2016). She has lectured at national or international scientific meetings annually and is an active member of Scientific Affairs Committee, Korean Movement Disorders Society and of Examination and Certification Committee, Korean Neurological Association.

Praween Lolekha, MD, MSc
Assistant Professor, Division of Neurology
Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine
Thammasat University Hospital
Pathum Thani, Thailand

Praween Lolekha, MD, MScDr. Lolekha obtained his medical degree (2003), Master of Science in Medicine, and residency in Neurology (2005-2008) from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. Following this, he received a staff development fund from Thammasat University and completed a clinical fellowship in movement disorders at the Pacific Parkinson’s Research Centre (PPRC), University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada (2010-2012).

Currently, he is an attending physician, medical instructor and Assistant Professor of Neurology at Thammasat University Hospital, Pathum Thani, Thailand. He is also an invited neurology instructor for Chulabhon International College of Medicine, Thailand and the President of Academic Affairs of the Thai-Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Society (Thai-PDMDS). As part of this role, he organized academic activities and conferences of the Thai-PDMDS. His research interests are biomarkers, cognitive impairment and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. In 2014, he received an outstanding young researcher award from Thammasat University. Outside of academics, Dr. Lolekha is interested in traveling, photography and scuba diving.

Ai Huey Tan, MD
Senior Lecturer and Neurologist
University of Malaya Medical Centre
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Ai Huey Tan, MDDr. Tan is a Senior Lecturer and Neurologist at the University of Malaya Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She graduated MD from the National University of Malaysia (UKM) in 2007, and was admitted to Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) (United Kingdom) in 2012. She serves as a council member of the Malaysian Movement Disorders Council since 2013 and was involved in the authorship of the National Consensus Guidelines for the Treatment of Parkinson’s disease in 2012. She was recently elected as the Honorary Secretary of the Malaysian Society of Neurosciences.

Her main areas of research are in Parkinson’s disease and Movement Disorders, with a particular interest in exploring the role of gut infections and neuro-inflammation in Parkinson’s disease. She hopes to be able to make a difference for the Parkinson’s community and is currently part of the University team, working towards the establishment of a dedicated Centre for Parkinson’s disease and Related Disorder in Malaysia.

2015 MDS-AOS LEAP Participants

Jawad Bajwa, MDJawad Bajwa, MD   
Director, Parkinson’s, Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration Program
National Neuroscience Institute, King Fahad Medical City
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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Han-Joon Kim, MD, PhDHan-Joon Kim, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Neurology
Seoul National University Hospital
Seoul, Korea

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Chin-Hsien Lin, MD, PhDChin-Hsien Lin, MD, PhD
Attending Physician and Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology
National Taiwan University Hospital (NTUH)

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Genko Oyama, MD, PhDGenko Oyama, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Neurology
Juntendo University Hospital
Tokyo, Japan

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