May 2016
Edited by: Prof. Caroline Sue, MBBS, PhD, FRACP and Raymond L. Rosales, MD, PhD 

Save the Date - MDS-AOS Regional Assembly
Please join us for the MDS-AOS Regional Assembly on Sunday, June 19, 2016, from 10:00-11:00 at the 20th International Congress  - Berlin, Germany, in Hall 7.2 Helsinki 1. Come to learn more about the current and future activities for the MDS-AOS.

 5th AOPMC

Emcees and winners of the 5th AOPMC Video Tournament

Highlights from the 5th AOPMC in Manila
Read about the success of the 5th AOPMC in Manila from Raymond L. Rosales, MD, PhD, MDS-AOS Secretary and AOPMC Scientific Program Committee Chair.

Towing the lines of impact from previous AOPMCs in Singapore, India, Taiwan and Thailand, there is no doubt that the Philippines joined this fraternity that aims for hard work and perseverance among the Asian and Oceanian nations. Thus, from a total of 700 foreign and local attendees, the biennial activity was rated “very good” in majority of the event-related parameters that spanned from the venue (Marriott’s Grand Ballroom), local arrangements, to the Scientific Program.

There were 64 speakers from the Asian and Oceanian region that shared expertise, and another 12 from outside the region that braved the long travel hours and tropical heat. The important roles of session Chairs and Co-Chairs cannot be understated as well. While main industry symposia commenced on March 11th, the main flow scientific program had 3 parallel sessions each on March 12th and 13th.

The topics ranged from Parkinson’s disease (PD) and related aspects as non-motor manifestations, motor fluctuations and management issues. Likewise, in the parallel sessions, clinically-oriented hyperkinetic disorders, and therapies that encompassed pharmacology, botulinum injections and functional surgery were tackled. Interesting topics on engagement in clinical trials, PD palliative care and neurorehabilitation, as well as Asian movement disorder perspectives and gaps were also included. The plenary sessions on Basal Ganglia circuitry, genetics in dystonia and the unique ones in Asia definitely gathered an audience.

A total of 248 submitted posters were presented that had a variety of topics that covered PD and related disorders, including basic science and pharmacology.

To read the full report and highlights, please visit the 5th AOPMC website.

 MDS-AOS Course Reports

Manila - March 10, 2016

The Symposium for Neurologists and Emerging Researchers Grooming for Interaction and Excellence in Science (SYNERGIES) was held on March 10 with Course Directors Carolyn Sue (Australia) and Robin Wu (Taiwan) saw the very productive interactive sessions promoting international collaboration between emerging leaders in clinical and scientific research aspects of movement disorders. The course was uniquely designed to assist in the career building of talented young clinicians and scientist who are beginning their careers in Movement Disorders.

 MDS-AOS Upcoming Courses

Middle East Continuing Education for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders
Amman, Jordan
May 19, 2016

Rehabilitation in Parkinson's Disease
Amman, Jordan
May 20, 2016

Deep Brain Stimulation for Movement Disorders
Seoul, Korea
July 15-16, 2016

Basic Scientists Summer School
Suzhou, Jiangsu, China
August 4-6, 2016

 MDS-AOS Needs Assessment Survey

MDS-AOS Educational Needs Assessment Survey
The International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society – Asian and Oceanian Section (MDS-AOS) invites you to participate in a very important survey. In an effort to provide relevant educational opportunities to the medical communities with regard to Movement Disorders, this short survey will assess the current educational needs within the Asian and Oceanian Region. Your feedback is important and greatly appreciated. Please visit the MDS-AOS web page to take the survey.

 MDS LEAP 2015

MDS-AOS 2015 LEAP Profiles
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. The 2015 MDS LEAP program had four candidates from the AOS region. Please read the profiles of two of these participants below:

Dr. Han-Joon Kim
Dr. Kim obtained his degree from the Medical College of Seoul National University and then accepted an internship and residency in neurology at the Seoul National University Hospital. His career as a Movement Disorder Specialist began in 2005 when he served as a clinical fellow in the Department of Neurology and Movement Disorders (MDC) at the same hospital.

Read more about Han-Joon Kim.

Dr. Genko Oyama
Dr. Genko Oyama has been an associate professor of the Department of Neurology at Juntendo University Faculty of Medicine since 2014. He has also been a courtesy Associate Professor of the Department of Neurology at University of Florida since 2011. Dr. Oyama has been a member of the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society (MDS) since 2009 and has served as a member of Scientific Issues Committee of International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society since 2013.

Read more about Genko Oyama.

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