Welcome to the SYNERGIES 2021! My name is Kai-Hsiang Stanley Chen, one of the attendees of SYNERGIES 2019. It’s my great honor to introduce you the wonderful SYNERGIES program, which is only being held in Asian regions!
Within the course, you will meet lots of brilliant young members and each of them has different expertise in clinical practice or in scientific research. You will have opportunities to build regional connections with each other and make further collaboration. There are two parts of the course, the initial program will guide you how to learn to be a leader through lectures and fascinating interactive activities. The other part is a designed platform to let you present your academic research results or any special findings from your clinical practice. You also will learn how to present it properly and skillfully.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic you are not able to attend the SYNERGIES in person this year, however, you will no doubt return full loaded knowledge about leadership and precious friendship! Enjoy the program!
It was a wonderful experience attending the MDS SYNERGIES course and the MDS LEAP program in 2016. The MDS SYNERGIES course widened my perspective about pre-clinical and clinical research in movement disorders, where I was able to learn important tips in planning a research career from the mentors and peers in the course. Meanwhile, the MDS-LEAP program has been a transformative and affirmative process for me, instrumental in equipping me for various leadership roles in my career.
One of the things that I cherished most from both programs was the opportunity to meet new friends with the same passions and interests; some of us now are working together through various projects, MDS committees and research collaborations.
I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to all the mentors and facilitators who have contributed their time and efforts in these programs, as they have really made a positive difference in our lives.