Basic Scientists Summer School - Course Program

Course Program

Course Directors

Ruey-Meei (Robin) Wu, MD, PhD, Taipei, Taiwan
Carolyn Sue, MBBS, PhD, FRACP, Sydney, Australia
Ryosuke Takahashi, MD, PhD, Kyoto, Japan
Eng-King Tan, MD, Singapore


Course Syllabus

Day 1 - Sunday, July 13, 2014
7:45-8:15 Registration
8:15-8:30 Welcome
Ruey-Meei Wu (Taiwan)
8:30-9:10 Clinical features and diagnosis of Parkinson's disease and atypical parkinsonism
Chin-Song Lu (Taiwan)
9:10-9:50 Changes of pathology and Biochemistry in Parkinson's disease and parkinsonian syndromes
Pang-Hsien Tu (Taiwan)
9:50-10:10 How to make a good oral presentation
Eng King Tan (Singapore)
10:10-10:30 Break
10:30-11:10 Pharmacological treatment including side effects and unmet needs in current therapies
Jee-Young Lee (South Korea)
11:10-11:30 How to find a good mentor
Eng King Tan (Singapore)
11:30-12:00 Research ethics and neuroscience
Daniel Fu-Chang Tsai (Taiwan)
12:00-13:00 Lunch (Taipei history)
13:00-13:40 An overview of molecular neuroscience techniques
Ming-Jen Lee (Taiwan)
13:40-14:10 How to write a research grant
Carolyn Sue (Australia)
14:10-14:30 Break
14:30-17:00 Comments and critiques of the research projects submitted by the attendees (20 minutes personal presentation + 10 minutes for questions)
Rotate groups and faculty
18:00-20:00 Welcome Reception and Dinner


Day 2 - Monday, July 14, 2014
6:00-9:30 Social Event: Hiking in Beitou Dist., Taipei City
10:00-10:40 Genetics of PD: FPD and GWA studies
Nobutaka Hattori (Japan)
10:40-11:20 Cell death mechanisms and prosperous of iPS cell therapy in PD
Ryosuke Takahashi (Japan)
11:20-11:50 Mitochondria dysfunction in Neurodegenerative disorders
Carolyn Sue (Australia)
11:50-12:10 Fly model of parkinsonism and drugs screening
Chin-Hsieh Lin (Taiwan)
12:10-13:00 Lunch
13:00-13:30 Zebrafish and elegans models of parkinsonism
Pei Zhong (China)
13:30-14:00 Transgenic mouse model of Aromatic L-amino acid decarboxylase deficiency and gene therapy
Ni-Chung Lee (Taiwan)
14:00-14:30 Gene Therapy in PD
Hideki Mochizuki (Japan)
14:30-15:00 How to submit, review and revise a scientific paper
Eng King Tan (Singapore)
15:00-15:30 Break
15:30-18:00 Comments and critiques of the research projects submitted by the attendees (20 minutes personal presentation + 10 minutes for questions)
Rotate groups and faculty
18:30-20:30 Dinner


Day 3 - Tuesday, July 15, 2014
8:30-9:00 Pathophysiology of the motor symptoms and levodopa-induced motor complications in PD
Chon-Haw Tsai (Taiwan)
9:00-9:30 Mechanism of DBS in the treatment of PD
Chung-Chin Kuo (Taiwan)
9:30-10:00 The role of synchronized neural oscillations in the DBS surgery of Parkinson's disease
Chiung Chu Chen (Taiwan)
10:00-10:30 Break
10:30-11:00 rTMS in the treatment of PD and dystonia
Yoshikazu Ugawa (Japan)
11:00-11:30 Image-based biomarkers for the study of cognition in aging: MRI and PET
Joshua Oon Soo Goh (Taiwan)
11:30-12:00 Huntington chorea: Pathogenesis and Neuroprotective therapy
YiJuang Chern (Taiwan)
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-14:30 1. Cross talk between clinician and scientist
2. Opportunities of international collaboration in Asia: presented by the faculty of different countries
All faculty
14:30-15:50 Group Presentation of the projects selected by each group, 10 minute presentation for each project
4 groups, 2 presentations each
15:50-16:00 Break and Faculty Discussion
All faculty will decide the 3 best projects

Award Presentation (3 best projects)
Ruey-Meei Wu

16:10 Closing Remarks
Ruey-Meei Wu