Regional neurology conference highlights movement disorders
The 18th Asian Oceanian Congress of Neurology and the 29th Annual Conference of the Indian Academy of Neurology (IANCON) was conducted as a joint event November 2-6, 2022, in New Delhi, India. The Congress was well attended by nearly 2,300 delegates and more than 300 faculty from across the globe. The scientific program was supplemented by hands-on pre-conference workshops, round table symposia, and ask the expert sessions. Around 600 abstracts were presented across award, platform and e-poster sessions spread across the entire congress.
Nestled within the scientific program were a number of sessions dedicated to movement disorders. The two pre-conference hands-on workshops on botulinum toxin were extremely well attended with overflowing halls. The MDS Asian and Oceanian Section (MDS-AOS) symposium was chaired by Prof. Raymond Rosales, chair of the MDS-AOS, along with Dr. U Meenakshisundaram and Dr. Charulata Sankhla. The symposium addressed various aspects of movement disorders, including clinical phenotypes, management, and cutting-edge research in Parkinson’s disease. Talks were delivered by Dr. Niraj Kumar (India), Dr. Zakiya Aldaajani (Saudi Arabia), Dr. Prashanth L Kukkle (India), and Dr. Jee-Young Lee (South Korea).
Other events by MDS members included a clinical movement disorders workshop, Parkinson’s disease symposium, ask the expert sessions and engaging debates on hot topics in movement disorders. The audience enjoyed engaging with several international and national movement disorder stalwarts during these events.
Additionally, our effort to start an International Quiz for the Asian and Oceanian region was a hit, with 6 nations participating in the first edition of the neurology International Quiz. It was heartening to also note the participation of more than 500 patients, families and support groups during a Public Forum associated with the event. Two public forum programs were devoted to Parkinson’s disease and spinocerebellar ataxia. Apart from the scientific content, the program also included exciting sessions on neurology with art, poetry, literature, and running, which evoked keen interest and appreciation from sections of the delegates.
Overall, this first fully in-person IANCON after the COVID-19 pandemic offered an excellent opportunity to meet and network in person after several years in virtual mode. Efforts of Organizing Chair Dr. Nirmal Surya and Organizing Secretary Dr. Achal Kumar Srivastava were well appreciated by all.