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        VOLUME 27, ISSUE 1 • MARCH 2023  Full issue »

Highlights: Taiwan conference engages delegates interactively 

The 6th Taiwan International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders (6th TIC-PDMD) was in Taipei from November 25 to 27, 2022. 

The TIC-PDMD is one of the most important international congresses in the field of movement disorders in Taiwan. This biannual international conference is supported by the Taiwan Movement Disorder Society (TMDS) and endorsed by International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society (MDS).  

All movement disorder specialists and neurologists who are interested in movement disorders around the Asian region looked forward to this hybrid meeting for almost 3 years, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic era. More than 400 participants, including scholars coming abroad, joined this congress, and more than 200 attended in person. 

The organizing committee members of 6th TIC-PDMD. 

In the 3-day-course, the organizing committee invited many top neuroscientists, experienced masters in the movement disorder field, to either physically attend the congress or introduce an online lecture. These topics not only included the most updated clinical knowledge of diagnosis and treatment for Parkinson’s disease, dystonia and other movement disorders, but also top-notch research results from basic neuroscience. 

In the first, we invited Professor Francesca Morgante and Professor Maria Stamelou to talk about renovated clinical management of functional movement disorders and progressive supranuclear palsy, respectively. From the plenary session, Professor Nobutaka Hattori discussed how mitochondria play a role in Parkinson’s disease and Dr. Cristine Klein showed the audience the most updated genetic insights of Parkinson’s disease and the future of precision medicine.  

Many experts in the Asian and Oceanian region, including Professor Victor Fung (President-elected of Movement Disorder Society), Professor Raymond Rosales, Professor Roongroj Bhidayasiri, Professor Eng King Tan and Professor Shen-Yang Lim gave their precious experiences to our junior colleagues in the parallel sessions. Those talks included tips for management of hyperkinetic movements and clinical practice in the COVID-19 era.  

Young colleagues from Taiwan form a team to join the video challenges. 

Many internationally renowned speakers including Professor Rick Helmich, Professor Ulf Ziemann, Professor Elena Moro and Professor Jens Volkmann detailed the clinical neurophysiology of tremor, neuromodulation of deep brain stimulation, and potential diagnostic tools for non-invasive brain stimulations in the parallel sessions. With the advance of mechanism-targeted therapies into the early human clinical trials, Professor Brit Mollenhauer and Professor Jon Stoessl detailed the updates of biofluid and imaging markers for Parkinson’s disease. 

Notably, in addition to the traditional lectures, the TIC-PDMD organizing committee had networking meetups in order to prop up juniors to establish their own carrier, and share with them how to build up their own research in either the clinical or basic research fields.  

It’s worth mentioning that the video challenge in TIC-PDMD definitely deserved a highlight this year. In contrast to previous video challenges focusing on the experienced panelists, this time, the video challenge hosts, Dr. Kai-Hsiang Chen and Dr. Chin-Hsien Lin, applied an interactive game-based learning platform that brought engagement and fun to more than 250 participants on the exciting video challenge nights. The expert panel (including domestic and overseas experts, Dr. Han-Joon Kim, Dr. Arlene Ng and Dr. Thien Thien Lim) gave their comments and learning points at the end of the discussion. This is the very first time introducing a real-time interactive platform in the video challenge in the AOS region, which engaged young colleagues and residents to learn from fun.

The 6ht TIC-PDMD was a wonderful congress that gave every attendee a variety of knowledge and an unforgettable interactive experience. We look forward to the next meeting in 2024, and will be delighted to see all of you. 


Overseas participants and panelists join the video challenges. 

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