Contributed by Lim Thien Thien, MD, MRCP (UK), Penang General Hospital & Island Hospital
The Malaysian Parkinson’s Disease & DBS Course took place on August 23-24, 2013, in Penang, Malaysia. The conference was attended by 159 delegates from Malaysia, Thailand, Brunei, Indonesia and the Philippines. The event was held under the auspices of the Movement Disorder Council (Malaysian Society of Neurosciences) and the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society – Asian and Oceanian Section (MDS-AOS).
The international faculty consisted of: Hubert H. Fernandez (USA), Roongroj Bhidayasiri (Thailand), Sarun Nanta-Aree (Thailand), Li Wei (Singapore), Hang-Chen Wang (Taiwan) and Richard Kerr (Australia). Local speakers included: Lee Moon Keen, Lim Shen-Yang, Norlinah Mohd. Ibrahim, Hayati Yaakup, Lim Thien Thien, Tan Ai Huey, and Shahrul Azmin Mohd. Rani.
The meeting focused on deep brain stimulation including indications and contraindications, candidate selection, surgical aspects, microelectrode recording, DBS programming, practical issues, and case presentations. Other topics addressed in the one-and-a-half day conference included management of early and advanced Parkinson disease (PD), PD look-alikes/atypical parkinsonism, psychosis and dementia in PD, and palliative care in PD. A video challenge competition showing an abundance of video cases was a highlight of the meeting, with the winning team (from Malaysia) consisting of Tan Ai Huey, Law Zhe Kang and Chua Kee Huat.
The learning experience was greatly appreciated by the delegates. The evaluations were very positive and we hope to run similar courses in the future. The organizers are grateful to the speakers for their time and effort, and to MDS and the MDC Secretariat (Loh Hui Pin) for their fantastic support.