Roundup of 3rd Asian and Oceanian Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Congress (AOPMC)
The 3rd Asian and Oceanian Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Congress (AOPMC), together with the 8th International Symposium of Asian and Pacific Parkinson Association (APPA), was held at Taipei International Convention Center (TICC) in Taipei, Taiwan on March 25-27, 2011
With the great honor of organizing the Congress, the Asian and Oceanian Section of The Movement Disorder Society (MDS-AOS) and the Taiwan Movement Disorder Society (TMDS) took the opportunity to invite over 1000 domestic and international delegates, young clinicians and allied health professionals, known for their contributions in the field of Parkinson's disease (PD) and Movement Disorders (MD) to come to this Congress. By coming to Taiwan, the participants presented their perspectives, networked with fellow colleagues, experienced the vibrant city, and made quite an impact.
The program of the 3rd AOPMC was mainly designed to highlight the etiology and pathogenesis that contributes to the development of PD motor and non-motor features. Also, it was intended to educate patients and caregivers on up-to-date development in the management of movement disorders. For this purpose, the program was meticulously planned by the organizing committee as follows.
The four Opening Seminars discussed early Parkinson's disease, advanced Parkinson's disease, DBS Surgery, and botulinum neurotoxin respectively, allowing attendees to have a comprehensive overview on this subject.
The nine Plenary Sessions delivered lectures regarding electrophysiological therapy, update of genetics, hyperkinetic movement, etiology and diagnosis, interdisciplinary management, non-pharmacological therapy, treatment of PD, treatment of non-motor symptoms, providing both academic and practical insights.
The six Parallel Sessions in turn discussed an array of topics, including modern concepts in non-motor symptoms, Parkinsonian plus syndromes and secondary Parkinsonism, tremors, myoclonus, MD in Asia, and experimental therapeutics.
In addition, the Video Session examined the brief case studies by means of patient videos; the Guided Poster Tour and the Poster Display displayed more than 200 accepted abstracts, 8 of which were chosen as the best. The accepted abstracts were published in Journal of Movement Disorders vol. 4, suppl1 2011, the official journal of Korean Movement Disorder Society (KMDS), and kindly sponsored by KMDS. The Exhibit Hall provided a good experience for the attendees to interact with company representatives who provide goods and services related to Parkinson's disease and movement disorders.
The organizer, in order to provide an unsurpassed experience and reveal the distinctiveness of Taiwanese cultural to the attendee, integrated sociology, anthropology, ethnography and linguistics into an enticing blend of entertainment in the Opening Ceremony and Gala Dinner.
The first official evening of the 3rd AOPMC began with the Opening Ceremony and was followed by the Welcome Reception at the VIP Room in TICC. This particular social program was a great way for attendees to network with colleagues and to get acquainted with Taiwanese culture. After the welcome remarks by Dr. Ruey-Meei Wu, Chair, Organizing Committee, there were performances by Techno Prince, a folk drums and arts troupe, and the Taipei Qin-Se-Si-Zhu Chamber Orchestra entertained the guests with a surpassing example of Taiwanese musical performance.
The Gala Dinner took place at Le Meridian, Taipei on the second evening of March 26. The exquisitely delicious Taiwanese cuisine, an intriguing singing performance and the guests' own singing performance made the attendees closer to one another. The organizer also arranged traditional local stands, such as Chinese knot crafts, fan painting, Hakka flower-pattern textiles, paper-cut silhouette, introducing Chinese tradition to the guests, adding extra flavors to the already enjoyable night.
In conjunction with the 3rd AOPMC the 8th International Symposium of Asian and Pacific Parkinson Association (APPA) commenced at the same venue, TICC, one day after the kick-off of the AOPMC, aiming for the participation of not only specialist clinicians, but also patients with PD and their caregivers. To this end, two workshops shared movement strategies for activities of daily living and non-pharmacological therapies, including Tai-Chi exercise and psychological consultation, providing the most up-to-date, practical knowledge and information to the patients and caregivers. Moreover, the setup of Table Display invited eight Parkinson's disease groups to display their service and contributions to enhance the collaboration between Parkinson's patient support groups in the Asia Pacific region.
The Asia and Oceanian Section of the Movement Disorder Society (MDS-AOS) and the Taiwan Movement Disorder Society (TMDS) would like to once again extend their gratitude to all the speakers, delegates, supporters, and exhibitors coming to Taipei for making this global gathering a memorable and enjoyable experience. The local organizers would like to thank the MDS-AOS Executive Committee for their kind support and active participation at this Congress.
Prepared by the local organizer and secretariat:
Ruey-Meei Wu, Taipei, Taiwan, May 11th 2011