Contributed by Louis Tan, FRCP
Senior Consultant Neurologist at National Neuroscience Institute
MDS Asian Oceanian Section Past Chair
As we move into a leadership transition in the MDS-AOS, we are grateful for the work and distinguished service of our past AOS leaders. These are:
- Past Chair: Ruey-Meei Wu
- Past Secretary: Victor Fung
- Past Treasurer: Eng-King Tan
- Past Executive committee members: Zhen Xin Zhang, Raymond Rosales, Apichart Pisarnpong, Beom Jeon, Ryosuke Takahashi
- Past Education Chair: Ryosuke Takahashi
- Past Education committee members: Kwang-Soo Lee, Roongroj Bhidayasiri, Shu-Leong Ho, Saeed Bohlega
Together they have worked hard to serve the AOS and MDS over the past 2 years. We are grateful that many of them will continue to serve in other capacities after they have stepped down from these positions.
The MDS-AOS has achieved a great deal over the past 2 years under the leadership of Ruey-Meei Wu. They have raised the overall AOS membership within MDS from 18% to 27% from 2011-2013. The AOS now has more than 1,100 members. In addition the leadership successfully organized the 3rd Asian and Oceanian Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Congress (AOPMC) in 2011 with more than 1,000 participants in total. Additionally, they have implemented the AOS training fellowship program and the AOS E-newsletter. They have also organized more than 8 outreach programs and an MDS organized live course in Manila over the past 2 years.
As we move into the 2nd half of 2013, the new AOS leadership will continue to look for your support on two fronts:
- To raise the membership of the AOS to constitute more than 30% of the total MDS membership. As 2/3 of the world’s population live in our region, there is an urgent need to raise the membership and profile of the MDS-AOS so that we may be able to do more to help patients and caregivers who live with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders in our region. We urge you to make use of the waived-dues and reduced rates membership categories to encourage your colleagues, nurses and allied health professionals to join the Society
- To organize a successful 4th AOPMC meeting in Pattaya, Thailand in November 28-30, 2014. The various AOPMC and AOS committees are working hard to put together the plans and program for the AOPMC. We encourage every member to join us for the coming Congress. More information about the 4th AOPMC may be found on the website: www.movementdisorders.org/aopmc2014/
We look forward to your support in bringing your local PD and MD communities to Bangkok in November 2014.
The AOS will only be able to function well with the active participation of all members. We therefore look forward to your help to:
- encourage membership in the MDS
- organize education programs in your countries, and
- contribute new ideas and plans to develop the MDS-AOS
If you have some ideas to contribute to the AOS or need help with any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact me by email (email@example.com), our secretariat liaison Megan Daniels (firstname.lastname@example.org), or any member of the leadership for assistance.
We look forward to working with you!
With best regards,