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MDS-Asian and Oceanian Section Leadership Positions

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  Shen-Yang Lim - Chair-Elect 2021-2023, Chair 2023-2025

Personal Bio

Dr. Lim is a Consultant Neurologist and Professor at the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, where he runs a busy government clinic and private practice seeing many patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and other Movement Disorders. He earned his medical and research-doctorate degrees from the University of Melbourne, and obtained Fellowship training in Movement Disorders in Melbourne and Toronto. 

Dr. Lim has published widely in the field, including first-author papers in Lancet Neurology, Archives of Neurology/JAMA Neurology, Movement Disorders, Parkinsonism & Related Disorders, etc. 

He has served on multiple MDS committees including those for Evidence-Based Medicine and the Congress Scientific Program, and is the immediate past-Secretary (previously Education Committee Chair) of the Asian-Oceanian section. 

He has a strong commitment to teaching/training and has organized numerous teaching courses and delivered and/or participated in >200 international-level lectures and expert panels around the world, often under the auspices of the MDS. He has given numerous Plenary lectures, including at MDS Congresses (Toronto 2011, Dublin 2012, Nice 2019, Philadelphia (Virtual) 2020) and at the World Parkinson's Congress (Kyoto 2019). 

Vision Statement

The MDS has been a great success on multiple fronts, especially in delivering high-quality education; and fostering an environment that encourages friendly interactions and cooperation among the fraternity of clinicians and scientists devoted to the movement field. 

My objectives will be to lead and support the Asian-Oceanian Section of the MDS to build further on these achievements and strengths. 

One sphere where the AOS has lagged behind is in regional collaboration in research, and moving forward I believe we need to redouble our efforts to make inroads into this important area. There is also much room for greater collaboration with other organizations, non-profits as well as industry, with the ultimate aim of benefiting the patients, families and communities we serve. 

In all these efforts, we should be inclusive and ensure that there are ample opportunities for colleagues from underrepresented and under-resourced areas to participate and contribute. 

I have served in numerous capacities within the MDS, including being a previous Co-Chair/Chair of the AOS Education Committee (2013-2017), and Secretary-Elect and subsequently Honorary Secretary of the AOS (2015-2019). I have travelled extensively throughout the region to teach and share experiences, often the under the auspices of the various MDS educational programs (Visiting Professor, Ambassador, Developing World Program, etc.). I have also participated in several other MDS committees (EBM Committee, Congress Scientific Program Committee, AOS Oversight Committee, etc.), and humbly submit that the experience, insights, and friendships gained will enable me to serve AOS members well, and bring our section to greater heights. 

  Han-Joon Kim - Secretary-Elect 2021-2023, Secretary 2023-2025

Personal Bio

Pf. Han-Joon Kim is a board-certified neurologist in Korea and movement specialist. He was Pf. Beomseok Jeon's fellow in 2005 and since then he has devoted his career to the study of movement disorder as an independent researcher. Since 2009, he is working at Seoul National University Hospital and now he is a full professor in the Department of Neurology and Movement disorder center. Clinically, he has great experience on patients with movement disorders including, but not restricted to, Parkinson disease, MSA, other atypical parkinsonisms, and ataxias. With these patients, he has done and now doing many clinical and genetic researches. He is currently an active member of MDS, MDS-AOS, and Korean Movement Disorder Society (KMDS). As a member of MDS, he is attending every annual meeting since 2008 and is taking part in MDS activities including committee works and study groups. He is a LEAP graduate of 2015 and served as a faculty (speaker) in annual MDS meetings in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. 

Vision Statement

I am always eager to participate in the MDS activities as far as possible and trying to find a way to contribute to MDS at a regional level as well as at a global level. It would be a great opportunity and honor if I can serve as a Treasurer or an Executive committee member.

  Huifang Shang - Treasurer-Elect 2021-2023, Treasurer 2023-2025

Personal Bio

Dr. Huifang Shang graduated from SuZhou Medical College and received the degree of Bachelor of Medicine in 1993; graduated from West China University of Medical Sciences and received the degree of Master of Neurology in 1999; studied at Bern University from 2001 to 2003 and received Medicine of Doctor from Bern University in 2003. Dr. Shang studied as research fellow at the pharmacology department of University of Texas health science center at San Antonio in 2008 and completed residency and chief residency in the department of neurology of west china hospital, Sichuan University. Dr. Shang served as attending physician from 2001-2006, associate professor from 2006 to 2011, professor from 2011, vice director of department of neurology in 2009. She is a committee member of Parkinson disease and movement disorder branch, Chinese society of Neurology, Chinese Medical Association (CMA). She got six funding from National Natural Science Foundation of China and focus on the clinical and basic research on Parkinson and movement disorders. She published more than 100 peer reviewed papers in the Journal such as “Movement Disorder”, Journal of “Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry” et al. 

Vision Statement

Continue to promote the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society (MDS) in Asia and Oceania. Increase the number of MDS membership, especially members with an interest in the field of Movement Disorders from China; Help Chair to raise more funding and manage the funding in AOS region; Report the finance to AOS regional members each year during international congress; Help to organize more education programs or courses to disseminate updated knowledge about Movement Disorders to many countries and neurologists including movement disorder specialists and general neurologists as well as non-neurologists such as geriatrics specialist, basic scientists. I do hope that the patients in AOS region can be benefit from ability of neurologists to manage movement disorders; guideline or recommendation on movement disorders, especially some special movement disorders in AOS region, will be constructed. 

  Zakiyah Aldaajani - Executive Committee Member 2021-2025

Personal Bio

Dr. Aldaajani graduated in 1998, completed Neurology and MD fellowship training In Australia. She was director of Neurology training for 8 years, serves now as Head of Neurology Unit in Saudi Arabia. She is a steering committee member of the Saudi MD Chapter. She has been an MDS member since 2010. Dr. 

Aldaajani became a member of the Middle East Task Force for MD in 2016 for 2 terms. She is a steering committee member for the Middle East Working Group since 2019. Dr. Aldaajani is a member of the MDS Telemedicine study group, member of the AOS TF for MD in Asia and member of the AOPMC 2021 scientific committee. Dr. Aldaajani served as faculty for ME Camps and ME SYN. She directed the ME camps and SYN. She will direct the virtual MDS course for physicians. She directed the MDS virtual course for physicians and she will direct the MDS-AOS SYN this year. Dr. Aldaajani participated in translating the MDS-UPDRS and UDysRS to Arabic. Dr. Aldaajani presented in local and international MD Conferences and MDS- courses. She was faculty in World Congress MD session. 

Vision Statement

My vision is to become a leader in Movement Disorders. I am committed to serve the MDS community, my number one goal is to spread education, increase membership, and participate in various task forces and committees within MDS. 

I was inspired by the great MDS figures that supervised me during my training and have a goal to be a recognized leader and make change by educating and serving the Movement Disorders community 

through the International Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders society. 

I aim to actively participate in the future planning of the AOS education and oversee the committees and groups under the AOS. I am confident that I have the skills to do such a task. 

I would like to work closely with the MDS leaders in the AOS, learn from them and follow their path to success in serving the MDS. 

  Chin-Hsien Lin - Executive Committee Member 2021-2025

Personal Bio

Dr. Chin-Hsien Lin graduated from College of Medicine, National Taiwan University, and received her neurological residency training in National Taiwan University Hospital (NTUH). She received her PhD training from Institute of Molecular Biology, Academia Sinica, and investigated the molecular mechanisms of LRRK2 mutations in neurons by using a Drosophila model system. She received post-doctoral fellowship training in the Center for University of British Columbia, Canada (Dr. Matthew Farrer’s laboratory).  

Dr. Lin is now a professor in Department of Neurology, National Taiwan University Hospital. Her main academic interests include genetic and molecular biology studies of Parkinson’s disease and related neurodegenerative disorders. She investigated the molecular mechanisms of mutations of Parkinson’s disease or dystonia causative genes in neuronal degeneration by using cellular and animal model systems. She was elected to join the leadership program (LEAP) of international Movement Disorder Society (MDS)-AOS section in 2015. She is now an executive member of Taiwan Movement Disorders Society and is also joining several committees of MDS, including educational committee of the MDS-AOS, evidence-based medicine and basic neuroscience committees of MDS. 

Vision Statement 

My vision is to promote scientific collaborations between members of MDS-AOS to identify Asian-specific genetic and proteomic biomarkers in Parkinson's disease, dystonia and related movement disorders. I also hope to facilitate MDS educational outreach programs and video-based teaching courses to members of AOS. Finally, I hope to establish special interest groups in MDS-AOS, ex: genetic, gut microenvironments-related markers, AI or web-based sensing systems for detection or monitor disease progression in patients with PD, dystonia and other movement disorders. 

  Prashanth Kukkle - Executive Committee Member 2021-2025

Personal Bio

Dr. Prashanth LK, following Movement Disorders Fellowship with Prof. Anthony Lang and Prof. Elena Moro, at University of Toronto Canada; has actively set up Movement Disorders Specialty in Bangalore, India. 

Dr. Prashanth has great organizational skills. He is one of the Founding member of Movement Disorders Society of India (MDSI) and actively involved for its growth since its inception in 2014. He is an Executive-committee member of the MDSI since 2014 and Website Editor of MDSI website from 2014 to till date. In 2017, he was part of the prestigious LEAP program of International Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Society (IPMDS). Currently he is member of Membership and Public Relations Committee, Editorial board of Moving along newsletter of IPMDS since 2017 and IPMDS Website Editorial board since 2020. He is also currently member of MDS AOS Regional Task Force on Movement Disorders in Asia. Dr. Prashanth has also conceptualized and implemented Movement Inquisitive a video based teaching program on the IPMDS website. He is one of the vibrant, energetic and active member of MDSI and IPMDS. 

Vision Statement

My Vision for Movement Disorders is to develop leaders who will make a Global difference. It essentially involves understanding the requirements of the young Medical students, Neurology residents and Movement Disorders fellows to bring inspiration and innovation to the growth of the society and Movement Disorders as a whole. The goal is to have a right mix of people and guidance for quality work and reach to various parts of the globe. The society as a whole should be able to induce the seeds of research across the globe with proper awareness and funding through philanthropists and cloud sourcing for various socially impactful projects. 

  Kishore Kumar - Executive Committee Member 2021-2025

Personal Bio

Dr Kumar is a neurologist specializing in movement disorders and movement disorder genetics. He undertook his PhD studies in movement disorder genetics with Professor Carolyn Sue and Professor Christine Klein, screening for genetic causes of Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP), and cerebellar ataxia. His more recent research at the Garvan Institute and Concord Hospital involved applying novel genomic approaches to movement disorders. Dr Kumar generated a whole genome sequencing database of over 100 patients with dystonia, which helped identify new dystonia genes. His service to the MDS includes 2 task forces: the MDS Nomenclature Committee and the MDS Early Onset PD Committee. He leads the HSP group for the MDSGene database. Healso serves on the MDS AOS Education Committee. He has acted as Councilor for MDSANZ NSW branch, organizing the Sydney Movement Disorder Dinner Meetings. His other roles in education include faculty speaker invitations for three MDS International Congresses. He is currently Sample Prioritization co-lead for the Global Parkinson’s Genetics Program, Monogenic Hub, an international effort to identify new Parkinson’s disease genes.

Vision Statement

The AOS region takes up a large part of the world’s population and poses unique challenges for movement disorders. I have several goals for the AOS executive committee.

i) better treatment of Parkinson’s disease. I would be focused on improving quality of life rather than purely motor outcome measures, and strategies to overcome challenges of service delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic.

ii) Focus on caregivers. Parkinson’s disease affects not only patients with Parkinson’s disease but the people that care for them, I would target the caregiversto improve their circumstances.

iii) Basic science research. Scientists should be encouraged to focus on the development of novel disease-modifying therapies and may need assistance with the translation of their research findings into clinical practice.

iv) Education and training. It would be important to facilitate specialist training in movement disorders for doctors-in-training, allied health staff, Parkinson’s disease nurses, neurologists, geriatricians, and other health professionals.

V) Engage with governments to drivepolicy change and promote movement disorders in the region. While serving on the AOS Executive Committee, I would be conscious that the AOS is a diverse region, and so it would be important to be sensitive to the different cultures and languages. It is critical to work with patient support groups and have a strong media presence, including embracing social media. I would work in the context of the broader MDS Society and regional movement disorder groups. Ultimately, I hope to improve engagement, boost membership, and help patients with movement disorder in the region.

  Sanjay Pandey - Executive Committee Member 2021-2025

Personal Bio

Dr. Sanjay Pandey did his neurology residency from India and then completed a one-year movement disorder fellowship at National institute of neurological disorders and stroke, National institute of health, Bethesda under Mark Hallett. Since then, he has developed a Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders center at Govind Ballabh Pant Institute of Postgraduate medical education and research (GIPMER), University of Delhi, India. This center is also providing training and research opportunities to Neurology residents and research scholars. Dr. Pandey has completed many research projects at GIPMER including tremor in dystonia, functional movement disorders, post-stroke movement disorders, drug induced movement disorders, sensory trick in dystonia, botulinum toxin in movement disorders, 

cognitive profile of early onset Parkinson’s disease and genotype-phenotype correlation in parkin- mutation patients. Currently he is involved in many clinical and genetic research projects with major focus on dystonic tremor patients. He has been included in tremor and functional movement disorder study groups of IPMDS. He is an executive committee member of movement disorder society of India and associate editor of annals of movement disorder journal. 

Vision Statement

I am applying for the post of MDS-AOS executive committee, to fulfill my dream of expanding movement disorder sub-specialty in this region. I will like to achieve this by working towards increasing the participation of neurologists, movement disorder specialists, non-movement disorder specialists, trainees, health professionals and scientists in the Asian and Oceania region. I will also work towards increasing AOS membership, building more educational programs and creating more centers of excellence of Parkinson’s disease and movement disorder in this region. This will help the young neurologists and researchers in this region where currently limited training and research opportunities exist. Recently, MDS-AOS has planned strategic development of the Middle East through the “Middle East Taskforce”. I will strongly support this type of activity and will work towards creating a similar type of task force for SARC countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka). The proposed task force will work towards motivating young neurologists and researchers in this region to take up movement disorder as a core area of their clinical and research work. There are certain movement disorders, which are very specific to this region such as post infections movement disorder (for e.g., Japanese encephalitis related movement disorders). I will work towards creating more awareness about these disorders and propose new hypotheses for research in these areas. I will also propose new live and outreach courses to focus the region specific disorders. I look forward to working with all distinguished office bearers of MDS-AOS. 

  Ryuji Sakakibara - Executive Committee Member 2021-2025

Personal Bio

Dr. Ryuji Sakakibara was born and raised in Japan. He received his medical degree from the Asahikawa Medical College in 1984. Because of interest in clinical neurology, he moved forward to Chiba University where he subsequently worked as an assistant Professor, and a Lecturer in the Department of Neurology. He completed his Ph.D. at the Department of Neurology, Chiba University, in 1992. From 1997 to 1998 he was a research fellow in the Institute of Neurology, Queen Square, London, supervised by Professor Clare J. Fowler. In 2007 March, he started a new Department of Neurology in Toho University, Sakura Medical Center, Japan as an associate Professor, and as the Professor in 2016. He is a member of many international societies including the American Academy of Neurology, the Association of British Neurologists, the Movement Disorders Society, the International Society for Autonomic Neuroscience, the European Federation of Autonomic Societies, the American Autonomic Society, the International Continence Society, and the International Consultation on Incontinence. Dr. Sakakibara has authored more than 300 articles in peer-reviewed international journals. (see PbMed) 

Vision Statement

As a scientific member, I would like to contribute to MDS-AOS for Non-Motor feature of movement disorders particularly Autonomic Dysfunction. 

  Ai Huey Tan - Executive Committee Member 2021-2025

Personal Bio

Dr. Ai-Huey Tan MD, PhD, FRCP (Edin) is an Associate Professor and Consultant Neurologist/Movement Disorder Specialist at the University of Malaya. She has published widely in the field, with a research focus on gut microbiome-brain-axis. She co-authored the national consensus guideline for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. She is the current President of the Malaysian Society of Neurosciences, and part of the Malaysian Ministry of Health Neurology Subspecialty Training Committee, tasked to develop the neurology curriculum and training program in the country. She serves as the Treasurer of the ASEAN Neurological Association. 

As the Co-Chair of the MDS Web-based Learning Subcommittee, she has contributed to the development of various online modules in movement disorders. Being part of the MDS Education Committee, she has helped in reviewing and planning of education programs/strategies, as well as the development of educational resources for patients/caregivers. Through her roles in the MDS Rating Scales Committee and the Web Editorial Board, she contributes to the development of electronic MDS rating scales, and the planning of cohesive social media strategies for the Society. 

Vision Statement

As a neurologist who has received most of my training locally in Malaysia, MDS has been an eye-opening educational and networking platform that has contributed immensely to my growth as a movement disorder clinician and researcher. Perhaps what sets the MDS apart from other societies is that its leaders have taken extraordinary efforts to engage the younger members of the Society. The MDS-LEAP program is a good example; the program has been a transformative and affirmative process for me, instrumental in equipping me for various leadership roles. Specifically, the MDS-AOS leaders have been very warm, inspiring and supportive towards their younger peers. They have made us feel, from the very beginning, that we belong to this big family, and then continue to provide opportunities to excel and shine. Sincerely, I am grateful to be part of the MDS. 


For the reasons above, I am strongly committed to the MDS, and would be delighted to have an opportunity to give back, and to pay it forward. I would like to contribute by: 

  1. Expanding MDS-AOS presence and educational activities in underserved countries/regions, including Indonesia, Indochina, and Central Asia. 
  2. Enhancing training opportunities for young neurologists in AOS, not only in clinical movement disorder skills but also in research and leadership skills. Besides the MDS-LEAP program, the SYNERGIES program is an excellent platform for emerging researchers to share, learn and collaborate. 
  3. Establishing more research collaborations within the AOS, focusing on aspects of movement disorders that are unique to the region. 

Proxy voting is now open for the 2021-2023 elections for MDS Leadership positions.

Please visit this page to submit your proxy ballot by September 10. In order to vote in the election, members must submit a proxy ballot. The ballots will be tallied at the MDS Business Meeting and Regional Assemblies. 

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