6th AOPMC Breaks Registration Records, Attracts Attendees from Around the Globe
Following the memorable previous AOPMCs in Philippines, Singapore, India, Taiwan and Thailand, there is no doubt that the 6th AOPMC in Hangzhou, China has continued their legacy of providing quality movement disorder education to the Asian and Oceanian nations. Thus, from a total of 1,088 foreign and local attendees, representing 30 countries, the biennial activity broke registration records to become the largest AOPMC yet.
There were 45 speakers from the Asian and Oceanian region that shared their expertise, and another 3 from outside the region that joined us in Hangzhou. The AOS and industry symposia initiated on April 12th and continued over the lunch hours on subsequent days, while the main scientific program had 3 parallel sessions each on April 13th and 14th.
The plenary sessions on Specific Movement Disorders in the Asian Oceanian Region: Historical and Recent Developments and Genotype-Phenotype Correlation in Ataxia: An Asian Perspective gathered a large audience resulting in standing room only. In addition to the lectures, the 6th AOPMC had a total of 216 accepted posters.
On April 14th, at the same venue, 168 PD patients and caregivers came for the occasion of the 12th International Symposium of the Asian and Pacific Parkinsonism Association (APPA). Local and foreign faculty speakers were invited to discuss PD expectations, care and treatment. The APPA representatives had the opportunity to meet a day prior, in order to discuss how to fortify the association and future meetings.
6th AOPMC Highlights:
1) The Opening Ceremony on April 12 commenced with an elegant dance performance representing the changing of the seasons. The Chair of the Local Organizing Committee, Baorong Zhang, officially opened the 6th AOPMC with the keynote address. Oscar Gershanik, Haibo Chen, and Huawei Luo graced the occasion with their welcome remarks alongside the MDS-AOS Chair, Beomseok Jeon. Following the Opening Ceremony attendees were entertained with a local light and water show as they mingled at the Welcome Reception.
2) The video challenge was held on the evening of April 13, and was hosted by Anthony Lang and Victor Fung. The event involved many of the younger MDS members, residents and fellows. There were 4 teams of three people with one group emerging as the winners. This video tournament was made possible by the committee comprised Yih-Ru Wu and Huifang Shang along with input from the Hosts.
3) The 3nd Philip Thompson and Yoshikuni Mizuno Lectureship awards were bestowed accordingly to Shengdi Chen (Topic: Diagnostic Biomarkers of Early Parkinson’s disease: Current and Future) and Ruey-Meei Wu (Topic: Application of Precision Medicine and Pharmacogenomics for Parkinson’s disease).
We do thank our gracious sponsors in the Gold, Silver, and Bronze and all our other sponsors without whose support, the event wouldn’t have been possible.
All said, the 6th AOPMC was made possible through the hard work and leadership of the AOPMC chair, Beomseok Jeon, and Baorong Zhang and his Local Organizing Committee and volunteers, including the APPA team, headed by Jiali Pu.