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Prof. Hamidon Basri
Brief CV
Professor Dr Hj Hamidon Hj Basri is a senior consultant neurologist and the head of Department of Neurology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences UPM. In his 25 years as a medical professional, he has consistently been a high achiever in contributing to medical education, research and the development of the profession at institutional, national and international levels. He has trained many specialists (neurologists and physicians) in the country.
The highlight of his career was the successful launching of a unique new approach in hyperacute stroke treatment strategy based on the new game-changing thrombolysis and thrombectomy procedure for stroke patients. Immense efforts were made in planning, strategizing and preparing for a novel benchmark niche area in stroke care for Hospital Pengajar UPM (HPUPM). His brainchild is the Regional Emergency Stroke Quick-response (RESQ) network and HPUPM is the pioneer principal high-volume stroke RESQ training centre in Malaysia.
He was the Deputy Dean (Academic) FPSK UPM from 2010 to 2015. During his tenure, he had helped to introduce 7 specialist Master of Medicine programs, formed the medical education unit and obtained a maximum 5-year accreditation from the national authorities Malaysia Qualifying Agency (MQA) and Malaysia Medical Council (MMC). He has also served as the MQA/MMC council member and the national medical program accreditation panel since 2012. He was also the president of the Malaysian Society of Neurosciences (2009-2014) and Malaysian MSN Stroke Council (2008-2018). He has been the lead author of the Malaysian Stroke Clinical Practice Guidelines published in 2006, 2012 and 2020.
In the international arena, he is the current President of the Asia-Oceanian Association of Neurology-AOAN; and was vice president from 2016-2020. He has also served as committee member for the World Federation of Neurology (WFN), Asia Pacific Stroke Organisation (APSO), ASEAN Neurological Association (ASNA) and many international advisory boards. His international research collaborations include the University of Nottingham and Portsmouth UK, Institut Cochin, Université Paris Descartes France, University of Newcastle and Melbourne Australia, Royal College of Surgeon Ireland, and University of Innsbruck Austria.
He has been invited to deliver more than 300 lectures both locally and abroad. He has authored 5 books, 3 patents and has published more than 120 publications in local and international journals (Scopus H-index=22, Citation=1112). He is active in international relief work with Global Peace Malaysia and Malaysian Relief Agency in countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Indonesia. He is also a certified silat exponent and can speak 4 languages.
Vice President

Prof. Ryosuke Takahashi
Brief CV
Professor Ryosuke Takahashi, M.D., Ph.D. works at Department of Neurology, Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto, Japan. His major research interests are the molecular pathogenetic mechanisms underlying Parkinson’s disease and its related disorders and development of disease-modifying therapies against these disorders..
He graduated from Kyoto University, Japan in 1983. He completed his neurology residency in Kyoto University Hospital and its affiliated hospitals. In 1989, he started basic researches on neurodegenerative disorders and neuronal apoptosis as a staff scientist at Tokyo Metropolitan Institute for Neurosciences, then he worked as a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. John C. Reed at the Sanford-Burnham Institute, California, USA. He became Laboratory Head at RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Japan, in 1999.
Since 2005, he has been Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurology at Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine. He served as the chair of the task force for 2011 version of the Japanese treatment guidelines for Parkinson’ s disease, the President of Japanese Society of Neurology from 2014 to 2018, the Vice President of Japanese Society for Neuroscience from 2015 to 2019 and the International Executive Committee Member of International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society from 2015 to 2019. He is on the editorial board of Movement Disorders, Journal of Neural Transmission and Molecular Brain. He has published more than 400 original articles in peer-reviewed international journals including Nature, Cell , Neuron, Brain and Annals of Neurology. He is currently conducting a first in human clinical trial of iPS cell-derived dopamine neuron transplantation therapy for the patients with Parkinson’s disease as a principal Co-PI with Professor Jun Takahashi..
Secretary General/ Treasurer

Prof. Christopher Chen
Brief CV
Dr Christopher Chen is a Senior Clinician-Scientist at the Departments of Pharmacology and Psychological Medicine, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, and Director of the Memory Aging and Cognition Centre.

His early medical and research training was at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford as well as the Institute of Neurology, London.

Since returning to Singapore, Dr Chen has developed multi-disciplinary research programmes with extensive international collaborations. His major research and clinical interests are in blood biomarkers, neuroimaging, molecular biology and treatment of stroke and dementia. He has published over 400 peer reviewed papers, is the Principal Investigator for several studies on the treatment as well as prevention of stroke and dementia, serves on journal editorial boards and has been a member of several trial steering committees and advisory panels.

He has extensive mentorship experience and is currently co-chair of the World Stroke Organisation’s Future Leaders Program as well as a member of the College of Clinician-Scientists. Academy of Medicine, Singapore. He has supervised 20 PhD, 7 MSc and 19 Fellows and planx to continue training and nurturing emerging academics and clinicians.

Currently he is President of the Asian Society Against Dementia, Secretary-Treasurer of the Asian & Oceanian Association of Neurology and past-chair of the International Society for Vascular Behavioural and Cognitive Disorders.
Immediate Past President

Prof. Beomseok (BJ) Jeon
Brief CV
Professor Beomseok Jeon is Medical Director of the Movement Disorder Center at Seoul National University Hospital. He is the past President of the Korean Movement Disorder Society, and served as the International Delegate of the Korean Neurological Association. He also served as the Director of Office of the Medical Policy and Communication, Seoul National University. Currently, he is the Past-President of the Asia-Oceanian Association of Neurology (AOAN) and Past-Chair of Movement Disorder Society-Asia and Oceanian Section (MDS-AOS).
Prof. Jeon graduated from Seoul National University College of Medicine, and completed his neurology residency both at Seoul National University Hospital (1983-1987) and at the University of Minnesota (1987-1991), and then had movement disorder fellowship under Prof. Stanley Fahn at Columbia University (1991-1993). He also studied basic neurosciences under Prof. Robert Burke as H. Houston Merritt Fellow (1997-1998) at Columbia University. Prof. Jeon has extensively studied genetics in Korean patients with parkinsonism, and is currently interested in medical and surgical treatment of advanced parkinsonism. He has published over 400 peer reviewed articles, and wrote three books for patients and families with Parkinson’s disease and ataxia.
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