President's Message - AOCNA

Dear Colleagues,

It is my great pleasure and honor to welcome you to the 2022 AOCNA Virtual Symposium. Time flies—it has been three years since we were together at our 15th Asian Oceanian Congress of Child Neurology (AOCCN) in Malaysia. Although the 16th AOCCN, which was originally planned to be held at Bangkok in 2021, was postponed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, teleconference has shown us a new way to meet virtually that actually allows many more of us to attend and share the benefits of our conference. Therefore, instead of the annual in-person conference, a virtual symposium was developed and implemented by the executive board members and national delegates.

Because of the dedication of AOCNA national delegates and executive board officers, a wide range of topics related to child neurologic diseases will be presented and discussed at the symposium. In addition, we have invited a new generation of pediatric neurologists from Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and West Asia to share their perspectives and experience about the changing landscape of challenges faced by child neurologists in these areas. The meeting agenda in store for us is excellent, and the networking opportunities will be outstanding even in a virtual setting. I hope we can work, learn, and solve problems together to build an even stronger child neurologist team for our patients in the Asian and Oceanian region.

Thank you again for all the organizers who volunteered their time and knowledge to make this special online international symposium happen. I wish you all success and hope that you all engage in fruitful discussions during this conference. I look forward to meeting you all.

Ching-Shiang Chi, M.D. - President
The Asian and Oceanian Child Neurology Association (AOCNA)

Message from Org. Committee - AOCNA 2022

The Organizing Committee welcomes all AOCNA members or participants to join our 2022 AOCNA Virtual Symposium on September 2nd to 4th, 2022.

Since this is the first virtual symposium for all AOCNA members who live in different time zones, there are many factors that are important to consider in arranging this program. Among other things, AOCNA executive board officers and national delegates considered the topics and speakers as recommended by the national delegates from their AOCNA members, and then finalized the topics and presenters for the symposium. We are thankful for all our speakers’ and moderators’ participation and time.

In terms of meeting platform design, after reviewing a couple of proposals from conferencing companies, we have chosen Marundeshwara Enterprises company to be in charge of all meeting software design and technology supports. We also want to thank the sponsor companies, including Eisai Pharmaceutic Company, Novartis Pharmaceutic Company, BIOTOOLS Co., Ltd., LivaNova Taiwan Co., Ltd., and Syngrowth Co., Ltd. for their contribution.

We hope that all members will have a productive time at this special symposium and enjoy it. We look forward to learning and talking with all of you at the meeting, and also look forward to seeing everyone in person in Bangkok, Thailand, in 2023.

The Organizing Committee of AOCNA 2022 Virtual Symposium

Highlights of the AOCNA 2022

The AOCNA Virtual Symposium will be held from September 2nd - 4th, 2022.

The goal of the AOCNA 2022 Virtual Symposium is to continue to foster the high-quality relationships among AOCNA members during the COVID-19 pandemic, and share advanced medical knowledge to create the best child neurology team to serve patients in the Asian Oceanian region.

The topics in this symposium are diverse. It includes topics like updated approaches in pediatric neurology clinical care for numerous types of diseases, and the future development of pediatric neurology. In addition, there is a special session dedicated to recommending a distinguished new generation of doctors to share their vision, mission, and career goals as a child neurologists. This session will provide opportunities for different generation neurologists to collaboratively work, learn and grow together.

Furthermore, all presenters will provide a pre-recorded video for members who are unable to attend the live presentation due to time zone differences. The symposium is rich in content and essential in engaging valuable conversations among members. Through notable experts from the Asia and Oceania region, we can explore new innovations and strategies to enhance quality of care and for better patient outcomes.

The organizing committee of the AOCNA2022 Symposium




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Scientific Program

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Day 01 Full Schedule

September 02, 2022 @ 12:55-17:10 (Tokyo Time)

12:55 - 13:00 Opening President - Ching-Shiang Chi (Taiwan)
Secretary General - Dr. Shinichi Hirose (Japan)
13:00 - 13:15 Deciphering the concepts behind "Epileptic encephalopathy" and "Developmental and epileptic encephalopathy"(DEE) Dr. Ingrid E Scheffer (Australia) Dr. Lakshmi Nagarajan (Australia)
13:15 - 13:25 Q & A
13:25 - 13:40 Case sharing - Rare DEE Dr. Rakesh Patel (New Zealand) Dr. Lakshmi Nagarajan (Australia)
13:40 - 13:45 Q & A
13:45 - 14:00 Febrile infection-related epilepsy syndrome (FIRES): An update on treatment Dr. Sumitha Murugesu (Malaysia) Dr. Teik Beng Khoo (Malaysia)
14:00 - 14:05 Q & A
14:05 - 14:15 Break
14:15 - 14:45 Reimaging spinal muscular atrophy in the era of gene therapy Dr. Michelle Farrar (Australia)
Sponsored by Novartis
Dr. Haluk Topaloglu (Turkey)
14:45 - 14:50 Q & A
14:50 - 15:00 Break
Common neurological disorders at OPD
15:00 - 15:15 Behavior problem or problem behavior Dr. Marilyn Ortiz (Philippines) Dr. Marissa Lukban (Philippines)
15:15 - 15:20 Q & A
15:20 - 15:35 Common neurological disorders at clinic Dr. Syuan-Yu Hong (Taiwan) Dr. Wang-Tso Lee (Taiwan)
15:35 - 15:40 Q & A
Autoimmune encephalitis
15:40 - 15:55 Diagnostic approach of autoimmune encephalitis Dr. Tipu Sultan (Pakistan) Dr. Naila Zaman Khan (Bangladesh)
15:55 - 16:00 Q & A
16:00 - 16:15 Case sharing - Autoimmune encephalitis Dr. Asma Abdullah Al Tawari (Kuwait) Dr. Tipu Sultan (Pakistan)
16:15 - 16:20 Q & A
Molecular Genetic testing
16:20 - 16:35 Diagnostic approach of pediatric neurologic diseases by genetic testing Dr. Yuwu Jiang (China) Dr. Jiong Qin (China)
16:35 - 16:40 Q & A
Gene therapy in pediatric neurology
16:40 - 16:55 Update gene therapy Dr. Takanori Yamagata (Japan) Dr. Masaharu Hayashi (Japan)
16:55 - 17:00 Q & A
17:00 - 17:10 Closing Dr. Teik Beng Khoo (Malaysia)

Day 02 Full Schedule

September 03, 2022 @ 13:30-18:20 (Tokyo Time)

13:30 - 13:35 Opening Dr. Yoichi Sakakihara (Japan)
13:35 - 14:05 Clinical benefits of Perampanel as early add-on treatment in children/adolescents with epilepsy Dr. Toshiyuki Iwasaki (Japan)
Sponsored by Eisai
Dr. Yoichi Sakakihara (Japan)
14:05 - 14:10 Q & A
14:10 - 14:20 Break
Young Team Special Section
14:20 - 14:35 Changing landscape of neurological disease burden in Asia-Oceanian region Dr. Jithangi Wanigasinghe (Sri Lanka) Dr. Hian Tat Ong (Singapore)
14:35 - 14:40 Q & A
14:40 - 14:55 Experience from Northeast Asia A young neurologist from this region (Han Som Choi, Korea) Dr. Hoon-Chul Kang (Korea)
14:55- 15:00 Q & A
15:00 - 15:15 Experience from Southeast Asia Congenital Rubella Syndrome surveillances: Before and After Irawan Mangunatmadja (Indonesia) Dr. Jithangi Wanigasinghe (Sri Lanka)
15:15 - 15:20 Q & A
15:20 - 15:35 Experience from South Asia Dr. Samaahath Hassan (Maldives) Dr. Jithangi Wanigasinghe (Sri Lanka)
15:35 - 15:40 Q & A
15:40 - 15:55 Experience from Western Asia Dr. Mohammad Alsallomi (Saudi Arabia) Dr. Jithangi Wanigasinghe (Sri Lanka)
15:55 - 16:00 Q & A
CNS Infection
16:00 - 16:15 Central nervous system infections in children Dr Arushi Gahlot Saini (India) Dr. Pratibha Singhi (India)
16:15 - 16:20 Q & A
16:20 - 16:30 Break
Neurometabolic disorders
16:30 - 16:45 Diagnostic approach of neurometabolic diseases Dr. F. Müjgan Sönmez (Turkey) Dr. Haluk Topaloglu (Turkey)
16:45 - 16:50 Q & A
16:50 - 17:05 Case sharing - Neurometabolic disease Dr. Sheila Wong (Hong Kong) Dr. Kin-Cheong Eric Yau (Hong Kong)
17:05 - 17:10 Q & A
Movement disorder
17:10 - 17:25 Diagnostic approach of cerebellar ataxia Dr. Haneul Lee (Korea) Dr. Hoon-Chul Kang (Korea)
17:25 - 17:30 Q & A
17:30 - 17:45 Diagnostic approach of dystonia Dr. Lee-Chin Wong (Taiwan) Dr. Wang-Tso Lee (Taiwan)
17:45 - 17:50 Q & A
Neuromuscular disorder
17:50 - 18:05 Diagnostic approach of floppy infant Dr. Chaiyos Khongkhatithum (Thailand) Dr. Anannit Visudtibhan (Thailand)
18:05 - 18:10 Q & A
18:10 - 18:20 Closing Dr. Anannit Visudtibhan (Thailand)

Day 03 Full Schedule

September 04, 2022 @ 13:30-18:40 (Tokyo Time)

13:30 - 13:35 Opening Secretary General - Dr. Shinichi Hirose (Japan)
13:35 - 14:05 Rufinamide in pediatric patients with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome Dr. Hsiu-Fen Lee (Taiwan)
Sponsored by Eisai
Dr. Shinichi Hirose (Japan)
14:05 - 14:10 Q & A
14:10 - 14:20 Break
14:20 - 14:35 Diagnostic approach of neonatal encephalopathy Dr. Sangita Terumalay (Malaysia) Dr. Mohd Feizel Alsiddiq (Malaysia)
14:35 - 14:40 Q & A
14:40 - 14:55 Case sharing - Neonatal encephalopathy Dr. Natrujee Wiwattanadittakul (Thailand) Dr. Anannit Visudtibhan (Thailand)
14:55 - 15:00 Q & A
Developmental medicine
15:00 - 15:15 Diagnostic approach of treatable diseases mimicking cerebral palsy Dr. Mahmoudreza Ashrafi (Iran) Dr. Parvaneh Karimzadeh (Iran)
15:15 - 15:20 Q & A
15:20 - 15:35 Case sharing - Treatable disease mimicking cerebral palsy Dr. Brahim Tabark (Saudi Arabia) Dr. Abdelkarim AL-QUDAH (Jordan)
15:35 - 15:40 Q & A
15:40 - 15:55 Autism spectrum disorder: An update Dr. Aishworiya Ramkumar (Singapore) Dr. Jeremy Lin Binyuan (Singapore)
15:55 - 16:00 Q & A
16:00 - 16:10 Break
New pediatric neurological disorders: An update
16:10 - 16:25 Newly diagnosed pediatric neurological disorders Dr. Kazuhiro Muramatsu (Japan) Dr. Masaharu Hayashi (Japan)
16:25 - 16:30 Q & A
Molecular Genetic testing
16:30 - 16:45 COVID-19 infection associated with pediatric neurological disorders Dr.Waleed Altwaijri (Saudi Arabia) Dr. Marissa Lukban (Philippines)
16:45 - 16:50 Q & A
Current status of Pediatric Neurology
16:50 - 17:05 Current status of pediatric neurology in Iraq Dr. Hula Raoof Shareef (Iraq) Dr. Irawan Mangunatmadja (Indonesia)
17:05 - 17:10 Q & A
17:10 - 17:25 Current status of pediatric neurology in Vietnam Dr. Nguyen Le Trung Hieu (Vietnam) Dr. Waleed Altwaijri (Saudi Arabia)
17:25 - 17:30 Q & A
17:30 - 17:40 Closing Secretary General - Dr. Shinichi Hirose (Japan)
17:40 - 18:40 National Delegate Meeting All National Delegates President - Ching-Shiang Chi (Taiwan)
Secretary General - Dr. Shinichi Hirose (Japan)
Chief Financial Officer - Dr. Hian Tan Ong (Singapore)



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