5th Asian and Oceanian Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Congress

About 5th AOPMC

The Asian and Oceanian Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Congress (AOPMC) occurs every two years as a forum to further develop the field of Movement Disorders in the region.  Previous Congresses have been held in Singapore (2007), India (2009), Taiwan (2011) and Thailand (2014).  The 5th AOPMC will be held March 11-13, 2016 in Manila, Philippines.

Please read the welcome letter from the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Republic of the Philippines. 

Currency

Only US dollars and Philippine pesos will be accepted at the 5th AOPMC.

Organizers

The International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society’s Asian and Oceanian Section (MDS-AOS) is the main organizer of the Congress.  Formed in June 2005, the section reaches out to doctors, researches and healthcare professionals in Asia and Oceania.  Eight national organizations have formal relationships with the Section as Affiliate Member Societies.

The host organizer will be the Movement Disorder Society of the Philippines (MDSP), which was founded in 1999 by former leaders of the Philippines Neurological Association to address movement disorders in the Philippines. 

Passports and Visas 

Advance travel planning and early visa application are important, since visa applications are subject to a greater degree of scrutiny than in the past. It is strongly suggested that all attendees contact their local embassy to determine the travel documents they will need to visit the Philippines.

For more information on the requirements for travel to the Philippines, please visit the following websites:

Personal Insurance 

It is recommended that all attendees take out a personal travel and health insurance policy for their trip to the 5th AOPMC in Manila, Philippines. 

Purpose

The purpose of the AOPMC is consistent with the objectives of the MDS-AOS, which include:

  • Facilitate communication between clinicians and researchers in the region
  • Disseminate updated knowledge about Movement Disorders
  • Improve quality of life and independence of Movement Disorders patients and carers
  • Promote research and facilitate research collaborations in Movement Disorders
  • Expose clinicians, researchers and healthcare professionals in the region to Movement Disorders initiatives and in so doing, encourage their membership in the MDS-AOS
     

Target Audience

The target participants of the 5th AOPMC are doctors, researchers, and healthcare professionals from the region, many of whom will not have had the opportunity to attend the International MDS Congresses as a result of distance, costs and/or visa constraints.  Among these participants will be many opinion leaders and key movement disorders specialists from the region. 

Temperature

In March, the average high in Manila is about 32 degrees Celsius (90 degrees Fahrenheit) and the average low is about 23 degree Celsius (73 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Tipping     

Feel free to tip waiters, drivers, porters, housekeepers, salon staff, barbers, and other service providers. A tip of 10% of the total bill is the usual practice. But if the bill already includes a 10% service charge, tipping is optional. 

Venue

The official venue of the 5th AOPMC is the Marriott Grand Ballroom located at the Marriott Hotel Manila. The hotel is located 0.5km away from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 (domestic and international flights), which is right across the property.

No. 10 Newport Boulevard
Newport City Complex
Pasay City, Manila 1309
Philippines

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