Parkinson’s disease (PD) represents a multidisciplinary health problem as they involve the complexity of genetic and environmental interaction. Ongoing research on Parkinson’s disease in the Asian region, are typically country-specific, and mainly clinical-based. Translational researches focusing on the genetics of Parkinson’s disease are gaining importance in the East Asian countries but remain unexplored in the lower-income Asian countries. Hence, the choice of this school theme to approach this area, and offer an opportunity for collaboration between basic neuroscientists, clinical neurologists, geneticists, and environmental health experts. The proposed school includes interaction between world-renowned experts and recently graduated Asian neuroscientists. Such interaction will lead to added value to local Asian researchers by increasing knowledge bases, acquisition of skills, and the potential for increased national and international funding. We anticipate capacity building, both by interactions between European/American and Asian investigators and by training of Asian researchers. Ultimately, such activities should lead to the development of
local Asian programs dedicated to a multidisciplinary approach for studying and identifying complex neurodegenerative diseases, such as PD. The proposed school will also help increase the interaction between basic neuroscience and clinical neurology. This important area, which is lacking in most of the Asian Universities and research communities, will undoubtedly strengthen the research in regenerative medicine. Moreover, even though the proposed school is to be held virtually due to the recent pandemic situation, however, by having it organized through Malaysian counterparts, it will facilitate interaction among clinicians and scientists working in different areas of neurosciences, which are all represented in Malaysia. Although there are some efforts to foster collaboration between these expertises, still the cooperation is
weak. We believe holding this event through a Malaysian platform will provide us with a perfect opportunity to gather scientists from all those sectors. As the global burden of disease shifts from infectious disease to non-communicable disease, the importance of movement disorders become increasingly imperative in the Asian context. The school will discuss important points that can improve the ability of neurologists, neuroscientists and medical students to be part of high-quality research. Eminent international as well as Malaysian speakers will introduce the audience into the field of neurodegenerative disorders with courses in clinical and basic science. The dialogue between different cultures is a major step forward towards understanding “the others”. We feel that a dialogue that starts through scientific activities, a more attractive and practical way for stopping brain drain and for the advancement of neuroscience for the sake of our mother Asia. The proposed school also integrates lecture of ethics in neurobiology research.
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20 September, 2021
24 September, 2021
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