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Announcement on the joining of the Iranian Neurological Association (INA) into the Asian and Oceanian Association of Neurology (AOAN)

  • We are delighted to announce the new member of AOAN, i.e. the Iranian Neurological Association (INA), following a unanimous agreement by the Council of Delegates during the AOAN Council of Delegate Meeting on 6th October 2021.

  • The Iranian Neurological Association (INA) is a medical speciality organization under the supervision of the Ministry of Health and Medical education of I.R. Iran. Professor D. Brimani founded the society in 1993 as “Iranian Society of Neuroscience”, and the name was changed to “Iranian Neurological Association” in 2003. INA is the only major organization representing neurologists in Iran, and members (Iranian neurologists) elect officers every three years. The aim of the Association is to improve the health and well-being of people with neurological disorders by advancing the knowledge and practice of neurology in Iran. Meetings of the Association are organized annually in four days, usually in spring. Since 2007, we have officially become a member of the World Federation of Neurology (WFN). The official scientific journal of INA is the “Current Journal of Neurology”, former “Iranian Journal of Neurology”, which has been published quarterly since 2002 in English and is indexed in Scopus, Pubmed and ESCI.

  • At present, Iran has more than 1400 neurologists-mostly young and motivated-of which 720 are members of INA. We now have 15 neurology residency-training programs and several fellowship-training centers in different disciplines of neurology, including multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, neuromuscular disorders, Pediatric neurology, stroke and neuro-intervention, neuropsychiatry and behavioral neurology, sleep, headache and movement disorders.


Announcement of the appointment of New Chairman of the AOAN Education Task Force

  • We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Ichizo Nishino as the new Chairman of the AOAN Education Task Force following a unanimous agreement by the Council of Delegates during the AOAN Council of Delegate Meeting on 6th October 2021. This appointment will be for 2 (TWO) years and Dr Ichizo will be responsible:
    Announcement of the appointment of New Chairman of the AOAN Education Task Force
    1. To form the AOAN Educational Task Force with AOAN members experienced and committed to Neurology
    2. To strategize a plan for organizing education programmes and teaching courses.
    3. To promote education support for and by Young Neurologists.
    4. To distribute educational grants among society members.
    5. To facilitate fellowship programmes among society members.

  • Dr. Ichizo Nishino is Director of the Department of Neuromuscular Research, National Institute of Neuroscience (NIN), National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry (NCNP). He is also appointed to Director of two departments in Medical Genome Center in NCNP. Currently, he is a Guest/Visiting Professor at four universities: the University of Yamanashi, Kaohsiung Medical University (Taiwan), Peking University (China) and Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University (Thailand).

  • Dr. Nishino obtained his M.D. in 1989 from Kyoto University. After five years of neurology training supervised by Prof. Jun Kimura, he started muscle disease research in NCNP in 1994 under the supervision of Dr. Ikuya Nonaka. Further, he continued research for 2 years in Columbia University, where Prof Michio Hirano and Prof Salvatore DiMauro guided his research. He was appointed to Section Chief in NIN, NCNP in 2000, and to his current position in 2001. By now, he has published more than 500 PubMed-listed papers in the field.

  • His laboratory functions as a referral center for muscle disease in Japan, providing diagnostic services for muscle pathology and genetic analysis. In addition, his lab is designated as the national NGS center for hereditary muscle disease by AMED (a governmental funding organization in Japan). His lab collects around 80% of muscle biopsies performed in Japan (1103 cases in 2020), and he signs out all cases. As a result, his muscle repository has more than 21,000 frozen muscle biopsy samples, one of the largest collections of the patient’s muscles.

  • Dr. Nishino is currently serving as Vice President of Asian-Oceanian Myology Center; Executive Board member/Trustee in several societies, including World Muscle Society, Japanese Muscle Society, Japanese Society of Neuropathology, and Japanese Society of Neurological Therapeutics; Education Committee member for World Federation of Neurology; and Associate Editor/Editorial Board member for more than 10 international journals. In addition, he had been an Executive Committee member for TREAT-NMD until he stepped down just recently. He is also a corresponding Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology (FAAN) and the American Neurological Association (FANA).

  • Prof. Nishino has been presented with many awards for his contributions in the medical arena, including the Japanese Society of Neurology Award and Uchida Award from Japan Foundation of Cardiovascular Research

  • We are delighted to have Prof Nishino to be on board gearing the task force and we thank him in advance for his future contribution.

Announcement of the appointment of New AOAN Secretariate Member

  • We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Abdul Hanif Khan Yusof Khan as the new AOAN Secretariate Member by the Council of Delegates during the AOAN Council of Delegate Meeting on 6th October 2021. This appointment will be for 2 (TWO) years and Dr Yusof Khan will be responsible:
    1. To facilitate administrative matters pertaining to the AOAN
    2. To organize meetings and disseminate information to the executive members/office bearers and council of delegates
    3. To assist the Executive Members/Office Bearers on matters pertaining to the AOAN
    4. To prepare reports and minutes of AOAN Meetings

  • Dr Yusof Khan is currently a Neurology Fellow in Hospital Pengajar Universiti Putra Malaysia under the guidance of Prof Hamidon Basri. We are delighted to have Dr Yusof Khan be on board as the secretariat member, and we thank him in advance for his future contribution.

News of the Asian and Oceanian Association of Neurology

  • Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists (ANZAN) has recently commenced a so-called “Asia Pacific Visiting Speaker” stipend to help support an invited ANZAN visiting speaker in contributing to an educational activity in an economically disadvantaged nation in the Asia-Pacific region. The concept is that the invited ANZAN speaker would apply to ANZAN for the stipend, after receiving an invitation from a host institution in the Asia Pacific region. Interested parties be referred to the file attached.
    Download pdf : ANZAN ASIA-PACIFIC VISITING SPEAKER PROGRAM: PROCEDURES

 
 
 
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