By Prof Tissa Wijeratne, from COEX, Seoul, Korea

Just over a thousand Neurologists are expected to attend from Asia Oceana region, gathering in Seoul, Korea for the 16th Asia Oceanian Congress of Neurology that takes place between 8 to 11 November 2018. The theme for this year's congress is "Exploring New World of Neurology".

With neurological disorders now the leading cause of disability worldwide (Lancet Neurology, 2017) and migraine and headache disorders are among the leading causes of disability-adjusted life years (Lancet Neurology, 2018), it is perhaps timely that the 7th Asian Regional Conference for Headache and 38th Annual meeting of the Korean Neurological Association will also take place at the same time in Seoul.

WFN's President Professor William Carol, and immediate past president, Professor Raad Shakir, were among the faculty at the 16th AOCN that will also include European Academy of Neurology President, Professor Gunther Deuchl, Associate Professor Sandrino Zagami, President of the Australia and New Zealand Headache Society, and Professor Lars Edvinsson, President of the International Headache Society.

The packed scientific and education program saw more than 183 faculty members providing a rich and diverse range of academic activities on the latest issues and advancements in Neurology, with a large number of sessions dedicated to regional issues. One of the unique and outstanding features of the AOCN program is the availability of all teaching courses that is completely free for the delegates.

The day one teaching courses covered a full spectrum of stroke medicine with clinical syndromes of anterior circulation, posterior circulation, stroke mimics, angiography and vascular territory, transcranial Doppler and carotid doppler, cardiac evaluation of embolic strokes, therapeutics, genetics and rare causes of strokes from an esteemed faculty representing the Asia-Oceania region.

The neuropathology teaching course offered fascinating case-based discussions from Korea, Japan, USA, Taiwan with very positive feedback from the participants.

Other teaching courses on offer were:

  • What’s new in the diagnosis of movement disorders?
  • Video learning for movement disorders
  • Full day EEG teaching course
  • Clinical epilepsy teaching course
  • EMG teaching course
  • Evaluation of neuromuscular disorders teaching course and
  • Basic neuroimaging teaching course.


All courses were heavily subscribed and well received by the delegate neurologists and trainees. It is my humble opinion that this knowledge will translate to better care in the region with tangible benefits for our patients.

Day one ended with a relaxing welcome reception in magical Seoul, Korea on 8th November.