Pan-Asian Course for Training in MS And Neuroimmunology (PACTMAN), a webinar teaching series, was developed to support the education mission of PACTRIMS to the membership at large and other healthcare providers who have an interest and role in managing patients with neuroinflammatory diseases such as MS, neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD), Myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein antibody-associated disease (MOGAD) and other related disease.
PACTMAN was inaugurated in 2021 with 3 webinars. We taught clinical approaches using case vignettes, practical management strategies contextualised for resource-poor countries and theme-based topics. The target audience included neurologists, general internists, trainees, nurses and other healthcare professionals. Speakers were drawn from across the Asia Pacific region. A total of 386 participants (from 24 countries) attended the webinars.
In 2022, PACTMAN aims to build on this success with 4 webinars planned. We intend to broaden the scope and range of central nervous system (CNS) inflammatory conditions and topics. These would include practical aspects of immunopathophysiology, interpretation of diagnostic tests and holistic management of patients. All talks will be contextualized to be applied in resource-poor settings and will include discussion of the influence of the COVID pandemic. We welcome and encourage participation from colleagues in the Asia Pacific region and beyond
General neurologists, neurology trainees and healthcare professionals with interests in neurology/neuroimmunology in the Asia-Pacific region.
If you are interested in case-based learning with emphasis on practical clinical approach, then this is the course for you.
A/Prof Anneke van der Walt is an academic Neurologist with subspecialty training in multiple sclerosis and neuroimmunology as well as neuro-ophthalmology. She leads the MS and Neuro-ophthalmology Research Group at the Central Clinical School, Monash University. She completed her undergraduate training in South Africa before relocating to Australia where she completed specialist training in Neurology and a PhD in Neuroscience under supervision of Professors Trevor Kilpatrick and Helmut Butzkueven at the University of Melbourne. Her research interests include cerebellar dysfunction in MS, and MS cognition, and women's health.
She leads several large national and international studies on digital biomarkers in MS. A/Prof van der Walt is the Chief Operating Officer of the MSBae foundation. Her clinical roles includes appointments as the HEad, MSNI Unit and Neuro-ophthalmology Service at Alfred Health, Melbourne.
Alex is a Consultant Neurologist at the CUHK Medical Centre, the private teaching hospital of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is also a Clinical Associate Professor (honorary) at the Department of Medicine and Therapeutics of the Faculty of Medicine, CUHK. After receiving undergraduate education in biochemistry at the University of Chicago in 1998, Alex returned to Hong Kong and obtained his medical degree from CUHK in 2003, followed by physician training in internal medicine and neurology at the Prince of Wales Hospital. He was awarded the gold medal of Best Thesis Award by the Hong Kong College of Physicians in 2010. In 2011, he went to the University of California San Francisco for post-doctoral fellowship as a recipient of Croucher Foundation Fellowship and CUHK Henry Leung Fellowship. Alex’s main research focus in on Neuroimmunological diseases, including multiple sclerosis, neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders, and integrative medicine. He has published over 80 manuscripts in peer review journals.
Multiple sclerosis and neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders – epidemiology, biomarkers, image analytics, and integrative medicine for fatigue and cognitive deficits;
Cerebral small vessel disease and stroke – early detection, image analytics, risk stratification, and integrative medicine for stroke recovery.
Integrative medicine – pragmatic clinical trials, text/image and data analytics, and evidence synthesis.
5.00pm to 6.30pm (Singapore Standard Time, UTC+8.00)
Treatment of MS/NMOSD/MOGAD: Symptomatic treatment
Anneke Van Der Walt
AdjunctNeurologist, Monash University, Australia
Alexander LAU Yuk-lun
Consultant Neurologist, CUHK Medical Centre, Hong Kong SAR
Symptomatic management of Multiple Sclerosis is challenging and is predominantly done by neurologists. This requires substantial knowledge and a clinical approach to different aspects of neurological disability. Adequate management of symptoms is essential to patients, who commonly list these as the main factors impacting quality of life. Management of symptoms can substantially improve a person with MS productivity.
In these talks, A/Prof Anneke Van Der Walt and Dr. Lau will provide an overview of the pathophysiology, clinical features and management of MS symptoms. A/Prof Van Der Walt will discuss mobility and balance problems, spasticity, tremor, cognitive problems and sexual dysfunction. Dr Lau will focus on the management of fatigue, pain, and mood problems as well as bladder and bowel dysfunction.